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That’s a wrap…

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In case you weren’t able to make it, Pride Run & Walk 2018, held yesterday on July 22nd was another major successful year.

Mother nature made up for last year’s rain with clear skies and hot temperatures as 348 proud runners and walkers hit the sea wall pavement brighter than ever.

An army of volunteers helped make the park and course look amazing with an endless sea of smiles and rainbows and with the only glitch of the day being a faulty start line arch which was quickly remediated thanks to the creative minds of Christopher and Stephen.

Awards and Prizes were handed out to the top 3 finishers in 3 gender categories for 2 events (5km and 10km), as well as 14 door prizes were gifted.

Team ‘Which way to Fountainhead’ cleaned up with prizes for being the top fundraising team with $5,130 and the crowd cheered for them to take home prizing for best dressed.

$9,750 were received in direct donations to our two beneficiaries, Out in Schools and LOUD Foundation. This total doesn’t include the profits made from the event, which we’ll know in the next few weeks as final bills/invoices are paid.

Race results are available at https://www.startlinetiming.com/en/races/2018/pride and photos will be posted as soon on Facebook as soon as they’re available.

The board of VFR would like to thank the organizing committee for their tireless efforts in executing a smooth and fun event. Those include:

  • Rohan Hare – Event
  • Kangsoon Park – Course
  • Mike Hsiao – Volunteer (on behalf of RaceForce)
  • Alan Jay – Water Station and Miscellaneous.

A huge thank you to everyone who participated this year, may it be as a participant, offering a helping hand, raising/donating money… all of it. Your continued support of Pride Run & Walk is immensely appreciated.

The Important Stuff

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  • Few Days Remain
  • Race Package Pickup (Location Change!)
  • Race Day
  • The Course
  • Finish Line
  • Race Results
  • Awards and Prizes
  • Pride Sports Day
  • Fundraising

Few Days Remain

Pride Run & Walk is THIS Sunday. Are you as excited as us? Have you decided on a super fun and colourful costume or outfit?

We have lots to cover, so we’ll try to be as brief as possible.

Race Package Pickup

  • LOCATION has changed from last year.
    There are two locations in which you can collect your bibs and goodies
  • Forerunners – Main St
    3889 Main St, Vancouver, BC, V5V3P1
    Click for Google MapsFriday July 20th – 2:00pm – 7:00pm
    Saturday July 21st – 10:30am – 4:00pm
  • Event Day – VFR Booth
    Sunday July 22nd – Near the start line at the VFR Booth
  • Yes, team captains can collect on behalf of their team. They just need the first and last name used during registration.
  • Those who visit us in store will receive a free water bottle, donated by Forerunners. You must be present to collect the water bottle.
  • We have a limited number of Pride Run & Walk 2018 branded New Balance technical t-shirts available for purchase. You can try these on for correct sizing before you buy. First come, first served.
  • Visitors will also receive a $20 gift card on $75+ purchases. *Some conditions apply.

Race Day

  • Where: Second Beach Park
  • When: Sunday July 22nd – 8:30am
  • Aim to arrive between 8:00 – 8:20am, giving yourself ample time to arrive.
  • Visit our Getting There page if you’re unsure how
    • Parking directly adjacent to the park is unavailable
  • Bag check and bike valet services are provided by Out in Schools and available by donation
  • Welcoming ceremony and opening remarks commence at 8:30am
  • Gun time for 10km runners is 9:00am
  • Gun time for 5km runners/walkers is 9:05am

The Course

  • We start and end at the same location in Second Beach Park.
  • Remember to use sunscreen and stay hydrated. It’s going to be warm
  • The course is an out-and-back design with two turn around points. One at 2.5 km for the 5km participants, and one at the 5km marker for the 10km runners.
    You come back the exact same way.
  • The disco water station will be placed just before the second turnaround point. There will be glitter, hair spray, fun jewellery and other cool stuff for you to collect. Catch your breath as you get your glam on.
  • We have an army of course marshals on the look out for your safety and can be easily identified with large balloon arrangements.
  • St John’s Ambulance will be in attendance looking out for you. If you find anyone who needs assistance, please find the nearest volunteer who can contact race organisers.

