VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — You may want to avoid driving over the Burrard Bridge this morning as thousands of runners lace up their shoes.
They are kicking off summer with a jog through Vancouver, as the 21st Scotiabank Vancouver Half and 5K is taking over parts of the city morning.
About 6,500 people are logging kilometers, with about 4,000 people in the half marathon, and the rest on the shorter course.
Ryan Chilibeck is Race Director with Canada Running Series has a message for you if you’re driving and get frustrated trying to get across the Burrard Bridge.
“We’re all just out here having a good time. There’s a lot of great charity causes behind our event. We’re raising money for local chairities this year with a goal of raising over a million dollars for them, so be mindful of that and hope everyone can just wait that extra five minutes,” he says.
- 7:30am to 9:30am – NW Marine (UBC to West 4th) – Closed, All Lanes
- 7:45am to 9:45am – West 4th Ave (NW Marine to Alma) – Limited, Westbound Lanes
- 7:45am to 9:45am – Alma (West 4th to Point Grey Road) – Closed, All Lanes
- 8:00am to 10:15am – Point Grey Road (Alma to Trafalgar) – Closed, All Lanes
- 8:00am to 10:30am – Cornwall Avenue (Trafalgar to Arbutus) – Closed, Westbound Lanes
As for the route itself, he explains the longer route goes through some beautiful parts of the city.
“Starts up at UBC and makes its way down to Stanley Park, so along the way you’re running through English Bay, you’re running through Point Grey, Kitsilano, over the Burrard Bridge, and then down through English Bay.”
— TransLink BC (@TransLink) June 23, 2019
Chilibeck adds there is a goal of raising over a million dollars for dozens of local charities.
If you’re travelling through the area this morning, be sure to check for road closures and delays with NEWS 1130 Traffic every 10 minutes on the 1s or @NEWS1130Traffic on Twitter. You can also find a list of bus detours from TransLink.
– With files from Tim James