21 photos of the BMO Vancouver Marathon

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And they're off! Runners leave the start line at the BMO Vancouver Marathon (BMO Vancouver Marathon)

Nearly 16,500 runners showed up for the 45th BMO Vancouver Marathon on Sunday. Not only is it the city’s only marathon, it’s been ranked among the top destination marathons by Forbes Magazine and CNN Travel, so it’s hardly surprising that participants hailed from 60 different countries.

The event included a 42 kilometre marathon, a 21 kilometre half marathon, an eight kilometre race, and a relay. Kenyan Daniel Kipkoech and Hirut Guangul of Ethiopia won the men’s and women’s marathons with times of two hours, 21 minutes and two hours, 39 minutes respectively.

“In 1972, the Vancouver Marathon had 32 finishers,” Charlene Krepiakevich, Executive Director of the Vancouver International Marathon Society, said in a release. “This year, the six unique race experiences led to one of the highest number of finishers recorded in the event’s history at nearly 14,000 total finishers.”

“We are proud to build on this legacy created 45 years ago, and to expand the race experiences to athletes of all abilities, young and old,” Krepiakevich said. “We are grateful to have such support from the City of Vancouver, sponsors, and locals.”

In case you missed the action, we’ve compiled a photo roundup of the marathon. Here are 21 pictures of the BMO Vancouver Marathon 2016.

The annual #stampede. #VancouverMarathon #BMOVM #RunVan

A video posted by Ken Chan (@iamkenjchan) on

Half marathon cheer squad. @joydubbleu runs with such composure! (Sign credit to @lainekdee) #bmomarathon

A photo posted by Marsha Matheson (@marshamatheson) on

#bmomarathon #topview #finishline

A photo posted by Lawrence???? (@ddbg.photo) on

Walking the dog… and THIS! #tooearly #soconfused #bmomarathon #starwars A photo posted by Vancouver, Canada (@daniellebauer) on

Post race #selfie ! #bmomarathon A photo posted by Isabela Reynolds (@isabela.reynolds) on

#bmomarathon #running towards the #finishline

A photo posted by Lawrence (@ddbg.photo) on

#runvanfan #toplinevocalcollective #californiadreaming #bmomarathon A video posted by TLVC (@toplinevocalcollective) on

My birthday present to myself :) #bmomarathon #diditformyself #goalsachieved #runvan #firsthalfmarathon

A photo posted by Amreen (@imamreen) on

First female finisher at the @bmovanmarathon! A photo posted by Krystal Yee (@krystalatwork) on

#bmomarathon finish line with #johnstanton #runningroom #vanrun

A photo posted by sahardesign (@saharmh) on

I found the muffin man. #bmomarathon #watchingbeforecycling #running

A photo posted by Cycling adventures are key. (@chriswillbeerbike) on

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