- Road Race
I did the Coho Run 14k in 2013 prior to my first half marathon. You can't beat this race for beautiful scenery and we had great weather, although a bit overcast at first. September is usually a great month here and this day was no exception!
The race starts at Kits Beach in Vancouver and ends at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. The route runs along the sea wall, over the Burrard St Bridge, around Stanley Park, and over the Lions Gate Bridge.
The morning of the race, I drove to the finish line with my fiancé and a friend who were running it as well. We parked there and took the race shuttle to the start line. I think it cost $5/person.
After a blessing from the Squamish First Nation, we took off down the famous Vancouver sea wall. The atmosphere was great and there were lots of other people along the route and in Stanley park running, biking, or going for a walk that cheered us on.
There is a pretty steep trail section from the sea wall up to the Lions Gate Bridge and then the bridge itself is a gradual incline. Once over the peak of the bridge, it's all downhill from there!
There are no medals but there was a pancake breakfast at the finish line!
The only negative about the race (aside from no medals - but I knew that when I signed up!) was the t-shirts. I was disappointed by the fit and quality of them. I found that they were strangely short and wide.
Read my full race recap here: http://briehemingway.com/blog/2013/09/race-recap-coho-run-14k-2013/