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Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon and 5K Run

Half Marathon Starting Line

Beginning at UBC and finishing at Stanley Park, the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon takes place on a Sunday in late June. There is also a 5 km run.

The Scotiabank Half Marathon ran again as a virtual event in 2021. Because of this, the event was officially open from June 2nd until July 5th, 2021.

In 2022 the event is scheduled to be in-person on the Sunday of June 26th. For those who want to take part in the event virtually they can do so anytime from May 26th to June 26th.

 

Big Elf Run

 

Scotiabank Half Marathon

Attracting thousands of runners and spectators, this race is one of the city’s largest and most popular running events of the year. The marathon also has a shorter 5 km version which takes place on the same day around Stanley Park.

The Scotiabank Half Marathon was scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 28th in 2020. Due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus, however, the in-person event was cancelled and held as an online event instead. The event ran virtually again in 2021. Happily, the race returns to being in-person this year!

For those who want to run even more than just one race, there is the “Threepeat Challenge”. This includes running both a 10k and 5k race virtually in the lead-up to the in-person half marathon race before doing that one too. Those who complete this receive a free backpack along with their standard finisher medal.

 

Vancouver Half Marathon

The Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon begins at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The start time is usually around 7:30 am. The route loops around UBC before going along Point Grey and past Kitsilano Beach towards Vanier Park. The race then finishes in front of the Museum of Vancouver. The route used to go all the way to Stanley Park with a shorter section at UBC, but that is changed in 2022.

 

Scotia Half Marathon Near Kitsilano
Scotiabank Half Marathon in Kitsilano

 

Scotiabank 5K Run

In addition to the half marathon, the Scotiabank event includes a 5 km run. This shorter version begins and ends at the Museum of Vancouver in 2022. It used to take place in and around Stanley Park, finishing near Second Beach, but like the longer race the course has been altered for this year. Participants will run mostly along the seawall in west Vancouver before looping back the way they came.

 

5K Runners by Second Beach
Scotiabank 5K Runners on the Stanley Park Seawall

 

Other Information

For more information on the 21 km and 5 km runs, click Vancouver Scotiabank Half Marathon.

Dozens of races take place throughout the Lower Mainland, including other major events like the Vancouver Sun Run in April and BMO Vancouver International Marathon in May. For information on other running events at different times of the year, check out Vancouver Running Races.

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