FAQ

Baggage Check

Q: Is there baggage check available?


Yes, half-marathon baggage check will be available at the starting area at UBC, closing at 7:25 a.m. to take your bags to the finish area. 5k baggage check will be available at the start/finish area at the Fish House Lawn in Stanley Park. Recommended $2 donation to the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

Course

Q: Is the course marked in kilometres or miles?


Both the half-marathon and the 5k courses are marked every kilometre.

Q: Is the course certified? Can I use it to qualify for Boston or New York Marathons?


A: We are AIMS Certified, BC Athletics Certified and Athletics Canada certified. Any/all of these certifications qualify it as an internationally certified course. Finisher’s certificates will be available for download after the event, when results are published on our website. You need to consult with the race you want to qualify for on whether they will accept results from this event. Note we are a downhill, point to point course, which sometimes will exclude the event from qualifications.


Q: I see the course has a 3 hour time limit. What if I am going to take longer than 3 hours to complete the half-marathon? Can I walk the entire half-marathon?


The road closures for the event are called “rolling road closures” — the roads are closed just before the first runner and open as the last runner passes. In order to minimize the impact on the businesses and residents along route, participants are asked to keep a minimum 8m30s per kilometre pace (13m44s per mile). The road and seawall closures are set by the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Parks Board.

Runners expecting to finish in over 3h00min are cautioned that they may be asked to move to the sidewalk and become informed pedestrians to finish the Half-Marathon route, so roads may be reopened to traffic. The finish line will remain open until 10:45am; each finisher until this time will receive a finisher’s medal on completion of the run.

Packet Pickup


Q: Can I pick up my run packet on race day if I live out of town?


A: Yes, we have run day Packet Pick-Up for out of towners only

  • Half-Marathon: at the start line (UBC), 6:30am to 7:00am
  • 5k: at Stanley Park Fish House Lawn, Stanley Park, 8:00am to 9:00am

We encourage out of town runners to pick up your race packets packet pickup, to allow yourself time, and reduce the stress of race morning. Please note there will be no new registrations for the half-marathon or 5k accepted on race day. 



Q: What am I picking up in my run packet?


A: You are picking up your running bib, timing chip and event T-shirt. Please bring photo ID and/or your registration confirmation to pick up your run packet and number.

Results

Q: When, where will the results, awards be known? Is the run sanctioned?


A: Results will be posted in the park as they become available. Full results will be available the afternoon of the run on this site here.

The awards ceremony for the Half-Marathon and 5k will take place on stage in the park (near the finish area) at 10:30am. Awards will be presented for the Half-Marathon overall winners. 

The Half-Marathon is accurately measured by certified measurers and is sanctioned by BC Athletics. The run is also a sanctioned member of AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races).


Q: Can you explain Chip Time versus Gun Time?

A: Gun Time: The time from the sound of the starter’s signal to the time when the runner crosses the finish line. Also know as the Official Time.

Real Time, Chip Time: The time from when the runner crosses the starting mats at the start line, to the time when the runner crosses the finishing mats. For personal interest only.

Other


Q: Where will washrooms be available?


A: Washrooms will be available at the following locations:

  • At the starting area at UBC there will be Portolets available for runners.
  • At Stanley Park / Second Beach, there will be Portolets and Park facilities available for runners.
  • There will be Portolets at the 2k, 4k, 10k, 13k, and 16k locations.
  • The route passes public facilities at Jericho, Kitsilano and English Bay.


Q: Where are the Water Stations?

A: Water stations are located approximately every 3-4km on route. Refer to course map for locations. Water, Gatorade and First Aid will be available at each station, plus at the Start and Finish lines. More details on Course Amenities here.


Entry Policies

Entries are non-refundable, non-transferable

It is a Canada Running Series policy that no refund of entry fees will be issued nor will any transfer be made to other events. It is the responsibility of the entrant to pick up their packet from registration. Packets will not be mailed prior to or after the event. After the event has taken place T-shirts may not be available, and prior to the event are available on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Accessibility Information

Service Animal Policy

Service animals are the only animals permitted on course.

Trained, accredited service animals (animals trained to assist individuals with a medical or physical disability) may be permitted on course, provided that the procedures below are followed.

