Camosun of a BLEEP! 23k

Topping out at the 10-kilometre mark of the Vancouver Marathon course, Camosun Street is a long steady climb which gives runners a good swift kick in the BLEEP.

Camosun of a Bleep! 23k map
The Camosun Street climb is the big beast of the BMO Vancouver Marathon course. Coming after the long, gradual downhill stretch of 49th Avenue and a couple of rolling kilometres on SW Marine Drive, the hard right turn onto Camosun Street is like a kick in the BLEEP, followed by a punch in the BLEEP and finished off with a BLEEPING BLEEP in the BLEEP.

In truth, the Camosun hill isn’t all bad, but at over 1.2 kilometres from SW Marine Drive to 29th Avenue, with an average grade of 4%, the climb is long and steep for a road marathon and runners will surely be asking themselves why the BLEEP the race doesn’t take an easier way to University of British Columbia. And why they stuck the BLEEPIN’ hill in the race’s first 10k.

Thanks to a bend in the road at the foot of Camosun Street, the hill isn’t immediately visible from SW Marine. The road quickly straightens and eases upward past Southlands Elementary School on the runners’ left. Just past the school at 37th Avenue, runners begin the steepest part of the climb, a 600-metre-long grind with an average grade of about 7% that begins to level out after 32nd Avenue. From there, it’s only a slight climb to the left turn at 29th Avenue and Camosun is done.

Turn-by-Turn Directions
EAST on 7th Ave — RIGHT on Ontario St — RIGHT on 33rd Ave > Midlothian Ave > 29th Ave — LEFT on Cambie — RIGHT on 49th — merge RIGHT onto SW Marine Dr — cross to north side of 41st Ave and turn LEFT on 41st and then RIGHT on Camosun St — LEFT on 29th Ave > Imperial St — RIGHT on 16th — cross Granville and veer LEFT on Marpole > 15th Ave > Wolfe before turning LEFT to rejoin 16th — LEFT on Heather — RIGHT on 7th