5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know about the Vancouver Sun Run

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Image: Vancouver Sun Run

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The 2015 Vancouver Sun Run takes place April 19. You probably know someone who’s participating, given that it’s Canada’s largest 10k. Here are 5 things you might not know about this signature Vancouver spring event.

Size matters

1. The Vancouver Sun Run has been Canada’s largest 10K road race since its inception in 1985.

Famous founders

2. It was founded by former Canadian Olympians Dr. Doug and Diane Clement along with Dr. Jack Taunton. Diane Clement was a sprinter on the 1956 Canadian Olympic team and a bronze medalist at the 1958 Commonwealth Games. She is also an accomplished chef. Diane has authored the bestselling Chef on the Run series, is the former co-owner/chef of the TomatoFresh Food Café in Kits. Dr. Doug Clement is a former Olympic and Commonwealth athlete and coach. He taught and practiced sports medicine for over 20 years at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Jack Taunton is a national ranked marathon runner and a renowned sports medicine doctor. He was chief medical officer for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and was recently inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

By leaps and bounds

3. The first run attracted 3,200 participants. In 2014, 45,183 people signed up.

Through the heart of Kits

4. The Sun Run comes right through Kits and roads affected will be shut to vehicular traffic. The starting line is in Vancouver’s downtown core at Burrard Street and Georgia Street. Participants will cruise downhill as they make their way towards Stanley Park, continuing along English Bay to Hornby Street, then onto Pacific Avenue, across the Burrard Street bridge exiting onto 2nd Avenue. Winding along Fir Street to join 4th Avenue the route continues east on 6th Avenue to the Cambie Street Bridge for the final stretch across the bridge to the finish line.

Down to the last minute

5. You can still sign up. Online registration closes April 14, 2015 at midnight.

Last modified: April 8, 2015

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