UBC, Pacific Spirit Park
organized, fun, scenic forest run
Running Room Run Canada Day 10K
July 1, 2018: The 2018 Running Room Run Canada Day Event took place on a drizzly Sunday morning, but the weather did little to impact the enthusiasm. Along with being a great start to Canada Day, funds were also raised for both the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, and Diabetes Canada. I did the 10k race, and the course looped around UBC’s beautiful Point Grey campus.
The course for the 10k was ideal for the conditions. Running predominantly through Pacific Spirit Park meant that the tree coverage kept us as dry as possible, with the cushion of pine needles and mulch ensuring that everyone’s joints weren’t sore for the rest of the holiday. The park was also very flat, which made for a smooth race.
The trails within Pacific Spirit Park are a godsend for runners. With the aforementioned condition of these trails goes the absolutely spectacular old-growth forest, complementing one another perfectly. The conditions would have been unimpeachable, if only the weather had been able to match the scenery.
Along with the host of activities and booths set up for the event, there were also many other Canada Day festivities set up in Wesbrook Village. While the weather wasn’t ideal, with small patches of rain throughout the morning, everyone was in excellent spirits and excited for both the race and the rest of the day. The Running Room did a great job of piggybacking on the holiday to raise everyone’s energy level.
Despite the potential chaos of hosting a race the same day as other Canada Day celebrations were being arranged, everything went extremely smoothly on race day. The crowds were well contained and controlled, with little prodding required from event staff. There were also well-placed break stations throughout the course, for anyone who needed that extra energy or hydration boost while they ran.