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Some options

Continuing with my hate on for Seawheeze let’s talk about some of the other 1/2 marathon options in the general Vancouver area.

First up the Historic Half. I’ve never done this race but have good things from those that have. It’s hilly and the weather can add any kind of challenge. I have done other races organized by Try Events and had a good time.
Date Sunday Feb 17. Location Fort Langley
Cost to register today $75
What you get; long sleeve shirt and medal. Usually they have pancakes or something for food

Fools run
April 7, Gibsons to Secelt. Never done this one either but it is on my agenda for this year. Looks like a lovely but challenging course with a couple of big hills
Date Sunday April 7. Location Gibsons
Cost to register today $35.
What you get Finishers medal. Shirt is extra
Food at finish, shuttle back to start and to ferry terminal
Downside. Ferry to Langdale! But you can do a walk on and catch the shuttle to the start

Bmo Vancouver 1/2 Marathon. Did this in 2012 and LOVED it.
Stunning “easy” course with huge crowds to cheer you on
Date Sunday May 5
Cost to register today $109
What you get Saucony shirt, medal, bag lunch. Huge expo with speakers et. Free transit day of race
Note the “early bird” price was $79

Whistler 1/2
From all accounts one of the most stunning routes out there. Sells out quickly
Date June 1. Location. Whistler
Cost to register today $78
What you get, North Face shirt, limited edition poster created by a Whistler Artist
Grub at finish

Scotia Vancouver 1/2 Marathon. Did this in 2012 and enjoyed it. Nice course, lots of downhill nd some rolling hills to keep you on your toes. Expo was ok but they had a great deal with Gatorade with free pre run drink, on course and post run drinks
Sunday June 23. Location UBC to Stanley Park
Cost to register today $60
What you get. Asics short sleeved top, medal. Decent post run eats, free shuttle back to start.

Seawheeze. Have not done this event, it sold out in 2012 and it seems to have been enjoyed by most. Nice course, similar to the other two Vancouver runs.
Date Sunday Aug 10. Location. Start and finish are downtown
Cost to register today. $128. Registration opens later this month
What you get; custom Lulu shorts, brunch, yoga. Party/concert post run

Clearly I’m biased but if you are thinking Seawheeze do look at the other much less expensive options out there


Why I doubt I’ll ever do Seawheeze

I can admit that I can be a bit petty. Ok maybe a lot petty.
Last year was Lululemon’s first foray into organizing a run. I looked at the perks, the route and the cost and kinda wished it would fail.
It didn’t
From all accounts it was fantastic, helped of course by a spectacular Vancouver summer day. Vancouver can be dreary in the rain but there is no more beautiful place on a sunny day.
So why am I so adamant that I will never do it despite it being my fave distance and a pretty route?
1) I’m cheap.
$128. Ok that includes all taxes and an overpriced Lulu garment but its more that twice the cost of the Scotia 1/2, more than the expensive BMO 1/2 and the new Surrey Music Marathon. Lets not bother to bring up the frugal runs put on by Try Events.
Sure I’ll pay $100 for 1/2 Corked, a race without shirt or medal, they have wine 😉
But 128 bucks for a race that makes the garment a surprise?

And about that garment…

2) My ass is too big
So when Lulu announced their garment it was shorts. Hmm ok I can get into the idea of shorts. Oh no preview of the garment, hmmm. Well hmm. I know I’m in the minority but I am not a fan of my 40+ ass in a pair of tight shorts but if they are not too short I can do it
But then
The size chart XS to XL, ok that’s normal right?
Wait, Lulu sizing. XL is a 12
Looking around the Running Room on drop in night I’m not the only 1/2 marathoner that may have a problem with size 12. My pant size is 12 or 14 based on cut et.
For most races I order an XL shirt, sometimes a L. If the shirt is really small I can swap to a mans shirt. But I sure don’t want to pay $128 for either a pair of men’s shorts or a pair of ladies shorts that I wouldn’t wear in public.
Kinda wish more travel runners realized that there are better options for a 1/2 marathon in Vancouver
Sorry Lulu