Train for the lululemon SeaWheeze: Vancouver’s newest half-marathon, Aug. 11

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Avid runners know that Vancouver is home to one of the world’s largest 10K events, the annual Sun Run every spring.  We’ve also got the BMO Vancouver Marathon in May, the second-largest marathon in Canada.   Now, here comes another challenge for the fleet-footed.

This Aug. 11 will mark the inaugural running of the SeaWheeze, the city’s newest half-marathon.  Organized by none other than yoga-wear icons lululemon, Seawheeze winds for approximately 13 miles (21.1 kilometres) through some of Vancouver’s most picturesque neighborhoods, into parks and along the coast.

Runners start off downtown, racing through the historic cobblestone streets of Gastown and Chinatown.  From there, it’s on to the waterfront False Creek seawall, backed by the glitzy new high-rises of Yaletown.  Save your energy for a climb to Kitsilano, home to lululemon’s first store.  Then, get ready for a final push through beachfront English Bay and around 1,000-acre Stanley Park.

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Sound like a workout?  Don’t worry – You’ve still got plenty of time to get in shape.  Runners who register ($128 per person) receive a specially designed 12-week training program (complete with yoga and guided meditation instructions), plus access to free run clubs at local lululemon outlets (You also get a nifty pair of SeaWheeze shorts to run in).

And even if you’re not up for pounding the pavement, the inaugural race should be a weekend to remember.  Organizers are planning outdoor yoga sessions, a concert and a big post-race bash.  Plus, SeaWheeze takes place at the height of the Vancouver summer, with long, sunny days, warm nights and a full line-up of events in the city, from film festivals to outdoor theater and concert series.

To find out more about SeaWheeze and register to run or volunteer, visit the official website.

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