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Race Info

Schedule

Pre-Race

The in-person race again paced for an early sell-out with all spots taken in less than a week. Transfer options and medical deferrals may still be available.

Package Pickup

Package Pickup will be available race week at Forerunners Main St, from Tuesday, February 8, through to Saturday, February 12, 10am-6pm.

Race Month: February

In-Person : February 13, 2022, 8:30am

Annually in February since 1988.

Virtual Race : February 1-28

You may run your Virtual Race anytime between February 1-28 and upload your results during this time frame.

B.C. VACCINE CARDS AND MASKING

PROOF OF VACCINATION AND MASKS REQUIRED

RUNVAN® is requiring proof of vaccination and masks for the upcoming First Half. Runners and volunteers will be required to produce the B.C. Vaccine Card or proof of double vaccination for the next First Half, Sunday, February 13, 2022, and will be required to wear masks during select times. Virtual Race participants will not be required to show proof of vaccination or wear masks.

RUNVAN® continues this in-person event policy following the province’s announcement that individuals are be required to show proof of vaccination to access a broad range of social, recreational, and discretionary events in B.C, as of September 13, 2021, continued through at least January 31, 2022.

Provincial health orders state masks are mandatory again in public indoor spaces throughout the province, and where physical distancing may not be possible. As such, masks will now also be mandatory during RUNVAN®’s upcoming events during Package Pickup, in the Start Line and Finish Line areas and within all indoor venues. Masks may be removed when racing outside and should carried by the runner.

The event’s chief medical officer and Rockdoc, the official medical team for RUNVAN® events, have advised the non-profit organizers to adhere to these noted health and safety protocols. The double vaccination policy aligns with best practices being administered by other large events. Athletics Canada has similarly announced that everyone over the age of 12 who is participating in Athletics Canada events must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

The B.C. government is implementing the new vaccine passport program and mask mandates to manage the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. “Getting vaccinated is the way forward through the pandemic,” added B.C. premier John Horgan, alongside provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, during a news conference announcing the overall B.C. Vaccine Card requirements.

The new B.C. Vaccine Card is currently available for download at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html

RUNVAN® will additionally accept alternative vaccine verifications as approved by the Province and Health Canada. Participants from other Canadian provinces or territories must show their provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record and valid government photo ID, while any international participants must show the proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada and their passport.

Runners will be requested to acknowledge this policy during registration, and they will be required to show their proof of vaccination alongside valid government photo ID at Package Pickup in order to collect their race bibs.

RUNVAN® volunteers will similarly have to show proof of double vaccinations and adhere to the mask mandates.

Anyone who is sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19 is requested to avoid event participation for the safety of others, and to contact the event organizers for deferral options. Please continue to be respectful of others.

To learn more about the vaccination program in B.C., please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register or https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html

Safety is Priority

Limited spots are available for all events to help reduce potential congestion.

PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL AND FOLLOW ALL EVENT RESTRICTIONS

Safety continues to be the top priority for event organizers, and RUNVAN® has updated its traditional race offerings to support the return of in-person races. To support physical distancing, in-person races may feature additional corrals, additional start waves, and include an increase in overall spacing requirements within staged areas. Participants will also have access to sanitation stations at multiple locations near package pickup, the Start Line area and Finish Line area.

Indoor space has been removed and post-race festivities race day will be limited. To help reduce congestion and increase physical distancing, race day package pickup has also been removed, however, participants will have an increased number of days to visit package pickup prior to race day. Proxy pickup will also be available with the appropriate documentation, allowing others to pickup on the behalf of a registered runner.

Water stations on-course may be limited to again reduce the potential spread of any diseases. Runners are encouraged to be self-sufficient where possible and to bring their own hydration as appropriate. Masks will now also be mandatory at Package Pickup, the Start Line area, Finish Line area and indoor venues. For the purposes of the provincial order, a mask or face covering is defined as a medical or non-medical mask that covers the nose and mouth. Face shields and race wraps are not a substitute for a mask. Please bring your own mask.

Event organizers will continue to closely monitor all health guidelines and follow the appropriate regulations. Event details are always subject to change, as permits are subject to the approval from governing bodies. RUNVAN® has various event plans that will be adjusted according to the official guidelines of the Provincial Health Officer, City of Vancouver, and Vancouver Parks Board, to support the return of in-person racing. Participant safety is always a top priority.

As of January 2022, RUNVAN® is still planning to host the First Half in-person race on February 13, 2022, given the low risk of transmission for outdoor events when following health protocols. Throughout the pandemic, many large outdoor endurance events, golf courses and ski hills have continued to operate safely. RUNVAN® itself successfully organized two races in October 2021, the Granville Island Turkey Trot and the Great Trek, without any known transmission.

