We’re Go­ing the Dis­tance

Vancouver Magazine - - City - BY Melissa Ed­wards

Hear that pit­ter-pat­ter in the dawn and dusk? That’s the sound of 42,000 peo­ple hit­ting the streets to train for the 34th an­nual Sun Run on April 22. As they work on their lung ca­pac­ity, we take a look at other ways Van­cou­ver’s fit folk are pound­ing the pave­ment.

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15 km: That’s the long­est—and most pop­u­lar—route at City Run­ning Tours, a new com­pany that com­bines sweat and side stitches with guided tours of Van­cou­ver neigh­bour­hoods. 15 Par­tic­i­pa­tion in B.C. ul­tra­ma­rathons in­creased 27 per­cent in 2017; al­to­gether, 2,536 peo­ple fin­ished a 50K+ race in the prov­ince last year. Over­all par­tic­i­pa­tion in run­ning races was down 7 per­cent across the prov­ince in 2017, partly due to fire- and snow-re­lated can­cel­la­tions. 7% Run­guides.com lists 147 run­ning races across the Lower Main­land this year, to­gether to­talling more than 2,296 kilo­me­tres. Want a foam party to go with your run­ner’s high? A 5K in Ab­bots­ford this June fea­tures 2.5 mil­lion

cu­bic feet of suds. 11 per­cent of Van­cou­verites in a 2015 Stat­sCan sur­vey were run­ners, com­pared with 23 per­cent who hiked and 25 per­cent who biked. Twenty per­cent, mean­while, did noth­ing.

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