FIRST-EVER AMERICAS MASTERS GAMES HITS VANCOUVER THIS SUMMER

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This summer, thousands of amateur athletes from around the world are expected to travel to Vancouver for the first-ever Americas Masters Games (AMG). The nine-day event is designed to complement the World Masters Games (the world’s largest multi-sport event), offering an opportunity for sports enthusiasts and athletes of all skill levels 30 years of age and older to compete in the Americas region.

With less than 100 days until the opening ceremony, here’s what you need to know about Americas Masters:

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FIRST-EVER AMERICAS MASTERS GAMES HITS VANCOUVER THIS SUMMER

Woman2Warrior is Happening May 15 at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium (Free Prize Pack Giveaway!)

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There is a warrior in the heart of every woman. She is Strong. Determined. Powerful. Woman2Warrior, Vancouver’s only women’s charity obstacle adventure race, is back for its fourth year on Sunday, May 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hit the track, trails and grass at Burnaby’s Central Park & Swangard Stadium and tackle more than a dozen top-secret obstacles designed to test strength, agility, determination and endurance.

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Woman2Warrior is Happening May 15 at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium (Free Prize Pack Giveaway!)

Vancouver Date Idea: Outdoor, Acrobatic, and Free Yoga with Your Sweetie

Photo Credit: Katie Huisman

YYoga, Photo Credit: Katie Huisman

During my year of intense dating, I went on a few outings with a guy who was really into yoga (he taught it as well). He was also outdoorsy, smart, and basically the classic Vancouver ‘ideal’ man. I’d been practising yoga on a very casual basis for the last fifteen years or so, and was at a point in my life where I particularly needed its calming effects. The ups-and-downs of the dating process can be tumultuous, to say the least, so some meditation and child’s pose really helped.

In any case, one day he called me and suggested we do a yoga class together. Personally, I’d never thought of it as a date idea but, in fact, it’s a great activity, even if it’s wordless. I would recommend going for coffee or a bite to eat afterwards as well to discuss your class. Yoga heightens awareness of the body, so there’s something highly sensory – even sensual – about doing yoga next to someone you’re attracted to. Plus, many yoga studios incorporate partner work into their classes, which will involve some form of physical contact between you and your date. Yoga also helps with tranquility that can sometimes be elusive on a date. I have a friend who consistently goes to yoga classes with her husband when she visits a new place as a way of grounding from the bustle of travel and sightseeing.

Vancouver certainly has no shortage of stellar yoga studios that offer a wide variety of environments and yoga and teaching styles. And with the rainy season on its way out and the weather warming up (yay!), outdoor yoga is also a great option for getting your namaste on together. Here are five Vancouver yoga options that are worth checking out:

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Vancouver Date Idea: Outdoor, Acrobatic, and Free Yoga with Your Sweetie

‘Caps Chat: An Interview with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Goalkeeper, David Ousted

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Photo: Tom Ewasiuk

By Michael McColl

Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club are steeped in tradition dating back to 1974. The team currently play in Major League Soccer, the highest level of the professional club game in North America.

While maintaining their Canadian feel, the ‘Caps squad is also packed with a number of players from across the world, including South America, Europe and Asia. In the first of a series of articles, Inside Vancouver, sits down with some of the Whitecaps’ top international players to discover their love for their city and their top tips and recommendations for visitors and locals alike.

We kick the series off chatting with the Whitecaps’ 31-year-old Danish goalkeeper, David Ousted, who has called Vancouver home for almost three years now, and who credited his, and his family’s love of the city as a key a factor in signing his recent contract extension with the club.

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‘Caps Chat: An Interview with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Goalkeeper, David Ousted

A Guide to Downtown Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium

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Photo: Tom Ewasiuk

By Michael McColl

Opened in 1983, and completely renovated between 2009 and 2011, Vancouver’s BC Place is the jewel in the crown of Canada’s sports stadiums and a must visit on any trip to the city.

With a total capacity of 54,500 in upper and lower bowl seating, BC Place has played host to some of the top sporting events in the world, including the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics and the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Most recently, the stadium became a venue for the World Rugby Sevens Series and has hosted the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) championship, the Grey Cup.

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A Guide to Downtown Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium

Watch out for the Splash Zone at the Canadian Debut of Red Bull Slopesoakers

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End this epic snowboard and ski season with a splash! This April 2, Red Bull Slopesoakers will be making its Canadian Debut at Grouse Mountain Resort. The event is a hybrid of slopestyle and pondskim, which is sort of like waterskiing but without the boat… or rope…

It’s a very unique contest and fun for spectators and competitors alike, and just like Sea World – there will probably be a splash zone.

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Watch out for the Splash Zone at the Canadian Debut of Red Bull Slopesoakers

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

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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