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Something new and exciting (yet familiar) is coming this fall. If you remember the news earlier in the year, the Rock and Roll Marathon series decided to leave Vancouver. Local runners weren’t left hanging though, thanks to the organizers of Vancouver Running Festival. I just signed up and here are some reasons why you should too.
Run up to 3 Races
In addition to the 47th James Cunningham Seawall 10K on Saturday and the Granville Half Marathon on Sunday, there will be a 5K kick-off on the Friday. So if you’re up for it, you can run all 3 races. If you’re just a little crazy, sign up for the Toonie Challenge (10K and half marathon) and get a bonus medal. If you just want a taste, then you can sign up for the race of your choice.
Love the routes
I love the routes of these races. I ran the James Cunningham Seawall race in 2015 and enjoyed every minute of it. It was a beautiful fall day and when that happens, it makes running around the Stanley Park seawall more worth it. You start by the Inukshuk near English Bay and run around clockwise and end at Devonian Harbour Park.
The Granville Half Marathon is more or less the same as last year’s with a few minor tweaks. I would check to compare but when I ran last year’s race, my watch didn’t actually record my route. Frustrating isn’t it? It was a PB race too LOL. Sigh. What I do remember is the variety of neighbourhoods you run through: Gastown, East Van, Chinatown, False Creek Seawall, West End, and Stanley Park. It was a nice little tour and one of my favourite routes.
The 5k race route details are still in the works but stay tuned to my Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram for updates. I will let you know as soon as I know. You can see the 10k and half marathon courses here.
Vancouver is gorgeous in the fall
The last 2 years have been great, weather-wise, for this race weekend. Last year, in particular, I decided to come out and support the runners at the James Cunningham Seawall 10k by taking photos. All the trees were a vibrant red and orange and the light was perfect. Why don’t I just show you?
To see more photos, check out this previous blog post.
Ready to sign up? Here are the race details.
When: Friday to Sunday, October 20-22, 2017
Price: $65 until May 31st with price increases on June 1, August 1, and October 1, 2017.
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Are you up for the Toonie Challenge? Let me know in the comments below if you’ll be doing a back-to-back like me!