Run Day Schedule
|7:30am||Half-Marathon Start at UBC Thunderbird Arena|
|9:30am||5k Fun Run/Walk Start at Stanley Park Fish House|
|9:30–11:30am||Shuttle buses from Finish back to UBC (free, but not guaranteed)|
|10:30am||Half-Marathon Course closes|
|10:30am||Awards Ceremony on stage at Finish Area, Stanley Park Fish House|
|10:30am||5k Course closes|
Subject to change before Event Day
Come join us for a great weekend in Vancouver at the Half-Marathon and 5k! We are working with a number of great travel partners to make your stay enjoyable.
Health & Runners' Expo / Packet Pickup
Exciting new venue and expanded expo area! Pick up your runner's bib, timing chip, and Technical t-shirt. Check out the latest running gear, events, and more great health exhibits.
IMPORTANT! Please bring a printout of your registration email confirmation OR a piece of photo ID to packet pickup.
Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC)
Map | Directions | Expo Details | Expo Sales | Speaker Schedule
- Friday, June 21, 11:00am to 7:00pm
- Saturday, June 22, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Picking Up For a Friend
If you have someone picking up your packet for you they will require a copy of your email confirmation and a one-liner that states this person has permission to pick up your kit for you.
If you no longer have a copy of your email confirmation, make sure your name is listed on the confirmation list and then the only thing the person will require is the one-liner that states that you give them permission to pick up your kit for you.
Mylaps BIBTAG Timing System
Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k will use the Mylaps BIBTAG Timing system. This means you only have to pick up your BIB at packet-pick-up/registration; this timing chip is embedded in your bib number. On race day, you should wear your bib #/BIBTAG on the front of your shirt or jacket. For optimum performance DO NOT bend, fold or mutilate your bibtag! And remember, now it's "NO BIB = NO TIME!"
BibTag Instructions — READ CAREFULLY
Your timing chip or "bibTag" is placed on the back of your race bib. It must be correctly worn for your race time to be accurately captured.
- Do not remove the "bibTag" or foam spacer from your bib.
- Do not fold your bib or excessively bend or twist the "bibTag".
- Wear your bib on your chest/abdomen. Do not wear on your back, side, leg or arm.
All participants receive a souvenir shirt with their registration. Details and sizing charts can be found here.
Getting to the Start & Parking – Half-Marathon
We recommend that Half-Marathoners park at UBC, then take our complimentary shuttle bus back to UBC after the event. The Half and the 5k finish at the same spot, in front of the Stanley Park Fish House (the 5k also starts from this location). Car pool (see Share A Ride, below) or take a taxi to the start line, or check Translink to see if a bus is available to UBC in time from your neighbourhood to the start line. Plan to be at Thunderbird Arena for 6:30am, to give yourself time to get ready for the run.
To add a bus ticket from downtown to the half-marathon start, or to buy an engraved plate for your half-marathon medal, click here.
Runner Drop Off Zones: to assist with traffic flow on race morning we will have designated "Drop Off Zones" in place at UBC. If you are not parking, follow the signage and marshals to the drop areas. DO NOT drive right up to the garage or the Start Line! This way vehicles that are parking will get to the Parkades much quicker. For details you can download the parking map which shows the parking options in the area and the "Drop Off Areas". Parking rates for the UBC Parkades are included on the map. Download the parking map (200 KB).
Paid Shuttles to UBC from Downtown Vancouver: A limited number of tickets will be available for shuttles from Downtown to the start of the run at UBC. Shuttle tickets must be prepaid, purchased online. Shuttles will board at 6:00am at a specified location, and leave promptly at 6:15am to head to UBC. Please see the modify registration details to purchase tickets (if available). Tickets will ONLY be available online.
Driving Directions for the Half-Marathon Start at UBC
From downtown Vancouver: head south on Burrard St, over the bridge, up to Broadway, turn right. Stay on Broadway to Alma, left for 1 block, right on West 10th and into campus. Turn left on Wesbrook Mall, right on Agronomy which leads to several parking lots.
From East of Vancouver (Hwy 1): Exit onto Grandview Hwy (12th Ave), stay on Grandview Hwy for approximately 10 km, at which point 12th Ave becomes 10th Ave. Follow this into campus as above.
From Richmond (Airport): take the Arthur Laing Bridge towards Vancouver, take Granville Street exit (right lane on bridge), follow Granville to 16th, left on 16th, follow this into UBC, turn right onto Wesbrook, then left on Thunderbird Blvd to parking lots.
From the US: follow Hwy 99 into Vancouver, Hwy 99 is called Oak Street after the Oak Street Bridge. Turn left onto 16th, then follow directions as above.
From Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal: Hwy 17 to Hwy 99, then follow directions above.
Getting to the Start & Parking – 5k
Please note that Stanley Park has very limited parking. We will have the main lot near the Finish Area closed to accommodate medical facilities and the Finish Line. If driving, we recommend you park near the Miniature Railway on the other side of the Park. We will be operating free shuttle buses from there to the Finish Area/Party Site and back.
We recommend public transit, car pooling, or alternate transportation.
5k and Extra Parking Map (300 KB)
5k runners should be in Stanley Park before 8:45am. Note that there is no entrance to the park from BEACH AVE. This is the route that the runners are finishing on and the road will be closed all morning, so park at the Zoo as per above. Car pool, or take public transit to Denman / Davie and walk into the park from this corner. The 5k course will be open until 10:30am, giving abundant time (1 hour) for a walker.
For a map of Stanley Park, please see Tourism Vancouver.
Adjacent to the Thunderbird Arena we will have baggage drop off buses positioned to take your bags and change of clothes to the finish line in Stanley Park. Once you have completed the event you can board the buses back up to UBC. These will operate from 9:30am to 11:30am.
5k baggage check will be available at the Start/Finish Area near The Fish House in Stanley Park.
There will be a $2 fee for baggage check, with proceeds going to the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge.
- Start Corrals
- Course Descriptions & Maps
- Course Restrictions
- Pace Team
- Aid Stations
- Finish Line
Half-Marathon Start Corrals
There will be starting corrals marked on your bib and signage at the starting line. Corrals are self seeding and you should line yourself up according to your finish time. If you feel that you need to change your corral, don't worry, 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 and self policed. Age category awards are based on Chip Time (from when you start to when you finish), but Overall awards are based on Gun Time (from the start of all runners, to when you finish) as per IAAF rules.
Corrals will be marked as ELITE (Bibs 1-50), RED sub 1h50m, YELLOW 1h51m to 2h00m, BLUE 2h01m to 2h14m, GREEN 2h15m +.
Half-Marathon Course Description & Map
Half-Marathon Start Location — on East Mall (west of Thunderbird Arena)
Course map is posted below. Click to enlarge or download a printer-friendly PDF version.
Start at 7:30am. From Start Area on East Mall (west of Thunderbird Arena): Runners head south on East Mall in northbound lanes to W16th Ave. Runners turn right on W16th, continuing west then turning left on SW Marine Drive into northbound lanes. Runners continue south until the Viewpoint parking lot, turning around the island into the southbound lanes of SW Marine Drive. Following SW Marine Drive back to Chancellor, and down the hill to Spanish Banks. Runners will follow NW Marine through Spanish Banks, Locarno Beach and Jericho Beach before bearing left into the northbound lanes of 4th Ave heading east. Runners follow 4th Ave and bear left into Highbury Ave heading north. At Point Grey Rd runners bear right in the North lanes 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. Runners turn left on to the Burrard Bridge in the westbound lanes to Pacific Ave. Runners bear left on Pacific Ave in the south bound lanes heading West to Stanley Park and the finish line.
The half-marathon course is marked every kilometre, only in kilometres.
See map for details and elevation profile. Great finisher medals and technical shirts for all Half-Marathoners!
5k Course Description & Map
Course map is posted below. Click to enlarge or download a printer-friendly PDF version.
Start at 9:30am. From Lagoon Drive at Stanley Park Fish House, runners will head Northeast along Lagoon Drive onto Chilco Street. At Alberni Street, runners will turn left onto the paved pathway around Lost Lagoon, heading West around the lagoon in a clockwise direction. Before crossing the footbridge, runners will turn left on the pathway towards Ceperley Field, using the underpass to cross below Park Drive. Runners will continue North on this pathway, past the Concession Stand and Second Beach Pool, before turning left onto the Seawall. Runners then 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.
The 5k course IS chip timed and is open to runners and walkers alike.
Half-Marathon Course Restrictions
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.
Entrants in the half-marathon should be able to maintain a 8m30s per kilometre (13m44s per mile) pace for the duration of the distance. If you decide to continue the event past the time limit, 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 — 8:55am @ 8m30s pace). The finish line of the event will officially remain open for 3h30m (11:00am). Finishers within this time will receive a medal. After 3h30m (11am), 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 7:30am. 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.
No wheels, other than registered racing chair athletes, are permitted on the Half-Marathon course, due to safety and insurance reasons. No coaches, hand cycles, bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers, strollers or dogs are allowed on the half-marathon course, and may be removed from the event at any time and may be held liable for any incidents resulting. 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.