Again, anyone who is sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19 is requested to avoid event participation for the safety of others, and to contact the event organizers for deferral options. Please continue to be respectful of others. In-person registrants may also switch into the Virtual Race. Learn more at firsthalf.ca/policies

What’s Included

registration includes

  • Tech tee for all registered runners
  • Race medal for the in-person Half Marathon 21.1KM
  • Bonus medal, socks and toque with the Triple Crown
  • Race Bib with timing chip for the in-person event
  • $25 off at Forerunners (min. $75 spend)
  • Stanley Park Brewing beer if of age
  • Nuun treat (in-person pickup only)
  • Ability to donate to Variety, the children’s charity
  • Race Results and Leaderboards

Triple Crown champs, you may run your three races in any order, on any day, throughout the month of February!

Traditional Start Line

Pacific Blvd + Davie St

TAPERING FOR THE FIRST HALF

As the First Half approaches it’s tempting to run too fast or too far during the final few workouts. You need to decide how to adjust your training over the final two weeks before your race. This will depend on how much you have been training and the intensity of your workouts.

Forerunners provides more info on how to pace yourself during tempo runs and speedwork as you taper off on long distances leading up to your race. Strategically timing your distance reduction and controlling your paces can significantly improve your race time.

BIB LOOKUP

All runners are traditionally assigned a bib number and corral according to their estimated finish time.

The last day to edit your custom race bib name and estimated finish time is January 24. To edit your registration, please visit the Event Page, click the ‘Sign In‘ button top-right and sign into your Race Roster account.

PACKAGE PICKUP

Race day pickup and sales are unavailable. Every runner is required to pickup their kit during Package Pickup hours. Virtual runners may opt-in and pay for shipping.

Location: Forerunners Main St, 3889 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Dates: Tuesday, February 8, through to Saturday, February 12, 10am-6pm


You will be required to present your bib number, picture ID and your B.C. Vaccine Card showing proof of double vaccination in order to collect your race bib.

To pick-up another runner’s race package, please have their full name and confirmation number, a copy of their valid photo ID, plus a screenshot image of their official B.C. Vaccine Card which includes their name and unique QR Code.

For groups larger than five, please email info@runvan.org with all the names prior to coming to Package Pickup so we can prepare the packages ahead of time.

If you run the Virtual Race, you may also have your race kit mailed to you for $10 shipping and handling. Shipping is not available for In-Person races as Race Bibs with Timing Chips will not be mailed. Note there is no race day Package Pickup.

Dates and location subject to change. Please respect the safety protocols administered by staff and volunteers if on-site. Thank you.

CHECKLIST

Half Marathon tech tee
$25 Forerunners gift card
More

IN-PERSON RACES

In-person events are back now that restrictions are lifted! Please note that traditional services like gear check, race day package pickup and entertainment will still be limited or removed. Additionally, RUNVAN® has made new changes to the Start Line Area and Finish Line Area in order to host you. The in-person race will include an official Start Line, Finish Line, timing and race results.

Virtual Race

You may run, walk or stroll your race distance at your own pace and at a time and location of your choice, following the guidelines of your local health authorities. You may choose your own race day and your own starting line, whether it’s a treadmill, a park, your neighbourhood streets or Seawall. For the Virtual Race, you’re asked to please find your own pedestrian friendly route.

Virtual Race Info

On Race Day, runners usually wear a race bib with a timing chip and emergency contact info. For safety reasons, give someone else your race route and have an emergency contact located on your body or phone while you’re out just in case.

Aside from practicing safe, physical distancing, be alert of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Remember, there are no road closures in effect during your Virtual Race. Try to stay on sidewalks or trails as much as possible and be sure to obey all traffic signals. If you’re going to listen to music, ensure you can still hear what’s going on around you. Treadmill racing may also be an option for you.

Finally, please be respectful and stay home if you feel unwell to help us all slow the spread of COVID-19. Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and cooperation. We remain hopeful that the public health risk associated with the COVID-19 pandemic will improve and encourage everyone to follow the lead of the Public Health Agency of Canada and related health organizations.

When is the First Half?

In-Person : Sunday, February 13, 2022

  • Half Marathon : 8:30am start

Virtual Race : February 1-28

  • Half Marathon, 10KM, 5KM
  • You may then run the First Half Virtual Race anytime between February 1-28. Please exercise proper social distancing and follow the guidelines of your local health authorities.

