Vancouver Runs You Might Like - May 2018

Vancouver Runs You Might Like - May

Hey Vancouver, here are a few runs that you may want to consider racing this May. Woot!

As many of you already know we're passionate about helping you find your next race. Our 2018 May calendar is packed with some of most popular and challenging running events of the year. Whether you're looking for a trail race in Squamish to spend time with Mother Nature or running through a local neighbourhood to earn some new shiny bling, we've got you covered from Sea-to-Sky all the way out to the Fraser Valley. 

Road Runs

BMO Vancouver Marathon

Date: May 6, 2018
Distances: 8k, Half marathon, Marathon

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is one of Vancouver’s most iconic marathon events. The event features a full marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 8k run, and streets lined with thousands of spectators. Runners can expect to experience a little bit of everything that Vancouver has to offer as they run a that starts at Queen Elizabeth Park, and finishes in Coal Harbour, downtown Vancouver. 

> Get more info about the BMO Marathon

Wings for Life World Run

Date: May 6, 2018
Distance: As far as you can run before the finish line catches you

Run a race where the finish line chases you! The Wings For Life World Run is a unique concept in racing produced by Red Bull and held in partnership with the Wings For Life Foundation (a not for profit foundation dedicated to spinal cord research).

The event is made up of multiple simultaneous road running races that happen all over the world starting at the exact same time. Runners are chased by a physical or virtual pace car (catch car), once the car passes a runner their race is finished. The last male and female runners left running in each location are the local champions, the last male and female runner left running on Earth get the esteemed title of global champ.

Vancouver's 2018 event starts at 4am making it the perfect early morning warm up for the BMO!

> Get more info about Wings For Life Vancouver

Shoppers Run For Women

Date: May 12, 2018
Distance: 3k, 5k, 10k

The SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women is part of a national women's race series offering a 5K, 10K & Little Steps Girls 1K. The event is timed and raises funds for women's mental health programs in your community. This year's race is taking place up at UBC!

> Get more info about the Vancouver Run For Women

Fairmont Mother's Day Run

Date: May 13, 2018
Distance: 3k, 5k, 10k

The Fairmont Mother's Day Run & Walk is a 3k, 5k, and 10k run on a course through Stanley Park. Moms are the main focus of the event, however, participation is open to everyone. The race has partnered with the Fairmont Hotel, so expect some fancy post race brunch options for this one!

> Get more info about the Fairmont Mother's Day Run


parkrun 5k vancouver

Date: Every Saturday
Distance: 5k

Tremendously popular in Europe, parkrun is a weekly, free, timed 5k run that has recently begun running Saturday's in Richmond. The runs are open to people of all ages and abilities, and are timed with an individual barcode that tracks your stats online.  

> Get more info about parkrun Vancouver

 Shaughnessy 8K

Shaugnnesy 8k

Date: May 27, 2018
Distance: 8k run, 5k poker walk

The Shaughnessy  8k is the 4th event of the year in the popular Lower Mainland Race Series. This race send runners through the undulating, historic, residential streets of Shaughnessy and Kerrisdale. 

Get more info about the Shaughnessy 8k

Run for Water

Date: May 26 & 27, 2018
Distance: 5k, 10k, Half-marathon (Road) & 10k, 25k, 50k (Trail)

You might think that your contribution is just a drop of water in a vast ocean, but each drop has a ripple effect! Run for Water is a movement that has helped people become active in bringing clean water to our world. With so many distances on both road and trail, there's literally a race for everyone, no excuses not to sign up now (and you still have some time to train).

> Get more info about the Run for Water

Trail Runs

5 Peaks British Columbia Race 2

5 peaks trail series

Date: May 12, 2018
Distance: 8.5k, 13k, Kid's Race

5 Peaks British Columbia Trail Series Race 2 takes runners through the challenging Golden Ears Provincial Park. The park is named after the prominent twin peaks which are commonly referred to as Golden Ears (don't worry the race doesn't go that high!). The moderate to technical terrain is no "walk in the park"  and will test your power hiking skills through the few hundred metres of elevation. Spots are still open in the Sports and Enduro distances so lace up those trail runners and go run wild!

> Get more info about 5 Peaks Golden Ears

Short Course Orienteering

Vancouver orienteering

Date: Every Wednesday
Distance: As far as you can go in 45 - 60 minutes!

Orienteering is an exciting sport for all ages and fitness levels that combines running, with reading a detailed map and using a compass to find checkpoints. Pick your own route between the checkpoints, whether that's along a path, over a hill, or straight through the forest!

If you have future aspirations to take on the Barkley Marathon, or just want to add some hot navigation skills to your trail running game you'll want to check out the Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club's weekly event. Every Wednesday they set up at a local park and run a short course that allows beginners to learn, and more advanced runners to practice their skills. 

> Learn more about Orienteering Wednesdays

Survival of the Fittest

Survival of the fittest trail run

Date: May 26, 2018
Distance: 13k, 18k

The Survival of the Fittest trail race (part of the Coast Mountain Trail Series, you may have heard of the Race Director Gary Robbins?) is a beautiful loop that starts and finishes at the scenic Quest University in Squamish, BC. This course starts with a strong climb that leads you to a waterfall almost immediately. As runners continue to climb, the views become more and more impressive. The course peaks at the top on the Climb Trail and then it's a single-track back down. Yeeehawww!

> Get more info about Survival of the Fittest

Looking for More Races?

Already familiar with these? You can always head to to get a full list of upcoming Vancouver road runs, trail runs, and OCRs.

Published on Apr 17, 2017