After the Olympics, Vancouver focus shifts to events like the Sun Run — poles and all
I’m obsessively watching the Winter Olympics these days, so I have Vancouver on the brain. Before the Winter Games began and after they conclude, one of the biggest sports events around is the annual 10K Sun Run, an urban marathon through one of the world’s most wonderful cities. The 2010 Sun Run takes place on Sunday, May 9. Registration March 31 is CDN $40 and $45 thereafter. Last year, of the 58,000-plus participants, about one-third were walkers. I have no idea what the percentage or Nordic Walkers was, but I do know it’s growing.
The Sun Run walkers have a separate start zone and are the last wave to cross the start line at approximately 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. Access to the zone is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and walkers are encouraged to arrive at the start area by 9:00 a.m. to ensure that you can access to start zone. Around the 3K to 4K point, a special walkers’ pit stop will be set up. With ChampionChip timing system, each participant’s time begins when s/he crosses. The Sun Run is known for its fast easy course interspersed with moderate hills. It that starts in downtown Vancouver and ends at BC Place Stadium, where the Olympic Opening Ceremony took place last Friday.
Nordic Walking Training Clinics
SportMedBC, a not-for-profit society comprised of sport medical and paramedical practitioners that promotes leadership, public awareness and education in several areas including sports training, and Urban Poling, a Vancouver-based pole-maker and training/certification organization, partner in a 13-week series of clinics to help Nordic Walkers prepare for the 10K Sun Run. The training program is under the aegis of Lynn Kanuka, Olympic bronze medalist runner and SportMedBC’s RunWalk coach. Twenty-five clinics now accommodate Nordic Walkers up from just three in 2007. Click here for more information on in-person or online clinics (respectively $139 and $99). Clinic registration closes on February 26.