Finish Line

  • When you cross the finish line, collect your finisher’s pin and bracelet and move on to the food tent
  • We will have plenty of water and delicious post run nutrition to help quench your appetite.
  • Take this time to explore the park and visit all of the vendors who will have instalments and interactions for you.
  • If you fancy yourself an adult beverage, the beer garden will open after the run. This is a 19+ area and you will need government issued ID to get in.
  • Finishing announcements, awards and prizes will commence at 10:30 am.

Race Results

Race results provided by Startline Timing will be posted live and online
https://www.startlinetiming.com/en/races/2018/pride

Awards and Prizes

  • Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:
    • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each of the 3 gender categories for both 5km and 10km events
    • Fastest 5km team (using fastest 5 people)
    • Fastest 10km team (using fastest 5 people)
    • Best dressed individual
    • Best dressed team
    • Door prizes

So even if you’re not the fastest, there’s a chance at taking something home.

Pride Sports Day

We’re not kidding when we say Pride Run & Walk is just the beginning. Pride Sports Day kicks off at 11:00am and runs until 5:00pm.

  • Beer garden opens immediately following Pride Run & Walk
  • Food trucks will line the park
  • Interactions from Canucks, Whitecaps and BC Lions
  • Groove with Dance in Transit
  • Toss a frisbee with the Rain City Ultimate Club
  • Perfect your pose with YYOGA
  • Live Performances

and so much more!

With 26 degrees in the forecast, what a perfect way to spend the day outdoors.

Fundraising

It’s not too late to seek donations and pledges. This is a charity event after all.

Online donations can be made until midnight, Sunday July 22nd.
Even after online registrations close!

We understand there’s donor fatigue out there. There’s so many amazing charities who do great work and need those hard earned dollars, but even putting out one last call can help make a big difference.

Click here to make a donation or click here to seek pledges.

That’s It From Us

That’s it from us! If you still have any questions about package pickup or event day, please visit our site as there’s tonnes of information available. If your question is still unanswered, please email us as priderun@vancouverfrontrunners.org.

Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you all on Sunday morning, bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Pride Run & Walk Emcee – Barb Snelgrove

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Pride Run & Walk Emcee – Barb Snelgrove

Barb Snelgrove has an extensive background in broadcasting (radio host, tv and print), public relations and as a social media strategist. Most recently, Barb was the Promotions Director at Roundhouse Radio 98.3 and is co-host of the annual national broadcast of the VPS Pride Parade on OUTtv.

Barb is also known online through an active following via various social media accounts under the moniker “megamouthmedia” and currently operates megamouthmedia consulting, a boutique media and branding company working with businesses and agencies seeking to engage the LGBTTQ2+ audience.

A second-generation Vancouverite with a deep love of the city, Barb has spent decades working to better her community; three terms as a member of the City of Vancouver LGBTTQ2+ Advisory Committee, VPD Diversity Advisory Committee, Positive Living BC’s Red Ribbon Advisory Panel, Van Pride Society, GLISA North America Outgames, Qmunity, AIDS Vancouver, DMS, InterPRIDE and The Gathering Place, are just a few of the many organizations and events that Barb has developed and/or assisted throughout the years.

In her role with the City’s Advisory Committee and currently as a member of the private sector, she was instrumental in the creation and development of a new City Park located within one of Vancouver’s queer districts and continues her involvement with that project as a member of the City of Vancouver Jim Deva Plaza Steering and Oversight Committee. Barb is also part of the scholarship selection panel for The LOUD Foundation which provides scholastic grants for LGBTQ+ students.

Snelgrove has been acknowledged for her many years of community advocacy, including a recent B.C. Broadcasting Award, Vancouver Pride Society Outstanding Community Member Award & pride parade Grand Marshal, TELUS Pride Legacy Award and previously named one of Outtv’s “Ten People To Watch”. Barb has also been recognized by the City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence and YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. Barb was inducted into the Canadian Q Hall of Fame alongside Jane Rule, Jack Layton and other queer advocates and allies in Toronto in 2013.

Barb has emcee’d scores of Vancouver community and corporate events and is proud to be returning to host the Vancouver Frontrunners Pride Run & Walk for the fourth time this July.

