Vancouver-Area Virtual Running Races to Enter This Year

A runner in Kitsilano

Photo: Destination BC/Grant Harder

With less rain in the forecast over the next few months, it’s time to lace up your shoes and head out for a run. One of the best ways to stay motivated is to enter a race.

This year, Vancouver’s most popular running races have gone virtual. Complete the race distance in your neighbourhood, then submit your results online to see how you stack up. Finishers get sweet swag like t-shirts, medals, and discounts at running stores. Here are four Vancouver-area virtual races you won’t want to miss this year.

Until further notice, in line with the public health order, non-essential travel into, within, and out of BC is not recommended. BC residents, let’s do our part by continuing to stay small and support local with your immediate household, in accordance with the latest guidelines.


Vancouver Sun Run Virtual Race

Vancouver’s most popular running race has gone virtual this year. Run or walk the Vancouver Sun Run close to home between April 18 and 30. You can tackle the classic 10 km distance as an individual or enter the team division. Participants receive a 2021 Vancouver Sun Run t-shirt and for the first time ever, a commemorative medal. Register here.

Virtual Vancouver Sun Run event poster

Photo via Vancouver Sun Run


Virtual BMO Marathon

Is 2021 the year you run a marathon? Sign up for the virtual BMO Marathon and make it happen between May 1 and 31. If you’d rather run a shorter distance, there are half marathon, 8km, 5km, and relay options too. Finishers get sweet swag like tech tees, gloves, and a 15% off coupon for the Running Room. Register here.


Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon Virtual Race

Established in 1999, the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon is known for its oceanside route and West Coast scenery. This year, you can run virtually in your neighbourhood, and bring the Vancouver landscape with you on their gorgeous race tee and medal. There are lots of distances to choose from between 5km and a half marathon. To get special prizes, complete challenges by running more than one distance. To race between June 2 and July 5, register here.


Lululemon SeaWheeze Virtual Race

SeaWheeze, Lululemon’s legendary yoga, run, party is planning a virtual event between September 18 and 26 this year. You can run a half marathon or 10k during the event. Sign up early to take advantage of the free training plans. Registration isn’t open yet, but you can find more details here.

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