Ready to Run? Canada’s Biggest 10K Takes over Vancouver, April 19

Photo credit: mim42 | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: mim42 | Wikimedia Commons

If you’ve noticed big groups of runners trotting through the streets of Vancouver the last few weeks, there’s a good reason.

The Vancouver Sun Run, Canada’s biggest 10K race, is Sunday, April 19. Each spring, around 50,000 runners – from world-class athletes to moms and dads pushing strollers – line up for the dash through downtown Vancouver. Now in it’s 31st year, the Sun Run has become a seasonal rite of passage for Vancouverites, with groups of friends and coworkers training for weeks (sometimes months) in advance of the big race.

Part of the Sun Run’s popularity may stem from the fact that it’s got to be one of the prettiest 10K courses anywhere. From the starting point at Georgia and Burrard Streets in downtown Vancouver, the route descends gradually toward Stanley Park. Runners then cross through the park to English Bay, where they’re greeted by sea and mountains views.

Photo credit: Kris Krug | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Kris Krug | Wikimedia Commons

Throngs of spectators and even live bands cheer on participants as they chug up and across the Burrard Street Bridge. The final leg of the course follows 2nd, 4th and 6th Avenues above south False Creek, before looping back downtown over the Cambie Street Bridge to finish outside B.C. Place Stadium. The action continues inside the stadium after the race, with live entertainment, refreshments and an awards ceremony for top finishers.

The Sun Run kicks off at 9 a.m. sharp on the morning of April 19, with runners released in waves depending on their estimated finishing times. If you’re interested in participating, online registration is open up until April 14, at an entry fee of $54. There’s also a 2.5K Mini Sun Run prior to the main race, for families looking to get the kids out for some exercise.

Photo credit: Holdfast4 | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Holdfast4 | Wikipedia

Of course, you don’t have to run to get in on the action. Nearly two dozen music stages are sprinkled along the course, where live bands and DJs pump out tunes for runners and spectators.  The entire route is generally lined with people, with plenty of great viewing spots to take in the action. My personal favourite: From the north end of the Burrard Street Bridge, you can get a bird’s-eye view of runners streaming along Beach Avenue below, then see them churning by en-masse as they cross the bridge itself.

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