Archive for the ‘Race Reports’ Category

parkrun

I’ve been hearing about it for over a year. I’ve seen the photos on Facebook. I’ve thought about skipping my usual Saturday morning long run to attend it. But it took a special event on New Year’s Day 2018 to get me out for parkrun Canada in Richmond, BC!

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cancelled

Vancouver is a city built for running. We’ve got hills, we’ve got nature, we’ve got the Seawall. Tired of running on the road? We’ve got trails galore! Need someone to motivate in your training? There is a running group / crew / team to meet every need! And if you’re looking for a race? It’s not an exaggeration to say that you could probably run a race (or two) every weekend of the year, and still have some left over!

Having said that, not every race survives the test of time. Even longstanding races are not immune to the winds of change. While we see new races pop up from time to time, it’s inevitable that some races are no longer with us. 2017 has been a challenging year, and this blog post is an ode to the Races We’ve Lost.

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vancouver historic halfI hadn’t planned on running a race the weekend after returning from Mexico. But when Susan announced that she and Michelle had signed up for the Vancouver Historic Half 10K, I couldn’t resist. Although I’ve participated in a couple of TRY Events races before (Chilly Chase Half and Shamrock’n 7 Miler), this was my first ever Historic Half 10k!

This race event is called the Vancouver Historic Half, but I’ve not been able to determine if there’s a reason for this name, other than the fact that Stanley Park is an historic, and scenic, part of Vancouver. The race includes not only a half marathon, but also a 10k and a 5k. The half marathon is a double loop of Stanley Park. Having just done a race that involved 10 loops of a track (I’m talking about you, Mission Half Marathon!), I wasn’t prepared to do it again, so I stuck with the 10k.

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fall classic

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Fall Classic 5k as a result of volunteering as a pacer.

Although I had intended to act as a pacer in the 2016 Big Elf Run, the weather had other plans. Due to the snow and ice, there were no official pacers. And due to the road conditions, I was barely able to manage the pace I would have been responsible for! So when the opportunity to pace for the 2017 Fall Classic presented itself, I jumped at the chance!

Read on to learn more about the Fall Classic, and how things went from a pacing perspective…

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Mission Half Marathon

When I first saw a post about the brand new Mission Half Marathon, I thought: “Hey! A new half marathon! Maybe I’ll give it a go.” I visited the website, saw the course, and thought: “Never in a million years.” Then, just a week before the race, I was offered a complimentary entry to the race…well, it was offered to a few people, but I was the only one willing and available to jump on board.

The Mission Half Marathon is unique, probably one of the few races of its kind in the world. Curiosity piqued? Let me tell you about the course…a drag race course…and then play it on repeat…

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Seawall RaceDisclaimer: I received a free entry to the James Cunningham Seawall Race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

There are two things that I particularly enjoy about autumn races, in general:  the weather is cool, and they start later! But when you live in a city like Vancouver, you can be nearly guaranteed the other variable of the season:  rain. And even though we new it was coming – despite the best efforts of Lions Gate Road Runners maven, Margaret Buttner – the morning of the 47th Annual James Cunningham Seawall Race dawned with a downpour. And the ducks were happy! (more…)

SHLF Run

The West Van Run Crew was out in force this past weekend, joining the team challenge at the 2017 Strachan Hartley Memorial Foundation Run – otherwise known as the SHLF Run! Last year, Paula and I both ran the 5k, so I decided to up the ante and tackle this year’s 10k! However, there were a few surprises in store… (more…)