- 6 miles/10K
- Road Race
The Vancouver Sun Run is a long-standing tradition in the Lower Mainland. It has been held for over 30 years and is Canada’s largest 10k road race.
I finally participated in it this year (2015) for the first time ever as part of a corporate team. We got the usual cotton t-shirt (and yes I ran in it) with the company logo printed on the back.
The route starts in the middle of downtown Vancouver, heads west to paths edge of Stanley Park, around English Bay, over the Burrard Street bridge, along False Creek, and then back over the Cambie Bridge to the finish line at BC Place. We lucked out with amazing weather - sunny and warm but not too hot.
There were about 40,000 runners in total so it took a while (about 40 minutes) from the gun time until I crossed the start line. This is to be expected with such a large event.
Former participants had warned me about slow people getting in the way or fast people rudely pushing past. I didn't find this was too much of an issue but I guess that's because I knew what to expect. It's a tough run to actually race unless you are up in the fastest corrals. I wanted to finish in under an hour which meant dodging and weaving through the crowd of runners, but I did it!
The "after party" (or whatever they called it) in BC Place was chaos but at least there were flush toilets! I grabbed some bagels, a banana, and a juice box and got the heck outta there. No way was I going to wait in an hour long lineup for a free McDonald's coffee!
Read my full race recap here: http://briehemingway.com/blog/2015/04/race-recap-vancouver-sun-run-2015/