  1. Accreditation documentation by a recognized Assistance Animal program or equivalent. Only working animals (not including retired, trainee and companion animals), are permitted on course.
  2. The service animal must wear an identification harness for the duration of the event.
  3. The owner is responsible to clean up after their service animal.
  4. Race officials have the right to refuse participation if the service animal poses a safety concern.

Please note that the required documentation is to be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event. All documentation and inquiries should be directed to info@canadarunningseries.com.

References:
Blind Persons’ Rights Act
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Human Rights Code

Participants Requiring a Support Person

Toronto & Montreal Events

  1. The participant will register using the online registration system.
  2. Please contact info@canadarunningseries.com to provide your support person’s name and contact information.
  3. Your guide has 2 options:
    1. The guide can participate in the event at no cost.  They will need to complete the event waiver and wear the event “GUIDE” bib on their back.
    2. The guide can pay the full registration fee.  They will receive the event shirt, bib with timing chip & finisher medal.  They will need to wear the event “GUIDE” bib on their back.
  4. When the participant picks up their race kit, they will receive the additional “GUIDE” bib.

Vancouver Events

For all Vancouver events, please email svhm@canadarunningseries.com to request registration of a support person, with the event and reason.

If you have any questions about the information above, please contact info@canadarunningseries.com.

Wheelchair Participation

Participants requiring the use of a wheelchair are encouraged to register for the following events:

  • Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal et 5k
  • Toronto Waterfront 10k
  • Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k (only racing chairs permitted in the half-marathon distance — please contact race organizers)
  • Vancouver Eastside 10k
  • Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5k

Due to the steep hills and narrow paths, we do not encourage participants requiring the use of a wheelchair to register for the following events:

  • Race Roster Spring Run-Off 8k & 5k
  • Oasis ZooRun 10k, 5k & Cub run

Please note:

  • Participants will start in the last corral
  • Motorized wheelchairs are permitted in the 5k events
    • must not exceed a speed of 5km/hour
    • must not exceed 40″ length x 30″ wide
  • Handcycles are not permitted
  • Early start times will not be permitted

If you have any questions about the information above, please contact info@canadarunningseries.com.

Accessible Customer Service Feedback

If you require an alternate assistive device or have any questions or comments with respect to the Accessible Customer Service or registration process offered by Canada Running Series, please contact us at info@canadarunningseries.com.

Etiquette

General Etiquette

  • Check your registration information carefully; if a correction needs to be made, contact info@canadarunningseries.com at least 3 weeks prior to the event date. After this date, please see the Help Desk at packet pickup to make the correction.
  • Read the emails you have been sent from the Canada Running Series, many of your questions will be answered.
  • All participants have a collective responsibility to keep the event safe and enjoyable for everyone involved.
  • Arrive early on race day, especially if you are picking up your race package. Remember that there are thousands of people going through the same process; parking, baggage check, bathroom, etc.
  • For the safety of all participants, baby carriers, skateboards, roller blades, Kangoo Jump shoes, animals and unauthorized bicycles and wheeled devices are not permitted in any of the Canada Running Series races. You will NOT be permitted to start the race.
  • Pin your race bib on your front so it is visible for race officials and photographers.
  • Age category prizing is awarded based on Chip Time. Corral changes can be done via email to info@canadarunningseries.com at least 3 weeks prior or at the Help Desk during packet pickup or on race day.
  • Say “Thank you” to as many volunteers as possible.

Race Etiquette

  • Line up in your assigned corral based on how fast you plan to run or walk the event. Slower participants should position themselves at the back of the corral.
  • If you need to shed layers of clothing at the start of the race, tie them around your waist or put them on the side of the road where no one will trip over them. If you drop your clothing, don’t expect to get it back. We will collect all discarded clothing and donate it to charity.
  • Run or walk no more than two abreast.
  • If you are walking in a group, stay to the back of the pack and walk two abreast.
  • If you want to pass someone, say “excuse me” or “on your left” and pass on the left.
  • If you hear someone say “excuse me” or “on your left”, move to the right and allow the person to pass without blocking their effort.
  • If you need to stop for any reason (tie your shoe, stretch, etc.), put your hand up to alert those behind you and move to the side of the road.
  • Yield the right of way to all police and emergency vehicles. Yield the course to wheelchair athletes, as you can change direction or stop more quickly than they can (especially on a downhill).
  • If you are wearing headphones, please keep them at a low volume so you can hear instructions from race officials and/or emergency personnel.
  • Bodily functions are a fact of life. If you need to spit, blow your nose, etc., move to the side of the road and do it there.
  • Don’t put loose change in your jacket pocket — it is very distracting for other runners around you.

