What does the Sun Run say about Vancouver?

Vancouver Sun Run
The start of the Sun Run

Last Sunday we took part in the Vancouver Sun Run. This is the second year we have done it and this time was more enjoyable than last year.

Being fitter I had time to take in the sights and sounds of the run that much more and it got me thinking about what this event tells you about life in Vancouver.

It is probably no surprise that this is a well attended event. This year there were over 48,000 participants confirming Vancouver’s reputation for supporting an active life style.

The course takes you around downtown Vancouver, skirting the edge of Stanley Park, along English Bay, across the Burrard bridge and back over the Cambie bridge. This route shows off Vancouver pretty well. In fact I overheard another runner saying she’d not thought Vancouver would be so beautiful. (I don’t know where she was from).

The Sun Run would not work without the volunteers. They help with handing out race packs, gear check, the water stations that line the route, the after run party in BC Place and marshalling the thousands of runners and walkers. What I found interesting that I heard several runners thanking the volunteers, or even cheering them, as they went by. That was nice to see.

Perhaps one of the best things about doing the run is being encouraged by the people watching. All along the route there were people watching, cheering and shouting encouragement. I particularly liked a little girl of about 7 or 8 who was holding her hand out for “high five’s” and telling us we were awesome! It certainly helped in the last kilometre or two, when energy is flagging.

The after party wrap up was in BC Place Stadium. It was my first time inside with its new roof. It was a great venue and luckily our running clinic had arranged to meet under the N – so we were all able to catch up and find out how we’d all done. There’s a lot of people looking tired but really happy. And they’re already talking about next year!

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