Half-Marathon Details

Half Route Map

Date: Sunday June 25th, 2017
Start time: 7:30 a.m.
Start location: East Mall (West of Thunderbird Arena)


Click to view larger map (PDF)

Course Description

  • START on East Mall (west of Thunderbird Arena)
  • Head south on East Mall to W16th Ave.
  • Turn right on W16th, continuing west then turning left on SW Marine Drive into northbound lanes.
  • Continue south until the Viewpoint parking lot, turning around the island into the southbound lanes of SW Marine Drive.
  • Follow SW Marine Drive back to Chancellor, and down the hill to Spanish Banks.
  • Follow NW Marine through Spanish Banks, Locarno Beach and Jericho Beach before bearing left into the northbound lanes of 4th Ave heading east.
  •  Follow 4th Ave and bear left onto Alma Street heading north.
  • At Point Grey Rd runners bear right to begin heading east. Runners follow Point Grey Rd / Cornwall Ave to Arbutus St, turning left and following Arbutus, McNicoll, Maple, Ogden, and Chesnut St back to Cornwall Ave.
  • Turn left on to the Burrard Bridge in the westbound lanes to Pacific Ave.
  • Bear left on Pacific Ave in the south bound lanes heading West to Stanley Park and the finish line.
  • Course Preview Video

Half Course Limitations

The City of Vancouver has a 3 hour time limit on the road closures for the half-marathon. The course will reopen to traffic based on a rolling schedule, based on a 3 hour finishing time or 8m30s pace per kilometre. Please do not enter the half-marathon if you are unable to meet the time restriction – please consider the 5k event.

Further Details

Entrants in the half-marathon should be able to maintain a 8m30s per kilometre (13m44s per mile) pace for the duration of the distance. Course cut-off points will be:

  • Chan Centre Aid Station (7.5km) at 8:50am
  • Kitsilano Aid Station (16.5km) at 10:15am

If you decide to continue on the course past these cut-offs, you do so as an informed pedestrian, following all rules of the road and not as a part of the event. No road closure will be in place, nor may any aid still be available after the time deadline has passed. Aid stations along the route will close according to this pace and their location on the course (i.e. Aid at 10km point will close 1h25m from the start of the race — 8:55 a.m. at 8m30s pace). The finish line of the event will officially remain open until 10:45 a.m. Finishers within this time will receive a medal. After this time the finish line and timing will be removed and the event closed.

Under no circumstance may participants be on the course before the official start time of 7:30 a.m. Beginning before the official start will result in disqualification. Any person on the course prior to the official start is not considered as part of the event. ***Start Lines for both the Half and 5k will CLOSE 10min AFTER THE SCHEDULED START TIME


Course Restrictions


No wheels, other than athletes registered to be using wheelchairs or strollers, are permitted on the Half-Marathon course, due to safety and insurance reasons. No coaches, hand cycles, bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards, or dogs are allowed on the course, may be removed from the event at any time, and may be held liable for any incidents resulting. Participants using Nordic poles are requested to start in the last corral. The course is limited to registered participants only. Each participant is required to wear the identifying bib number on their front. Disqualification may result from non-compliance with any of the above terms.

Strollers


Participants will be allowed to push a child in a stroller for a $5 entry fee. You will be provided with an additional bib that must be worn on the back of the individual who is pushing the stroller. This additional bib is for everyone’s safety and will read “STROLLER” to indicate to those around you that you are pushing a stroller. The course involves some steep downhill sections so the stroller should be equipped with a tether and brakes.

This is a recreational category and you will be assigned to the last corral and asked to start at the back. Please note, you will only receive 1 finishers medal for this entry.


Participants using wheelchairs


Athletes using non-motorized wheelchairs are welcome in the Half-Marathon event. Please indicate on your registration form if you are planning on participating in a wheelchair and email svhm@canadarunningseries.com with your expected completion time and to discuss whether an advanced start would be appropriate. Note that the 3 hour course time limit still applies to all participants.

Participants requiring a support person


Participants requiring guides, such as athletes with a visual impairment, are welcome in the Half-Marathon event. Please email svhm@canadarunningseries.com to discuss whether an advanced start would be appropriate and to provide your support person’s name and contact information. The event must be notified of any guides but they have the choice of:

  • Participating in the event at no cost. They will need to complete the event waiver and wear the event “GUIDE” bib on their back.
  • Register in the event at the standard registration fee. They will receive the event shirt, bib with timing chip, and a finisher’s medal. The will complete the event waiver during registration and will need to wear the event “GUIDE” bib on their back.

