New to running? First time you’ve thought of registering for an event like the Pride Run & Walk? Let’s share a few details of what to do and what to expect.

Pride Run and Walk is for everyone of every ability. For most it’s the enjoyment of taking part surrounded by like-minded and supportive people. Some run competitively and look to get a great time; many people run or walk to meet their own goal which could simply be about taking part. Some get together with friends and run or walk as a team. Some dress-up; some don’t. Basically, it’s your event to enjoy as you wish. So don’t worry about finishing times (unless you want to!) – just come along and enjoy the day.

The first thing to do is to register. Once you’ve registered you know you’re going to take part and from that you can start to put everything into place – whether that is to arrange a training plan or a costume plan or both!

If you’re running and aiming for a specific time or just want to make sure that you’re able to complete the distance you’ve selected then you may want to consider training. There is a lot of information on the internet about training for running. In addition, there are various magazines which provide hints and tips. Before starting any exercise program you should ensure that it is appropriate for you and if in any doubt you should consult the relevant medical professional.

We’d obviously be very happy to see you at either our Wednesday run or walk or at our Saturday run or walk. If you’re a runner (or just starting to run) and you’d like to come along just let us know in advance so that we can make sure that we look out for you and arrange a suitable person or group to run with. If you are walking simply show up on the day.

There are also various “learn to run” groups (such as that run by HIM) and running groups run by the Running Room which you could investigate.

So you’ve registered, you’ve trained and the week of the annual Pride Run and Walk has arrived – what happens now?

First thing to do is to pick up your race package. We recommend picking your race package up at our Thursday night session – see our race package page for details. The most important part of the race package is your running number (a.k.a Bib number).

Next make sure you know how you’re going to get to the run/walk site on the day of the race. Check out our Getting There page for some suggestions. Work out the time you need to leave on Saturday to get there. You should aim for about 15 mins minimum before the start of the race (that’s after you’ve allowed time to park, get parking ticket, walked from bus stop, dropped your bike etc).

On the day of the race, once you’ve arrived, attach your bib to the front of your shirt using 4 pins provided with your bib. Take a look around our sponsors tents prior to the race; listen out for the start of the warm-up exercises; and then make your way to the start line ready for the start.

The route will be easy to follow. Not only will there be lots of others doing the same route, but there are distance markers and volunteers on the entire route to help you. In addition, there is a water station on the route where volunteers hand out water – you can stop for a chat and drink, take a drink and run with it (you throw it to the side – we clean up afterwards!), or just keep on running.

When you cross the finish line you will see your time on the clock at the finish line. You will also be able to access this on-line once all of the results are available.

Plan to stick around after the event as we have door prizes and give aways’. Then, following Pride Run, the Vancouver Pride Society take over and turn the afternoon into Sports Day. This is where other LGBTQ sports leagues from Vancouver and the lower mainland come together to host an array of activities and entertainment, plus there will be options available to purchase a lunch and there will be a beer garden where adults can enjoy a grown up’s beverage.

If you have any questions at all please contact us – we’d love to hear from you.

Otherwise we hope that you have a fantastic day, celebrate your achievement and think about keeping up your new-found interest in running or walking by joining us at Vancouver Frontrunners.