run in vancouver: the stanley park classic 10k
posted: August 5, 2014
The Stanley Park Classic 10k is a route all runners must do at least once. We asked multi-marathoner and men’s social media specialist Tess to share her tricks, tips and other tidbits about this tried-and-true—not to mention incredibly scenic—route.
The Stanley Park Classic 10k
Pluses: Hill-training, inspiring views, and generally cooler temperatures thanks to the ocean breeze (inhale the pure salt air that blows over the water!) and forest canopy.
Tips: Go early to beat the crowds. Or, if the weather is cool or rainy all the better to get out there, because the seawall won’t be as heavily trafficked.
Hydrate: Carry water as there aren’t a lot of water fountains. There is one at Lumberman’s Arch (2), but not again until you hit the concession stands at Second Beach (5).
Tricks: Slow and steady wins the race, and Prospect Point Hill includes a grueling 600-metre stretch. Don’t start up the hill too fast or you may find yourself crawling at the top.
Start at the downtown entrance to Vancouver’s famous Stanley Park, more than 1,000 acres of old growth rainforest completely surrounded by the Pacific Ocean.
You’ll see Lost Lagoon on your left, and Georgia Street will stretch eastward behind you. Head right (north) and follow the seawall along the ocean and all the way around the park past the Lighthouse, Lions Gate Bridge, Siwash Rock and Third Beach (points 1 through 4 on the above map) until you see signs for Second Beach (5).
At Second Beach, turn left towards Ceperley Meadows, which cuts around the opposite side of Lost Lagoon from where you began. When you reach the other side of the lagoon, run beneath the underpass. You’ll find yourself back beside Georgia Street where you began.
Want a bit more to really elevate your heart rate?
This is where the forest part comes in. Tackle the 1,300-metre long Prospect Point Hill in the middle of the above run.
Here’s how: From the seawall route you began upon described above, watch for signs for Lumberman’s Arch (2). At Lumberman’s Arch, deke off the seawall onto the sidewalk above you. On your left is Prospect Point Hill.
When you reach the top, feel free to take a breather (and take in the view!) before heading down the hill on the opposite side, which plunks you out on Third Beach, where you meet the seawall again. From there, carry on to Second Beach and finish your run as described above.
The countdown to SeaWheeze 2014 is on!