Brrrr …. 2016 Polar Bear Swim Returns to Vancouver, Jan 1

Photo credit: City of Vancouver | Flickr

Photo credit: City of Vancouver | Flickr

Ready to join 2,500 other hardy swimmers this New Year’s Day for a dip to remember?

Vancouver’s 96th annual Polar Bear Swim will take place Jan. 1 at English Bay. Water temperatures are expected to be, well, on the chilly side – but that shouldn’t stop the crowds from ringing in the New Year in style.

The event is free to participate in, but you do have to register at English Bay between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the day of the swim. If you’re in the giving mood, donations are encouraged and go to help the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

At 2:30 p.m. sharp, a flag and siren signal the assembled swimmers to race into the frosty waters. If past years are any indication, many will be dressed in festive costumes, from Santa Suits to mermaid getups and more.   Continue reading:
Brrrr …. 2016 Polar Bear Swim Returns to Vancouver, Jan 1

Boo!

photo courtesy of Rene Gauthier aka Divernutbar

photo courtesy of Rene Gauthier aka Divernutbar

Take one scuba diver, add an ocean, a pumpkin, a knife and wait until dark… and what do you get?

All the ingredients necessary for an annual tradition in Vancouver – underwater pumpkin carving!

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Boo!

Work off Those Thanksgiving Calories at the Turkey Trot 10K in Vancouver, Oct 12

Image from turkeytrot.ca

Image from turkeytrot.ca

Ready to burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories? Put down that turkey leg and head to Granville Island on Monday, Oct. 12, for the annual Turkey Trot 10K.

Now in its 18th year, the Turkey Trot has been described as a “run/walk/stroll.” In other words, if you don’t feel like doing sprints after a weekend of stuffing your face with pumpkin pie, then you don’t have to. The uniquely family friendly race is equal parts competition and community get-together. There’s even a special Tot Trot, where moms and dads can push junior in a stroller. Continue reading:
Work off Those Thanksgiving Calories at the Turkey Trot 10K in Vancouver, Oct 12

New Ironman Triathlon May Be Coming to Stanley Park and Coal Harbour

Participants in a triathlon. Photo from Pixabay

Participants in a triathlon. Photo from Pixabay

Attention Iron Men (and Women): A new triathlon may be coming to downtown Vancouver.

The Vancouver Park Board is considering bringing a version of the iconic Ironman triathlon to the heart of the city this July. The competition would see athletes complete an Olympic-distance triathlon consisting of a 1.5-kilometre swim in Coal Harbour, 40-kilometre bike ride and 10-kilometre run through Stanley Park. Events are completed back-to-back, with no break in-between.  Continue reading:
New Ironman Triathlon May Be Coming to Stanley Park and Coal Harbour

HSBC Canada Sevens Men’s Rugby Sevens Tournament tickets on sale to public; organizers release “The World Hits Town” video

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Tournament passes for the 2016 HSBC Canada Sevens Men’s Rugby Sevens Tournament opened to the general public today at 10am PT.  The tournament will be held on March 12 and 13, 2016 at BC Place.

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HSBC Canada Sevens Men’s Rugby Sevens Tournament tickets on sale to public; organizers release “The World Hits Town” video