Archive for the ‘Race Reports’ Category

Hot on the heels of the small but mighty Shaughnessy 8K comes the first ‘summer’ run – the aptly named West Van Run Summer! With a total of three races this year, including the long-standing tradition of the Ambleside Mile, the 5K and – for the first time ever – the Kids’ Mile, West Van Run Summer has something for everyone. The biggest change for 2019 was the new courses, which only served to make the event even better!

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July is now upon us and I’m only now writing my Shaughnessy 8K review…a race I ran way back in May! Chock it up to trying to make the most of the summer, spending more time outdoors and less at my computer. However, it’s weirdly chilly and rainy right now, so it’s the perfect time to start getting caught up on the blog. And what better way than with one of the best local races in town – the crowd-pleasing Shaughnessy 8K!

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fall classic

Wrapping up the 2018 RunVan race series, the Fall Classic is incredibly popular with the Vancouver running community. Held on campus at the University of British Columbia, the Fall Classic tagline as ‘Vancouver’s last great run of the year‘ is evidenced by the fact that it sold out yet again this year. In addition, if you’ve run the BMO Vancouver Marathon (or Half or 8K) and the Granville Island Turkey Trot, the Fall Classic earns you the coveted Hat Trick!

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SHLF Run 2018

Whenever I mention to people that I’m running the SHLF Run, I get a lot of funny looks. “Shelf run?” they ask questioningly. “It’s an acronym,” I explain – an event hosted by the Strachan Hartley Legacy Foundation. The SHLF Run 2018 was my third (and favourite) time running the race. And I really want more people to know about it and all the great stuff it represents – and run it with me!

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Granville Island Turkey Trot

The very best thing to do on Thanksgiving weekend – whether before or after your turkey (or, in our case, salmon) dinner – is run a race! And why not make it the Granville Island Turkey Trot?! With costumes, friendly faces, oodles of food and RunVan medals, it’s a favourite tradition of many locals who swarm the False Creek Seawall on Thanksgiving Monday morning.

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north van run

Welcome back! 2018 marks the second year of the North Van Run – I’m glad it returned, and with it some awesome changes! As new residents of the North Shore, it was so handy to be a true local for this event. With great people, awesome sponsors and a new course – what a great way to spend a drizzly Sunday morning in September!

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eastside 10k

The Eastside 10K is in its sixth year, and with maturity comes change. Last year, Under Armour took over as title sponsor, changing the course, and elevating the race to an arguably more prestigious status. This year, there were a few unexpected surprises and I’ve got a few opinions about that…

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vancouver pride run

Back in the summer of 2010, the year of the Olympics in Vancouver, I ran my first Pride Run. I was still very early on in my running career, having completed just 8 races since my very first Sun Run in 2009. There were two options: 5k and 10k. I decided to push my limits and run 10k. It was a relatively small race – probably less than 100 people. And I came dead last.

After an 8-year Pride Run hiatus, I decided to give it another try…

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