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BMO Welcomes Record Number of Participants for the 2014 BMO Vancouver Marathon

- More than 16,500 participants in four events and 90,000 spectators expected over race weekend

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/02/14 -- For the ninth year, BMO Bank of Montreal is the title sponsor of the BMO Vancouver Marathon - a family-friendly event with both local and international participation and an expected 90,000 spectators.

Since its inception, Team BMO employees have participated in the Vancouver Marathon, not only as runners, but also as proud volunteers. This year there will be 210 volunteers and 90 runners or walkers on Team BMO. This is the third year of the Full and Half Marathon point-to-point courses from Queen Elizabeth Park in South Vancouver, through cherry tree-lined residential streets, along the Stanley Park seawall and ending in the heart of downtown. The BMO Vancouver Marathon has become a world-class experience for runners and spectators, showcasing the city's renowned waterfronts, landmarks and coastal mountains.

The BMO Kids' Zone returns this year at the Finish Line Street Festival on Hastings Street and a sold-out Kids 1-Mile Fun Run through Stanley Park on Saturday, May 3 will see kids between 6 and 12 years old participating.

"BMO is proud to partner with the community to host The BMO Vancouver Marathon in this wonderful city. BMO employees are particularly proud to see the 'sea of BMO blue' on race day, demonstrating our ongoing local community support," said BMO's Mike Bonner, who was recently appointed to Senior Vice President, British Columbia and Yukon.

BMO brings a special treat to its clients with another year of its BMO Power of Blue promotion, offering exclusive perks to BMO customers running in the Marathon. Customers who show their BMO debit card or BMO MasterCard are eligible for:


--  A free massage at the BMO Booth at the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo,
    in the Vancouver Convention Centre East
--  Access to the BMO Power of Blue Express Line at the Expo for runners
    picking up race kits
--  A discount on trolley rides with the Vancouver Trolley Company from
    April 7 until race day

For more information, please visit www.bmovanmarathon.ca.

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