Half Start Line

Start location: East Mall (west of Thunderbird Arena)

svhm-startarea-smAll participants will be organized into coloured corrals at the start line. Corral assignment will be based on the predicted finishing time submitted during registration. On race day, the corral entrances will be indicated by coloured flags that will correspond to the coloured stripe on your race bib. If you feel that you need to change your corral, just line up closer to the start line. You do not need to have your corral changed in your timing or on your bib – the corrals are self-seeding. Age category awards are based on chip time (when you start to when you finish), but overall awards are based on gun time (when all runners start to when you finish) as per IAAF rules.

Corrals and Start Times

Corral colour Est. finish time Start time
Elite  7:30am
RedRed Corral < 1:50   7:30am
Yellow CorralYellow 1:51 – 2:00   7:30am
BlueBlue Corral 2:01 – 2:29   7:30am
GreenGreen Corral 2:30+   7:30am

START LINE CLOSES 10min AFTER THE SCHEDULED START TIME

5K Details

Route Map

Date: Sunday June 25th, 2017
Start time: 9:15-9:30 a.m. based on corral times (shown below)
Start location: Stanley Park Drive beside Ceperley Field (near Fish House)


Click to view larger map (PDF)

Course Description

  • START on Stanley Park Drive next to Ceperley Field (near Fish House).
  • Head North along Stanley Park Drive, then turn right at crosswalk onto paved pedestrian pathway.
  • Continue on path towards Lost Lagoon, taking gravel path around the lagoon in a clockwise direction.
  • At Lost Lagoon Nature House, continue onto paved path along south side of Lagoon, continue clockwise.
  • Before crossing the footbridge, turn left on the pathway towards Ceperley Field, using the underpass to cross below Park Drive.
  • Continue West on this pathway, past the first water station, before turning left onto the Seawall.
  • Head out past English Bay Beach House, to the Inukshuk, then turn up to Beach Ave and join in with the Half-Marathoners finishing on the road. See map for details.

5k Course Limitations

The City of Vancouver has a 1hr 15min time limit (10:45am) on the road closures for the 5k, or 15 minutes per kilometre pace. Please do not enter the 5k event if you are unable to meet the time restriction.

Further Details

Participants must be able to maintain a 15 minute per kilometre pace as roads will reopen to traffic based on a 1hr 15min finishing time. Participants who are still on course after this point will be asked to move to the sidewalk and continue on their own as informed pedestrians, obeying all rules of the road and traffic crossings. The finish line of the event will officially remain open until 10:45 a.m. Finishers within this time will receive a medal. After this time the finish line and timing will be removed and the event closed.

Under no circumstance may participants be on the course before the official start time. Beginning before the official start will result in disqualification. Any person on the course prior to the official start is not considered as part of the event. ***Start Lines for both the Half and 5k will CLOSE 10min AFTER THE SCHEDULED START TIME


Course Restrictions


No coaches, hand cycles, bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards, or dogs are allowed on the course due to safety and insurance reasons and may be removed from the event at any time, being held liable for any incidents resulting. Participants using Nordic poles are requested to start in the last corral. The course is limited to registered participants only. Each participant is required to wear the identifying bib number on their front. Disqualification may result from non-compliance with any of the above terms.

Strollers


Participants will be allowed to push a child in a stroller for a $5 entry fee. You will be provided with an additional bib that must be worn on the back of the individual who is pushing the stroller. This additional bib is for everyone’s safety and will read “STROLLER” to indicate to those around you that you are pushing a stroller. The course involves some downhill sections so the stroller should be equipped with a tether and brakes.

This is a recreational category and you will be assigned to the last corral and asked to start at the back. Please note, you will only receive 1 finishers medal for this entry.


Participants using wheelchairs


Athletes using wheelchairs or other mobility aids are welcome in the 5k event. Please indicate on your registration form if you are planning on participating in a wheelchair and email svhm@canadarunningseries.com with your expected completion time and to discuss whether an advanced start would be appropriate. Note that the 1hr 15min course time limit still applies to all participants.

