In 2021 the run happens on Sunday, February 21st.
Fort Langley Half Marathon
On Sunday, February 21st, 2021, the 16th annual Fort Langley Historic Half race takes place. There is a half marathon (21 km), a 10K, a 5K and a Kids Run that is about 1K.
In a typical year the half marathon runners start their race at 9:00 am, the 10K racers start at around 9:03 am and the 5K racers start at 9:06 am. The Kids Run starts much later, at around 12:00 pm. 2021 details are to be confirmed.
Ft. Langley Course Route
Due to flooding in 2020, the route for the half marathon in Fort Langley was altered this past year. Instead of starting and finishing at the National Historic Site, as is the case most years, the race began and ended at Bedford Plaza which is located at 23285 Billy Brown Road. This new route went along the Fort to Fort trail system through Derby Reach Provincial Park.
Fort Langley Registration
Depending on when you sign up for any of the four races at this event, the prices are different. For the Kids Run in 2020 the registration fee of $10 stayed the same as long as you registered in advance of the race day. If you registered on the day then the fee went up to $15.
For the 5K and 10K runs, the fee gradually increased last year, starting at $48 in November. On the race day there was walk-in registration available for $65. Similarly, for the half marathon the price increased from $58 in November up to $75 to register on the day of the race. 2021 prices will be similar.
Note: Walk-in fees can usually only be paid by cash or cheque and only if there is space left in the particular race. It is recommended that you register beforehand as you can pay online, save some money and be sure to get in.
On the day of the race there is a warm-up for all participants at around 8:45 am. There is also a bag check available by donation to make sure belongings are secure while participants are running.
After you cross the start line you’re automatically put into a random prize draw. When you cross the finish line, if you’re lucky, you’ll be given whatever prize you may have won. At the end of the race you can also expect music, food and a finishing medal.
If you are one of the top three males or females in any of the races, go to the awards station to pick up your placement medal. Note: There are no age categories, only male and female, or at least that was the case last year.
Langley Hospice Society
The Langley Hospice Society is a non-profit charity that provides care and support to those who are terminally ill and their loved ones. You can donate online when registering for your race and all donations from the bag check benefit this charity.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your Fort Langley Historic Half Marathon experience.
TIP #1: Make sure you start with the correct race group as they begin within three minutes of each other. If you go at the wrong time you may end up on the half marathon route when you should only be running 10K.
TIP #2: It can be more fun to run with friends than on your own, so invite someone to do the race with you. That being said, it’s important to find a participant who can run at your level. Even then, you won’t necessarily be able to stay together the entire time. You can always meet back up at the end though. Going with someone else can also mean being able to carpool to and from the race.
TIP #3: While in the area, after the event, unless you are too utterly exhausted (which might well be the case), explore the town. It’s a cute little place, and walking a bit after the run can help lessen the amount your legs are going to stiffen up!
For more information about the half marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run see the Fort Langley Historic Half website
To see a list of other runs going on in and around Vancouver at various times of the year click Vancouver Running Races.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s February Calendar
- Family Day Long Weekend Activities
- Vancouver History & Culture
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events