"First Half" Half Marathon Vancouver
The First Half half marathon is a Vancouver classic that's been going on since 1991. This race, put on by the Pacific Road Runners, happens in February each year and is one of Vancouver's most iconic races.
The event has a max field size of 2,000 runners and perpetually sells out within hours of opening the registration. People lucky enough to get into the race can expect a fast and very scenic course which starts and finishes in Vancouver's Yaletown neighbourhood. The run follows a seawall route up English Bay and around Stanely Park, with a brief detour on a gravel trail around Lost lagoon before heading back to the starting line. There are no major hills, save one small, short, demoralizer that pops up with about 600 meters to go.
If you're looking for a speedy road half marathon this race is one to consider!
This very scenic 13.1 mile route goes out on the Seawall, to English Bay, through Stanley Park and back again. The course is marked at every mile and at half way. Runners complete a quick loop around BC Place stadium at the start of the race making the start line an excellent place to catch runners going by early in the morning!