‘First Half’ Half Marathon

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019
Time: 8:30am
Age: 16+
Capacity: Sold out
History: 30th annual


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

First Half / RUNVAN®

Yaletown Start / Dave Mallari / RUNVAN®

Course Description

This very scenic 21.1KM route goes out on the Seawall, to English Bay, through Stanley Park and back again. The course is marked at every kilometre and at halfway. For more detail, please see the course map.

The course is accurately measured and certified.

First Half Course Map

Registration includes:

  • Half Marathon medal for all finishers
  • Free technical tee
  • Free refreshments included
  • Free, convenient and secure gear check
  • On-course services including water and electrolyte
  • Race bib with built-in timing chip
  • Exciting Finish Line in Yaletown
  • Post-race celebrations with hot food and lively entertainment
  • Age category and overall prizing
  • Run & Give with our non-profit
First Half / RUNVAN®

Canada’s Fastest Half Marathon / Dave Mallari / RUNVAN®

Getting to the Start Line

The race starts at 8:30am sharp on Pacific Boulevard at Davie Street in the Eastbound lanes. Parking and road closures will be in effect from 1:00am on Drake Street from Pacific Boulevard to Marinaside Circle and from 5:30am on Pacific Boulevard from Granville Street to Nelson Street. You may find complete road and parking closure information online at firsthalf.ca/detours.

There is very limited parking under the Roundhouse Community Centre. Consider taking the Canada Line 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. Utilize the complimentary Gear Check.

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 First Half 2019 entry fee was $70 Canadian plus taxes and online fees. This price includes race entry, a tech tee, medal and more.

The event is sold out.

On-course Services

Water and electrolyte will be available at four locations along the route. Fuel/gel will be available at one location.

First aid will be located at every station along the course and at the Finish Line.

Washrooms will be clearly marked. They are available inside the Roundhouse Community Centre and there will be additional Port-a-Potties outside on Pacific Ave, 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 at most concessions around Stanley Park.

Gear Check

Free gear check is provided for your convenience. Bring your own bag. Tear off the tag from your bib and have your bag ready to hand to the volunteer in the gear check area. You must show your bib to retrieve your bag. Please remove your bags from gear check no later than noon. We do not accept any liability for bags and contents left in the gear check area.

Restrictions (3 hour finishing time limit)

The course will be closed promptly at 11:30am, 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 are allowed on the course.


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

Post-race snacks

Open to all registered runners.

Timing and Results

Electronic chip timing will be provided. Find your time at firsthalf.ca/results

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

Results will be posted immediately online and on site following the event on location.

Race Series

The First Half is part of the RUNVAN® Race Series and BC Super Series.


Awards presentation and draw prizes will take place after the race at The Roundhouse Community Centre.


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

Event Record Bonus

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

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


Age Groups

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age category, by gender in 5 year age groups from Under 16 to 100+.

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

Finisher Medals

All finishers will receive a commemorative finishers medal.

Package Pickup

  • February 8, Friday, Forerunners 3889 Main Street, Vancouver, 3pm to 8pm
  • February 9, Saturday, Forerunners 3889 Main Street, Vancouver, 10am to 6pm
  • February 10, Sunday, Race Day, at the Roundhouse Community Centre, 6:30am to 8am

Shirt Exchange

Subject to availability, clean unworn, unwashed shirts may be exchanged on Race Day, 10:30am-12pm inside the Roundhouse Community Centre gym. Race shirts will not be mailed. Thank you for understanding.