Vancouver Sun Run Virtual Race hits the ground running

Racers can pick their own 10K route and complete it anytime between April 18 and 30

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And they’re off!

The 2021 Vancouver Sun Run Virtual Race officially got underway on Sunday with participants donning their yellow shirts and posting personal best times from a variety 10-kilometre courses across the province.

The 10k race, which has been held since 1985, was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers have revived the annual fun run this year by hosting what they call a virtual race.

Racers can pick their own 10K route and complete it anytime between April 18 and 30.

The Running Room has helped by mapping out 10 suitable routes around the Lower Mainland and in  Nanaimo.

Participants are then asked to submit their race times, along with a photo, to the Vancouver Sun Run website.

As of last week, organizers said more than 10,000 people had registered for the virtual race, which is about quarter of the usual 40,000-plus participants.

As well, the Sun Run Mini-Run (2.5 kilometres) is back. And participants can raise money for charity partners, including the B.C. Cancer Foundation, B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation, and four others.

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With files from Sean Conner

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