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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, race week only from Tuesday to Saturday.

Race Month: February

In-Person : February 12, 2023, 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 no longer requiring proof of vaccination or masks for the First Half per Provincial health guidelines.

Anyone who is sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19 is still 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. Thank you.

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 a top priority for event organizers, and RUNVAN® has updated its race offerings to support the return of in-person racing.

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 in-person event.

What’s Included

registration includes

  • Long-sleeve tech tee for all registered runners
  • Race medal for the in-person Half Marathon 21.1KM
  • Bonus medal 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: Race week only, Tuesday through Saturday; not available race morning


Please be prepared to present your Bib Number and Picture ID. To pick-up another runner’s race package, please have their full name, confirmation number and copy of their ID. 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 within Canada. 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. Thank you.

CHECKLIST

Half Marathon tech tee
$25 Forerunners gift card
More

IN-PERSON RACES

Join Canada’s fastest Half Marathon! RUNVAN® offers several race services including gear check, on-course aid stations, 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.

When is the First Half?

In-Person : Sunday, February 12, 2023

  • 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. 

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 through Stanley Park and around Vancouver’s 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.
  • 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.

Pacers

Pacers will help guide you to your goal time.

Meet your pacers in your corral and say hi.

  • 1:30 Emma Thompson
  • 1:35 Vivian Davidson
  • 1:40 Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
  • 1:45 Vicar Li
  • 1:50 Phil Finalyson
  • 1:55 Karl Shen
  • 2:00 Etienne Durocher
  • 2:05 Andy Colton
  • 2:10 Jessie Tao
  • 2:15 Jun Xue
  • 2:20 Ben Morely
  • 2:30 Evgeny Vinnik

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.
  • 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. Please be patient and maintain safe physical distancing. 
  • 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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