Big Superhero Run

The Big Superhero Run is a family-friendly run with a superhero theme at the Richmond Oval in August. It’s part of the Big Fun Run series of running events.

The next Big Superhero Run takes place on August 16th in 2023.


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Big Superhero Run


Big Superhero Run in Metro Vancouver

The Big Superhero Run is a themed running event that happens in August each year. It’s one of several running events in the Big Fun Run Series which also includes the Big Jungle Run in Burnaby and the Big Pirate Run in Richmond, as well as both the Big Easter Run and Big Elf Run in Vancouver. All Big Fun Run Series events emphasize fun over competitive running.

As its name implies, the Big Superhero Run has a superhero theme. Participants dress up in appropriate costumes and wear a hero eye mask which comes with registration. Although costumes aren’t required, it’s a fun addition that makes this series different from events run by other organizations. There’s also live entertainment and multiple prizes up for grabs. For example, there are prizes for the best costume, best pet costume and best social media post. Other prizes include free entries to other Big Fun Run Series events, along with gift vouchers and more.

The event’s charity partner is the Richmond Hospital Foundation which works to create a healthier future for everyone in the city. It’s a great cause and donations are encouraged.

The 3rd edition of the Big Superhero Run takes place in 2023 on Wednesday, August 16th. It starts and finishes outside the Richmond Olympic Oval located at 6111 River Road.


Big Superhero Run
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Running Routes

This year there are three different routes to choose from. There’s a special Kids’ Run that’s just 1K long, which is perfect for little children interested in participating. For older youth and adults, there are 5K and 10K routes.

The runs begin at the Richmond Olympic Oval and then wind through the Middle Arm Trail which is close to the waterfront and full of great views. The routes only feature mild inclines and so are good for all ages. Some people run with kids in strollers and leashed dogs can also tag along.


Visit for the event’s official website.


2023 Event Schedule

The schedule for the August 16th run in 2023 is below. As a whole, the event lasts from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. (Note: Exact times and other details may change.)

  • 4:30 pm – Check-in
  • 5:15 pm – 1K warm up
  • 5:30 pm – 1K run starts
  • 6:00 pm – 1K route closes
  • 6:15 pm – Awards
  • 6:20 pm – 5K and 10K warmups
  • 6:30 pm – 5K and 10K runs begin
  • 8:30 pm – 5K and 10K routes close


Big Superhero Run
(Photo by Branine Images)


Registration Prices

The cost for registration depends on your age, which run you sign up for and how many people you register with. Costs increase as the event gets closer as well.

As of early 2023, the early bird price to participate in the 1K Kids’ Run is $19. Youth under the age of 18 can also sign up for the 5K and 10K routes for $26. Adult rates, however, are different. Folks ages 18 and above register for the 5K or 10K run for an early bird price of $35 each.

If you plan on running with friends or family members, registering as a group is a good way to save a few dollars. A 15% discount applies to all bundles of 4 tickets.

Registration includes a finishers medal, a personalized running bib and a hero eye mask. It costs $8 to get your run kit mailed to you but the kit can also be picked up 1 day before the event or 1 hour before the run.


Other Information

For more information about the Big Superhero Run visit the Big Fun Run Series website.

To learn about similar events at other times of the year see our article about Big Fun Run Series Running Events.

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