- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, Relay
- Road Race
I've done this race twice now. In 2013, I ran the half marathon with a couple friends who were new to the distance. In 2014, I ran the half again while a few friends who did the 10k distance.
The 5k and 10k follow an an out-and-back route along the Sea Wall, while the half distance is two laps of Stanley Park.
The half is great if you can get past the fact that it's two laps. Honestly, I thought it would be difficult to keep going when the finish line is so close but if you already have your mind set in two-lap mode, it's really not that bad. The good thing is that you don't actually see the finish line, you bypass it altogether.
Like many Vancouver races, it utilizes the Sea Wall around Stanley Park. The Sea Wall is paved, flat, and provides scenic views - perfect for running. There are enough to water stations that I didn't bring water with me but I did bring snacks.
There are a number of real washrooms (with running water!) along the Sea Wall which are a real treat compared to usual portable ones.
After you cross the finish line and receive your medal, you can grab some food and warm up in the Stanley Park Pavilion building nearby. My only criticism is that there was no coffee!
I've done several races held by Try Events and they always do a great job! Check out their website (tryevents.ca) to see what's coming up!
Read my full race recap here:
2014 - http://briehemingway.com/blog/2014/12/race-recap-vancouver-historic-half-2014/
2013 - http://briehemingway.com/blog/2013/11/race-recap-vancouver-historic-half-2013/