- Race Info
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 when the 2010 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 $600,000.
…this event is one of the most well organized, and professionally run races that I have participated in. The race experience its self is top notch. Of all the races in Vancouver, this is one of the most highly anticipated events. It sells out every year and the crowd support and community involvement is excellent. There is an awesome energy and positive vibe that surrounds this race.
The Pacific Road Runners are extremely organized and make sure that all details are taken care of. It is a perfect course for running fast times. This race is at sea level, mainly flat, and has no major turns which is advantageous for distance runners. Their communication, venue, set-up for runners awards, and post-race food is all excellent.
The course for the First Half is one of the best I’ve run, and showcases some of the best spots in Vancouver. The seawall around Stanley Park is one of my favourite training grounds. In my eyes the course is conducive to running fast times that can demonstrate the amazing level of talented distance runners we have in Canada.