Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

( 13 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Vancouver,
  • June
  • 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
  • Road Race
  • Event Website


North Vancouver, Canada
9 6
"Feeding Frenzy!"
Aid Stations
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Paul 's thoughts:

I'm not usually into road races, but signed up for this one on a bit of a whim. I'm glad I did. This was an enjoyable race. My mum and dad were over from England, so it was nice to show them the local running scene and introduce them to what it is I'm doing when I "never answer the bloody phone".

The expo was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, but was much smaller than that of the BMO Vancouver Marathon. Feels like a battle of the banks, doesn't it? Still, there were a few exhibitors I was interested in and I came away with a few samples.

The race itself began out at UBC. I remember there wasn't a whole lot of free parking, so I was dropped off while the family drove off to find a spot somewhere. It was a beautiful day and quite warm, considering the early hour. The pre-race banter from the MC was pretty good and I remember feeling pumped when the starting gun fired.

I had a decent race, aiming for a sub-1:30. I didn't get it. I can never get that one. I ran 1:32, which still sits as my personal best over that distance. One of these days I'll have another go, although I tend to do a lot more trail running now.

The course was well marked with plenty of volunteers and spectators to keep the mood light and the energy pumped. The aid stations were well stocked with water and the volunteers understood how to hand it out and still keep out of the way. That's very important in a race like this!

The finish area was also pretty great. There was an ex-Canuck there signing autographs and tonnes of food. I mean tonnes. We came away with so much stuff, it was kinda ridiculous! We had mountains of Uncle Ben's rice, bagels, cookies, bananas, fruit bars, chips, juice... Filled our entire dining room table.

The medal was pretty nice and looks good among my collection. This is a truly terrific race and one of the very best in vancouver, I would say. The scenery is great and the atmosphere is epic. If I was going to pick a half-marathon to do again, this might well be it!

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