Frequently Asked Questions…

What is the date of the next Vancouver Sun Run?

Sunday, April 19, 2020

How can I register?

The best way to register is by registering yourself online through our website.  A credit card is required for payment online.

How do I know if I’m registered?

If you enter online, you will receive an email message confirming your registration. If you submit your entry by mail or in person, you will also receive an email confirmation once we have input your registration information onto our system.  You can log back into our registration system and confirm your entry.  For more information, you can call the Vancouver Sun Run office.

Do I have to Register?

YES! NO RACE BIB, NO ACCESS TO THE COURSE – a valid race bib is mandatory to gain access to our race course, if you are not displaying a valid race bib you will be removed from the event.

Can I register on race day?

No. There is no race day registration.

What is the closing date for race registration?

You can register by mail, or online. Mailed entries must be postmarked a week before deadline. Online registration closes April 9, 2019 at midnight.

After April 9, 2019 you can register IN PERSON only on April 12 & 13, 2019 at the Vancouver Sun Run Fair @ our host venue, BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC.

When do I get my Race Bib, Technical Shirt and Timing Tag?

InTraining Clinic participants: Pick up your race package from your clinic leader.

Individuals: Pick up your race package at the Vancouver Sun Run Fair @  BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC,  entrance to the fair is 777 Pacific Blvd

  • Friday, April 12, 2019      10 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 10 am – 5 pm

Team Members: Team technical shirts will be delivered from the screen printer directly to team captains by April 10, 2019.

Team captains MUST still pick up race bibs for all team members at the exclusive team captain package pick-up at BC Place Stadium

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019    9am to 7pm
  • Thursday, April 11, 2019     9am to 7pm

There is no team pick up on Saturday, April 13, 2019 or race day, please contact our office for special arrangements. Race packages for team members’ friends or family, who are not on your team and are registered as individuals or in The Shaw 2.5k Mini Sun Run, must be picked up separately at the Vancouver Sun Run Fair @ BC Place Stadium.

Can I get a Refund or Transfer my Entry if I am no longer able to participate?

Our policy states that YOUR RACE ENTRY IS NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE.   Upon registration you would have had to acknowledge that you agree to our race policy which states that we are unable to process refunds or transfers.  Our event is so large that we must download information to process the race bibs and shirts early to get them all done in time for race day.

What do I need to collect my bib and T-shirt, etc at the Sun Run Fair?

Go on line and look up your race bib number before going to the Vancouver Sun Run Fair @ BC Place Stadium, at 777 Pacific Blvd. You will be asked for that number when collecting your items.

May I pick up a number and technical shirt for someone else?

Yes. Provided the person’s entry has been pre-paid and an online or paper entry form has been completed.

Can I pick up my T-shirt and race number on race day?

Yes, only if you are pre-registered out-of-town entrant. An out-of-town entrant includes anyone who must pay long distance charges to call Vancouver from home, or special arrangements contact our office for more information. Race day package pick-up is located at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver 2nd level, between 6:30 am and 8:00 am.

How do I ensure that I have the correct timing tag?

Make sure the bib tags’ number matches the race bib number that is found on the front of the race bib. For example, if your race bib number is 10234 then your tag’s number will say 10234. The timing tag is located on the back of your race bib. Volunteers will help verify a match using special scanners at the Vancouver Sun Run Fair @ BC Place Stadium. As you go through the scanners, your name should appear on the screen. If they do not match, go to the Solutions Desk. Tags cannot be replaced or exchanged on race day.

Can I get another timing tag on race day if I forget mine at home?

No. There will be no tag exchanges or replacements made on race morning.

No Tag = No Results.

Are Strollers Allowed on the Course?

YES Strollers are most welcome at both our Shaw 2.5k Mini Sun Run and our 10K route.  The children in the stroller do not require a race bib.  Participants with a stroller MUST REGISTER for the10K course in the 1:46 time category for the safety of the children and our other participants.

What does my entry fee pay for?

Your Vancouver Sun Run entry fee helps to pay for staging, organizational and administrative costs such as: technical shirts and screen printing; city costs including ambulance, traffic authority and police; medical supplies; fencing, stages, tents, radios, water station equipment; race bibs, pins, timing tags, race timing and data entry organization; online entry administration fees; venue rental; entertainment, signage and pageantry; fruit and bagels at the finish party; volunteer shirts, lunches and transportation; elite athlete prize money and hosting; production and printing of marketing material to raise awareness and inform the public, including a direct mail and direct email to past participants, plus event management and marketing fees.

The Vancouver Sun Run’s primary mandate is to promote health, fitness and community spirit and to support amateur athletics. While the Vancouver Sun Run is not designated as a charity event, over $2.97 million in proceeds from the Vancouver Sun Run have been donated to important causes since 1985.

Is there a gear check facility at the start?

Your warm dry gear can be transported to the finish area for just $5. Pay at the Purolator gear check trucks on race day before 8:30 a.m. Look for the Purolator trucks at the access streets in the start zone. Get there early. The Purolator truck for red zone will be parked on Howe, not Granville and will be open until 9 a.m.


The perforated gear check tag on your bib will be used to identify your gear; submit the tag with your gear. Show your race number to claim your gear. Gear Check pick-up will be in the far east parking lot across from the Arena until 12:30 pm. Items left on the street at the start will be collected after the race and donated to the Salvation Army charity.

What is the best way to get to and from the race?

By all means, use public transit! For race day transit information, please call TransLink at (604) 953-3333. Visit Translink’s official website for more details — click here.   Aquabus Ferries is offering frequent sailings on Sun Run morning. For more details visit or call 604-689-5858.

What time do the roads start closing?

The roads start closing at 5:30 am.

Is there parking at the at the start or finish zone?

The best option is to park near the finish area at B.C. Place Stadium. There’s some free street parking and a number of pay parking lots. But beware of street closures, which start at 5:00am in the start and finish zones. Leave plenty of time to reach your destination.

When will results be published?

The names and times of all finishers will be published in the Vancouver Sun newspaper on Monday, April 14, 2019.  Online results will be posted shortly after the event.

What do I do with the Timing Tag after the run?

You can take the tag home with you! The tags are DISPOSABLE and there is no need to return your tag at the finish line. Once you have finished the race, please keep moving when you cross the finish line to the water station so runners don’t back up.

Can I switch tags with another participant?

No. Tags are individually coded and non-transferable. Please do not switch tags or allow another participant to run with your tag.

Do Shaw Mini Sun Runners need a Timing Tag?

No. The Shaw 2.5k Mini Sun Run is not a timed event. They do need to visible be showing their race bib.

What is a Wave Start?

Entrants of similar ability are grouped in different time zones and start the race in a series of short timed intervals. Participants are assigned a time zone based on their estimated finish time.

How do I know I’m in the correct time zone?

Use your previous Vancouver Sun Run time or the time from another sanctioned event to guide you. Or see Runners Profiles on the Race Details page.

How do I start in the same zone as my friend?

To start in the same zone, you both must select the same estimated finish time on your entry forms. If you are different levels of ability, you must choose the zone appropriate for the slower runner.