Vancouver Eastside 10k
The Eastside 10k, part of the Canada Running Series, is a 10k race through the historic east side of Vancouver. The race goes through parts of Gastown, Chinatown, and East Vancouver. This race was recognized by Get Out There magazine as Western Canada's best race in 2013. It boasts a fairly fast road course, and regularly attracts a pretty stacked field of runners (think Olympic calibre athletes).
The Eastside route is the star of the show, and what makes this run one to consider. With a downtown east side/strathcona course runners can expect a heritage/industrial feel to things, and get to run along sections of the city that are rarely closed off to traffic. It's a pleasant contrast to some of the more common Vancouver seawall race routes, giving runners some new looks to think about.
The Eastside 10k route follows an out and back course that starts and finishes at the top of the Dunsmuir Viaduct in downtown (how cool is that!?). Runners head off east, through strathcona, loop into Gastown, then follow the same path back to the finish. There are no major hills on the course save a few small undulations, and one short uphill just after the 9km mark.