Pride Run & Walk Launch Party

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Come join the Vancouver Frontrunners as we swing into full gear getting ready for Pride Run & Walk to be held on July 22nd.

On June 16th at 3:00pm we’re hosting a little rendezvous at the Junction Pub on Davie Street for anyone interested in Pride Run & Walk. It’s a great way to meet participants, organizers, volunteers and partners. Pride Run is real community event that’s put on by the community for the community. We’ve also partnered with the Junction to provide you with a burger and beer combo for $15, which includes both tax and tip! We’re selling tickets in advance at Eventbrite. Get yours now at by clicking here.

See you on the patio!!

May Raise-A-Thon

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May Raise-A-Thon

One of the core objectives of Pride Run & Walk is to raise money for local charities and we feel that you should be rewarded for helping us to achieve that goal.

As such, we’ve decided that the individual who raises the most amount of money this month* will take home a $100 gift card to Cactus club and two tickets to see the Whitecaps playoff against Minnesota on July 28th which also happens to be Pride Night!

This prize is made possible by our generous sponsors, Whitecaps and Anshu Arora of Remax Central.

Where does the money go?

Good question! You can read up about our beneficiaries here: http://www.vancouverfrontrunners.org/priderun/fundraising/

*Competition is from May 1st 12:00am to May 31st 11:59pm. 2018, awarded to the participant with most amount of pledges via our RaceRoster registration system. Winner announced in July newsletter.

Vancouver Pride Society – A force to be reckoned with

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Vancouver Pride Society – A force to be reckoned with

For a few years now we have partnered with the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) whose commitment, support and guidance has helped our event grow to the size it is. Immediately following Pride Run is the VPS’s ‘Pride Sports Day’ where LGBTQ2+ sports clubs from across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland come together to showcase and demonstrate their offerings.

Pride Sports Day also has interactions from some of the bigger names in the industry, like Whitecaps and the Canucks. Second Beach Park is transformed into a field of activities for people of all ages and abilities along with a lineup of Food Trucks to keep you going and a Beer Garden to enjoy an adult beverage.

Pride Run & Walk together with Pride Sports Day is the perfect kick off to the Pride Season helping you get energized for everything that’s about the follow this season!

Vancouver Sun Run

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Oh what a glorious day for a run! The Vancouver Frontrunners team joined over 41,000 others at the most beautiful Vancouver Sun Run in recent memory. We recorded multiple personal bests, a few first Sun Runs, and NO injuries. We also got to splash our logo on the back of this year’s fashionable green and grey technical tees, so people will be seeing us around town all summer. We’d like to offer our thanks to everyone who came out the night before, the brunch after, cheered us on throughout the course, took photos, and just gave it until it was gone. Special shout out to Rohan for being our team captain!

The night before the run a bunch of members and Sun Runners got together for pints and conversation at the Blarney Stone, and after, we had to stop in at Fountainhead for more of the same!

If you missed the Sun Run, but you want to gear up for the Pride Run and Walk, we are offering a FREE 10 week learn to run program starting May 12th. You can sign up here.

Vancouver Frontrunners in the Community

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Two past presidents (Rohan and Jag) and our current president Christopher represented us at Out in Schools/Out on Screen’s annual Out for Breakfast fundraiser. We have supported Out in Schools through Pride Run and Walk and related fundraising for many years because of the great work they do to support youth, raise awareness, and build community in Vancouver and throughout BC. To donate or learn more about their mission, click here.

Rohan, Jag, and Christopher, looking sharp

Snowshoeing Social 2018

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Snowshoeing Social 2018

Did you hear the one about the Vancouver Frontrunners who went up to Mount Seymour and snowshoed 6km?

More of a candid group shot, trees behind

Admittedly, it wasn’t very funny, but it was a great time for all fourteen hearty souls who made it out. Fresh snow and glimpses of blue sky showcased the best of one of our local mountains. Beer and camaraderie in Lonsdale Quay afterwards capped off a wonderful day. This snowshoeing thing might just become an annual tradition!

The crew posing on snow in front of blue sky

Cheese!

Several snowshoers hiking down between trees over soft snow