Run Day Schedule

7:30am Half-Marathon Start at UBC Thunderbird Arena
9:30am 5k Fun Run/Walk Start at Stanley Park Fish House
9:30–11:30am Shuttle buses from Finish back to UBC (free, but not guaranteed)
10:30am Half-Marathon Course closes
10:30am Awards Ceremony on stage at Finish Area, Stanley Park Fish House
10:30am 5k Course closes

***Start Lines for both the Half and 5k will CLOSE 10min AFTER THE SCHEDULED START TIME

Shuttle Bus to UBC

Post race from 9:00am to 11:30am there will be a squad of buses that will shuttle runners back to UBC. Buses depart from Second Beach Pool just past the Half-Marathon baggage check. See finish area map for more info.


Run Hotel HQ

Come join us for a great weekend in Vancouver at the Half-Marathon and 5k! We're proud to be working with Delta Vancouver Suites, as our Official Run Headquarters. Details here

Health & Runners' Expo / Packet Pickup at Vancouver Convention Centre East

Vancouver Convention Centre East

Pick up your runner's bib, timing chip, and Technical t-shirt. Check out the latest running gear, events, and more great health exhibits. A secondary confirmation will be emailed to registrants by the Thursday prior to the event.

IMPORTANT! Please bring a piece of PHOTO ID to pick up your packet OR a copy of your registration email.

Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC) Map

Walk up Half-Marathon registration is available at the Expo!

Become an Expo Vendor

Click here for details

Picking Up For a Friend

If you have someone picking up your packet for you they will require a copy of your email confirmation and a one-liner that states this person has permission to pick up your kit for you.

If you no longer have a copy of your email confirmation, you can confirm your registration and print your confirmation email here. The person will require is a one-liner that states that you give them permission to pick up your kit for you.


In May 2013 we moved to individual packet pickup policy, following the examples of the Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon and New York Marathons.

You will be allowed to pick up your bib and a maximum of 3 additional bibs.
To do this you must have:

This policy was highlighted in the BULK/GROUP registration form, was an agreed check box on the form, and was in the confirmation email you received at the time of registration.

Why we do this?

We strongly suggest that all participants take responsibility for picking up their own individual packets.

Not only will this reduce your stress, but it will help ensure there are no errors in your registration data, that you have the correct shirt / bib number and are all set for race day! Visit us at the Expo and help support our sponsors, vendors and charities that are taking part in the expo and helping to make the event day possible.

Any bibs that remain left over at the expo that are not picked up will be transferred to the respective startline for that event, i.e. Half-Marathon bibs will go to UBC, and 5k bibs will go to Stanley Park.

Mylaps BIBTAG Timing System

Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k will use the Mylaps BIBTAG Timing system. This means you only have to pick up your BIB at packet-pick-up/registration; this timing chip is embedded in your bib number. On race day, you should wear your bib #/BIBTAG on the front of your shirt or jacket. For optimum performance DO NOT bend, fold or mutilate your bibtag! And remember, now it's "NO BIB = NO TIME!"

BibTag Instructions — READ CAREFULLY

Your timing chip or "bibTag" is placed on the back of your race bib. It must be correctly worn for your race time to be accurately captured.

Souvenir Shirt

All participants receive a souvenir shirt with their registration. Details and sizing charts can be found here.

Getting to the Start & Parking – Half-Marathon

We recommend that Half-Marathoners park at UBC, then take our complimentary shuttle bus back to UBC after the event. The Half and the 5k finish at the same spot, in front of the Stanley Park Fish House (the 5k also starts from this location). Car pool (see Share A Ride, below) or take a taxi to the start line, or check Translink to see if a bus is available to UBC in time from your neighbourhood to the start line. Plan to be at Thunderbird Arena for 6:30am, to give yourself time to get ready for the run.

