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29 Years Running: the History of the Vancouver Sun Run

The Vancouver Sun Run is a famous annual 10K event.  Attracting tens of thousands of participants and mapped out through some of Vancouver’s most beautiful streets, the Vancouver Sun Run is quite an annual tradition.

The Sun Run has been in existence since 1985 and was created by Dr. Doug Clement, his wife Diane Clement, and Dr. Jack Taunton.  Their vision for the Sun Run was to encourage healthy, active involvement in sport and also to support elite amateur athletes.

The first Vancouver Sun Run was remarkably popular, with over 3,200 participants.  Both Dr and Diane Clement had competed in running at the Olympic level, and were passionate about bringing together enthusiasts, elite athletes, and the community of Vancouver to welcome spring with a competitive event.  The Run has been an annual tradition ever since.

Sticking to this passion for bringing people together for sport, the race now includes close to 50,000 participants from Olympic qualifiers to walkers and stroller babies.  It is geared as a family friendly event but also attracts some of the most elite athletes in the industry.  The run is organized into waves based on self selected estimated finish times.  The fastest wave is “seeded,” which means the fastest runners are elite runners who have qualified to be placed in this wave.

Over the years the community involvement in the Sun Run has blossomed.  The finish line is adjacent to BC Place Stadium and is filled with vendors who sponsor the run, with stations supplying food and drink samples.  There is also an awards ceremony for the elite athletes, with prizes ranging from $3,000 to $50, and entertainment onstage.  Scattered along the course, at the start and finish line, and at the wrap party, are local bands to provide encouragement and entertainment.  The community comes out in droves to support the race, by participating, volunteering, or cheering from the sidelines.  This event has become a symbol of Vancouver’s heartfelt community spirit.

photo credit: kk+ via photopin cc

photo credit: kk+ via photopin cc

Stay tuned for our next article on the Vancouver Sun Run, scheduled for later this week.  Join Moveo as we celebrate 29 years of the Vancouver Sun Run!

 

Moveo Moving in the Mountains: Tips for The Grouse Grind

The Grouse Grind is Vancouver’s most famous grueling hike, carved into the side of Grouse Mountain and rising in altitude at a staggering rate.  The trail climbs more than 850 meters in just 3 kilometers, requiring significant strength and stamina to reach the top.  It takes an average of 1.5-2 hours to do “The Grind,” but hikers are rewarded with a spectacular view of Vancouver, a sense of accomplishment, and a beautiful gondola ride down.

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Traditionally saved for the area’s most accomplished athletes and fitness gurus, recent years have seen The Grouse Grind becoming a more popular attraction with users of varying fitness levels, and over 100,000 people hiking it annually.  This hike is no joke!  We recommend a certain level of experience with hiking and a moderate to high fitness level if you are thinking of climbing this trail, to improve your experience and reduce your chance of injuries.

What are some tips for getting through this hike with a smile on your face?  Remember the fantastic four:

 

  1. Fitness.  Train beforehand.  This is not a novice hike: you will enjoy it more and have a better chance of climbing the trail injury free if you have a few less intense hikes under your belt in the weeks leading up to The Grind.  You should be able to maintain a moderate level of cardio for at least an hour to be fit enough to tackle this mountain.
  2. Fluids.  Prehydrate before you go.  This means drink lots of water the day before, and in the hour or two before you start.  Hydrate well during the hike.  Bring some water with you in a camel back, hip packs, or a plain old water bottle.  With all that hydrating, remember to use the facilities before you start.  There are no washrooms on the Grind itself.
  3. Footwear is essential.  Something with sturdy tread, running or hiking shoes with good support.  The trail can be slippery and covers a variety of terrain.
  4. Friends.  Bring someone along.  (No furry friends allowed on the trail!)  Share your snacks, your tips, and your photos on facebook after a tough but rewarding day of conquering the infamous Grouse Grind!