Participation in the half-marathon is limited to those 16 years of age on race day and over. Those aged 16–18 must have signed approval from their guardian and/or coach, and may be required to produce information on their training. Prizing recognition will not be given to those under 18 years of age. Canada Running Series follows the guidelines as set out by the IMMDA Advisory Statement on Children & Marathoning.
5k Course Restrictions
The 5k course has a time limit of 1h00m (10:30am), or 12 minutes per kilometre pace. At this point the road must reopen to traffic for the last 2km of the route. Participants who are still on course after this time 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 route will reopen to traffic at 10:30am. The finish line of the 5k will remain open for 1h30m (11:00am). At that time the finish line will close and timing mats will be removed, as the finish line area opens to traffic at 11:00am.
Strollers and dogs are permitted in the 5k event, and the 5k course is accessible for day and powered wheelchairs. The course has a variety of path surfaces (pavement, concrete, packed path) and small inclines along the curvy route, making it unsuitable for racing chairs.
Asics Pace Team
The Asics Pace Team is here to help you achieve your goals. Six pacers will be taking to the streets to help guide you to your goal. Find them in the starting chute with elevated signs for 1h45m, 2h00m and 2h15m paces. Pace Team hats will also be marked with their goal times.
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 areas at the Start and Finish lines. On the 5k route there are water stations near the 2k and 4k marks.
PowerBar® Gels – Chocolate, Double Latte, Strawberry Banana, Vanilla
The C2MAX™ Advantage — on course at 14km Water Station (Jericho / W 4th)
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Port-o-lets will be located at the Start and Finish Areas. There will also be portolets on the Half-Marathon course at the 6k and 14k locations. The route passes public facilities at Jericho, Kitsilano, and English Bay.
Trained medical personnel will be located at the Start Line, Finish Area, and each Aid Station along the course. 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 the dispatcher at the Finish Line.
On Course Entertainment
Eight bands will be located at various points throughout the Half-Marathon course, plus an additional band at the Finish Party Area. Details on these bands will be posted closer to Event Day.
After crossing the Finish Line, Half-Marathoners will be presented with a Finisher Medal. Note that 5k Participants will not receive a medal.
All runners are reminded to keep moving through the Finish Chute, heading towards the Party and Refreshment Area.
Information on the Half-Marathon Finisher Medal can be found here.
Finish Area Entertainment
A band will be on site in the Party Area, providing entertainment to participants and spectators. Awards will be presented at the main stage at 10:30am.
Finish Area Refreshments
Water, Gatorade, and a variety of snacks will be available to both Half-Marathon and 5k Participants in the Party Area. For those interested in a post-run brunch, there are a number of restaurants in the area, including the Stanley Park Fish House, just steps from the Finish Line.
Details on Awards can be found here.
Finisher photos are supplied by Marathon Photos and will be posted as quickly as possible after the event. www.marathon-photos.com.
Neighbourhood notices (approx 450 KB each):
- Traffic Delays and Parking Restrictions for UBC
- Traffic Delays and Parking Restrictions for Kitsilano
- Traffic Delays and Parking Restrictions for English Bay
Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k follows guidelines provided by the Council for Responsible Sport, with the goal of being a Certified Responsible Event. Highlights of our achievements in 2012 are:
- 98% Waste Diversion Rate for our Finish Area
- All discarded clothing from Start Area is collected and donated to shelter programs
- Surplus food remaining after the event is donated to local food banks
- 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
- Over 50% of provided food is locally produced, all is purchased locally
- Check your registration information carefully; if a correction needs to be made, contact at least 2 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 backpacks, skateboards, roller blades, 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. If you are racing for an age category award, ensure you are assigned to the RED start corral. Corral changes can be done via email to at least 2 weeks prior or at the Help Desk during packet pickup or on race day.
- Say “Thank you” to as many volunteers as possible.
- 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.
Aid Station Etiquette
- When approaching a hydration station, move to the side of the road, grab your fluid/nutritional needs and keep moving. There will be multiple hydration tables so if the first table is busy KEEP MOVING.
- Throw your used cup to the side of the road as close to the hydration 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 aid 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 aid 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.
BC Athletics — Road Race Etiquette Guidelines
Still have questions? Check the FAQs.
The Fish House in Stanley Park
The historic Fish House sits amongst the spectacular gardens and forests of Vancouver's famous Stanley Park. Enjoy exceptional seafood in one of our unique dining rooms, patios, or oyster bar. Join us for a lunch, Saturday or Sunday brunch starting at 11:00am, afternoon tea or dinner while strolling in the park.
8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver, BC