15 kilometres, no map, and 7 checkpoints, the only information given to us before the inaugural YVRun event. Because no one on our team had taken part in such event we were both excited and a little nervous. When the race began, 300 runners and 90 teams were unleashed to the streets of downtown Vancouver, roads were not blocked off, nor marked, and everyone had to figure out the course from the first to seventh checkpoint own their own. We started the race by trusting our instinct and heading over the Burrard Street Bridge towards BC place. Then with help from our trusted smart phones, we mapped our way to our next destination. At each checkpoint, mini challenges had to be completed to gain access to the street maps and our next destination. The race took us all over the downtown core; Crab park, Coal Harbour, Justice courts, English Bay, and Granville Island. In the end, finishing within the 3 hour race window with sore and tired legs, we reached the finish line with tremendous relief and the awesome feeling of accomplishment! It required teamwork, navigation, and legs to complete this “alley cat” race. It was so much fun, that we left talking about the plan for next year! Cannot wait for the next YVRun!
Christina Lumba, RMT