The Sun Run Recap

Post-race party in B.C. Place

Originally uploaded by JCee.

Actually, the event started yesterday when we went to Chianti Cafe on 4th Ave. for some serious carb-loading. Apparently it was on the minds of many Sun Runners as our twenty-minute wait time stretch longer. Inside, you could tell the runners by their large groups, general fitness, and when they pull out their t-shirts to show each other. You can imagine many another pasta restaurants in Vancouver being the destination for runners out for a socialable carb-fix!

As the run was about to start, an announcement was made that the 50,000 participants mark had been exceed with something like 50,700 registered runners!

The course was as I remember it last year… gently sloping downhill along Georgia with this foray into Stanley Park that is so short and unrecognizably Stanley Park (to me) then winding along Beach. The only tough uphill portion is the block up to Pacific and you can see a great deal of people slow down to a crawl or just walk. (I walked as soon as I hit the top!) Slogging up Burrard Street Bridge is difficult and feels like it will never end but at the midpoint of the span, it is all downhill for the rest of the bridge and then some blocks – people left and right were flying because it looked easier. The stretch along 4th between Fir and Ash was winding and long – despite the uphill battle to get on it gets more interesting when you’re heading onto Cambie Bridge and the end is nearly in sight. Then you can fly again downhill on second half of the bridge and down the ramp and cruise past the finish line with a rainbow balloon banner marking it.

As for fantastic costumes, I never saw the sumo ballerina but I did see girls running in sparkly green wigs, a guy running in a leopard print party dress, and Pacman chasing a ghost.

B.C. Place, as you can see here, was a flurry of activity with ravenous race finishers descending upon the booths that were giving away the most coveted freebies (Island Farms yogurt smoothies) and generally a sea of white t-shirts. Unlike last year where it drizzled throughout, the weather was fantastic, just beckoning you to come on out!

1 Comment so far

  1. miss604 (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

    It was really great! (despite my health setbacks…dont tell my mom i ran shhh!) I haven’t done the Sun Run along this route (i think that last one i did was 1998) and it was pretty good. Oranges afterwards were yummy although I kept seeing people walk by with random treats and I couldnt pinpoint their origin – muffins? danishes? John had a great time and I think he’s now addicted to ‘Runs’ in Vancouver – what’s next? :)

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