The event took place on February 20th in 2022 and it’s back again on February 19th in 2023.
Fort Langley Half Marathon
The 16th annual Fort Langley Historic Half race took place on Sunday, February 20th, 2022. There was a half marathon (21 km), a 10K and a 5K run.
The half marathon runners started their race at 9:00 am, the 10K racers started at around 9:03 am and the 5K racers started at 9:06 am. Some years there is also a Kids’ Race, although possibly not in 2022.
Ft. Langley Course Route
The half marathon route starts and finishes at Bedford Plaza which is located at 23285 Billy Brown Road. This route goes along the Fort to Fort trail system through Derby Reach Provincial Park along the Fraser River. The trail network is a popular place to run or walk outside of this event too.
Fort Langley Registration
Depending on when you sign up for any of the four races at this event, the prices are different. The half marathon cost $65 if you registered before December 31st, 2021, but rose to $70 between then and January 20th, 2022, $75 between the 20th and February 19th, and $80 on the day of the event.
For the 5K and 10K runs, the fee gradually increases as well. The former began at $50 in 2022 and the latter at $55. Their prices rose up to $65 and $70, respectively, on the day of the race.
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.
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