Vancouver Running Festival

Vancouver Running Festival

Vancouver Running Festival

( 9 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Vancouver,
  • October
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
  • Road Race

Jeannine Avelino

Vancouver, Canada
42 49
"The rain didn't dampen our Seawall Race spirit!"
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Jeannine Avelino's thoughts:

For the full recap, check out my blog here:

Organization – Despite the roadblocks this race weekend faced (RnR pulling out, postponed half marathon, and medal re-design), race organizers did well with the cards they were dealt. In the end, they still pulled off a really successful race and it showed on everyone’s reactions that day. There were ample signs and volunteers throughout the course and roaming photographers. Communication was ok. They used Facebook and email to notify us with race information and updates. There’s complimentary gear check, which is very convenient and lots of bathrooms to change in. The location is also very accessible via bus or bicycle. You can bring your car too but there’s limited parking and they encourage carpooling.

Course – Beautiful, scenic, and flat. It’s a counter-clockwise loop, my preferred way of running the seawall. Those not familiar with the Stanley Park seawall will be treated to mountain and ocean views, various landmarks and public art and the natural beauty that Vancouver has to offer. The only thing is that it's not a full 10k, it's a 9.5 km course and has been that way for over 40 years.

Swag/Package Pickup – With the bib, runners received a grey v-neck tech shirt with the race logo prominently printed on the back and some flyers with future race discounts. Package Pickup was held at a Running Room store in Downtown Vancouver and they had special discounts just for participants (which I took advantage of).

Post-Race - There were bananas, energy drinks, protein bars, water and coffee at the finish line. There was also a costume contest and awards given to overall and age group winners. Hang out until the end in case you win a door prize.

Would I Do It Again? Yes! It’s a fun and fast race organized by fabulous people and a Vancouver tradition. Looking forward to next year!

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