Canada’s Fastest Half

Capped at just 2,500 runners, the First Half presented by BlueShore Financial is known to sell-out quickly! Offering a stunning out-and-back course, the First Half presented by BlueShore Financial is the ideal way to kick off your running season and build to Vancouver’s only Marathon event. This fantastic community event dates back to 1988 when the Vancouver International Marathon Society approached Pacific Road Runners to host a build-up event to the Marathon. 2024 returns a long-sleeve tech shirt and Indigenous medal designs by Musqueam artist Darryl Blyth. Triple Crown entries are also limited and include a special bonus race medal. Join in! RUNVAN®.

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Canada’s fastest Half Marathon is always quick to sell-out and reach capacity.

Next Event: Sunday, February 9, 2025

Annually in February

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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 presented by BlueShore Financial continues out past Sunset Beach, along the Seawall, and back towards the historic Yaletown neighbourhood. For the Virtual Races, you’re encouraged to please find your own course. Triple Crown champs, you may run your three races in any order, on any day, throughout the month of February!



Annually in February

Thanks to a uniquely scenic race along Vancouver’s Stanley Park Seawall, the First Half is capped with limited registration spots available.

Competitive Entries

Capped at 2,500 runners, the First Half quickly reaches capacity. Special entries are reserved for Elite and Competitive Runners who meet certain standards.

Elite Entries

If you’ve recently ran a sub 1:10 (men) or sub 1:20 (women) Half Marathon, you are invited to apply as an Elite Entry with comped entry. If you qualify, please email: lynn@runvan.org.

Competitive Entries

If you’ve recently ran a sub 1:20 (men) or sub 1:30 (women) Half Marathon, or have finished Top 3 in your Age Category at a recent First Half, you may still gain entry into the always sold-out event. You’ll be provided special access to pay and register like everyone else. Please email: info@runvan.org

Race Kit

Registration Includes:

  • Long-sleeve tech tee or opt ot go green
  • Race medal for the in-person Half Marathon 21.1KM
  • Bonus medal with the Triple Crown
  • Option to purchase race medals with Virtual Races
  • $25 gift card to Forerunners ($75 minimum spend)
  • Partner treats (in-person Package Pickup only)
  • Stanley Park Brewing beer if of age
  • Measured and marked courses
  • On-course water stations and services if in-person
  • Results, leaderboard, and more

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