Participants requiring a support person


Participants requiring guides, such as athletes with a visual impairment, are welcome in the 5km event. Please email svhm@canadarunningseries.com to discuss whether an advanced start would be appropriate and to provide your support person’s name and contact information. The event must be notified of any guides but they have the choice of:

  • Participating in the event at no cost. They will need to complete the event waiver and wear the event “GUIDE” bib on their back.
  • Register in the event at the standard registration fee. They will receive the event shirt, bib with timing chip, and a finisher’s medal. The will complete the event waiver during registration and will need to wear the event “GUIDE” bib on their back.

5k Start Line

Start location: Stanley Park Drive beside Ceperley Field (near Fish House)

All participants will be organized into coloured corrals at the start line. Corral assignment will be based on the predicted finishing time submitted during registration. Participants will be released in waves based on these predicted finish times. On race day, the corral entrances will be indicated by coloured flags that will correspond to the coloured stripe on your race bib. If you feel that you need to change your corral, just line up closer to the start line. You do not need to have your corral changed in your timing or on your bib – the corrals are self-seeding. Age category awards are based on chip time (when you start to when you finish), but overall awards are based on gun time (when all runners start to when you finish) as per IAAF rules.

Corrals and Start Times

Corral colour Est. finish time Approx. start time
Red CorralRed < 20 minutes and
participants using wheelchairs requesting an early start
 9:15am
BlueBlue Corral 20 – 30 minutes  9:20am
Green CorralGreen 30 – 40 minutes  9:25am
Purple CorralPurple 40 minutes +  9:30am

START LINE CLOSES 10min AFTER THE SCHEDULED START TIME

Course Amenities


Water, Gatorade, and Medical Services


Water stations are located approximately every 3–4km on route in the half-marathon. Refer to course map for locations. Water, Gatorade and First Aid will be available at each station; plus areas at the Start and Finish lines. On the 5k route there are water stations near the 2.5k and 4k marks.

PowerBar Gels


PowerBar gels will be available on half-marathon course at the 13k water station, located near Jericho on W. 4th. Flavours available will be: double latte and strawberry banana.

For more information on PowerBar products and sports nutrition science please visit PowerBar.ca.


Port-o-Lets


Port-o-lets will be located at the Start and Finish Areas. There will also be portolets on the half-marathon course at the 2k, 4k, 10k, 13k, and 16k locations. The route passes public facilities at Jericho, Kitsilano, and English Bay.

Medical Services


Trained medical personnel will be located at the Start Line, Finish Area, and each Aid Station along the courses. In addition to these stationary teams, other medical teams will be roving the course by vehicle and bicycle.

If you require medical assistance along the course, please head to the closest Aid Station and the medical team will be able to assist you there.

In the event that you need to drop out of the event, we again request that you inform the medical team at the closest Aid Station so that they may pass this information on to our event dispatch at the Finish Line.


Finish Line – Half & 5k

svhm-finisharea-smThe finish line for both the 5k and the half-marathon is located on Park Drive, across from the Stanley Park Fish House.

After crossing the finish line, half-marathoners and 5k participants will be presented with a finisher medal.

All runners are reminded to keep moving through the Finish Chute, heading towards the Party and Refreshment Area.

Detailed PDF of Finish Line  Large Image of Stanley Park Area

Hotel & Travel

We’re proud to be working with Delta Vancouver Suites, as our Official Run Headquarters.Delta Suites

The all-suite hotel in downtown Vancouver puts you at the heart of the city’s plentiful entertainment, business and transportation offerings. The property lies a block from the Canada Line rail system and within walking distance of art galleries, theatres, Stanley Park, Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium. Perfect for business travellers, our hotel is also minutes from the Vancouver Convention Centre, the city’s central business district and government offices. Enjoy shopping the Granville Street mall and Robson Street or take in the vibrant dining scene and nightlife of Gastown and Yaletown.

During the run registration process, you can choose to add a paid shuttle bus to your registration. Shuttles will leave at 6:00am from out front of the Delta, to the start line at UBC.

Special event rates for the event, can be applied to bookings from 06/24/17 to 06/26/17. Rates from 189.00 CAD to 289.00 per night.

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Training

Training Programs Half & 5k

Get started with these simple training programs, that will have you ready to run this June.

Online Training Programs

Simple Half-Marathon Program

Are you looking at running your first half-marathon? Here’s a simple twelve week program to get you to the start line this June! If you are currently comfortable running for about 45 minutes, this gradual progression will get you to the 21km distance. No more excuses — get out the door and get ready to run!

