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Rock ‘n’ Roll Vancouver Half Marathon

This past weekend my hubby and I took a little trip up to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The purpose of our trip was to participate in the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. Participating in an inaugural race is always fun.

Let me start off by saying that we both plan to return to this race next year! It was a great race for both of us, not to mention allowing us both to PR! I was a little worried since it called for a 98% chance of showers until 2 days before the race when it moved up to show the showers hitting Saturday night and the run being clear. The weather is definitely one of the drawbacks to repeating this race as the chance for rain in Vancouver during October isn’t rare! But we’re willing to hope and wish for the best since it was such a great run for us.

Waiting in my corral. Love the pace rabbit leader!

Waiting in my corral. Love the pace rabbit leader!

There were a lot of people! Great organization of starting corrals and no problems finding my corral or getting into it.

Ready to start the Rock 'n' Roll Vancouver!

Ready to start the Rock ‘n’ Roll Vancouver!

If you’ve never been to a big race, you move your way up to the start line as they release each corral to start about every 1-2 minutes. You’re chip timed so your timing doesn’t start until you cross the start line run.

Running along the seawall in Vancouver.

Running along the seawall in Vancouver.

One of the great things about this run is the run along the seawall. Such a beautiful view! I will say that the “rock” bands were scarce and not impressive so thankfully the views stole the show!

Running through Stanley Park.

Running through Stanley Park

Just a jog through a little park… :) Gorgeous trees and there’s just something cool about running in the fall, crushing down crisp leaves.

We finished!

We finished!

Why do we do this you ask? Well, to finish of course! Great local brewery had a free beer for all finishers, you had to wait in a line to show ID and then present a beer tab torn from your running bib. Even the sun made a appearance to shine on our finish.

We had a great couples’ getaway weekend for the Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon and can’t wait to head back again next year!

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Friday 31st of October 2014

I need to add this race to my list for 2015. I have always wanted to go to Vancouver (my husband thinks it would be the perfect place for us to retire in the very distant future)--and this would be a perfect reason to go!