Are You a Runner?

Photo credit: The SeaWheeze lululemon Half Marathon

Photo credit: The SeaWheeze lululemon Half Marathon

The following article was written by Andrea Ma

What is the distinction between a “runner” and somebody who runs? I can move my legs at an acceptable pace, but I don’t run in races. Does that still make me a runner? When I was given the opportunity to run in a sold out, globally recognized half marathon, also known as #SeaWheeze, the thought of not being a “runner” almost made me say no. The key word is almost.

I began my quest by researching the existing running culture in Vancouver. Let me say, there is no shortage of Vancouverites moving their feet on the seawall. For those unfamiliar with Vancouver’s seawall, it’s a 22 kilometer breathtaking oceanfront sidewalk wrapping around the downtown core of Vancouver and beyond.

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Are You a Runner?

Marathon Dance Party Coming to Vancouver: Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, shown here in Las Vegas, is coming to Vancouver. Photo credit: c&rdunn | Flickr

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, shown here in Las Vegas, is coming to Vancouver. Photo credit: c&rdunn | Flickr

Want to get a head start on those New Year’s resolutions? How about training for Vancouver’s newest – and funkiest – new marathon?

The first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event is coming to Vancouver, Oct. 26. Featuring both a 10K and a half-marathon, the event is equal parts live music party and road race.

Along each mile of the course, bands are on hand to pump up runners.  Music ranges from rock and soul to jazz, blues and even punk. Dozens of live music groups in total transform the race into a giant dance party.  (In fact, local bands are being recruited shortly, if you’d like to rock out in front of thousands of runners and fans).

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Marathon Dance Party Coming to Vancouver: Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Bike-Seeing the Vancouver Waterfront

English Bay Classic

 
When it comes to spectacular waterfronts, Vancouver ranks with the world’s great cities. Throughout downtown, busy streets dead-end at beaches and waterside parks, offering postcard-worthy views of the ocean and snowcapped mountains.

Vancouver’s waterfront also happens to be uniquely accessible. A 14-mile seawall – a broad ocean-side promenade dating back to 1917 – extends uninterrupted for nearly its entire length. And one of the best ways to experience the seawall is on two wheels.

Dozens of shops throughout the city rent bicycles by the hour. Meanwhile, a unique bike-sharing program to be unveiled in 2014 means there will always be a set of wheels nearby. It’s possible to bike the entire seawall in one go or to explore different sections one-at-a-time. Here’s a quick preview of what to expect:

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Bike-Seeing the Vancouver Waterfront

History of Siwash Rock

Photo credit: Flickr/Morisawa81

Photo credit: Flickr/Morisawa81

Siwash Rock is one of the most iconic of Stanley Park’s father figures. Located at a sharp bend between 3rd Beach, Prospect Point and the Lions Gate Bridge, Siwash is a rocky outcrop with a tough, twisted handful of Douglas Firs sprouting on top.

Long before Lord Stanley gazed upon the lattice of rocky shores, sandy beaches and giant cedars that make up our beloved park, Siwash Rock stood ‘like a noble-spirited, upright warrior” according to E. Pauline Johnson (aka Tekahionwake), the author of Legends of Vancouver.

Whether you choose to salute Siwash Rock as an interesting, coastal formation or a monument dedicated to a selfless father figure, it’s still one of Stanley Park’s most photographed and revered attractions.

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History of Siwash Rock

Bachelorette Party Season in Vancouver

Photo credit: Babita Bains

Photo credit: Babita Bains

The season of dabbing at your mascara, giving big congratulatory side hugs and toasting to sappy speeches is just around the bend.

While wedding season gives us an excuse to dress up, connect with friends and family, share food and lots of drinks, it also signals the beginning of bachelorette party season. For the last couple of years there’s been a marriage epidemic amongst my friends. There have been so many great stagettes, I often look forward to the wedding prequel as much as the wedding itself.

“A stagette is basically an excuse for all the girls to get together one last time. They’re often an opportunity to spend some intimate, quality time together,” explains Sandy Pandher, a Vancouver-based wedding and event planner. “It’s all very Sex in the City these days.”

Thanks to my super creative social circle, I’ve been privileged enough to attend all kinds of bachelorette parties over the years. If you’ve been tasked with organizing a bachelorette, don’t panic. I’ve gathered a few ‘best of’ hen party ideas below. Continue reading:
Bachelorette Party Season in Vancouver