The Vancouver Sun Run has become the world’s single largest 10km race and has raised over $1.1 million for various charities since 1985. In 1997, $1 from each Sun Run registration has been donated to Raise-a-Reader – a national literacy campaign in Canada.
The current Sun Run route starts in downtown Vancouver on Georgia Street, briefly cuts into Stanley Park and then passes along the seawall past English Bay. Crossing over the Burrard Street Bridge the route passes by Granville Island through Fairview and back over the Cambie Street Bridge finishing on Pacific Boulevard next to BC Place.
The Sun Run has grown to include over 60,000 participants from a wide variety of fitness levels. I have consistently avoided participating in this race because it’s size; wanting to avoid injury for another race for which I was training. While the race is seeded by finish time few participants know their finish time so unless you’re one of the elite runners in the very first group or at the front of the second wave the course is crowded and you are basically dodging people the entire way along.
I tried to go wide and run along the outside of the route and find a cadence that would get on “race pace”. I found my pace a couple of times but what I actually found was that I was playing the world’s single largest game of Frogger. This actually made the race a bit more fun than it otherwise may have been. That being said, the risk of injury is extremely high so if you’re shooting for a sub 40′ race make sure you’re in the Elite wave. If you’re not running a sub 40′ just go out and have some fun as there are too many people to try for a personal best over 40′.