The Vancouver Special (Virtual 10K + In-Person 10K) Challenge

Registration Now Open

Get ready for your very own Vancouver Special! Challenge yourself to race both the virtual 10K and in-person10K. Race them separately or try them both on one day. It’s The Vancouver Special, your way.

Virtual Period: August 17 – September 17, 2022

Race Kit Includes:

  • Finisher Medal
  • Under Armour technical race shirt
  • Digital bib & certificate
  • Under Armour 8-Week Training Plan
  • Samples from our sponsors
  • Bonus swag, an Under Armour Contain Travel Kit

Race Kit Pickup Schedule

Location: All participants in The Vancouver Special must pick up their race kit at race kit pickup (specific Vancouver location TBC).

More information coming soon.

Start Line

The 10K race will begin at 8:30 a.m. PST.

Start location: Cordova Street at Abbott Street (across from Woodward’s Development)

Corrals and Start Times

Your starting corral will be marked on your bib and will correspond to signage at the starting line (see map in previous section). 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.

Corral colour Est. finish time Start time
Black Elites  8:30 a.m.
RedRed Corral < 50 min   8:30 a.m.
Yellow CorralYellow 50–59min   8:30 a.m.
BlueBlue Corral 60–79min   8:30 a.m.
GreenGreen Corral 80min +   8:30 a.m.

The Start Line will close 10 minutes after the scheduled start time.  

10K Course

Start Location — Woodward’s Development
Course Certification – BC-2017-069-BDC

PRINTABLE COURSE MAP (300 KB)

The 10K course is marked every kilometre, only in kilometres.

Course Restrictions

Entry limits:

10K: Maximum 3,000 participants.

No wheels, other than athletes registered to be using wheelchairs or strollers, are permitted on the 10K 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.

Participants Using 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 event. Please indicate on your registration form if you are planning on participating in a wheelchair and email crswest@canadarunningseries.com with your expected completion time and to discuss whether an advanced start would be appropriate. Note that the 2 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 event. Please email crswest@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. They will complete the event waiver during registration and will need to wear the event “GUIDE” bib on their back.

Time Limits

The City of Vancouver has a 1h45min time limit on the road closures for the Eastside 10K. The course will reopen to traffic based on a rolling schedule, based on a 1h45min finishing time or 10min30sec pace per kilometre. Please do not enter the 10K if you are unable to meet the time restriction. Slower runners and walkers are asked to start at the back of the event. The Start Line will close 10 minutes after the scheduled start time.

Finish Line

The Finish Line for the 10K is located on Cordova Street at Abbott Street.

Google Map of Area

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

Course Amenities

Water Stations

Three water stations will be located on route. Water and Nuun will be available at each station; plus areas at the Start and Finish lines.

Port-o-lets

Port-o-lets will be located at the Start and Finish Areas and on course near the Aid Stations.

Medical Services

Trained medical personnel will be located at the Start/Finish Area. In addition to this stationary team, other medical personnel 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 called 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 or the closest Aid Station so that they may pass this information on to the Finish Line.

Training With MapMyRun

UA MapMyRun makes all runners better with insights they want, tools they need, and a community that moves them. Visit the UA MapMyRun website, or download the app for more information.

Training Plan

Whether you’re running your first race or your 100th, having a well-structured prepared training plan is your best bet to set you up for a successful race day. From mobility and endurance to strength and recovery, this plan provides everything you need to have your best race yet—and maybe even snag yourself a PB along the way. All you need is eight weeks, a foam roller, and a lot of commitment to get fast, strong, and ready to toe the line come race day.

Training plan coming soon.

Inputting Your Virtual Race Results

Participants can input their virtual race results from August 17 – September 17, 2022.

Follow the steps below to input virtual race results:

  • Go to the Race Roster Results Platform
  • Log into your Race Roster account
  • Click “Submit a Virtual Result”
  • Select the distance you completed (10K or Kids Race)
  • Input your activity details
  • Click “Submit Results” and you’re done!

Stay Connected

Use hashtags #UAEastside10K and #RunCRSWest to stay connected to the race community, follow us on Instagram @runcrswest, and let us know you’re coming via our Facebook Event page.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Finisher Medal

Designed by Monday Creative, the medal represents how the race has us “Flying Together,” just like the crows who, every dusk, migrate to the Eastside to roost. We gather together from all walks of life, in a celebration of running and this community. Both events epitomize the life and vibrancy of the Eastside.

UA Technical Race Shirt

Participants will receive an Under Armour performance shirt featuring an exclusive design.

Unisex UA Contain Travel Kit

The perfect travel bag for any athlete. Keeps your toiletries and supplements safe, you can carry it or hang it up.

8 Week UA Training Plan

Coming soon.