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Canada’s Fastest Half – Course TBD

The fast First Half 21.1KM route starts and ends near Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre. The Finish Line awaits you near Pacific Blvd and Drake St. The live course is marked at every kilometre and at halfway, and you’ll have course marshals and pacers to guide you. This route will be accurately measured and certified. Note: The 2023 course map may be different than the 2022 course. Updates coming soon.

For temporary road closures, please view firsthalf.ca/detoursIf you’re racing virtually instead, our friends at RunGo have also shared other route options with you. Aside from practicing safe, physical distancing, be alert of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. There are no road closures in effect during Virtual Races.

Virtual Route Options with RunGo

21.1KM Virtual

10KM Virtual

5KM Virtual

Scenic Course

A waterfront out-and-back course, the ‘First Half’ Half Marathon is a scenic, 21.1KM route that takes place in Downtown Vancouver. Kicking off near the Roundhouse Community Centre, the First Half continues out past Sunset Beach, along the Seawall. New for 2022, you’ll merge onto Stanley Park Drive before looping back onto the Seawall and heading back towards the historic Yaletown neighbourhood. For the virtual race, you’re asked to please find your own pedestrian friendly route.



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Stations (5)

WATER Stations : Oncourse

Multiple water stations will be available oncourse for the live in-person event. Nuun Electrolyte will be at each station, plus Xact Nuitrion will be at the station near the 12.5KM mark. Each volunteer station will also include water. Stations and elevation charts are included in the maps for reference.

Note: For the virtual race, there will be no water stations. Please arrange your own hydration accordingly. Thank you for understanding.

First Half Course Description

The First Half starts at 8:30am and finishes at 11:30am with approximately 2,000 runners expected out on the course.

The race begins in front of the Roundhouse Community Centre on Pacific Boulevard between Davie and Drake Street at 8:30am. Runners start by moving east on Pacific Boulevard, run around BC Place Stadium, Rogers Arena, up Expo Boulevard, back onto Pacific Boulevard. As the event attracts a fast field, please stay to your right and allow others to pass on your left. Runners proceed west past the Roundhouse Community Center on Pacific Boulevard, under the Granville Street Bridge, onto Beach Avenue. Continue along Beach to the Aquatic Centre, through the Aquatic Centre parking lot, to the Seawall. The race then follows the Seawall past English Bay and into Stanley Park. Runners follow the bicycle path to Second Beach, under the pedestrian underpass tunnel, around the south side of Lost Lagoon, under Georgia Street at the Chilco pedestrian underpass and back onto the Stanley Park Seawall at Coal Harbour. New for 2022, you’ll then cut through the parking lot near the Vancouver Rowing Club and merge onto Stanley Park Drive, following Stanley Park Drive to the northend of Pipeline Road before taking a right and steep downhill to merge onto the Seawall. While you’ll run north on the road while inside Stanley Park, you’ll come back southeast along the Seawall, past Brockton Point and back to the Marina. Continue through the Georgia Street underpass, along Lost Lagoon Path, under your last pedestrian underpass tunnel, to loop around Second Beach Pool. From Second Beach, runners follow the Seawall out of Stanley Park. The return route is the same as prior years, past English Bay, past Sunset Beach, exiting by the Aquatic Centre onto Beach Avenue. Runners then proceed back onto Granville Street, Pacific Street and Pacific Boulevard, to the finish on Drake Street between Pacific Boulevard and Marinaside Circle.

Most runners will be on the seawall from 9am to 10:30am.

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