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That’s a wrap…

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. UPDATE: With profits, we donated a grand total of $16,974!

Race results are available at https://www.startlinetiming.com/en/races/2018/pride and thanks to Kangsoon Park, photos are available here.

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!

Pride Run & Walk Donations – Lofty Goal, Great Results!

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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.

Pride Run Partner – Race Force

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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

Pride Run – The IMPORTANT Stuff

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  • July 20 5:00 PM  – Race Package Pick / Last Minute Registrations (Denman Running Room)
  • July 22 7:30 AM  – Race Package Pick / Last Minute Registrations
  • July 22 8:30 AM  – Warm Up
  • July 22 9:00 AM  – Race Starts

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
** If you are picking up your package on race day, please try not to be late and give yourself ample time to get ready.

Race Day

Where:  Second Beach Park
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 8.30amThere 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.

The Course

  • 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.

Finish Line

  • 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

We have prizes for the following categories:
  • 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
Make sure you hang around as there’s a chance for anyone to take home a prize.

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.

I Want to DonateCan Anyone Still Register?

While online registrations have closed, we are still accepting late comers. Tell your friends and family that they can find us at either Race Package Pickup, or at Second Beach Park during the same times listed for bib pickup. We accept cash and major cards. If in doubt, have them contact us using priderun@vancouverfrontrunners.org

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!

Pride Run & Walk Emcee – Barb Snelgrove

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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.