The Vancouver Sun Run should be on your bucket list of races to run before you hang up your sneakers. This 10K race is sponsored by The Vancouver Sun and is held in Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA every year on the third Sunday in April. With upwards of 60,000 participants toeing the line each year, you will feel as though you participated in a big time marathon with less than a quarter of the pain the next day at work.
The proceeds from the race benefit B.C. amateur athletics via the Achilles International Track Society and The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic. This is a unique approach in that the proceeds stay in the sport and provide a proactive approach to healthy living. The mission statement of The Vancouver Sun Run is to “promote health, fitness and community spirit and to support amateur athletics.” In a recent interview with Race Director, Tim Hopkins it was evident that the race has a community focus with several training groups popping up each year to help prepare the weekend warrior for battle. Earlier this year a Canadian won the men’s race for the first time in 13 years. Eric Gillis took home top honours in a time of 29:06.
Registration just opened for the 2012 edition of The Vancouver Sun Run.
About the Author: Brandon Laan is a runner, coach, and entrepreneur. He spent his undergraduate days at The University of Western Ontario where he captained the Cross Country Team before fleeing to Hawaii Pacific University for graduate school. He is a Level II Certified USATF coach and holds personal bests of 1:06 and 2:21 in the Half Marathon and Marathon respectively. He also enjoys running to eat, not eating to run…and always will.