- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K
- Road Race
The 2016 WestVanRun was held on March 5 and 6. The first day was the 5K event and the second day was the 10K. I was lucky enough to be a part of the race as an ambassador along with a group of amazing local runners and, of course, opted to participate in both days! The race attracted a group of over 1200 enthusiastic participants including elites, runners, and walkers.
Package Pickup & Swag: They did offer same day package pickup for out-of-town runners, but I was warned it would be busy so a friend picked mine up prior to race day. The package included one bib with chip timing to be worn both days and two cool-looking WVR water bottles.
Course & Aid Stations: The race was located at Dundrave Park which I had never been to before. It was a great spot on the waterfront with plenty of parking, a building with washrooms (that’s right, flush toilets!), and a restaurant. The start line for both events was a block inland and the race headed east parallel to the ocean until the halfway point where the route takes you back right along the water to the ocean-view finish line. The only downside is that you could see the finish line from quite a distance … so close and yet so far away! There was one aid station for each race with water. Unfortunately, the water was full bottles so a lot when to waste and other people didn’t take any due to not needing a whole bottle. It was a bit confusing. Next year I’d like to see the usual cups.
Post-Race: There was a small expo with booths from Kintec, 5 Peaks, and other running-related brands. Bottles of water, hot chocolate, and a natual energy drink were available for the taking. Racers could head into the restaurant to get a grab bag of breakfast food (banana, mini yogurt parfait, mini croissant, etc) and sit down at the tables. The awards ceremony was also held in there.
It was a really fun event and great to see all the WestVanRun ambassadors and crew – they are such amazing and hilarious people! There were lots of PBs (including one for me on the 5K day)!
Read my full race recap here: http://briehemingway.com/blog/2016/03/race-recap-westvanrun-2016/