Race Registration


How do I know if I’m registered?
You will receive email confirmation once registered. To confirm your race registration, you may also click ‘Edit Registration’ below and login to your Participant Dashboard. From your Participant Dashboard you may view all your transaction details, receipts, and manage any pending transfer requests.


How may I edit my runner profile?
To edit your runner profile, including joining or creating a team, click ‘Edit Registration’ below to login and your Participant Dashboard. To change your name or email address, please contact our non-profit offices via email: info@runvan.org.

  • Click the ‘Edit Your Registration’ button above to go to the event page and click Sign In top-right.
  • Use your email associated with Race Roster, select ‘Yes, I have a Password’ and enter it. Or reset your lost password.
  • Navigate to the far-right corner and select the Menu, then select ‘Dashboard’ under the participant section. If you signed in from raceroster.com you will already be on your participant dashboard.


May I transfer my race to another participant?
Yes, race registrations may be transferred online from early January to early February. Transfers are NOT available on race day. Click the ‘Edit Registration’ above, ‘Sign in’ top-right, then click ‘Transfer’ and ‘Transfer to a new participant’ to initiate the transfer to a new participant. Transfer and processing fees will apply. Learn more at firsthalf.ca/transfer


May I defer my race to another year or be refunded?
No, race registrations may not be deferred to the next year and are non-refundable, per firsthalf.ca/policies


Is there a minimum age to register for the race?
Yes, you must be 16 or older as of race day to participate in the First Half per firsthalf.ca/policies


How may I make a donation after I’ve registered?
Thank you! To make a donation after you have registered, please visit firsthalf.ca/give


Package Pickup


What’s included in my race package?
Your race package includes a race bib and tech shirt, plus a $20 Forerunners gift card valid on any purchase of $75 or more.


What do I need to bring to Package Pickup?
Please bring your bib number and valid Photo ID to pickup your race bib with timing chip.


How may I find my bib number?
Bib numbers will be listed online closer to event day. An email reminder will also be sent about two weeks prior to race day.


May I pick up someone else’s race package?
No, every runner must pick up their own kit during the Package Pickup hours. Race day Package Pickup is available.


May I exchange my tech shirt for a different size?
First Half tech shirts may be exchanged on race day in the gym at the Roundhouse Community Centre between 10:30am-12pm. Only clean, unworn race shirts will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis, while sizes and quantities last.

Race Day


Transportation and Road Closures
Transit is a convenient way to get to the Start Line with the Canada Line Yaletown-Roundhouse Skytrain Station located near the Roundhouse Community Centre. Please consider taking Translink, plan your trip in advance and TravelSmart. Limited public parking is available. Road closures and detour information is also available online at firsthalf.ca/detours


When should I arrive?
Please arrive by 7:30am, or at least 60 minutes prior to the race start time, if you would like to use Package Pickup and/or Gear Check on race day. Please still arrive to the Roundhouse Community Centre start area by at least 8am otherwise.


If I arrive late, may I still participate?
No, runners must be ready to start running at the official Start Time of 8:30am on race day.


Is there Gear Check?
Yes, complimentary Gear Check is available inside the gym at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

  • Please bring your own bag and have it ready to check before you arrive at Gear Check
  • Detach the tear-off tag at the side of your race bib and we’ll zip tie it to your bag
  • After you cross the Finish Line, return to Gear Check and show your bib to collect your bag

Note: All clothing discarded near the Start Line will be donated to charity.


Where should I position myself at the Start Line?
Pacers will be seeded at the Start Line relative to their estimated finish times. Please self-seed yourself accordingly.


Will there be pacers?
Yes, pacers provided by RUNVAN® will be located at the Start Line! Meet out your pacers at firsthalf.ca/pacers


Is there a course time limit?
Yes, the course time limit is 3 hours. Due to permits, we are required to open roads at specific times per firsthalf.ca/policies


Is the Seawall closed during the race?
No, please use the pedestrian path when running on the Seawall, and be aware of others potentially on the Seawall.


May I run with headphones?
For runner safety, music devices are discouraged per firsthalf.ca/policies


Which electrolyte products are on-course?
Water and electrolyte beverages by Nuun will be available on-course. See where water stations are located at firsthalf.ca/map


When and where will results be posted?
Results will be posted onsite at the Roundhouse Community Centre and available online at firsthalf.ca/results


Still not answered your questions?

Please email us at info@runvan.org or phone: 604 872 2928