- 6 miles/10K
- Road Race
The 32nd annual Vancouver Sun Run is was held the morning of Sunday, April 17. It is Canada’s largest 10K road race and this year had over 42,000 registrants. This was my second time running the Sun Run and I have lucked out with amazingly sunny weather both years.
Package Pickup & Swag: I went to the package pickup expo at lunch on the Friday. There were basically no lineups and it was a breeze to get through. There were quite a few retailers and some free samples of juice and snacks being given out. Everyone gets a t-shirt included with registration. This was the first year that the Sun Run decided to forgo their traditional white cotton t-shirts and instead opted for blue technical shirts. However, there are no medals for this race.
Course & Aid Stations: The race starts on Georgia Street and the corrals span 5 short city blocks. The route heads west towards Stanley Park and then back east along English Bay, south over the Burred Street Bridge, and continues further east until heading north over the Cambie Street Bridge and around BC Place where the finish line is located. There were ample water stations along the route and one station specifically for red bibs (walkers, strollers) that had some snacks.
Post-Race: Since I had been to the package pickup expo, I waited outside in the nice weather while my friends battled the crowds inside BC Place. They came back frustrated that they couldn’t see or get around to everything and eventually had given up. I’m not sure what was inside but I suspect the same shops/booths for the various running brands, snacks, and races.
Despite starting at the very last corral and waiting over an hour to get to the start line, it is a really fun race! There is something cool about running among tens of thousands of people. Surprisingly, we were even able to finish in 1:09 by weaving in and out of the crowd.
Read my full race report here: http://brielikethecheese.com/blog/2016/04/race-report-vancouver-sun-run-2016/