Sandman Does the Sun Run!

Another year of Sun Runs has come and gone. For those of you scratching your head wondering what I’m talking about, it’s the 26th annual Vancouver Sun Run, held this past Sunday, April 17. An impressive 49,365 participants registered (though rumour has it some 60,000 people turned up)! Impressive, because this race had just 3,700 people in its first year – it’s grown over 13 times over since 1985!

The route started near beautiful Stanley Park, along West Georgia Street. You had to see it to believe it: a virtual sea of dry-fit, moisture-wicking, yoga pant-wearing runners, clamouring just to get to the start line. After jockeying for position in first 3km (depending on where you were seeded of course), things started to open up, and the gazelles of the race found their groove. A couple in particular, were Eric Gillis, of Guelph, Ontario, and Lucy Njeri of Toronto, Ontario. Gillis clocked in at 29:06, becoming the first Canadian male since 1997 to win the race!; Njeri  beat out her closest competitor by 6 seconds coming in at 33:41!

After winding through Stanley Park, the course took them along Beach Avenue, along the glistening shores of English Bay, all the way to Hornby Street, where a left and another quick left got them up and onto the Burrard Street Bridge.

Runners taking over the Burrard Street Bridge!

Then, it was past the point of no return; at some point, while crossing that bridge, you realize that the only way to get back to where you finished, means crossing a bridge. Given this was the 5km mark, this many have struck fear and dread in some, but for an impressive group of 19, it was the lightening rod of energy and motivation that urged them along East 6th Avenue, all the way to the Cambie Street Bridge, and over!

Here is the ‘before’ picture of our Sandman Hotel Group Corporate Team Runners:

Back Row – Jesse Steele, Alex Johnson, Michael Lopez, Chelsea Maki, Aaron Hesketh, Denise Kostash, Evan Slade, Richard Clarke, Alan Jeon, Nina Phan, Scott Johnson; Front Row – Paula Cruz, Rowena Cajugurian, Kristina Katigbak, Estella Sarte, Hermie Gonzales, Jennifer Maki

And here, is the ‘after’ photo:

Back Row- Patrick Guevara, Richard Clarke, Scott Johnson, Jesse Steele, Michael Lopez and Evan Slade, Front Row: Front Row – Sheryll Gomez, Rowena Cajugurian, Kristina Katigbak, Paula Cruz, and Aaron Hesketh

Amid 60,000 people, my guess is a good many were missing in action! It was great to see so many Sandman Hotel Group employees taking part – not only for the fact that they got healthy, but also for donating money to important causes like Raise-a-Reader (the National Literacy campaign) and B.C.’s amateur athletes via the Harry Jerome International Track Classic, and Achilles Track Society.  Congratulations to all who came out, had fun, and set an example!

Paula Cruz, Central Reservations Administrator with Sandman Hotel Group, with Force.. or Sully?.. one of the Green Guys from the Canucks games!

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