Virtual RacesRace Info
Half Marathon, 10KM, 5KM and new Triple Crown
Traditionally held early or mid February
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.
Half Marathon, 10KM, Kids Run and new Triple Crown
- Half Marathon tech tee
- RUNVAN® Race Wrap or Toque for the 10KM and 5KM
- Virtual Race Bib
- Virtual Race Medal* and certificate
- $25 off at Forerunners (min. $75 spend)
- Nuun nd CLIF Bar treats (in-person Package Pickup)
- Stanley Park Brewing beer if of age (in-person PPU)
- Free initial visit to Coast Performance Rehab
- Bonus products from our partners
- *Physical medals available as an add-on
- Race Results and Leaderboards
- 2022 Early Bird opportunities for all Half Marathoners
All runners are traditionally assigned a bib number and corral according to their estimated finish time. This year you’ll receive both a Virtual Race Bib and Virtual Medal! Please note race bibs may not be transferred for legal and lability reasons and per race policies. Thank you for understanding.
Bib numbers will be available approximately two weeks prior to the race.
Every runner is required to pickup their own kit at Package Pickup:
First Half Package Pickup
Dates: January 29-31, 2021
Times: Store hours
You will be required to present your bib number and picture ID in order to pick-up your race package. Your kit includes various race bonuses including exclusive RUNVAN® merchandise.
You may also have your race kit mailed to you for $10 shipping and handling.
Please respect the safety protocols administered by staff and volunteers if on-site. Thank you.
$25 gift card
*Please present valid ID
A virtual race allows you to complete your race on your own, from anywhere. You may run, walk or stroll your race distance at your own pace and at a time and location of your choice, following the guidelines of your local health authorities. You may choose your own race day and your own starting line, whether it’s a treadmill, a park, your neighbourhood streets or Seawall.
When may I run the virtual race
Please first sign-up for the Virtual Race. You may then run your Virtual Race during the scheduled times, or when it’s safe to do so in your geographical area. Please exercise proper social distancing and follow the guidelines of your local health authorities.
Where is the Virtual Race Course?
Please choose your own route for this virtual event. It would be unsafe for us to provide a route that all could use at any specific time, as that may contribute to social distancing concerns. Additionally, by allowing registered runners to create their own routes, you may participate from wherever you are! Use caution if running outside, and be alert of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
Note: Maps are for reference only. If you are running the Virtual Race, please choose your own route that is pedestrian friendly. Use caution if running outside, and be alert of pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Please also be respectful of safety concerns and follow the lead of your local health authorities.
During Package Pickup and the race, please follow the physical distancing guidelines. Race kits, plus pre-ordered shirts and medals, will be provided in pre-packaged envelopes for contactless pickup. You’ll still be requested to utilize the store hand sanitizers and accept that there may be capacity limits in-store. You may also choose to have your race kit mailed for a small shipping and handling fee.
On Race Day, runners usually wear a race bib with a timing chip and emergency contact info. For safety reasons, give someone else your race route and have an emergency contact located on your body or phone while you’re out just in case.
Aside from practicing safe, physical distancing, be alert of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Remember, there are no road closures in effect during your Virtual Race. Try to stay on sidewalks or trails as much as possible and be sure to obey all traffic signals. If you’re going to listen to music, ensure you can still hear what’s going on around you. Treadmill racing may also be an option for you.
Finally, please be respectful and stay home if you feel unwell to help us all slow the spread of COVID-19. Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and cooperation. We remain hopeful that the public health risk associated with the COVID-19 pandemic will improve and encourage everyone to follow the lead of the Public Health Agency of Canada and related health organizations.
How may I submit race results?
Registered runners may use their unique ‘Confirmation Code‘ provided during registration as their ‘Claim Code‘ to record and submit Virtual Race results. You may upload data from your tracking device, or via manual input. Be sure to also share your ‘Finish Line’ photos on social @runvancanada #runvan