‘First Half’ Half Marathon

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019
Time: 8:30am
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 mile and at halfway. For more detail, please see the course map.

The course is accurately measured and certified

First Half / RUNVAN®

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

Getting to the Start Line: Parking and Road Closures

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 /road-closures

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. 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 fee for the 2018 edition of the First Half Half Marathon was $72 Canadian

Water Stations and First Aid

Water and sports performance drink will be available at four locations along the route between the 2 and 11 mile markers, as well as at the Finish Line.

First aid will be located 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 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 11:30am, 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.


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

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 your bib!

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

Race Series

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


Awards presentation and draw prizes begin at 11:45am 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

Thanks to Forerunners, for prizes for the top 3 finishers in each of 13 categories, by gender in 5 year age groups from Under 20’s to 75+.

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 short sleeve T-shirts featuring Dry Science apparel technology, included with all entries. Click here for shirt sizing information

Race Kit and Shirt Pick-up

The following are the ONLY available pick up times to be confirmed:

  • February 8, Friday, Forerunners 3889 Main Street, Vancouver, 12 noon to 8pm
  • February 9, Saturday, Forerunners 3889 Main Street, Vancouver, 10am to 4pm
  • February 10, Sunday, Race Day, at the Roundhouse Community Centre, 6:30am to 8am

Shirt Exchange

Subject to availability, shirts can be exchanged on Race Day, 10:30am to 11am, 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. Thank you.