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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 will again be running as a virtual event in 2021. Because of this, the event is officially open from June 2nd until July 5th, 2021.


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, as is its shorter 5 km version which takes place on the same day around Stanley Park.

In 2020 the Scotiabank Half Marathon was scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 28th. Due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus, however, the in-person event was cancelled and held as an online event instead. The event will again be run virtually in 2021. For more information about the virtual race visit the Scotiabank Half Marathon website.


Vancouver Half Marathon

In years when it does take place, the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon begins at the University of British Columbia (UBC), with the start taking place at around 7:30 am. The route goes from UBC along Point Grey, past Kitsilano Beach and Vanier Park, over the Burrard Street Bridge, along the English Bay waterfront to Stanley Park not far from Second Beach.


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 which takes place in and around Stanley Park. The 5K Run usually starts on Lagoon Drive just up from Second Beach. From there it goes along Lost Lagoon, down the English Bay section of the Stanley Park Seawall, and then as far as a couple of blocks past Denman Street along the waterfront before returning to Stanley Park and the finish line near Second Beach.


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.