FAQs

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 login to your Participant Dashboard to 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, login to your Participant Dashboard. To change your name or email address, please contact our non-profit offices via email: info@runvan.org

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. Login to your Participant Dashboard, ‘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 Race 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 Race Policies

How may I make a donation after I’ve registered?

Thank you! To make a donation to our charity partner, Variety – the Children’s Charity, 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. Learn 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. Learn more

How do 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. Learn more

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

How do I get to the Start Line?

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 public transit, 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. Learn more

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. Learn more

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. Learn more

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 Race 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 Race 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 on-site at the Roundhouse Community Centre and available online at firsthalf.ca/results

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