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…
Go go go!
I must admit that I can’t seem to find a way to get into the action at the dragonboat race portion of the festival (just my opinion…). We’re never that close to the racers and when they do get close, the fun lasts but a few seconds.
But I could rave all day about the excellent music the festival had in store for us later that evening (Saturday June 21st*): The Trews, a great Canadian rock and roll band were in town to offer us a free concert in the park next to the dragonboat finish line. I had heard great things about their shows and, let me tell you, it’s all “Trew.” Great showmanship and quality rock and roll from the boys; they really know how to work a crowd. As the evening came to a close, we were so not ready to go!
(*EDIT: I just found out that Rumba Calzada was also part of the dragonboat festival; another fantastic, Latin inspired act)
Singer/guitarist Colin MacDonald
Lead guitarist John-Angus MacDonald
Technical glitch: the lights unexpectedly went out for a few songs and people started bringing out
cell phones and lighters to help out, including the singer! lol
Bassist Jack Syperek and lead guitarist John-Angus MacDonald
You know people are having a great time when body surfing is on
Drummer Sean Dalton
Make some noise!!!
Visit their official Website or their MySpace page to listen to some of their songs.
It was a record breaking year for the Vancouver Sun Run
As I left around 8:30AM to participate in the 2008 edition of the Vancouver Sun Run — as an avid photographer :p –, the Weather Network’s website mentioned the temperature in Vancouver was 1ºC and with the wind chill factor, it actually felt like -2ºC — Brrrr! But it could have been worse: just 36 hours prior to the event, I was running for cover as big fat wet snow flakes pounded downtown Vancouver on Friday night.
Needless to say, the record breaking 59,000+ mass of sun runners couldn’t wait to get going this morning, their Sun Run T-shirts needing some extra warmth in the form of a long sleeved shirt for most.
I had a blast witnessing the event from the sidelines, in my double layered ski coat. :) Believe it or not, I did jog a little bit myself, moving from one vantage point to another. I particularly enjoyed the view from Burrard Bridge where the view on the sea of people running below along Beach Avenue was amazing; so amazing in fact that I saw a runner actually take a break from the “race” to take a picture too! :)
Crossing Burrard Bridge
Long sleeved shirts were the norm for this year’s Vancouver Sun Run
Don’t be fooled by the palm trees, it was bitterly cold this morning. :s
Musicians were spread out throughout the course to entertain runners and spectators alike