Water Station Etiquette

  • When approaching a water station, move to the side of the road, grab your fluid/nutritional needs and keep moving. There will be multiple tables so if the first table is busy KEEP MOVING.
  • Throw your used cup to the side of the road as close to the water station as possible. Drop your cup down by your waist so you don’t hit/splash another participant.
  • If you plan to stop at the water station, move past the tables and pull off to the side of the road.
  • If you see someone in distress on the course, report their bib number to the water station and let them know where you saw them (if it is serious, consider staying with the person).

Finish Line Etiquette

  • As you approach the finish line, if you are listening to something on your headphones, please turn it off so that you can hear the instructions through the finish chute.
  • Follow the instructions of the race officials in the finish chute.
  • The course and finish area are closed for registered participants only. Please DO NOT bring your friends, family and/or children through the finish chute with you.
  • Once you have crossed the finish line be considerate of those behind you and keep moving forward until you exit the finish chute.
  • Plan to meet family and friends outside the finish chute at a pre-determined location. The finish area is a very busy place, choose a specific location to meet (friends & family area, specific sponsor tent, etc.). Do NOT plan to meet them within the finish chute, you will be asked to move along.

Spectator Etiquette

  • Please be respectful of all participants and stay behind the fencing at both the start & finish areas. We appreciate that you want to be with your runner or meet them as soon as possible, however these are very busy areas which must be designated for Runners Only.
  • Completing a race of any distance is physically taxing and participants can’t predict how their body will react. Please refrain from allowing children to finish the race with the runners, for their safety and the safety of the other participants.
  • Spectators have the ability to influence the participant experience. Please keep this in mind when preparing signs and cheering words of encouragement.

Please remember that our events are staffed primarily by volunteers, but there is always a race official nearby. If you have ideas for improving an event or concerns you would like to address, share them with the race official in a positive and productive manner. Feedback is also much appreciated through our post-event surveys or by email at info@canadarunningseries.com.

Environmental Responsibility

Canada Running Series is committed to producing world-class sustainable events. The Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k has been invited to participate in the Gold Level INSPIRE Certification: A Legacy of Certified Responsible Performance from the Council for Responsible Sport, becoming the first and only event in Canada to receive this designation — full details here.

Highlights of achievements over the last four years include:

  • 98% Waste Diversion Rate for our Expo, Start Area, Finish Area, and course with Green Chair Recycling
  • All discarded clothing from Start Area collected and donated to shelter programs
  • Surplus food remaining after the event donated to local food banks
  • Carbon-Neutral Event – all 2015 event operations and 50% of local participant travel was offset with carbon credits
  • Free post-event shuttles reduce two-way trips and car drops
  • Water conservation methods are used on course and at Finish Area
  • Marketing materials are printed using biodegradable inks on FSC certified paper
  • Majority of food purchased is locally and/or organically produced
  • Renewable energy credits purchased to offset the energy used at our Expo
  • Zero-emission power stations and solar arrays to replace all fossil fuel generators at start/finish venues

Help us Run Green by following these tips:

  • Only take what you need — a lot of uneaten food is thrown away at events.
  • This applies to the water stations too — only take a cup if you need a drink.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Recycle, recycle, recycle! Clearly labelled recycling stations will be located on the route and in the finish area. They will be supervised by friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. Take all your waste and recycling to these stations — don’t litter on the course!
  • Don’t forget to recycle all items that you take home from the event. All materials are compostable or recyclable! If you’re unsure simply ask our volunteers before you leave!
  • Bring your small hard-to-recycle items from home for recycling. Green Chair are offering all runners and spectators free recycling for batteries, cell phones, small electronics and lightbulbs.
  • Take public transit to the event. Our Expo is easily accessible via SkyTrain, Canada Line, and SeaBus while both UBC and Stanley park are serviced by a number of buses (increased UBC service on Sunday morning).
  • If you are driving, carpool to the start line at UBC and take our free post-event shuttles back from the finish.
  • A free Bike Valet will be available in Stanley Park.

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