A Message from Race Director, Ryan Chilibeck:
Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K. While we are disappointed that we won’t be getting together this June, we know this is the only solution until we are told that it is safe for us to run together again.
The conditions around COVID-19 are changing so quickly, in our city, our country and around the world. Every time we feel like we have made a correct decision, new information emerges and we are turned in another direction. While we have been doing our very best to keep up and remain flexible, it is clear to us that cancelling this race is the only decision we can make right now. We want our city to be able to devote 100% of its energy to fighting COVID-19 and bringing this race to Vancouver would only be adding unnecessary strain to already maxed out resources. It wouldn’t be fair to our community or our incredibly hardworking frontline and essential workers.
At this time, our primary goal is public safety while maintaining our commitment to supporting those most in need. We have closed registration for this event, however fundraising will remain open. If you are in the position to do so, we hope you will continue to support our charitable partners, who need our help now more than ever. Since we launched registration for the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K back in September, hundreds of fundraisers have been working to help us reach our goal of $1.3 million raised to support over 70 local charities in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.
As a runner myself, I deeply recognize how invested you were in getting to the start line of the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K. Whether you were just starting your training cycle, fundraising for one of our official charities or planning a trip from out of town, our entire team is heartbroken that we won’t be able to see this all come together, in person, on June 28th. In the meantime, we are working on ways to keep our community connected in the virtual world. Keep your eyes on your inbox over the next few weeks as we share our action plan.