Sunday, June 24th is the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon. The beautiful course begins at the University of British Columbia and runs along the Pacific Ocean shoreline through Kitsilano to Stanley Park.
The half-marathon gets underway at 7:30 a.m. PDT, and is followed by the 5K which leaves at 9:15 a.m. PDT from Stanley Park Drive at Ceperley Field.
The 5K is sold out, but the half-marathon still has availability. Registration closes Monday evening.
Leading the elite men’s field is Kip Kangogo of Lethbridge, Alberta. The former Canadian half-marathon champion has won the Scotiabank Vancouver Marathon six times, and this weekend’s race could make it seven.
Kangogo has already run several half-marathons this spring, finishing third at the Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal in a time of 1:08.14, and second at the 2018 Canadian Half-Marathon Championships in Calgary in a time of 1:09.23.
fun times @BMOVanMarathon. Was a hot one & I blew up harder than I ever have before, but I managed to drag my ass across the line and take the W at my hometown race…Then I managed to drag my ass to the bar to drink a bunch of beer. It was a good day. photo; @RichLamPhoto pic.twitter.com/ZGi3iMA56z
— Rob Watson (@robbiedxc) May 7, 2018
BMO Vancouver Marathon winner Robin Watson will also run the 21.1K on Sunday. Watson currently coaches with Vancouver-based running group Mile2Marathon. Watson clocked a 2:27:38 to bring home the win at the Vancouver marathon on May 6.
Husband and wife duo, Emily and Matt Setlack are set to run this weekend. The couple is coming off a big race at the Canadian Mountain Running Championships, where Emily Setlack won the women’s competition handily in a time of 1:16.49. She also competed at the World Half-Marathon Championships this past March in Valencia, Spain.
Misery loves company. 11km of climbing (1250m!) Rewarded with a beauty view at the top of Kicking Horse Mountain. It was a good way to build some mental strength and had fun in the process. Onwards to @whitetoothbrew to celebrate with Mountain friends 🙂 Massive thanks to the team @thegoldenultra for all of the hard work–you guys are awesome! Thanks @magiscallion ! – @saucony @sauconycanada #RunYourWorld
Natasha Wodak and Dayna Pidhoresky are other notable entries in the women’s field. Wodak is fresh off of the 2018 Toronto Waterfront 10K where she finished second in a time of 33:15. Pidhoresky also raced in Toronto to finish fourth in 33:39.
Pidhoresky has been strong on the roads this season, finishing second at the Canadian Half-Marathon Championships in May.
Thank you @alnbrookes @runcrs @lululemon @rjohnsta for an awesome race this weekend! 10ks are hard but you guys managed to make it FUN! Was so nice racing & hanging out with my fellow elite ladies – love my Canadian Running friends! #waterfront10k #canadarunseries #runningfriends #runningcommunity #polarm430 #chromapop #smithoptics #amplifyawesome #nikecanada #justdoit
See here for more information and course maps.