Simple Half-Marathon Program

WEEK MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Apr 3–9 Rest 5km Cross-train 5km Rest Cross-train 8km
Apr 10–16 Rest 5km Cross-train 5km w/ hills Rest Cross-train 9km
Apr 17–23 Rest 5km Cross-train 5km w/ hills Rest Cross-train 10km
Apr 24–30 Rest 5km Cross-train 6km Rest Cross-train 11km
May 1–7 Rest 6km Cross-train 6km Rest Cross-train 12km
May 8–14 Rest 6km Cross-train 6km w/ hills Rest Cross-train 13km
May 15–21 Rest 7km Cross-train 6km w/ hills Rest Cross-train 14km
May 22–28 Rest 7km Cross-train 7km Rest Cross-train 16km
May 29–June 4 Rest 8km Cross-train 7km w/ hills Rest Cross-train 18km
June 5–11 Rest 8km Cross-train 7km w/ hills Rest Cross-train 20km
June 12–18 Rest 8km Cross-train 8km w/ hills Rest Cross-train 12km
June 19–25 Rest 5km Rest 4km Rest Rest 21.1km — Event Day!

Cross-train with swimming, hiking, cycling, yoga, or strength training at least once a week on days you don’t run. Make sure not to over do it on these days as they are part of your recovery process. Recovering properly is essential to bridge between your two races, so actually rest on those Rest Days!

Beginner 5k Program

Getting ready to run your first 5k or just getting back into running? Follow this program and you’ll be ready for the Scotiabank Vancouver 5k this June! This twelve-week program will help you get to the start line and make running part of your lifestyle! You will begin with a walk-run program for 30 minutes, gradually progressing to 45 minutes of almost constant running. Remember to keep you walk breaks to a quick power-walk pace.

Beginner 5k Program

WEEK DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3
Apr 3–9 12m run, 8m walk, 10m run 12m run, 8m walk, 10m run 12m run, 8m walk, 10m run
Apr 10–16 13m run, 7m walk, 10m run 13m run, 7m walk, 10m run 14m run, 6m walk, 10m run
Apr 17–23 14m run, 6m walk, 10m run 14m run, 5m walk, 11m run 14m run, 5m walk, 11m run
Apr 24–30 13m run, 5m walk, 12m run 13m run, 5m walk, 12m run 14m run, 4m walk, 12m run
May 1–7 14m run, 4m walk, 12m run 15m run, 4m walk, 11m run 15m run, 4m walk, 11m run
May 8–14 15m run, 3m walk, 12m run 15m run, 3m walk, 12m run 16m run, 8m walk, 16m run
May 15–21 16m run, 8m walk, 16m run 17m run, 6m walk, 17m run 17m run, 6m walk, 17m run
May 22–28 18m run, 6m walk, 18m run 18m run, 6m walk, 18m run 19m run, 6m walk, 19m run
May 29–June 4 19m run, 6m walk, 19m run 21m run, 4m walk, 20m run 21m run, 4m walk, 20m run
June 5–12 22m run, 2m walk, 21m run 22m run, 2m walk, 21m run 22m run, 1m walk, 22m run
June 12–18 22m run, 1m walk, 22m run 30m run 35m run
June 19–25 30m run 20m run 5km — Event Day!

Cross-train with swimming, hiking, cycling, yoga, or strength training at least once a week on days you don’t run. Make sure not to over do it on these days as they are part of your recovery process. Recovering properly is essential to bridge between your two races, so actually rest on those Rest Days!

10k to Half-Marathon — “Sun Run to Scotia Half” Training Program

Just finished the Sun Run? Well that means you should be able to run a Half-Marathon! Rest up for a week, then follow along with this simple nine week program to get you ready for the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon in June. No more excuses — get out the door and get ready to run!

Sun Run to Scotia Half Program

WEEK MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Apr 24–30 Rest 4km Cross-train 4km Rest Cross-train 7km
May 1–7 Rest 5km Cross-train 4km Rest Cross-train 10km
May 8–14 Rest 6km Cross-train 5km w/ hills Rest Cross-train 12km
May 15–21 Rest 6km Cross-train 6km Rest Cross-train 14km
May 22–28 Rest 7km Cross-train 6km w/ hills Rest Cross-train 16km
May 29–June 4 Rest 8km Cross-train 7km Rest Cross-train 18km
June 5–11 Rest 8km Cross-train 7km w/ hills Rest Cross-train 20km
June 12–18 Rest 8km Cross-train 7km w/ hills Rest Cross-train 12km
June 19–25 Rest 5km Rest 4km Rest Rest 21.1km — Event Day

Cross-train with swimming, hiking, cycling, yoga, or strength training. Make sure not to over do it on these days as they are part of your recovery process. When adding in hills, try to incorporate a few steady climbs into your route, anywhere from 200m to 500m long.

