Depending on your fitness level, this world-recognized 10K race is either: a walk in the park, a fight to the finish, or an unkind reminder of your body’s rapid aging process. Whatever the outcome, we are glad that we took part in it because the weather was perfect, the crowd was buzzing, and we got to show our support for elite amateur athletics around the city.
It may surprise you to know that this seemingly modest race is actually the largest 10K road race in Canada and the 2nd largest timed 10K in the world. Started in 1985 by former Canadian Olympians, “The Sun Run” (as folks in the know like to call it) was created to highlight health, fitness, and running throughout the city, in addition to raising money for elite amateur athletics too.
Initially only attracting 3,200 runners, it has flourished into a world-renowned run with roughly 50,000 runners locally, nationally and internationally each time over the past years.
Though it may seem like a purely athletic challenge, many of our first time runners were pleasantly surprised to find a wide array of entertainment and encouragement along the way. From the upbeat band at the start line, singing parody songs like “I Kissed a Runner and I Liked It”, to the enthusiastic BC Lions’ Cheerleaders dancing along to warm up routines, there were plenty of sights and sounds to take in.
Thankfully, there were also numerous water bearers and supportive onlookers too, all of whom cheered from balconies, lawn chairs, and sidelines while us red-faced runners pushed our way to the finish line.
And finally, when everyone reached the endpoint – hoping to beat their personal best, there were plenty of high fives, pats on the back, and giant sighs of relief for a job well done. Then, it was time to hit the showers, eat some grub, and relax for a day…week…year or two before moving those muscles again.
Congratulations to our entire Sandman Sun Run team: Geejay Villadolid, Paula Cruz, Richard Clarke, Isak Benjaminsson, Barry Gifford, Hermie Gonzales, Franklin Jackson, Rob Toor, Edward Wong, Deanna Girardi, Elaine Drever and Brian Batuyong.
Also, a big high-five to our fastest runners Rob Toor and Deanna Girardi who clocked in at 41: 22 and 49:34 respectively. We commend you for your amazing athleticism and ability to endure excessive amounts of pain.