Sweaty Betty, Vancouver Vida

Running in Vancouver

Although running is not something everyone can easily pick-up, I feel it is one of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to stay fit. All you need is a good pair of kicks and when you live in a city like Vancouver, it’s not hard to get out and enjoy the West Coast scenery.


About 7 years ago, I got into distance running. My father, a travelling marathon runner, convinced me to try and has been my coach through 25+ half marathons and two marathons. Below are a few tips I’ve come across from running in Vancouver:

Getting started

If you’re a bit anxious on how to get started, not to sweat (yet), there are a number of FREE running clinics in the city that will get you on your feet and moving!

If you’re looking to run on your own time, the sites above also offer week-by-week training programs you can easily follow.

Running Routes

I’m sure there are a lot of beautiful running routes in Vancouver, my personal favourite is the downtown seawall. BC Living also offers some great running route options.

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Races in Vancouver

You can see a full list of running events in Vancouver here. A few of my favourites include:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon – probably the biggest running event in Vancouver with both a full marathon, half marathon, 8km and kids run option.photo 1
  • Scotiabank Half Marathon – The Scotiabank was my first half marathon race. The first 10km offers a wonderful downhill terrain. Great for beginniners or first time half-marathoners.
  • Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon – I forget if this was a race or a party? Lululemon makes it fun to run with witty cheer stations, yoga and a concert to cap off the weekend. photo 3
  • Victoria Marathon – I know this doesn’t count as running in Vancouver, but it is well worth the ferry trip to our scenic capital.

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