Flying Finish 16k

The Flying Finish soars over the final kilometre or so of the BMO Vancouver Marathon course and past the finish on Pender Street.

Flying Finish 16k map

When embarking on a long journey, it’s always a good idea to know where you are going. The Flying Finish takes us to the final kilometre or so of the BMO Vancouver Marathon course to get a sense of the slightly uphill final kick to the finish line on Pender Street. There’s no faded reminder painted on the road in front of the Coast Coal Harbour hotel, like there is spanning Boylston Street year-round in Boston, but rest assured the finish line will be there in May.

From the marathon finish, we continue east through Gastown to Lakewood and return on the Adanac bike route. I get nostalgic for the old days, so the main Flying Finish route follows Pacific Boulevard past the Plaza of Nations which hosted the start and finish area of the Vancouver Marathon prior to the course redesign in 2012 before taking the Cambie Bridge back to the Running Room. Greg likes climbing stairs, so there’s a slightly longer finishing option to the Flying Finish, via Science World, so that anyone interested can soar up the Cambie Bridge Stairmaster with Greg.

Turn-by-Turn Directions
NORTH on West side of Cambie to 6th Ave/Canada Line crosswalk — take pedestrian ramp onto west deck of the Cambie Bridge — continue off bridge onto Nelson — RIGHT on Chilco — veer left at Alberni through Georgia St underpass to Devonian Harbour Park and turn RIGHT — RIGHT on Denman — LEFT on Georgia — LEFT fork onto Pender (look for the Vancouver Marathon finish line just past But St in front of Preston’s Restaurant at the Coast Coal Harbour) — LEFT on Burrard St — RIGHT on Cordova — take LEFT fork onto Water St — RIGHT fork onto Powell — Powell becomes Dundas at Semlin — take next RIGHT on Lakewood — RIGHT on Adanac — dogleg LEFT at Vernon and quick RIGHT on Union — at Quebec St continue straight on Expo — LEFT on Carrall — RIGHT on Pacific — take pedestrian ramp onto east deck of the Cambie Bridge back to 7th Ave

Stairmaster Option
LEFT on Quebec St and take path through Science World parking lot to the False Creek Seawall path — LEFT on Seawall path along the water side of Science World and Olympic Village to the Cambie Bridge — take stairs up to bridge deck — turn LEFT and head back to 7th Ave