5 fun runs and races in Vancouver to sign up for this Winter/Spring

Photo: Vancouver Running Company

If your New Year’s resolution had something to do with trying to run a bit more, you’re in luck – Vancouver has a huge running culture and it seems like there’s always something going on to keep you motivated.

Whether you’re into trail running, road running, or just walking a little quicker than usual, these races are some of the top events happening this Winter/Spring season to get you eased back into the running mode after a few too many turkey/tofurkey dinners.

There are so many races in Vancouver each month that it’s hard to limit a list to 5, but the ones below are those that sound the most unique, fun, and doable! If you’re looking to get serious, check out the Vancouver Running Race calendar for even more events.

Vancouver Chilly Chase

When: Sunday, January 26, 2020

Distances: 5k, 10k, 15k, Half-marathon

Registration: $60 – $70 depending on distance

This scenic run along the Stanley Park Seawall is the perfect way to kick off your running season! Choose between a 5k, 10k, 15k or Half-marathon course based on your ability. This is a quick, flat course with gorgeous winter views of Vancouver!

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Image courtesy of BC & Alberta Guide Dogs

RunGo Dash for Dogs

When: February 23, 2020

Distances: 5k, 10k, Fundraiser, 2k

Registration: $10 – $25 depending on length

Not only will you be raising money for the adorable and incredibly heroic guide dogs of BC and Alberta, but you’ll be running this fun run with a bunch of friendly puppers! If you have a furry running partner of your own, you’re encouraged to bring out your four-footed friend to join in the race.

The unique opportunity to run an official race with your dog (or other people’s dogs) is what makes this run so fun! Also, makes it a bit chaotic as dogs stop and poop and backtrack to smell each other’s butts – but that’s what makes it so fun!

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Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run

When: Feb 2020 (date TBD)

Distances: 5k

Registration: TBC

Take the regular Grind, but make it a bit harder and covered in snow! The Snowshoe Grind is a fabulous way to stay fit in Vancouver, just a tad bit easier than its summer co-part. This race, however, will not make it easier!

The Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run is a great opportunity for snowshoers (or micro-spikers) of all abilities and fitness levels to get outside and enjoy the trail on top of Grouse Mountain. From the seasoned veteran to the first time snowshoer, all are welcome to participate.

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Vancouver Fun Runs

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Run | Cutest mascot ever?

Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Run

When: March 7, 2020

Distances: 5k, 10k, Fun Run, Other, 1k

Registration: $50 – $65 depending on length

This beautiful run in Stanley Park offers several different running lengths, so anybody can join in the name of hot chocolate! Your registration includes a great course and a souvenir t-shirt and an awesome hot chocolate mug (filled with some of that tasty, tasty hot chocolate) after you cross the finish line. After practicing all February during the Hot Chocolate Festival in Vancouver, this is your time to cap off the month of chocolate!

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Image sourced from BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5K Facebook page

BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5k

When: March 14, 2020

Distances: 5k

Registration: $30 – $40

While running is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about St. Patrick’s Day, this race may convince you otherwise! More party than serious run, this race is fun, festive, and very green. There’s an excellent after-party, good food, a DJ, awards, costume contest, prizes, and beer!

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Stay tuned for more fun race listings in the Spring/Summer season!

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