5 Best Places to Run while Training for the 2016 Vancouver Sun Run

Photo credit: Holdfast4 | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Holdfast4 | Wikipedia

The 2016 Vancouver Sun Run, one of Canada’s biggest organized 10km runs, is coming quicker than a sprinter out of the start gate! On Sunday, April 17, 2016 the streets of Downtown Vancouver will be taken over by a sea of blue t-shirts as the whole city seems to come together to run.

If you’ve already started your training for the run, or if you haven’t even moved from the couch, we’ve got a few ideas on where to enjoy a nice run outside now that the weather is starting to cooperate. Kick the treadmill habit this month and check out one (or all) of these awesome places to run!

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5 Best Places to Run while Training for the 2016 Vancouver Sun Run

HSBC Canada Sevens | The World Hits Town March 12-13

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The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series hits town March 12-13, 2016 at BC Place Stadium for the annual HSBC Canada Sevens Tournament.

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HSBC Canada Sevens | The World Hits Town March 12-13

Outdoorsman Night with the Vancouver Giants, March 4 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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On Friday, March 4th, the Vancouver Giants will be hosting Outdoorsman Night. The G-Men will be playing the Victoria Royals at 7:30pm at the Pacific Coliseum.

The Giants held the first official Outdoorsman Night last year, receiving rave reviews. It’s an event for which the Giants bring together distinctly British Columbian partners to celebrate all things BC: hockey, fishing, logging, exploring, working hard and playing harder.

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Outdoorsman Night with the Vancouver Giants, March 4 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Tackle the Urban Grind this March in Vancouver

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Want to get really, really strong leg muscles? Looking for an excuse to exercise in the city with a unique activity that ends with an excellent view of Downtown? You’re in luck!

This March, the Harbour Centre is inviting everyone to get their heart rates up and their calf muscles burning by climbing the Urban Grind – the stairs to the top of the iconic Vancouver lookout. With the Grouse Grind closed for winter, this is the perfect opportunity to get a similar workout without the hassle of walking through nature.

On March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29th, the 553-foot-tall Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver will open up its 40 flights of stairs to fitness buffs to get some amazing exercise with an added reward…

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Tackle the Urban Grind this March in Vancouver

Sunday Funday – The Vancouver Giants Family Hockey Tradition, Feb 21 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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The Vancouver Giants will host their division rivals, the Kamloops Blazers, on Sunday, February 21st at 5:00pm in the Pacific Coliseum. It’s the sixth time these two teams are facing off this season.

The Pacific Coliseum is a historic rink that has hosted the Giants since their inauguration in the 2001-02 season and held Canucks games before their move to General Motors Place (now Rogers Arena). Every seat in the house feels close to the ice, giving Coliseum visitors an intimate view of the Great Canadian Game without paying a fortune for it.

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Sunday Funday – The Vancouver Giants Family Hockey Tradition, Feb 21 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Diving Near Vancouver – An Octopus’s Garden…

Photo: Stephen Pearce

Photo: Stephen Pearce

By Stephen Pearce

The end of January was a crisp, overcast day with intermittent showers – a typical winter’s day in Vancouver.

My buddy, Paul V, and I headed off in Marc’s boat to check out the reef at Passage Island – only a short distance away from Horseshoe Bay but not always accessible to divers because of the strong winds that can sweep down the Strait of Georgia.

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Diving Near Vancouver – An Octopus’s Garden…

Date Idea: Ice Skating on Vancouver’s Many Indoor and Outdoor Rinks

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Flickr: spantossed

My best first date involved skating at The Robson Square Ice Rink. I arrived at the rink with my skates and a picture on my phone of the guy I was supposed to be meeting. Ah yes, the joys of on-line dating! When he finally did arrive, I was blown away by the immediate chemistry. We were holding hands, skating side-by-side on the ice, within five minutes.

Ice skating is a lovely date since it’s inexpensive, more active and inventive than your usual chatting over coffee, and invites G-rated physical contact. If you’re feeling wobbly (or just pretending to be so), you can reach for your partner’s gloved hand and, suddenly, you’re a unit gliding along frozen water. And if you’re like me and manage to spectacularly fall at one point during the date, you can laugh at yourself with good grace.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner (hint hint), you might consider lacing up. Fortunately, Vancouver has tons of rinks, each offering a unique way of enjoying this classic winter sport together.

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Date Idea: Ice Skating on Vancouver’s Many Indoor and Outdoor Rinks