7 end of summer runs to do in Vancouver

Dec 19 2017, 11:41 am

Summer may be nearing an end, but there’s still plenty of opportunities to get fit and do something active.

If you made many fitness vows to yourself that remain unfulfilled or you’re itching to run another marathon, here are several races happening around Vancouver that you can still register for!

5 Peaks Whistler Blackcomb Race

Image: 5 Peaks Trail Running Series

After a gondola ride up Whistler and to Blackcomb via the Peak2Peak, you could run either a 6.6 km and a 10 km race for yourself – or even enter your kids in for a 1km Children’s Challenge for free! The two trails both run on the Alpine Walk out to Overlord Trail and up to Blackcomb Lake via Lakeside Loop.

  • Where: Whistler Blackcomb
  • When: August 23
  • Registration deadline: August 21
  • Fee: $15 to $45

33rd Annual Coho Run

coho run

Image: Coho Run

This annual 14 km race takes participants through iconic Vancouver sights: Lions Gate Bridge, English Bay, the Seawall and Ambleside Bridge. At the end, you’ll be able to join the Coho Festival that celebrates the coho salmon returning to the North Shore – and of course, the salmon barbecue.

  • Where: Kitsilano Beach to Ambleside Park
  • When: September 7
  • Registration deadline: You can register up to the last day, but it will cap at 700 participants
  • Fee: $55 to $65

The Color Run

the colour run

Image: The Color Run

Claiming to be the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’, the Color Run is doing its Kaleidoscope Tour around Canada and stopping in Vancouver for a fun day of dancing, running, music and giveaways. They only have two rules: start the race wearing white, finish it plastered in color!

  • Where: Pacific National Exhibition
  • When: September 13
  • Registration deadline: Open until it sells out!
  • Fee: $55+

ClearlyContacts.ca Grouse Grind Challenge


Image: Grouse Mountain

Celebrate the end of summer with fellow Vancouverites and challenge your body while raising funds for the BC Children’s Hospital. Activities include live DJs, physiotherapy and yoga, before and after photo booths, fresh fruit and a Bollywood-themed warmup!

  • When: September 7
  • Where: Grouse Mountain
  • Registration deadline: Peak registration closes August 15, regular registration closes September 6, final registration on event day at an increased price
  • Fee: $35 to $45 for team members, $45 to $55 for adults, $40 to $50 for youth

Vancouver Eastside 10k

Image: Canada Running Series

Part of the Canada Running Series, this 10km race goes through parts of historic Chinatown, East Vancouver and Gastown. The race will support the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, Watari Counselling and Support Services as well as the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

  • When: September 13
  • Where: Race starts at Dunsmuir Viaduct at Beatty Street
  • Registration deadline: September 8, final registration September 12
  • Fee: $50 to $60

Terry Fox Run

Image: Terry Fox 

Well-known across the world, the Terry Fox Run will be taking place in neighbourhoods across Vancouver on September 14 and participants can choose their distance up to 10km. The Terry Fox Foundation supports almost $20 million in cancer research in Canada – so come out and run for a good cause!

  • When: September 14
  • Where: Multiple locations
  • Registration deadline: Registration at the event
  • Fee: No fee, no minimum donation

The Energizer Night Race


Image: Night Race

This race takes place towards the end of September, so you’ve got plenty of time to prepare. You can choose between doing the 10km race or a 5km walk or run around the scenic seawall with LED headlights, followed by a post-race party! Funds will go towards the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada.

  • When: September 26
  • Where: Stanley Park
  • Registration deadline: August 15, final registration September 22
  • Fee: $50+


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