Vancouver Sun Run
|Vancouver Sun Run|
|Date||Third or fourth Sunday in April|
|Location||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Course records||Men: 27:31 (1996)
Women: 30:58 (2006)
|Official site||Vancouver Sun Run|
The Vancouver Sun Run, sponsored by The Vancouver Sun newspaper, is a 10-kilometre road running event held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, each year on the third (sometimes the fourth) Sunday in April since 1985. It is one of the largest road races in North America.
The first Vancouver Sun Run in 1985 started with approximately 3,700 participants, and has grown significantly since:
- With over 39,000 finishers in 2006, it ranked as the 9th largest race in the world and the 3rd largest 10-km race, behind only the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta and the Bolder Boulder in Boulder.
- The 2006 event took place on April 23 and 50,746 participants registered for the 10-km Sun Run and the 2.5-km "mini Sun Run", which was run by 2,000 people, mostly children and their parents, with some school teams participating as well.
- On April 15, 2007, the Sun Run had a record number of participants, with 54,317 people registered to participate in the 10-km and 2.5-km races, making it the largest road race in Canada, the second largest in North America and the third largest in the World.
- On April 20, 2008, the record was again broken, with 59,179 runners registered for the run making it the largest 10-kilometre race in the world. The temperature was a chilly 3 °C (37.4 °F).
- On April 17, 2011, the record was again broken, with 60,000 runners registered for the run making it the largest 10-kilometre race in the world.
- On April 12, 2012, the cool weather didn’t stop 48,904 from taking part.
The primary mandate of the Sun Run is to "promote health, fitness and community spirit and to support amateur athletics". In conjunction with the run a large number 13 week clinics (including Nordic walking, walking, learn to run and run faster) are conducted at community centres throughout the province.The run is not a charity event; however, the organizers claim over $1.1 million in race proceeds have been donated to charities since 1985. It includes a relatively small number of competitive elite runners, a wheelchair race, and numerous other categories of participants ranging from running enthusiasts to parents walking with their children in strollers. The various categories start the race at different times, with the wheelchair and elite runners first, and slower runners following in numerous waves. For several years, individual runners have had their times recorded by an electronic chip attached to their shoes, which triggers a timer at the starting line and again at the finish.
The current route of the race begins on Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver, with the starting line just west of the intersection of Burrard Street, and ends outside BC Place Stadium after guiding runners through the downtown peninsula and parts of the Kitsilano and Fairview neighbourhoods south of False Creek. The run organizing committee hires numerous entertainers to perform along the route and in the stadium at the end of the race, including local humour/cover band The Neurotics, who have played at the starting line every year since 1995.
Hundreds of volunteers also assist with organizing, preparing for, and coordinating the race, including amateur radio operators involved in ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) programs from the Lower Mainland.
In the aftermath of the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, Vancouver Sun Run race organizers have petitioned runners to wear blue and yellow, the official Boston Marathon colours, in solidarity and remembrance of those killed and injured in Boston a week prior.
Race organizers have noted a surge in race registration in the few days after the Boston Marathon explosions as the Sun Run anticipates one of the highest turnouts in its 29-year history.
