Vancouver Sun Run 2014: Road Closures, Course, Start Times

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The Vancouver Sun Run has been Canada’s largest 10K road race since its inception in 1985 and it’s taking the city by storm again this weekend as tens of thousands of walkers and runners hit the streets on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 9:00am.

2013 Vancouver Sun Run
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The Vancouver Sun put together a very handy information page where you can find everything you need for Sunday’s event. Here are just a few key points that I’d like to share as well.

Vancouver Sun Run 2014: Road Closures

The 10K course starts at Georgia and Burrard and will be lined with water stations and live musical performers. For the safety of the 50,000 participants, various road closures will be in effect between 5:00am and 1:30pm. These closures may restrict parking and access to and from your building.

Vancouver Sun Run 2014: Start Times

Competitive (unassisted) wheelchair racers start at 8:40am. GoodLife Fitness aerobics instructors lead a warm-up starting at 8:42am. Walkers and runners are grouped into waves according to their estimated finish time, and start at timed intervals. The first wave starts at 9:00 and there will be multiple waves.

If you are a walker in the purple and red zones, you are encouraged to arrive at the start by 9:00am, but be aware that you may not cross the start line until about 9:45am. More info »

Vancouver Sun Run 2014: Getting There

SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium Lines will start service half an hour earlier, with the first train leaving King George Station at 6:38am and Lougheed Station at 6:45am. Both will operate “rush hour” level service before the start of the race and also in the afternoon until the crowds clear. They will then resume regular Sunday service. Canada Line will begin service at the regular time of 4:48 a.m. and will provide increased train frequency for crowds travelling to and from the race.

The West Coast Express will operate a special Sun Run Train. It will depart Mission City Station at 7:00am. arriving at Waterfront at 8:15am. The train will depart Waterfront Station at 1:00pm. for the return trip. SeaBus will start operations one hour earlier than normal, with the first sailing leaving Lonsdale Quay at 7:00am and sailings leaving every 15 minutes from Waterfront until 2:45pm. More info »

Vancouver Sun Run 2014: Have Fun!

You don’t need to be a runner, a jogger or a walker to have fun. Bring along the family or a friend to watch the race from the sidelines, and join in the fun and festivities on the course and at the finish line. The party starts at BC Place at 8:30am, just in time to entertain the Shaw Mini Sun Runners and the first of the elite runners crossing the finish line at about 9:30am. There will be snacks and entertainment for everyone.

Along the route participants will enjoy music from 18 bands and artists including: The Neurotics (Start Line); Quickness (Georgia & Granville); Bad Motor Scooter (Front of the Art Gallery); Jennifer Hershman (Robson & Denman); Warren Dean Flandez (Denman & Beach); Studio Cloud 30 Singers (Beach at Bidwell); Sandcastle Theory (Beach at Cardero); Rock Paper Moon (under Burrard Bridge North End); Sandi Melody Band & Harmony House Students (Burrard Bridge North End); BC Regiment Band (near Molson Building on Burrard); Mai Tai Friday (Burrard & 2nd Ave); Spakwas Slolem/Eagle Song Dancers — Squamish Nation (Fir near 2nd Ave); Des Larson (under Granville Bridge at 4th Ave); Scary Lizards (grassy area where 4th and 6th Ave meet); X-Kalibre (6th Ave near Ash); Deep Blue (6th Ave under Cambie Bridge); Not Sold Separately (Mini Sun Run); Ten Souljers (BC Place). More info »

Vancouver Sun Run 2014: Causes

Although not designated as a charity event, The Vancouver Sun Run has donated close to $2.11 million for designated causes since its inception in 1985. This year, The Vancouver Sun Run will once again support The Vancouver Sun’s Raise-a-Reader campaign and BC’s amateur athletes with significant donations.

Follow The Vancouver Sun on Twitter for more up-to-date information and instructions and be sure to look for your race photo in the paper on Monday, April 28, 2014.

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