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.
Did you hear the one about the Vancouver Frontrunners who went up to Mount Seymour and snowshoed 6km?
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!
Thank you to the nearly 40 friends who came to celebrate our club and to present cheques to LOUD and Out in Schools representing our awesome Pride Run efforts! We are proud to say that over $14,000 went to the two organizations: $8,466.22 to Out in Schools and $6,352.47 to LOUD.
Last year, the amount was just over $13,200 and this year, we had an ambitious goal for $20,000. Whilst a little off from our goal, this is an impressive amount for a volunteer-led and -organized event from a community sports club.
We obviously couldn’t have done it without the tremendous support and assistance from the Vancouver Pride Society and we are forever thankful for their continued partnership. We are also thankful for the online reach, word of mouth, support, and gratitude that both LOUD and Out in Schools have provided us.
Vancouver Frontrunners have 12 tickets to two screenings during the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
All current members and participants of the Learn To Run clinic are eligible to enter.
For more details and to enter, click here: http://www.vancouverfrontrunners.org/vqff_ticket_lottery/
And, remember, we have 40 tickets reserved for Whitecaps FC Pride Night: ‘Caps vs. Houston Dynamo. Would be great to see as many as possible sign up. This is a great social event.
Tickets can be found here: https://goo.gl/dpuec1
Thank you to IONICA and VFR runner/IONICA owner Michela Toscano. Hosting and managed services by IONICA make web sites faster, more secure, and rock-solid reliable. And, we were lucky enough to have their support for #VanPrideRun to help send our first place fundraiser to Mexico!
With a philosophy of partnership, aligned interests, and corporate stewardship, IONICA works to align interests and goals so everyone wins, rather than simply striving for the best return to shareholders.
Thank you Dean Nelson and GayWhistler.com. Two very lucky runners will be going to Snowball 26 during Whistler Pride and Ski Festival from January 21 to 28, 2018. Your presence at Pride Run & Walk 2017 was so appreciated!
Cheers to BC Lions! Tickets to one of your games were a brilliant giveaway to our sports enthusiasts at the Vancouver Pride Run & Walk.
Thank you Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa for giving our second prize fundraiser a 2-night stay where they will get to take in breathtaking ocean and mountain views of the North Island, soak in the Pacific Mist Hydropath®, and enjoy the many other charms of this resort.
Vancouver Frontrunners and Pride Run and Walk are full of gratitude for India Bistro‘s contribution to finisher and door prizes. Always a keen supporter, we love enjoying Wednesday suppers at their venue. Three cheers for India Bistro!
Thank to our friends at Running Room – some of our fastest runners walked home with a giftcard to the store! Your presence at the run was special as always!
Thank you, White Spot Restaurant for your continued support in Vancouver Pride Run & Walk. Gift Certificates to your restaurants were well-received by our hungry runners!
Chip time results for Pride Run & Walk can be found at:
We’re a little embarrassed to admit that we acknowledge our very own ‘Steve Harvey’ moment. Our registration form for Vancouver Pride Run & Walk allowed for 4 gender categories. Male, Female, Gender Variant and Undisclosed. In recognising the top finishers in the Gender Variant categories, we instead announced the top finishers who registered as Undisclosed. Undisclosed is not a category we award in.
With that said, we make the following correction:
- In the 10km race, coming in 1st place was Jennifer Ceren at 42m:23s. There was no runner up.
- In the 5km race, coming in 1st place was Michela Toscano at 23m:20s and runner up is Sophia Stivanakis at 24m:49s.
We sincerely apologise for this mix-up and we will put measures in place to ensure it won’t happen again.
A force to be reckoned with, we would like to thank Race Force as our organizing partner for this year’s Pride Run & Walk. Race Force is a volunteer run Nonprofit Organisation founded by Mike Hsiao (VFR member) in 2005 at the age of 12 when he was struggling with a variety of personal issues; volunteering helped him cope with the issues at hand. From a small group of 3 volunteers to now over 500 volunteers, Race Force has supported hundreds of events.
Currently, Race Force provides and manages volunteers for over 25 charitable athletic events across the country and beyond. If you see a Race Force volunteer, be sure to say hi and thanks for their work. Without volunteers, this race would not happen!
To find out more about Race Force, please visit www.raceforce.org
Race Package Pickup
- There will be two locations in which you can collect your bibs and goodies.
- Team members are allowed to collect other team members’ bibs, as long as you know the first and last name used during registration. Keep in mind that not everyone uses their legal name.
All Pride Run participants who pickup their bibs at Running Room will also receive a 25% discount on all shoes and apparel, thanks to the folks at Running Room. First 150 people to collect their bibs will also take home some awesome rainbow shoe laces.
If however, you cannot make it to the Running Room, there will be a chance to collect your bib at the event site. To avoid a lineup, we suggest collecting them on Thursday night.
