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After returning from nearly two weeks in Europe, I honestly wasn’t feeling in the mood to tackle a race. Sure, I did a bit of running while travelling, but let’s be honest – those were runs combined with sightseeing and photo ops: hardly what could be considered training! On top of it all – jetlag!

Photo Credit: Bee Vee

But I knew a whole bunch of people running this year’s North Van Run and heck, I live in North Van! So Sunday morning, it was off to the races!


north van runIt was a short race, so this will be a relatively short post. However, the North Van Run was inspired by big ideas, and is worthy of two huge thumbs up! Thanks, as always, to Kirill and Shannon, and their team of volunteers for putting on a top-notch event!

I’ve been a huge fan of – and active participant in – the West Van Run over the past several years. When I first heard about the plans for a North Van Run, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to run as a member of the West Van Run Team!

From what I understand, this is the first road race to be held entirely in the City of North Vancouver. Sure, there are lots of trail races, given the mountainous nature of the area, but they are in the surrounding District of North Vancouver (as is the SHLF Run, which I’ll be participating in again this weekend!). So the inaugural North Van Run is a pretty big deal!

Package Pickup

All day on Saturday at the Capilano Mall, package pickup was also available pre-race on Sunday morning. Fortunately, my friend, Kyla (who lives in the area) was kind enough to grab mine for me.

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We were a bit worried that there might be rain, but the day was bright and sunny! Debra came by to pick me up, and we stopped at Burrard Station for Sam. The sun was rising as we headed over Lions Gate Bridge.

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The race started near the North Shore Auto Mall, and Level 10 Fitness opened their doors for pre-race preparations, including bag check and late bib pickup. There was also a short indoor track and other equipment made available for the use of participants.

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On the Run

After a quick but energetic warmup, the emcee called us all to the start line, and soon we were off. There was an extremely short out-and-back before things really got going. This – along with a few other loops – allowed Debra the chance to take lots of ‘runner in action’ photos en route!

Loop and another loop, and then we saw a hill, but then we turned left and did another loop and THEN the hill was for real! And by hill, I mean overpass (over the railway tracks) and although it wasn’t a steep hill, it was mentally daunting. It was over fairly quickly.

There was one ‘water stop’ midway through – and this is my only criticism of the race. The very enthusiastic volunteers were handing out huge bottles of water, which inevitably 1) had to be carried or 2) got thrown on the road, only partially drunk. I found this option wasteful, and would strongly suggest having the usual ‘water in cups’ option seen at most races.

The reprieve didn’t last very long, though, because as 2nd Avenue turned into 3rd Avenue, we kept ascending. It’s the kind of hill that you don’t notice when you’re driving, but that seems endless when you’re running. The kid in front me of – maybe 9 years old? – ya, I couldn’t catch up with him. And I thought perhaps I had gone out too fast.

Moments later, the road sloped down towards Esplanade. And, as 5k races go, we were in the final kilometre. There were a few twists and turns before the finish line was in sight.

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This was the most stunning finish line view of any race I’ve ever run! The last 200 metres took us out onto the Burrard Dry Dock Pier, with the City of Vancouver skyline as a backdrop. Epic!

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Everyone gathered at the end of the pier to take photos. How could we not? Lots of cheering and support and smiles.

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Then we wandered over to the Shipyards – where a night market is held every Friday in the summer – and joined the festivities. There were multiple vendors, free samples of food and drink, and lots of enthusiasm. Huge thanks to the sponsors of the North Van Run!!

Although I had to leave to get to another appointment, many folks stayed around for the awards ceremony. Those who had parked at the start line got shuttled back for free.

I deem the inaugural North Van Run a success! Looking forward to adding it to my annual race calendar!

Final Results

Chip Time: 23:55
Average Pace: 4:47 min/km
Place Overall: 78/242
Division Place: 10/20

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All My Race Reports

Posted: February 18, 2015 in
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I’ve been blogging about every race I’ve run since 2014. Here is a complete chronological list of my race reports, including reports from a couple of guest bloggers!


December – Gunner Shaw Cross Country

October – Seawall Race (coming soon)

October – Dawg Dash 5K

September – North Van Run

August – REVEL Chilliwack Half Marathon

August – Squamish Days 8K (coming soon)

July – Summerfast (coming soon)

July – 5 Peaks Cypress

June – Canada Beer Run (coming soon)

June – Scotiabank 5K (coming soon)

June – Seek the Peak – Relay (coming soon)

June – West Van Run Summer

May – Shaughnessy 8K

May – Run for Women

April – Sun Run – My 10th Runniversary!

