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

The First Half is proud to be a part of the BC Super Series with BC Athletics

2019 Elite Field includes…
Notes Estimated Finish Time 2019
Trevor Hofbauer  CAN Canadian Marathon Champion. “I will be racing the First Half to kick off my marathon training block. The event takes place during a time when road races are non-existent in Canada, so I’m looking forward to putting in an honest effort and whatever comes out of that, I will be happy. This will be my second time competing in this race, previously placed second to Dylan Wykes in 2015. The support along the race course and the views around Stanley Park are what make the race most memorable for me.”  1:04:59
Kevin Coffey  CAN “Best Kept Secret to Canadian Marathoning”  1:06:00
Matt Noseworthy  CAN Varsity XC & Track Team, University of Victoria Grad 2018  1:06:00
Theo Hunt  CAN Member of the Senior Men 2018 Pan American Cross Country Cup Team  1:06:00
Anthony Tomsich  CAN BMO Vancouver Half Marathon 3rd 2018  1:07:00
Dylan Wykes  CAN Course Record holder and former Canadian Olympian. “The First Half is a perfectly timed race for me right now. It’s very cold here in Ottawa and preparing for the First Half has really provided the motivation to keep at it day to day… I’ve struck a good balance with family life, coaching life, and my own running. So it’ll be fun to get out there on the beautiful First Half course and see where I’m at. I’m excited to get back to Vancouver. I miss the community there and the First Half will be the perfect opportunity to reconnect with so many friends.”  1:07:00
Braeden Charlton  CAN Varsity Track & Field, Simon Fraser University Grad 2018  1:08:00
Robin Watson  CAN Defending First Half and BMO Vancouver Marathon Champion. “It is kinda like the official start to the Vancouver racing season and it is always a fun race. The organization is top notch and the whole community shows up to roll. It’s awesome. My training has been slow going, but I am excited to see what I can do on race day. This will be a good check in as I ramp things up with sights set on a fun racing year. I’ll certainly be there for the BMO Vancouver Marathon in May, and I’m looking forward to rolling a bit w/ Yuki. That dude is nails.”  1:08:00
Jeremiah Ziak CAN Competitor in multiple races including Half and Full Marathons in BC 1:08:59



Results 2018
Estimated Finish Time 2019
Robyn Mildren CAN Just set her PB a few weeks ago in Houston. “I am really looking forward to rolling along the seawall and feeling the local support for the runners!”” 1:13:21 (PB)
Meg Lewis-Schneider CAN Fall Classic 10KM 2018 Champion 1:15:00
Ellie Greenwood CAN BMO Vancouver Marathon champion 2012 1:30
Kimberly Doerksen CAN BMO Vancouver Marathon Champion 2014 1:18:30
Andrea Lee CAN 1:19:00
Lissa Zimmer CAN Fall Classic 2016 champ 1:20:00
Catrin Jones CAN Top 3 finisher at the BMO Vancouver Marathon 2018. “The First Half is a great early season race that brings some great athletes to compete. The course is beautiful as it follows the seawall and showcases some of Vancouvers best views.”  1:19:00
Karen Thibodeau CAN Professional Triathlete. “I was surprised by both the size and competitiveness of this event. The race showcases Vancouver’s vibrant, positive and inclusive running community. I looked forwarded to being able to participate in this local race again this year.”  1:19:00
Marilyn Arsenault CAN “I chose the First Half as I have heard it is a fast course with good competition… I fit in 10-12 hours of training a week between coaching and teaching, so I am pretty busy but I really enjoy training and my work, and feel very fortunate to have my health and the energy to do it!”  1:19:00 (1:15:39, 2009 PB)


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

Elite Athlete Applications

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, 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.

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