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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.

Pride Run Welcomes New Sponsors

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We’re thrilled to announce that McArthurGlen Designer Outlet at YVR and Hello Fresh have joined forces with Pride Run & Walk through some awesome donations which will be handed out as awards and door prizes on July 22nd.

McArthurGlen Vancouver, the first designer outlet to open in the Vancouver area, brings you over 60 stores and big name brands to choose from, catering to most tastes and style in shopping. One lucky winner will be taking home a $100 gift card to shop at any of their stores.




Hello Fresh is the ideal solution for the young professional with active lives but still, want to eat healthily. They prepare and package up all the ingredients needed to follow a simple recipe for you to enjoy 3 healthy meals and they deliver it right to your door. Each Pride Run & Walk participant will receive a gift card at the BIB pick up at the Running Room on July 20th. Furthermore, they have also donated one box of fresh ingredients which one lucky winner will take home as a door prize!


We’re so thankful for our sponsors and their continued support of Pride Run. If you too would like to sponsor us, email us at priderun@vancouverfrontrunners.org.


Pride Run & Walk Sponsor – Brooks

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Brooks Running Company Logo

Brooks Sports, Inc., a Seattle-based running company has shown their support to Pride Run & Walk by donating the value of four pairs of shoes to us – worth approximately $800. The name Brooks was selected by Morris Goldenberg as an Anglicized substitute for his wife’s maiden name of Bruchs, which in turn comes from the Hebrew word baruch (ברוך) meaning ‘blessed’.

We are blessed to have your support! Thank you, @BrooksRunningCA!


VFR raises over $14,000 for community beneficiaries

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The numbers are in and Vancouver Frontrunners are THRILLED to announce that proceeds from this year’s Pride Run and Walk has raised $14,082.69 for community beneficiaries, ‘Out In Schools’ and the ‘LOUD Foundations’ 20 under 20 program.

Profits raised from entry fees amounts to $11,668.30, which will be split between the two organizations 50/50. On our registration site was the ability for donors to give directly to Out In School’s and this garnered a further $2,414.39.

Cheques will be presented to both organizations on October 7th at the Yaletown Roundhouse at 6.20pm. If you happen to be around, please join us for this memorable moment.

Out In Schools
Out in Schools brings films into classrooms to engage youth through film in the promotion of safer and more inclusive learning environments, free from homophobia, transphobia and bullying. Out in Schools works with school boards, educators, community organizations and student-run Gay Straight Alliances to reduce isolation, foster belonging and increase the safety of learning environments for all youth in our communities.

Loud Foundation
The LOUD Foundation invests in future leaders of the Canadian LGBTQ community. They believe that by supporting the development of students who possess drive, vision, compassion and knowledge, they can improve society and increase awareness of our diverse community. The  20 under 20 program recognizes 20 BC youth under the age of 20 for creating safe spaces and promoting LGBTQ2+ inclusion and rights in their communities.

We couldn’t be happier with what we have acheived and it’s humbling to know that funds are going to two very deserving organizations that do a lot of work for our community.

Pride Run & Walk Photos and Results

Thank to everyone who came out to Pride Run & Walk 2015. This year was our largest event to date with over 460 registrants. We really can’t wait to see how much we raised for our community beneficiaries.

With everything still coming in, we’re hoping to have all the photo’s posted on this website and Facebook within the week. In the meantime, you can find the timed results of the big day at http://www.startlinetiming.com/races/2015/pride.

We’ll have more information out very soon!!!

VFR Lets you decide on the colour of this years Pride Run & Walk T-Shirt

That’s right, Vancouver Frontrunners are giving you the opportunity to vote for the colour of this years Vancouver Pride Run & Walk technical t-shirt.
T-shirts are supplied by Brooks and come in a range of colours as shown below. There will be one colour for mens cuts and one for womens.

You can place your vote online on our Facebook page by visiting:facebook.com/vancouver.frontrunners.

Poll closes on May 12th, so what do you say? What’s your favourite colour?

TShirt Colours