This past weekend, our wonderful city hosted the BMO Vancouver Marathon with 16,000 participating racers from 65 countries around the world. There were six separate events, from a 2.5km walk to the full 42.2km race.

Named one of the World’s top destination marathons by Forbes Magazine, it was a chance for Vancouver to show off it’s beautiful scenery, its incredible hospitality and its love of outdoor activity.

Vancouver Bike Tours was honoured to host two of this year’s participants: Charles Milone of Boston and Claus Duus Feddersen of Roskilde, Denmark. Claus joined us on Friday for a pre-run Stanley Park bicycle tour on our Towers and Totems tour. Charles picked the same Stanley Park bicycle tour, but chose to ride after the race. This was Charles’ second ride with us, having joined us for our Creekside tour back in the summer of 2016.

Two of the big stories from the race were a marriage at the 32km mark and an Olympic race walker who dominated 96% of the field while walking.

The marriage between James Makokis and Anthony Johnson took place near Beach Avenue on the shores of English Bay, just below our bike shop at 1754 Davie Street. The couple, decked out in matching tuxedo shirts, went on to complete the race together with a time of 5:30:40.

Stanley Park bicycle tour

The other amazing story was Evan Dunfee, the current Canadian 50km race walking record holder who finished the course with a time of 3:10:35. Dunfee was 133rd overall and 25th in his age and gender category (male 25-29). While some of the challenging terrain did force Dunfee to ‘lift’ his feet, he spent over 90% of the race in walk mode.

The top running honours went to Daniel Kipkoech of Kenya (last year’s winner) with a time of 2:19:09 and Gladys Tarus, also from Kenya, with a time of 2:39:38.

Other big races in Vancouver this summer are the Scotia Bank Half Marathon on June 25th and the SeaWheeze (Lululemon) Half Marathon on August 19th.

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