There are no time limits to your Virtual Race. Please start your Virtual Race time once you start your race, and then stop it only once you complete the entire race distance. You may take breaks during your Virtual Race but your race time should run continuously until you complete your entire race distance. You should not break up your race distance into shorter segments ran on different dates. Thanks for understanding.

Where is the Virtual Race Course?

In-Person: The First Half is a beautiful loop course of the Vancouver Stanley Park Seawall. 

Virtual: Please choose your own route for this virtual event. It would be unsafe for us to provide a route that all could use at any specific time, as that may contribute to social distancing concerns. Additionally, by allowing registered runners to create their own routes, you may participate from wherever you are! Use caution if running outside, and be alert of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Start Live In-Person

In-Person: 8:30am start. Indoor facilities will not be available this year.

  • Access: Parking is available in Yaletown at nearby parkades and the Start and Finish Line area is walking distance from the Yaletown-Roundhouse Skytrain Station. RUNVAN® thanks the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Park Board for their assistance with road detours to annually host this community race annually in February.
  • Toilets: Portable outdoor toilets will now be located on Pacific Blvd, West of Drake St. Additional washroom facilities inside the Roundhouse Community Centre will not be available this year.
  • Gear Check: Available outside of the Roundhouse Community Centre on Davie St, South of Pacific Blvd. Please place all items you’d like checked into your own bag. Detach the tear-off tag at the bottom of your race bib, and attach it to this bag, and then hand your one checked bag to the volunteers at Gear Check. After you finish, return with your race bib to collect your bag. Note: RUNVAN® is not responsible for lost or damaged goods, and all clothing discarded near the Start Line will be donated to charity.
  • Pacers: Pacers will help guide runners with the goal times. Pacers will be visible with RUNVAN® pacer shirts and signs.
  • Corrals: Start waves feature colour-coded corrals. Approximately four minutes prior to your estimated Start Time, you’ll be invited to enter the Start Line Area. Enter at the back of the Start Line Area. The First Half will be a mass start with three corrals designated based on estimated run time entered at registration.
  • Spacing: Please maintain physical distance within the Start Line Area. To help maintain physical distancing, you’ll enter into one of five lanes pre-race and then walk calmly towards the Start Line.
  • Sanitization: Sanitization stations will be set-up in multiple locations, including near the Start Line Area. You’re encouraged to utilize these services and are reminded to please stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Masking: Masks will be required inside the Start Line Area, Finish Line Area and within all indoor venues.
  • Official Race Times: Overall placings are based on Gun Time and Age Group Placings will be determined by Chip Time. Your official timing chip is included on your race bib which must be visible at both the Start Line and Finish Line. Your time will officially start once you cross the Start Line timing mats.

Finish Line In-Person

In-Person: Race day. Indoor facilities will not be available this year.

  • Overview: The First Half is officially measured and marked. Both the Start Line and Finish Line are located in Yaletown, Vancouver, BC.
  • Masking: Masks must be worn within the Finish Line Area after you’ve completed your run. Masks should be carried by the runner, and will be required in the Start Line Area as well.
  • Water: Water will be available oncourse and after crossing the Finish Line.
  • Medals: Medals will be awarded to all finishers!
  • Food: Snacks will also be available for finishers. Please help yourself to one serving of each item.
  • Results: Chip timed results will be posted online at firsthalf.ca/results
  • Patience: Please note there may be cues for certain services and you’re requested to follow all COVID-19 safety precautions. Please be patient and maintain safe physical distancing. Thank you!
  • Toilets: Portable outdoor toilets will now be located on Pacific Blvd, West of Drake St. Additional washroom facilities inside the Roundhouse Community Centre will not be available this year.
  • Gear Check: Located outside of the Roundhouse Community Centre on Davie St, South of Pacific Blvd. Return with your race bib to collect your checked bag.

Start / Finish Map

In-Person: Race day. Indoor facilities will not be available this year.

How may I view race results?

In-person runners may view results on race day at firsthalf.ca/results

Registered virtual runners will need their unique ‘Confirmation Number‘ provided during registration and their last name to input race results. You may additionally upload an image of your race file. Accepted file types are .jpg, .png, .gif. Max file size 2MB.

Triple Crown runners upload all three race times under each race distance individually.

Be sure to also share your ‘Finish Line’ photos on social @runvancanada #runvan

Awards

Half Marathon runners who place in the top three in their respective age categories will earn the opportunity to reserve their entry to the 2022 First Half! Race times must be input along with an uploaded image to be eligible.

Half Marathon Age Categories: 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89, 90-99.

Half Marathon runners may also compete for the Dan Cumming Memorial for Best Age-Graded Performance.

For the Virtual Race Age Category Awards, GPS and screenshot shares will be required. Thank you for understanding. Happy running!

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