One of my favorite events to photograph, this edition did not disappoint either. :)
I took a few shortcuts compared to the registered runners, but I must say I ran and walked quite a bit as I covered the route!
Early Sun Runner (shot through a fence)
Sun Runners entertaining Sun Runners with an extra exercise drill
Sun Run Combo
Running and Walking through Burrard Bridge
Last few meters to the finish line
Holy crap! I just checked the area I covered and it turns out I ran/walked over 7.5km! :s No wonder my legs are aching tonight…
An early Sun Runner
It was a perfect day for the Vancouver Sun Run! Good vibes, great music — at least at the corner of Beach Ave. and Cardero St. where I was initially stationed — and the occasional colorful participants kept both runners and onlookers like myself smiling. I think this event is in my top 3 of Vancouver’s best events. I’m looking forward to next year’s edition. :D
EDIT: I can’t retrace the article just now, but I read from many Sun Runners that, in the end, there was a lot of discontent at this year’s Vancouver Sun Run. The main complaint seemed to be regarding the many barrages of walkers that the runners had to go through along the 10km route. Reading this reminded me how surprised I was to see how often runners would run in my direction even though I was clearly in my specator/photographer zone, on the sidewalk. Apparently it’s more fun to be on the sidelines, sometimes. :s
Synchronized Running :)
Time for a water break, around the 4km mark
The fun ambiance surrounding the Sun Run makes this one of my favorite events, even as simple spectator/photographer
GOOOOLD!!!!! What a finish to these Olympic Games! Canada wins its 14th gold — a Winter Olympics record — on home soil, on the last competition of the last day, doing what it does best: hockey.
Watching the game from my high-rise apartment, a Canadian goal would generate a spontaneous roar from the whole neighborhood, many people going on their balconies shouting in joy and blowing those air horns as loudly as possible. It was a tight game, but Canada got the edge, Sidney Crosby clinching the game winner in OT.
I went out in a hurry shortly after the medal ceremony to catch the expected festivities in the core of Downtown Vancouver. It was incredible seeing so many Canadian flags hovering proudly over the dense, festive crowd. I don’t think Vancouver has ever been this happy! If only this were “Groundhog Day“… :)
(Another edit… I think this is the simplest way to go about telling/showing you where the free stuff is)
Richmond O Zone
Place de la francophonie
Vancouver Art Gallery
And this page with its great collection of free venues. The above links can be found on the map right here:
Free activities at the Olympics? Now here’s something to smile about. :D
You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy the Olympics. Have fun while they last; in just a few weeks it will be all over! ;)
Last Friday night I stumbled upon a trio of musicians playing at the entrance to the Future Shop store at the corner of Robson and Granville. There were two saxophone players — one alto and one baritone — and a drummer with a minimalistic setup. It was a lot of fun! The music was lively and the band members were obviously enjoying themselves very much as they didn’t mind acting a little silly while they were playing.
A crowd of about 25 people gathered around the band and some danced along to the music (you really don’t want to see my “talent” in this department). One guy seemingly just passing through decided to dance “on stage” for a minute or so, the girls shouting in approval. Another passerby left another sort of tip as he balanced the centerfold of an issue of Hustler magazine on the top of the bass drum with two naked lesbians kissing. lol The band members and the audience had a good laugh; and no, the drummer didn’t loose the rhythm despite the distraction. On another song the alto saxophone player asked the audience to repeat the “lyrics”after him (I believe they were made up on the spot — part of the welcome impromptu silliness of the night). The crowd was having such a good time that it wasn’t difficult to get us to participate in the singing.
10-15 minutes later, it was time for me to go (not before leaving my biggest tip ever for a street performance). I hope we get to see more “street bands” like this one in the future. I had seen a few in Victoria a couple of years ago, but in Vancouver it’s a rare sight.
Smiles at the 2009 Vancouver Pride Parade
Colorful bikers started the show
Many drag queens strutted their stuff; this one had a colorful — and seemingly heavy — hairdo
Lots of body painting on display also and one of many water guns at the parade — cover that camera! :p
Many people wanted to politely jump into the parade for a quick picture with the “stars” of the day
Saturday, August 1st was China’s turn to wow the crowd at the HSBC Celebration of Light. Here is a short photographic summary of the evening…
It’s 8:15pm and a sea of people has already formed along the shores of First Beach at English Bay
Just before showtime, at 10pm
Let the fireworks begin!
Multiply the Critical Mass bike ride “population” by 100 and you get the pedestrian version,
returning from the fireworks