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In 1988, Vancouver International Marathon Society asked Pacific Road Runners to host two half marathons, one in February and a second in March as a build-up event to the marathon in May. We never quite got around to organizing the “Second Half” but the “First Half” has been run every year since, except 2010 when the Winter Olympics came to town.

The goal from the start was to provide a quality race for runners organised by runners, but a secondary goal was to raise money for local worthy causes. In 1995 we started working with Variety – The Children’s Charity to provide help to BC children and their families. To date we have donated over $650,000.

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