Half-Marathon to Half-Marathon — “Bridge” Training Program

Just finished your first Half-Marathon? How about running your next Half at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon in June! This seven-week program will help you bridge the two races, setting you up for a new Personal Best in June!

Half-to-Half Training Program

WEEK MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
May 8–14 Rest 5km Cross-train 4km Rest Cross-train 10km
May 15–21 Rest 7km Cross-train 6km w/ hills Rest Cross-train 13km
May 22-28 Rest 7km Cross-train 7km Rest Cross-train 15km
May 29- June 4 Rest 8km Cross-train 7km w/ hills Rest Cross-train 17km
June 5–11 Rest 9km Cross-train 8km Rest Cross-train 19km
June 12–18 Rest 8km Cross-train 8km w/ hills Rest Cross-train 12km
June 19–25 Rest 5km Rest 4km Rest Rest
21.1km — Event Day!

Cross-train with swimming, hiking, cycling, yoga, or strength training. Make sure not to over do it on these days as they are part of your recovery process. Recovering properly is essential to bridge between your two races, so actually rest on those Rest Days! When adding in hills, try to incorporate a few steady climbs into your route, anywhere from 200m to 500m long.

Elite Hosting

We do not accept emails or telephone calls. Only applications submitted through the online elite application form are considered, but please note we do NOT issue invitations for athletes requiring a VISA to attend this event. All athletes must submit a time run within the past 9 months on a certified course, preferably the same distance as the race applied for.

An Elite Athlete application does NOT guarantee entry. All applications must be approved by the CRS Race Director and Elite Athlete Coordinator. Sub-elite applications may receive a discounted entry or preferred starting position, with the Open and Masters Athletes.

Best efforts will be made to inform applicants the first of each month and the day after the application deadline.

2017 Elite Athlete Applications closed May 10, 2017.

2017 Elite Standards for the Half-Marathon

Men

Women

Open — sub 1:06:00
Master (40+) — sub 1:12:00
Sub-Elite — sub 1:15:00
Open — sub 1:15:00
Master (40+) — sub 1:24:00
Sub-Elite — sub 1:24:00
5k Open — sub 15:00
5k Master (40+) — sub 16:00
5k Sub-Elite — sub 17:30
5k Open — sub 17:00
5k Master (40+) — sub 18:30
5k Sub-Elite — sub 19:30

Elite Starting List can be found in the Canada Running Series Blog, click here.

Prizing and Awards

Don’t just win your prize, claim it! Participants have 30 days to claim any prizes. Please send an email to svhm@canadarunningseries.com with your mailing address, age category and place you came in and your prize will be mailed out to you.

Don’t forget: the half-marathon counts as Grand Prix (x 1.5) points and the 5k (x 1.0) in the Canada Running Series!

Event Records:

Men: 63:10 Patrick Nthwia KEN 2007
Women:
70:50 Lioudmila Kortchaguina CAN 2003
$500 bonus 
for the winning athlete setting a new record in their respective gender.

Half-Marathon Awards 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Open Men & Women $300 $200 $100
Top Canadian Men & Women $1200 $700 $400 $200 $150
Top BC Men & Women $400 $300 $200 $150 $100
Masters Men & Women Overall $150 $100 $50
Half-Marathon Age Categories Men & Women CRS
Medal
CRS
Medal
CRS
Medal
5k Awards Overall CRS
Medal
CRS
Medal
CRS
Medal

  • “Canadian” is defined as: Citizens; Landed immigrants; and Refugees with official status who have been domiciled in Canada for at least one year (proof may be required).
  • BC defined as: BC athletics membership, or having domiciled in BC for 12 months and mailing address in BC.
  • Master defined as: athlete being 40 years old plus, day of event.

Prize money winners in the Canadian, BC and Masters categories can triple dip and collect prizing in all three categories, but collecting prize money in any one category removes you from winning an age category medal.

Pacer Team

In the half-marathon, we will have Asics Pace Leaders that will run the event to a specific finishing time. Run with and follow the designated leader to help you achieve your goal!

Target finishing times – 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30

Pacer profiles coming this Spring.