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
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
Ready, Set, Go!
The Vancouver Sun Run was happening this morning. It’s the biggest running event in Canada. 54,317 people signed up for either a 10km run or a shorter, 2.5km run. Although I didn’t sign up for the event, I still managed to have some fun being part of the vibrant atmosphere surrounding it and watching the participants run along with big smiles — and yes, sometimes exhausted looks — on their faces.
Happy to be there
9.9km to go…
Beautiful setting for a run
Promoting a lesser-known run for next month.