It's no wonder that Vancouver - host city of the 2010 Olympic and Paralymic Winter Games - is a great spot for athletic pursuits. In fact, recreational athletes from around the world come annually to compete in city sporting events. The BMO Vancouver Marathon (May 3, 2015) which takes place each spring, is billed "a marathon so beautiful you'll wish it was longer". The Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon series lands in Vancouver for its second time on October 25, 2015. Vancouver-based yoga brand Lululemon calls their SeaWheeze half marathon (August 15, 2015) the "most fun marathon in the world". The RBC Gran Fondo (September 12, 2015) is an epic bike event starting in Vancouver and climbing the stunning the Sea-to-Sky highway to Whistler. In recent years, some 7,000 riders from more than14 different countries took on the challenge which takes the average rider five to six hours to complete.