- Key = Course record
|Year||Male winner||Country||Time (m:s)||Female winner||Country||Time (m:s)|
|1985||Rob Lonergan||Canada||28:47||Susan Lee||Canada||32:39|
|1986||Graeme Fell||Canada||29:30||Debbie Bowker||Canada||33:31|
|1987||Graeme Fell||Canada||29:11||Lynn Williams||Canada||32:15|
|1988||Paul Williams||Canada||29:12||Lynn Williams||Canada||33:04|
|1989||Rex Wilson||New Zealand||28:44||Lynn Williams||Canada||32:19|
|1990||David Campbell||Canada||28:54||Debbie Bowker||Canada||33:06|
|1991||Philip Ellis||Canada||29:03||Patricia Puntous||Canada||33:48|
|1992||Paul Williams||Canada||29:03||Nancy Tinari||Canada||32:44|
|1993||Silvio Guerra||Ecuador||28:42||Leah Pells||Canada||32:48|
|1994||Daniel Komen||Kenya||27:46||Daria Nauer||Switzerland||32:55|
|1995||Simon Chemoiywo||Kenya||28:27||Olga Appell||United States||32:57|
|1996||Joseph Kimani||Kenya||27:31||Angela Chalmers||Canada||31:05|
|1997||Tom Nyariki||Kenya||27:56||Sally Barsosio||Kenya||31:47|
|1998||Christian Weber||Canada||28:40||Krystina Pieczulis||Poland||32:55|
|1999||Simon Chemoiywo||Kenya||28:52||Tina Connelly||Canada||32:41|
|2000||James Koskei||Kenya||27:36||Sally Barsosio||Kenya||32:24|
|2001||James Koskei||Kenya||28:06||Sally Barsosio||Kenya||33:04|
|2002||James Koskei||Kenya||27:58||Sara Dillabough||Canada||33:17|
|2003||Paul Koech||Kenya||28:48||Aster Demissie||Ethiopia||33:20|
|2004||Thomas Kiplitan||Kenya||28:43||Émilie Mondor||Canada||31:10|
|2005||Michael Power||Australia||29:26||Nicole Stevenson||Canada||32:30|
|2006||Gilbert Okari||Kenya||28:27||Isabella Ochichi||Kenya||30:58|
|2007||Solomon Tsige||Ethiopia||29:22||Teyba Erkesso||Ethiopia||32:05|
|2008||Festus Langat||Kenya||29:26||Genet Gebregiorgis||Ethiopia||33:35|
|2009||Willy Kimosop||Kenya||29:04||Abebu Gelan||Ethiopia||34:04|
|2010||Kip Kangogo||Kenya||29:02||Malindi Elmore||Canada||33:06|
|2011||Eric Gillis||Canada||29:06||Lucy Njeri||Canada||33:41|
|2012||Kelly Wiebe||Canada||29:13||Natasha Fraser||Canada||34:12|
|2013||Paul Kimugul||Kenya||29:04||Natasha Fraser||Canada||32:42|
|2014||Paul Kimugul||Kenya||28:59||Rachel Cliff||Canada||33:14|
|2015||Luke Puskedra||United States||28:53||Risper Gesabwa||Kenya||32:28|
Since 1997, only one dollar from each Sun Run registration has been contributed to Raise-a-Reader, a national literacy campaign. The campaign went national in 2001, and has since raised over $10 million.
Sun Run proceeds also benefit B.C. amateur athletics through the Achilles International Track And Field Society and The Vancouver Sun Jerome International Track Classic, an annual track and field event that gives local athletes the chance to compete against some of the world’s best in their own province.
The race is held on the third Sunday of April each year (but the fourth Sunday in 2014 (Easter is third Sunday in April, 2014)).
- April 17, 2011 (27th)
- April 15, 2012 (28th)
- April 21, 2013 (29th)
- April 27, 2014 (30th)
- April 19, 2015 (31st)
- April 17, 2016 (32nd)
- April 16, 2017 (33rd)
- April 15, 2018 (34th)
- April 21, 2019 (35th)
- April 19, 2020 (36th)
- April 18, 2021 (37th)
- April 17, 2022 (38th)
- April 16, 2023 (39th)
- Vancouver Board of Trade, Sounding Board November 2003 Vol 43 # 6
- Running USA  Accessed November 6, 2007
- Vancouver Sun Run on Canada.com, http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/sunrun/index.html
- Vancouver Sun  Accessed April 26, 2013
- Vancouver Sun, April 5, 2004, page C5
- [dead link]
- Vancouver Sun Run registrations spike in solidarity with Boston - British Columbia - CBC News. Cbc.ca (2013-04-17). Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
- Association of Road Racing Statisticians  Accessed September 2, 2006
- April 2012 AIMS Results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2012-04-19.
- Raise A Reader, National literacy campaign tops $10 million
- The Vancouver Raise A Reader, CanWest Raise A Reader Day
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