Race Info

28th First Half 21.1km

Date: Sunday, February 5, 2017

Time: 8:30 am sharp!

Race Information


The Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver, BC.
The Roundhouse is located downtown at the corner of Pacific Boulevard and Davie St.

Course Description

This very scenic 13.1 mile (21.1 km) route goes out on the Seawall, to English Bay, through Stanley Park and back again.  The course is marked at every mile and at half way.  Please see the course map for details.

The course is accurately measured and certified BC-2012-010-BDC.

Caution: The city has installed speed bumps on Drake Street, 50m before the finish line.
Please be aware of this as you sprint for the finish.


The race starts at 8:30 sharp on Pacific Boulevard @ Davie Street in the eastbound lanes. Parking and road closures will be in effect from 1:00 AM on Drake Street from Pacific Boulevard to Marinaside Circle and from 5:30 AM on Pacific Boulevard from Granville Street to Nelson Street. You can get complete road and parking closure information on our race website. Follow the links to Advisory Notice on the “First Half” Half Marathon webpage at www.pacificroadrunners.ca/firsthalf.

There is very limited parking under the Roundhouse Community Centre. Consider taking TransLink’s Canada Line train to Yaletown/Roundhouse Station (just a block from the start line) or carpooling if possible. Arrive early if driving as you may have to park some distance away. Please remember – leave nothing of value visible in your vehicle.

When in the Roundhouse or in line at the portable toilets on Pacific Boulevard, give yourself sufficient time to move to and position yourself in the start line area.

Entry Fee

The fee for the 2017 edition of the First Half Half Marathon is $72 Canadian (taxes included).

Water Stations and First Aid

Water and Vega Lemon & Lime Hydrator sports performance drink will be available at 4 locations along the route between the 2 and 11 mile markers, as well as at the finish.

First aid will be located along the course and at the finish line.


Washrooms will be clearly signed. They are available inside the Roundhouse Community Centre and there will be additional Port-a-Potties outside on Drake Street, giving easy access to the start line. Line up early, as there is always a rush just before start time.

There are also public washrooms around the course.

Bag Check

Bag check is provided for your convenience. Please ensure your bib number is prominently displayed on your bag before you give it to the volunteer in the bag check area. You must show your bib to retrieve your bag. Please remove your bags from bag check no later than noon. We do not accept any liability for bags and contents left in the bag check area.

Restrictions (3 hour finishing time limit)

The course will be closed promptly at 11:30 am, allowing 3 hours to complete the race.
Race walkers are only permitted if they expect to finish in under 3 hours.

No early start for walkers.

We regret that the race is not suitable for recreational walkers, wheelchairs, strollers,
baby joggers, or rollerbladers.

No pets allowed on the course.


Pay parking and limited street parking is available in the local area.


Open to all participants. Bagels, fruit, soup, juice, yogurt, water and coffee will be available at the Roundhouse Community Centre from 9:30 am until 12:00 noon.

Timing and Results

Electronic chip timing will be provided by Startline Timing.

Timing chips will be integrated with your bib.
DO NOT lose your bib!

Results will be posted immediately following the event on location. Results will also be posted on the Internet and in Forerunners after the event.

Race Series

The First Half is part of the BC Road Running Series.


Awards presentation and draw prizes begin at 11:45 am promptly at The Roundhouse Community Centre.


Thanks to Mizuno, Cash prizes to the top men and women overall ($800, $500, $300, $200, $100).

Event Record Bonus

There is a $1,500 bonus for setting a new Course Record time for either men or women.

Age Groups

Thanks to Forerunners, for gift certificates to the top 3 finishers in each of 13 categories, by gender in 5 year age groups from Under 20’s to 75+. ($50, $30, $20)

To be eligible for an award you must have completed the official route inside of the race cutoff time. All awards are based on Gun Time.

Finisher Medals

All finishers will receive a commemorative finishers medal.

Event Shirt

This year we are happy to offer Mizuno short sleeve T-shirts featuring Dry Science apparel technology, included with all entries. Black crew-neck for men and purple V-neck for women. Click here for Mizuno shirt sizing information

Race Kit and Shirt Pick-up

The following are the ONLY available pick up times.

Please do not come early!

  • At Forerunners, 3504 W. 4th Ave., Vancouver, on:
    • February 3, Friday, 12 noon to 8 pm; and
    • February 4, Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
  • At the Roundhouse Community Centre, on:
    • February 5, Sunday (race day), 6:30 to 8:00 am

Shirt Exchange

Subject to availability, shirts can be exchanged on Sunday Feb 5th from 10:30 to 11:30 am at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Note, shirts must be unworn and unwashed.

Please Note:
Race shirts will not be mailed. They will only be available during the times listed above.