First HalfCanada's Fastest Half
Canada’s Fastest Half
New for 2021, you may register for a Virtual Half Marathon, 10KM, 5KM, or complete all three for the Triple Crown! Joining the First Half Virtual Race in February of 2021 will also provide you early bird registration opportunities for the often sold-out event in 2022!
What started as a build-up to the BMO Vancouver Marathon, the ‘First Half’ has become a staple event in the city’s vibrant running culture. Canada’s Fastest Half Marathon traditionally offers a stunning out-and-back course past Sunset Beach, and along the Seawall towards Stanley Park before returning to the Roundhouse Community Centre in historic Yaletown. After 30 successful years with the Pacific Road Runners, the ‘First Half’ joined the RUNVAN® family in 2019 and continues to be a perfect training race leading up to the city’s only Marathon in May.
February 1-28, 2021
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A waterfront out-and-back course, the “First Half” Half Marathon is a scenic, 21.1KM route that traditionally takes place in Downtown Vancouver. Kicking off near the Roundhouse Community Centre, the First Half traditionally continues out past Sunset Beach, along the Seawall, and back towards the historic Yaletown neighbourhood. For the Virtual Races, you’re asked to please find your own pedestrian-friendly race courses and always be alert of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
Half Marathon, 10KM, 5KM and new Triple Crown options
Forerunners Main St
February 1-28, 2021
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Half Marathon, 10KM, 5KM, and new Triple Crown options
Your Registration Includes:
- Half Marathon tech tee
- RUNVAN® Race Wrap or Toque option for the 10KM and 5KM
- 25% gift card to Forerunners ($75 minimum spend)
- Nuun and CLIF Bar treats (in-person Package Pickup)
- Stanley Park Brewing beer if of age (in-person PPU)
- Virtual race filter with option to add a physical medal
- Results, leaderboard, and more
- 2022 Early Bird opportunities for all Half Marathoners