HISTORY OF THE VANCOUVER SUN RUN
• The Vancouver Sun Run has been Canada’s largest 10K road race since its inception in 1985.
• Founded by former Canadian Olympians Dr. Doug and Diane Clement along with Dr. Jack Taunton, the run’s purpose was to promote the benefits of running to improve health and fitness as well as support elite amateur athletics.
• The first run attracted 3,200 participants.
• Through the years the run captured the imagination and hearts of individuals wanting to improve their health and wellbeing. The event morphed into the phenomenon it is today with thousands upon thousands descending upon the streets of Vancouver each year in celebration of Sun Run Sunday!
• The run is supported by its loyal host committee and an army of over 3,000 volunteers.
• The Vancouver Sun Run is still Canada’s largest 10K road race and is now the 2nd largest timed 10K in the world.
• An incredible 49,365 registrants signed up for the 2011 Vancouver Sun Run with participants taking in the beautiful Vancouver scenery under sunny skies.
• The Vancouver Sun Run has truly become one of Vancouver’s traditional rites of spring and is preparing for its 28th year running.
The Vancouver Sun Run is Canada’s largest 10K road race. The 10K route is a beautiful scenic course which begins in Vancouver’s downtown core at Burrard Street and Georgia Street. Participants will enjoy the downhill start as they make their way towards the world famous Stanley Park, continuing along English Bay to Hornby Street, then onto Pacific Avenue, across the Burrard Street bridge exiting onto 2nd Avenue. Winding along Fir Street to join 4th Avenue the route continues east on 6th Avenue to the Cambie Street Bridge for the final stretch across the bridge to the finish line. Your Vancouver Sun Run experience does not end just outside our host venue, BC Place Stadium; you are encouraged to enter the stadium to enjoy the wrap party along with your family and friends. At the wrap party you can celebrate your achievement with live entertainment, check out the Kids’ Zone, watch the awards’ ceremony for the top finishers and enjoy free fruit, bagels and refreshments provided by our generous sponsors. The 10K route is sprinkled with gentle, undulating hills making it both fun and enjoyable, while providing breathtaking scenery which includes the snow-capped mountains along Georgia Straight, water views along English Bay and False Creek. The course truly showcases all the beauty of this wonderful city. As typical of other road races, the roads used are completely closed to vehicular traffic and streams of observers watch and cheer from the along the sidewalks. Water stations are provided at numerous locations along the course as well as music entertainment in the form of bands.
Due to the large number of participants in this event, the Vancouver Sun Run has a “Wave Start” to begin the event. This type of start is used to stagger the start in order to maintain control of the crowd and ensure the course does not become too crowded.
All participants must provide an estimated finish time on their entry forms. Entrants of similar ability are grouped in time zones and start the race in a series of short timed intervals.
If no estimated finish time is provided, you will be assigned a 1:46+ minute bib for the Walker’s Division. To run or walk in the same time zone as your friends, family or team members, you must select the same estimated finish time on all the entry forms. If you are at different ability levels, you must choose the zone that’s suitable for the slowest participant.
2012 RUNNER PROFILES:
0:00 – 0:44 SEEDED (0:38 Men / 0:44 Women)
0:45 – 0:48 (0:39 Men / 0:48 Women)
0:49 – 1:00
1:01 – 1:15
1:16 – 1:45
1:46+ Walkers, entrants with walking poles, baby joggers, strollers and non-competitive wheelchairs must start here.
AWARDS AND CATEGORIES
Awards are given three deep to males and females in: Overall, Masters, Wheelchairs, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90 plus. No award category for 15 and under.
START TIMES (PST)
Competitive wheelchairs: 8:40a.m. Burrard & Georgia
Sun Run (10K): 9:00a.m. Burrard & Georgia
Shaw Mini Sun Run (2.5K): 8:00a.m. @ Concord Place
For safety purposes, participants with walking poles, strollers, baby joggers or recreational wheelchairs MUST start in the 1:46 min+ zone at the back of the pack and must walk the route. You must accept the risks of participating in a race with over 50,000 entrants. Please read the release and waiver carefully before entering.
Only runners, joggers, walkers and wheelchairs are permitted. Dogs, skateboards, wagons, in-line skates, scooters, roller skis, bicycles and vehicles are strictly prohibited. Participants with these items will be removed from the course and will be disqualified.
At the start of the race, arrange to meet several blocks away from the start area, which will be saturated with Sun Runners.
After the race, inside BC Place Stadium arrange to meet your friends and family in pre-determined alphabetical letters from A to Z which will be posted in the stadium’s seating sections.
Take the challenge in stride!
You don’t have to be a runner to enter The Vancouver Sun Run. You can stroll, stride or power-walk the 10K course instead. Over one third of Sun Run participants are walkers!
Walkers have their own start zone (1:46+) and are the last wave to cross the start line at approximately 9:30 to 9:45a.m. You are encouraged to arrive at the start by 9a.m. to ensure that you can access your start zone and partake in all the pre-race festivities. Remember several streets in the downtown core will be closed and this may add delays to your traveling time if you leave later in the morning.
Bring water and stay warm. Dress with layered clothing to ensure you stay warm while waiting for your wave to start but ensure you remove your clothing to expose your race bib before your cross that start line to ensure your timing chip is activated. Port-a-Potties are stationed on Hornby Street for your convenience and comfort. The Walker’s Zone gear check is located on Howe Street and will remain open until 9:30a.m.
Remember there’s no need to sneak into a faster start zone. With the timing system, your time begins when YOU cross the start line.
Bands at the start area will entertain you until the last walker leaves.
WALKER’S PIT STOP
Boost your energy level! Fuel up with fruit and water at your very own Walkers Pit Stop (located between the 3K and 4K mark) to help you get to the finish line.
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