You may run your Virtual Race anytime between February 1-28 and upload your results during this time frame.
The First Half is traditionally held in early to mid February.
Your registration includes
- Half Marathon tech tee
- RUNVAN® toque or race wrap for the 10KM and 5KM
- Virtual Race Bib
- Virtual Race Medal* and certificate
- $25 off at Forerunners (min. $75 spend)
- Stanley Park Brewing beer for those of age (in-person pickup only)
- Nuun and CLIF Bar treats (in-person pickup only)
- Bonus products from our partners
- Free initial visit to Coast Performance Rehab
- Partial proceeds to Variety, the children’s charity
- *Physical medals available as an add-on
- Bonus reward for all finishers of the new Triple Crown
- Race Results and Leaderboards
- 2022 Early Bird Registration opportunities
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
All runners are traditionally assigned a bib number and corral according to their estimated finish time. This year you’ll receive both a Virtual Race Bib and Virtual Medal! No physical bibs will be issued for the virtual race.
All runners must pick-up their race package during Package Pickup hours or purchase Race Kit shipping:
Location: Forerunners Main St, 3889 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Dates: January 29-31, 2021; Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm
Time: Store hours
You will be required to present your bib number and picture ID in order to pick-up your race package.
To pick-up another runner’s package, please have their first name, last name, and confirmation number. For groups larger than five, please email email@example.com with all the names prior to coming to Package Pickup so we can prepare the packages ahead of time.
Your kit includes various race bonuses including an exclusive tech tee for all Half Marathon runners, and a $25 Forerunners gift card. Additional souvenir merchandise is available as well!
You may also have your race kit mailed to you for $10 shipping and handling within Canada.
Dates and location subject to change. Please respect the safety protocols administered by staff and volunteers if on-site. Thank you.
Half Marathon tech tee
$25 Forerunners gift card
Stanley Park Beer if of age*
Nuun and CLIF Bar treats*
*In-person pickup only
A virtual race allows you to complete your race on your own, from anywhere. 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.
When may I run the virtual race?
Please first sign-up for the Virtual Race. You may then run the First Half Virtual Race anytime between February 1-28, 2021, or when it’s safe to do so in your geographical area. Please exercise proper social distancing and follow the guidelines of your local health authorities.
Where is the Virtual Race Course?
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.
During Package Pickup and the race, please follow the physical distancing guidelines. Race kits, plus pre-ordered shirts and medals, will be provided in race bags for contactless pickup. You’ll still be requested to utilize the store hand sanitizers and accept that there may be capacity limits in-store. You may also choose to have your race kit mailed for a small shipping and handling fee.
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.
How may I submit race results?
Registered 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
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!