April – MEC Trail Race: Pacific Spirit Park

March – Cap Crusher 12K

March – West Van Run Weekend

February – Grouse Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run

January – Icebreaker 8K


November – Fall Classic 10K

October – SHLF Run

October – Granville Island Turkey Trot

September – North Van Run

September – Under Armour Eastside 10K

September – Coho Run

July – Vancouver Pride Run

July – Summerfast 10K

June – Scotiabank Half Marathon

June – West Van Run Summer

May – Shaughnessy 8K

May – BMO Vancouver 8K

April – Eugene Marathon

March – Around the Bay Road Race 30K

March – Hot Chocolate 15K Seattle

February – First Half Half Marathon

January – Chilly Chase 10K

January – Icebreaker 8K

January – parkrun


November – Vancouver Historic Half 10K

November – Fall Classic 5K (as pacer)

October – Mission Half Marathon

October – James Cunningham Seawall Race

October – SHLF Run 10K

October – Granville Island Turkey Trot

October – North Van Run

September – Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal Half Marathon

September – Under Armour Eastside 10K

August – SeaWheeze Half Marathon

July – Summerfast 10K

June – Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon

June – North Olympic Discovery Marathon (Half)

May – Shaughnessy 8K

May – BMO Vancouver Marathon

April – Easter Fun Run

April – April Fool’s Half Marathon

March – Kumagaya Sakura Marathon (Half) (Japan!)

March – West Van Run Weekend (5K & 10K)

February – Grouse Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run

January – Icebreaker 8K


December – #RunAtCan Solstice Run (Virtual Race)

December – Big Elf Run

December – Gunner Shaw Memorial Cross Country

November – Hamilton Road2Hope Half Marathon

October – Great Climate Race

October – MEC North Vancouver Race Five

October – SHLF Run 5K

October – Spirit of the Shore Half Marathon

September – North County Wine Run

September – Eastside 10K

September – Coho Run

August – VanRace 30K

August – SeaWheeze Half Marathon

July – San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon

July – Summerfast 10K

June – Scotiabank Half Marathon

June – Longest Day Road Race

June – Ambleside Mile

May – BMO Vancouver Half Marathon

April – Vancouver Sun Run

April – Platte River Half Marathon (Colorado)

March – Modo Spring Run-Off 8K

March – West Van Run Weekend (5K & 10K)

February – Bagel Chase

February – MEC North Vancouver Race One

February – First Half Half Marathon

February – Grouse Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run

January – Steveston Ice-Breaker 8K


December – Laughlin/Bullhead Half Marathon

November – Moustache Miler 5K

November – Fall Classic Half Marathon

November – The Great Climate Race

October – Rock ‘n’ Roll Vancouver Half Marathon

October – Rock ‘n’ Roll Vancouver Cunningham Seawall 10K

October – Goodlife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon

September – Night Race

September – Eastside 10K

September – Vancouver Spirit Run (Cross Country)

September – 5 Peaks Trail Run (Mount Seymour)

September – VanRace 15K

August – Forerunners Mile

August – Overlander Sports Half Marathon (Yellowknife)

July – San Francisco 1st Half Marathon

July – Summerfast 10K

July – Fort Langley Half Marathon

June – Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

June – Longest Day Road Race 10K

June – Ambleside Mile

May – Ottawa Half Marathon

May – BMO Vancouver Half Marathon

April – Vancouver Sun Run

March – Modo Spring Run-Off 8K

March – LA Marathon – GUEST POST

March – Shamrock’n 7 Miler

March – West Van Run

February – First Half Half Marathon

January – Chilly Chase Half Marathon


December – Honolulu Marathon – My #42for42

November – New York City Marathon – GUEST POST

October – Rock ‘N’ Roll Vancouver Half Marathon

October – Chicago Marathon – GUEST POST

September – Eastside 10K (Running Naked! Oh, what’s that about?)

June – Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

June – Ambleside Mile

May – BMO Vancouver Marathon (First Marathon!)

April – Sun Run – GUEST POST

March – Modo Spring Run-Off 8K

March – West Van Run