The Vancouver Sun Run: Top 5 Reasons to Lace Up

This Sunday is the 26th installment of the Vancouver Sun Run, the 10-kilometer race that winds its way through the city’s downtown.  Races in recent years have drawn nearly 60,000 runners, making the Sun Run Canada’s largest 10K and one of the biggest timed racing events in the world.  If you haven’t signed up but are still thinking about it, here are five reasons to lace up.

1) The weather.  According to forecasts, Sunday should be the nicest day in weeks, with a high of 19 degrees and a light westerly breeze.  Recent rains have cleaned the air and streets, making for ideal running conditions.

2) Do it for charity.  More than $1.5 million in proceeds from the Sun Run have been donated to various causes since 1985, including the Raise a Reader program and initiatives to support amateur athletics.

3) Your body will thank you.  Why not skip that heavy Mother’s Day brunch and burn a few thousand calories instead?

4) Be part of history.  2010 may be a record year for the Sun Run.  In 2008, the last year figures were available, a record 59,147 runners participated.  And that year the race day temperature was a chilly 3 degrees.  Balmy weather this Sunday could push the total number of participants past 60,000.

5) Celebrate the end of Sun Run ads in the Vancouver Sun.  The newspaper sponsors the race, which means readers are deluged with ads, stories and tie-ins for months in advance.   Anybody else notice that?

Remy Scalza

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