In 2022 the event happens on Sunday, September 25th, at Garry Point Park (which isn’t far from Steveston Village).
The same as the other runs in the series, the Big Pirate Run is a fun event, not a competitive one (although it might be between siblings and their parents).
TIP: If you use the promo code VBP10 you can save 10% on the cost of the event!
To register for the event and for the Big Fun Run Series’ website visit bigfunrunseries.com.
(Note: There isn’t a giant pirate ship at the event, but there are occasionally real tall ships at the same venue. The above photo is of the Kaiwo Maru from Japan when it attended the Ships to Shore Festival at Gary Point Park in 2017.)
The Big Pirate Run in Richmond
The Big Pirate Run is the third and newest of the Big Fun Run Series to take place in 2022. It’s held on Sunday, September 25th. Other runs in the series are the Big Jungle Run and Big Easter Run in the spring and Big Elf Run in December.
As the name implies, the September run is pirate-themed! There are five different distance options at the event, from a 1-3 km kids’ course to a half marathon. Regardless of what distance you choose, the event is meant to be a casual and fun run. It’s not a competition (except maybe for with respect to costumes).
The route is stroller-accessible and dogs are also welcome to take part (but need to be on leashes). Costumes are encouraged and the event takes place regardless of the weather.
Location and Registration
The Big Pirate Run takes place in Garry Point Park in Richmond. The park is located not far from Steveston Village at 12011 Seventh Avenue in the southwest corner of the city. The park is where other events sometimes take place including the Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival and Ships to Shore Festival (although the latter hasn’t happened since 2017.)
The route for the run goes along the water. Those taking part in the longer runs pass the Richmond Olympic Oval and come within sight of Vancouver International Airport.
Registration for each of the runs is open until September 23rd, two days before the event. The pricing for each distance is less expensive the earlier you buy it. Below is the cost to register for each of the distances. (Note: Prices and other details are subject to change.)
- 1-3 km Little Pirate Run – $19 to begin, $25 by late September
- 5 km Big Pirate Run – $35 to begin, $46 by late September
- 10 km Big Pirate Run – $36 to begin, $49 by late September
- 15 km Big Pirate Run – $38 to begin, $50 by late September
- 21.1 km Big Pirate Run – $43 to begin, $55 by late September
TIP: Use the promo code VBP10 when signing up and you’ll save 10%!
All entrants receive a pirate name bib (which can be customized if booked before August 21st). They also get a random costume item. Everyone who finishes the run receives a souvenir as well. These packages can either be mailed to participants or picked up on September 23rd or 24th between noon and 6:00 pm.
For more information and to register for the Big Pirate Run visit the Big Fun Run Series website.
The 2022 Event
The 2022 Big Pirate Run starts early in the morning. The 5, 10, 15 and 21.1 km events have staggered starts at 8:30 and 9:00 am. The 1-3 km Little Pirate Run starts at 10:00 am. The route for all the events is flat and on a mix of paved and gravel trails. The event welcomes pets as well as strollers.
The event is meant to be one with a fun atmosphere. There are various prize giveaways that take place and there are vendors of different kinds on site. Everyone is encouraged to wear their costume piece provided to them. Anyone who wants to dress up on their own before going to the run is welcome to as well.
The Big Fun Run Series
The Big Pirate Run is part of a series of family-friendly running events that have come to Metro Vancouver. The first was the Big Jungle Run at Burnaby Lake Park in March. It was followed by the Big Easter Run at Jericho Beach in April. Following the Big Pirate Run there is the Big Elf Run at Stanley Park in December.
The series of events jumps around Metro Vancouver and provides fun and family-friendly runs. All of them have at least a 1-3 km, 5 km and 10 km course, and sometimes a 15 km course too. The 2022 Big Pirate Run is the first to have a half marathon distance.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver Running Races
- Best Activities for Children
- Vancouver’s September Calendar
- Lower Mainland Autumn Activities