Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon
Established in 1998, The Scotiabank Half Marathon in Vancouver now consistently hosts over 5,000 runners, making it one of the largest half marathons in the area.
The race takes runners on a scenic point-to-point course from UBC to Stanley Park. With a net drop of almost 300ft, and a consistently competitive elite field, this event has produced the fastest half-marathon times ever run in BC. Combine this with numerous bands, water stations, great medals, a finish line party, and you’re set for your best half-marathon yet!
Not up for a half-marathon? The event also hosts a family-friendly 5k route which takes runners along the trails of Stanley Park and the Seawall of English Bay, before merging with the Half-Marathon to finish in Stanley Park.
Additional Fun Facts
The Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon is currently the only race in Canada to have received a Silver Certification in sustainability from the Council for Responsible Sport? With over 97% of waste diverted from landfills last year and alternative energy sources used. This has been part of the Canada Running series mandate for all of the races that they run.
Is there a Chairty Component?
Yes. The Scotiabank Charity Challenge gives runners the opportunity to support a number of differnet charitable organizations through direct contributions to one of the race's Official Charities. Over the years it has added up, as of 2016 over $5 million has been raised for over 80 local charities.
The Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon starts extremely fast. Runners leave the starta area at UBC and head downhill for about 4km before turning around and heading back up SW marine towards Spanish Banks. There's a brief gradual uphill secton from about 4km - 7km before a long and fast downhill from UBC down to sea level. From Spanish Banks runners follow a relatively flast/undulating course along the water towards downtown. Expect to encounter a hill up the Burrard Bridge, before running out a downhill/slightly downhill section into the finish at Stanley Park
Overall, this is a FAST half marathon course, if you're looking for a PR we highly recommend this race.
The 5K course starts in Stanely Park and follows a short loop around Lost Lagoon and down the seawall before looping up into the same finishing stretch as the half marathon.