- Saturday, July 22nd, 2017, 7:30 am to 8:30 am*
Second Beach Park, Stanley Park.
Registration and BIB Pickup Desk
When: 8:30 am
- Please allow yourself ample time to get to Second Beach Park, and aim to be there between 8:00 am and 8:20 am.
- If you’re unsure on how to get there, visit our ‘Getting There‘ page on our website.
- Bag check and bike valet services are available by donation and provided by Out in Schools. Bring a loonie or a toonie if you can.
- Announcements by our emcee, Barb Snelgrove get underway at 8.30am. There will also be opening remarks from our special guests, along with a 5-minute stretch/Zumba mix.
- Gun time is at 9.00am
- There will be a waved start, with the 10km runners heading off first, followed by the 5km runners and walkers just minutes later. Please ensure you are positioned into the correct start area.
- We start and end at the same point in Second Beach Park.
- Remember to use sunscreen and stay hydrated.
- 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 and other fun stuff for you to collect. Be sure to check in and 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 also be in attendance looking out for you. If you find anyone who needs assistance, please find the nearest volunteer who can contact race organisers.
- When you cross the finish line, collect your finisher’s hat and keep moving on
- 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 is slated to open at 10:00 am. This is a 19+ area and you will need government issued ID to get in.
- Finishing announcements and awards will commence at 10:30 am.
Awards and Prizes
- 1st place in each of the 3 gender categories for 10km folks
- Runner Up in each of the 3 gender categories for 5km folks
- Runner Up in each of the 3 gender categories for 10km folks
- Runner Up in each of the 3 gender categories for 5km folks
- Fastest 5km team
- Fastest 10km team
- Best dressed individual
- Best dressed team
- Door prizes
Post Pride Run
- Commencing at 11:00am, the Vancouver Pride Society take over with the first ever Pride Sports Day.
- Pride Sports Day will have activities for all ages, hosted by other LGBT sports clubs.
- We also have BC Lions, Canucks and the WhiteCaps in attendance.
- There’s a kid zone with bubbles, activities, games and much more
- Live entertainment will be provided on stage from a number of different artists for you to enjoy
- Food trucks will line Stanley Park Drive and the beer garden will remain open all day.
Bring a change of clothes and your ID (if planning on having a drink), and stick around, as the day only just begins with Pride Run & Walk.
It should also go without saying, but if you plan to enjoy a beer on the patio, please ensure you have planned yourself a safe trip home. Don’t drink and drive.
To find out more, visit the Pride Society’s site by clicking here.
FundraisingDuring opening remarks, we will be handing out prizes to our top three fundraisers. There’s some pretty awesome items to take home, including:
- A trip for two to Mexico with transfers to an all inclusive resort
- A two-night stay at Kingfisher Ocean Side Resort and Spa, or
- a 40-inch television
While registrations are closed, the ability to keep seeking pledges or to donate online is available on our RaceRoster site. We will be announcing the winners using the amounts donated up until8:00 am on July 22nd. So don’t stop raising, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are neck and neck, and not by much!
For more details on this, visit our fundraising page on our website.
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See You There
We hope this answers all the questions you might have, but do feel free to reply to this email with any other questions you might have.
Otherwise, we’ll see at bib pickup on Thursday night!
Formerly the longtime Host of QueerFM, Barb Snelgrove is the Promotions Director at Roundhouse Radio 98.3. She is a Reporter for the local LGBTTQ news show OutlookTV, can be seen nationally on OutTV, and has written for numerous publications such as The Huffington Post, shewired.com and the WestEnder.
A well known community advocate, Barb has been a 3 term member of the City of Vancouver LGBTTQ2+ Advisory Committee, sits on the VPD Diversity Advisory Committee, is a member of Positive Living BC’s Red Ribbon Advisory Panel and the City of Vancouver Jim Deva Plaza Steering and Oversight Committee (the first of its kind in Vancouver). She is also part of the LOUD Foundation Selection Panel which provides annual scholarships to LGBTQ+ Youth.
Barb has been acknowledged for her many years of community service with a Vancouver Pride Society Outstanding Community Member Award, named one of OutTV’s “Top Queers of the Year” and made the GayVancouver.net Annual List of “Ten People Making a Difference in Vancouver”. She has been a Vancouver Pride Parade Grand Marshal (Local Hero), TELUS Pride Legacy Award winner as “Community Superstar”, twice nominated for the City of Vancouver Award of Excellence, and is a YWCA Women of Distinction Award finalist. Barb most recently won the BC Broadcasting Association Award of Excellence / Community Service Award (Radio) for her Vancouver Food Bank campaign.
Best known as megamouthmedia, the “quick with a quip” emcee of scores of Vancouver community events, Barb is proud to once again be hosting the Vancouver Frontrunners Pride Run & Walk.