***Note for 2016 — SW Marine Drive is closed south of 41st Avenue this year, so please use West 16th Ave, West 10th Ave, or Chancellor Blvd to get to UBC.***

Runner Drop Off Zones: to assist with traffic flow on race morning we will have designated "Drop Off Zones" in place at UBC. If you are not parking, follow the signage and marshals to the drop areas. DO NOT drive right up to the garage or the Start Line! This way vehicles that are parking will get to the Parkades much quicker. For details you can download the parking map which shows the parking options in the area and the "Drop Off Areas". Parking rates for the UBC Parkades are included on the map. PDFDownload the parking map (200 KB).

Paid Shuttles to UBC from Downtown Vancouver: 160 tickets will be available for shuttles from Delta Vancouver Suites Downtown to the start of the run at UBC. Shuttle tickets must be prepaid, purchased online. Shuttles will board at 6:00am at the Delta (on Seymour between Pender/Hastings), and leave promptly at 6:15am to head to UBC. Starting March 4, you can purchase tickets with registration or modify your registration to add a ticket. Add a shuttle ticket here.

Driving Directions for the Half-Marathon Start at UBC

From downtown Vancouver: head south on Burrard St, over the bridge, up to Broadway, turn right. Stay on Broadway to Alma, left for 1 block, right on West 10th and into campus. Turn left on Wesbrook Mall, right on Agronomy which leads to several parking lots.

From East of Vancouver (Hwy 1): Exit onto Grandview Hwy (12th Ave), stay on Grandview Hwy for approximately 10 km, at which point 12th Ave becomes 10th Ave. Follow this into campus as above.

From Richmond (Airport): take the Arthur Laing Bridge towards Vancouver, take Granville Street exit (right lane on bridge), follow Granville to 16th, left on 16th, follow this into UBC, turn right onto Wesbrook, then left on Thunderbird Blvd to parking lots.

From the US: follow Hwy 99 into Vancouver, Hwy 99 is called Oak Street after the Oak Street Bridge. Turn left onto 16th, then follow directions as above.

From Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal: Hwy 17 to Hwy 99, then follow directions above.

Getting to the Start & Parking – 5k

Please note that Stanley Park has very limited parking. We will have the main lot near the Finish Area closed to accommodate medical facilities and the Finish Line. If driving, we recommend you park near the Miniature Railway on the other side of the Park. We will be operating free shuttle buses from there to the Finish Area/Party Site and back.

Ride your bike to the event and The Bicycle Valet will hook you up with FREE, safe valet bicycle parking!

We recommend public transit, car pooling, riding your bike, or alternate transportation.

PDF5k and Extra Parking Map (300 KB)

5k runners should be in Stanley Park before 8:45am. Note that there is no entrance to the park from BEACH AVE. This is the route that the runners are finishing on and the road will be closed all morning, so park at the Zoo as per above. Car pool, or take public transit to Denman / Davie and walk into the park from this corner. The 5k course will be open until 10:30am, giving abundant time (1 hour) for a walker.

For a map of Stanley Park, please see Tourism Vancouver.

Baggage Check

We will have baggage drop off buses positioned along Agronomy Road near East Mall to take your bags and change of clothes to the finish line in Stanley Park. Once you have completed the event you can board the buses back up to UBC. These will operate from 9:30am to 11:30am.

5k baggage check will be available at the Start/Finish Area near The Fish House in Stanley Park.

There will be a $2 fee for baggage check, with proceeds going to the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge.


Start Corrals

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There will be starting corrals marked on your bib and signage at the starting line. Corrals are self seeding and you should line yourself up according to your finish time. If you feel that you need to change your corral, don't worry, just line up closer to the start line. You do NOT need to have your corral changed in your timing or on your bib; the corrals are self seeding and self policed. Age category awards are based on Chip Time (from when you start to when you finish), but Overall awards are based on Gun Time (from the start of all runners, to when you finish) as per IAAF rules.

Half-Marathon Corrals will be marked as:

5k Corrals will be marked as:

Athletes with Wheelchairs — Half-Marathon participants using racing chairs may request to start in advance, out front of other racers. 5k participants using wheelchairs, expecting to finish in under 20:00, may request to start out front as well, otherwise it is recommended that all participants seed themselves according to expected finish times. Please email to request an advanced start.

