The 30th First Half will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019.
In 1988, the Vancouver International Marathon Society asked Pacific Road Runners to host a Half Marathon in February as a build-up event to the Vancouver Marathon in May. The club obliged and built one of Canada’s premier running events. The goal from the start was to provide a quality race for runners, with a secondary goal to raise money for local causes. In 1995 the event partnered with Variety – The Children’s Charity to provide help to BC children and their families and has donated over $700,000 to date!
New as of 2019, the ‘First Half’ Half Marathon will be organized by the Vancouver International Marathon Society RUNVAN®, the local non-profit who also organizes Vancouver’s only Marathon and other local running events.