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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!

Vancouver Sun Run

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Oh what a glorious day for a run! The Vancouver Frontrunners team joined over 41,000 others at the most beautiful Vancouver Sun Run in recent memory. We recorded multiple personal bests, a few first Sun Runs, and NO injuries. We also got to splash our logo on the back of this year’s fashionable green and grey technical tees, so people will be seeing us around town all summer. We’d like to offer our thanks to everyone who came out the night before, the brunch after, cheered us on throughout the course, took photos, and just gave it until it was gone. Special shout out to Rohan for being our team captain!

The night before the run a bunch of members and Sun Runners got together for pints and conversation at the Blarney Stone, and after, we had to stop in at Fountainhead for more of the same!

If you missed the Sun Run, but you want to gear up for the Pride Run and Walk, we are offering a FREE 10 week learn to run program starting May 12th. You can sign up here.

Vancouver Frontrunners in the Community

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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.

Rohan, Jag, and Christopher, looking sharp

Snowshoeing Social 2018

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Snowshoeing Social 2018

Did you hear the one about the Vancouver Frontrunners who went up to Mount Seymour and snowshoed 6km?

More of a candid group shot, trees behind

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!

The crew posing on snow in front of blue sky

Cheese!

Several snowshoers hiking down between trees over soft snow

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 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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Amazing to see Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Pride Sports Day and to have their support for #VanPrideRun. Two great prizes of Whitecaps Club Seats to a game for 4 people went to two lucky individuals.

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

 

Pride Run Partners

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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!

Pride Run & Walk Chip Time Results

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Chip time results for Pride Run & Walk can be found at:

https://www.startlinetiming.com/en/races/2017/pride

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.

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