Half-Marathon Course Description & Map

Half-Marathon Start Location — on East Mall (west of Thunderbird Arena)

Course map is posted below. Click to enlarge or PDFdownload a printer-friendly PDF version.

Start at 7:30am. From Start Area on East Mall (west of Thunderbird Arena): Runners head south on East Mall to W16th Ave. Runners turn right on W16th, continuing west then turning left on SW Marine Drive into northbound lanes. Runners continue south until the Viewpoint parking lot, turning around the island into the southbound lanes of SW Marine Drive. Following SW Marine Drive back to Chancellor, and down the hill to Spanish Banks. Runners will follow NW Marine through Spanish Banks, Locarno Beach and Jericho Beach before bearing left into the northbound lanes of 4th Ave heading east. Runners follow 4th Ave and bear left onto Alma Street heading north. At Point Grey Rd runners bear right to begin heading east. Runners follow Point Grey Rd / Cornwall Ave to Arbutus St, turning left and following Arbutus, McNicoll, Maple, Ogden, and Chesnut St back to Cornwall Ave. Runners turn left on to the Burrard Bridge in the westbound lanes to Pacific Ave. Runners bear left on Pacific Ave in the south bound lanes heading West to Stanley Park and the finish line.

The half-marathon course is marked every kilometre, only in kilometres.

See map for details and elevation profile. Great finisher medals and technical shirts for all Half-Marathoners!

5k Course Description & Map

Course map is posted below. Click to enlarge or PDFdownload a printer-friendly PDF version.

Start at 9:30am. From Lagoon Drive at Stanley Park Fish House, runners will head Northeast along Lagoon Drive onto Chilco Street. At Alberni Street, runners will turn left onto the paved pathway around Lost Lagoon, heading West around the lagoon in a clockwise direction. Before crossing the footbridge, runners will turn left on the pathway towards Ceperley Field, using the underpass to cross below Park Drive. Runners will continue North on this pathway, past the Concession Stand and Second Beach Pool, before turning left onto the Seawall. Runners then head out past English Bay Beach House, to the Inukshuk, then turn up to Beach Ave and join in with the Half-Marathoners finishing on the road. See map for details.

The 5k course IS chip timed and is open to runners and walkers alike.

Course Restrictions

Half-Marathon Course Restrictions

The City of Vancouver has a 3 hour time limit on the road closures for the half-marathon. The course will reopen to traffic based on a rolling schedule, based on a 3 hour finishing time or 8m30s pace per kilometre. Please do not enter the half-marathon if you are unable to meet the time restriction – please consider the 5k event.

Entrants in the half-marathon should be able to maintain a 8m30s per kilometre (13m44s per mile) pace for the duration of the distance. You will need to reach the Kitsilano Aid Station (16.5km) by 10:15am to continue on the race course to Burrard Bridge. If you decide to continue the event past the time limit, you do so as an informed pedestrian, following all rules of the road and not as a part of the event. No road closure will be in place, nor may any aid still be available after the time deadline has passed. Aid stations along the route will close according to this pace and their location on the course (i.e. Aid at 10km point will close 1h25m from the start of the race — 8:55am @ 8m30s pace). The finish line of the event will officially remain open until 11:00am. Finishers within this time will receive a medal. After this time the finish line and timing will be removed and the event closed.

Under no circumstance may participants be on the course before the official start time of 7:30am. Beginning before the official start will result in disqualification. Any person on the course prior to the official start is not considered as part of the event. ***Start Lines for both the Half and 5k will CLOSE 10min AFTER THE SCHEDULED START TIME

No wheels, other than registered racing chair athletes, are permitted on the Half-Marathon course, due to safety and insurance reasons. No coaches, hand cycles, bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers, strollers or dogs are allowed on the half-marathon course, and may be removed from the event at any time and may be held liable for any incidents resulting. The course is limited to registered participants only. Each participant is required to wear the identifying bib number on their front. Disqualification may result from non-compliance with any of the above terms.

