Race Policies

Race Policies

Entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and non-deferrable.

All runners must pick up their own race packages during Package Pickup, or opt-in to have their race kit shipped for a small shipping and handling fee.

General Policies

Age Restrictions

Our race registration Age Policy requires that as of race day, all Half Marathon participants must be 16 years or older, 10KM must be 13+, and 5KM 10+ years or older. This policy follows international standards, has been informed by external medical advisers, and is in place for the safety of participants. Parents/guardians must sign the Online Waiver for participants aged 19 or under and parents/guardians are urged to ensure that young runners have the training and pace judgement needed to complete the event comfortably and safely. Race organizers reserve the right to require proof of age.

Prohibited Items

The use of bicycles, inline skates, strollers or other means of assisted propulsion and pets are prohibited during the races. The right to disqualify runners who fail to comply with this policy is at the sole and exclusive decision of the race organizer, Vancouver International Marathon Society (“Society”).

iPods/MP3 players/headphones

For the runner’s safety, music devices are discouraged. There is no risk of disqualification for simple use. If a runner puts themselves or other runners at risk through an unsafe act that race organizers determine was caused directly or indirectly through the use of an iPod/MP3 player item however, the runner may be disqualified.

Race Availability

The race is restricted and limited to registered participants only.

Registration Policy

Registration is online or in person at Package Pickup, space permitting. Mail-in registrations are not available. All runners must complete registration forms and sign the race waiver. View Entry Fees and Deadlines at firsthalf.ca/register. This event is capped and annually sells out.

Refund Policy


For Legal and Liability reasons Runners cannot offer their unused bib to any other runner.

Runners cannot defer their unused entry to the following year. Thank you for understanding.

Race Results Policy


Top 3 Half Marathon runners in each Age Category will earn guaranteed race entry into the 2022 event! GPS and screenshot shares will be required for those gunning for the Top 3 Age Category awards!

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

Triple Crown overall champions are also eligible for special prizing! Triple Crown runners, please enter your individual race times online for each distance.

Runners must input their race times with an uploaded image of their GPS route and race time to be eligible.

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