Vancouver Runs You Might Like - June
Here are a few Vancouver area runs that you may want to consider racing this June, but first, this poem!
Bought new summer runners
Don't care about the cost.
GPS died, no strava,
*sigh* all is lost....
Date: June 3, 2017
Distance: 1 mile, 5k
The Summer5k and Ambleside Mile are West Van's annual summertime 5 KM & 1 Mile run/walks. The races happen on the first Saturday of June, as part of West Vancouver's Community Day. Both the 5K and 1 mile routes are nice and flat, making them perfect for curshing personal bests, or just enjoying!
Date: June 11, 2017
Distance: 5k, 10k, half marathon
We're already six races into the MEC road race series?! Holy crap this year is flying by! This MEC race goes down at Garry Point Park in Richmond and features three distances for under $20. Expect the usual MECness of chip timing, post race coffee/bananas, and high fives.
Date: June 16, 2017
Distance: 5k, 10k
The Longest Day Road Race is a Friday night 5k & 10k road race that happens up at UBC. Runers start and finish right next to Thunderbird stadium, this one has a rare early evening start time.
Date: June 25, 2017
Distance: 5k, half marathon
Want a summer PR? This is the race to do it at. The Scotiabank Half Marathon & 5K is Canada Running Series West's marquee summer event. The race consistently hosts over 5,000 runners, making it one of the largest half marathons in the area.
With a net drop of almost 300ft, this event has produced the fastest half-marathon times ever run in BC. Expect a vaired field, everyone from new runners to olymmpic level athletes are out at this one.
Date: Every Saturday
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.
Date: June 4, 2017
Distances: 15k, 55k
The third race in the MEC Lower Mainland Trail race series features an ocean to dam 15k route, and a 55k with 2000 meters of elevation gain. It's chip timed and all of the ultra participants get a free post race meal #foodiswhyirun
Date: June 10, 2017
Distance: roughly 23k
A beautiful and challenging point-to-point race in Whistler. The Comfortably Numb trail running race follows an internationally recognized mountain biking route. It has everything - breathtaking views, climbs, descents, sweeping vistas and one particularly gorgeous bridge crossing.
Date: June 17, 2017
Distance: 1k & 3k kids races, 6k, 9k
The third 5 Peaks race of the season happens up on top of Mount Seymour. Runners can expect some great views on both the 6k and 9k courses. This race series is family friendly and good for both trail newbies, and the more experienced racer.
Date: June 20, 2017
Distance: As many grinds as you can do in a day
Ever wanted to see how many grinds you can do in a day? Here's your chance! From 4am - 10pm runners will rip up and down (well.... tram down) the grind attempting to see how many grinds they can complete. Word on the street is that world famous trail hero Ian Robertson is going to be out attempting to break his record of 16. Break his record and RunGuides will give you $100 and a bottle of tequila.
Date: June 24, 2017
Distance: 13k, 28k, 50k, 50 mile
The Tenderfoot Boogie is a trail race from Squamish to Whistler where runners start at Sea level and finish at 2400 ft. Expect to encounter almost every imaginable terrain and some incredible scenery.
Obstacle Course Races
Date: June 3, 2017
Distance: roughly 5k of foamy obstacles
The 5K Foam Fest features over 22 obstacles, the world’s tallest inflatable water slide, 2.5 million cubic feet of Foam and an amazing post race festival this year the lower mainland event happens in Abbotsford.
Date: June 10 - 11 2017
Distance: Sprint (roughly 5k), Super (roughly 15k)
The Vancouver Spartan Race happens over the weekend of June 10th and features both a short sprint course and longer super version. You'll be able to crank through 20 - 25+ signature Spartan obstacles at this one.
Date: June 17 & 18, 2017
Distance: 5k, 10k
The OCR that started it all takes over a weekend at Whistler with Saturday and Sunday held at Whistler Olympic Park. We highly suggest staying up in the village for the post race shenanigans
Looking for More Races?
Already familiar with these? You can always head to www.runguides.com/vancouver/runs to get a full list of upcoming Vancouver road runs, trail runs, and OCRs.