Participation in the half-marathon is limited to those 16 years of age on race day and over. Those aged 16–18 must have signed approval from their guardian and/or coach, and may be required to produce information on their training. Prizing recognition will not be given to those under 18 years of age. Canada Running Series follows the guidelines as set out by the PDFIMMDA Advisory Statement on Children & Marathoning.

5k Course Restrictions

The 5k course has a time limit of 1h15m (10:45am), or 15 minutes per kilometre pace. At this point the road must reopen to traffic for the last 2km of the route. Participants who are still on course after this time will be asked to move to the sidewalk and continue on their own as informed pedestrians, obeying all rules of the road and traffic crossings. The route will reopen to traffic at 10:45am. The finish line of the 5k will remain open until 11:00am. At that time the finish line will close and timing mats will be removed, as the finish line area opens to traffic at 11:00am.

***Start Lines for both the Half and 5k will CLOSE 10min AFTER THE SCHEDULED START TIME

Strollers and dogs are permitted in the 5k event, and the 5k course is accessible for day and powered wheelchairs. The course has a variety of path surfaces (pavement, concrete, packed path) and small inclines along the curvy route, making it unsuitable for racing chairs.

Pace Team

The Pace Team is here to help you achieve your goals. Six pacers will be taking to the streets to help guide you to your goal. Find them in the starting chute with elevated signs for 1h45m, 2h00m and 2h15m paces. Pace Team hats will also be marked with their goal times.

Aid Stations

Water stations are located approximately every 3–4km on route. Refer to course map for locations. Water, Gatorade and First Aid will be available at each station; plus areas at the Start and Finish lines. On the 5k route there are water stations near the 2k and 4k marks.

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Port-o-lets will be located at the Start and Finish Areas. There will also be portolets on the Half-Marathon course at the 4k, 10k, and 14k locations. The route passes public facilities at Jericho, Kitsilano, and English Bay.


Trained medical personnel will be located at the Start Line, Finish Area, and each Aid Station along the course. In addition to these stationary teams, other medical teams will be roving the course by vehicle and bicycle.

If you require medical assistance along the course, please head to the closest Aid Station and the medical team will be able to assist you there.

In the event that you need to drop out of the event, we again request that you inform the medical team at the closest Aid Station so that they may pass this information on to the dispatcher at the Finish Line.

On Course Entertainment

Eight bands will be located at various points throughout the Half-Marathon course, plus an additional band at the Finish Party Area. Details on these bands will be posted closer to Event Day.

Finish Line

Finish area map

The Finish Line for both the 5k and the Half-Marathon is located on Park Drive, across from the Stanley Park Fish House.
PDFFinish and Party Area Map (280 KB) | Google Map of Area

After crossing the Finish Line, Half-Marathoners and 5k Participants will be presented with a Finisher Medal.

All runners are reminded to keep moving through the Finish Chute, heading towards the Party and Refreshment Area.


Finisher's Medals

Information on the Finisher Medal can be found here.

Finish Area Entertainment

A band will be on site in the Party Area, providing entertainment to participants and spectators. Awards will be presented at the main stage at 10:30am.

Finish Area Refreshments

Water, Gatorade, and a variety of snacks will be available to both Half-Marathon and 5k Participants in the Party Area. For those interested in a post-run brunch, there are a number of restaurants in the area.


Details on Awards can be found here.

Shuttle Bus to UBC

Post race from 9:00am to 11:30am there will be a squad of buses that will shuttle runners back to UBC. Buses depart from Second Beach Pool just past the Half-Marathon baggage check. See finish area map for more info.


Marathon Photos

Finisher photos are supplied by Marathon Photos and will be posted as quickly as possible after the event.

Road Closures

Neighbourhood notices (approx 750 KB):

Environmental Responsibility

Canada Running Series is committed to producing world-class sustainable events. The Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k has been awarded Gold Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport, becoming the ONLY event in Canada to receive this designation — full details here. Highlights of our achievements include:

Help us Run Green by following these tips:

Race Etiquette

General Etiquette

Race Etiquette

Aid Station Etiquette

Finish Line Etiquette

BC Athletics — PDFRoad Race Etiquette Guidelines

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