The First Half accepts applications for entry from elite athletes. Our objective is to provide national caliber athletes with the opportunity to compete, and meet the selection criteria for national teams.

The following conditions apply:

  1. Elite requests must be received no later than January 15, the year of the race, and the athlete must register by January 21
  2. Elite entries are not transferable
  3. To qualify as an Elite Athlete, you must have run on a certified course in the past 12 months:
    • Male: sub 1:10 Half Marathon or equivalent – sub 31:40 10KM or sub 2:30 Marathon
    • Female: sub 1:20 for the Half Marathon or equivalent – sub 36:20 10KM or sub 2:50 Marathon
    • Any former overall winner of the First Half, male or female, is also granted Elite Athlete status

To request an elite entry, please apply to info@runvan.org, including details of qualifying performances. Please let us know as early as possible if you plan to enter, as this will help our event planning.

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

A $1,500 bonus prize is available to any man or woman who sets a new First Half course record.

First Half current record holders are:

Men’s Record: 1:04:22 Dylan Wykes, 2012
Women’s Record: 1:12:21 Rachel Cliff, 2018


First Half and BMO Vancouver Marathon champion, Robin Watson, centre. Photo: Dave Mallari / RUNVAN®

Please note that all athletes must have their own identification to enter and exit the country. No letters of invitation or authorization will be forwarded.

RUNVAN® reserves the right to deny entry