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Forerunners Main St
3889 Main St, Vancouver, BC

Dates and location subject to change. For the Virtual Race only, you may mail your race kit within Canada for a shipping and handling fee. Shipping is not available for the In-Person event as your kit includes various goodies including a Race Bib with a Timing Chip that could potentially be damaged if mailed.



You may run your Virtual Race anytime between October 16-31 and upload your results during this time frame. Choose a 5KM, 10KM, 21.1KM, or run all three event distances! You may also run a hybrid of some events virtually and others in-person, space permitted. Spots will be limited.


The Great Trek is traditionally held in October. Details on the in-person races are to be confirmed but they’re scheduled to run Saturday, October 23, and will include an official Start Line, Finish Line, timing and results. All in-person races are subject to permits and approval by local health authorities. Race day Package Pickup will be unavailable, so please visit us beforehand at our partner, Forerunners.

What’s Included

  • Great Trek gloves
  • Race Bib with Timing Chip for the In-Person Races
  • Race Medal included with In-Person Races
  • Race Medal is optional with Virtual Races
  • Bonus Medal if you complete the Hat-trick
  • Race Wrap and Great Trek toque with the Hat-trick
  • $25 off at Forerunners (minimum $75 spend)
  • Stanley Park Beer (in-person pickup only, if of age)
  • Nuun Hydration (in-person pickup only)
  • Options to donate and fundraise for charity
  • Race Results, leaderboards and more!

Race Bonuses

  • Great Trek gloves
  • Race Bib with Timing Chip for the In-Person Races
  • Race Medal included with In-Person Races
  • Ability to add or skip medals with the Virtual Race
  • Race Wrap and Great Trek toque with the Hat-trick


All runners are traditionally assigned a bib number and corral according to their estimated finish time. Please also note race bibs may not be transferred for legal and lability reasons and per race policies. Thank you.

Personalized bibs and estimated finish times may be updated until approximately two weeks prior to the race.


Race day Package Pickup and on-site sales are unavailable. Every runner is required to pickup their kit during Package Pickup hours:

Location: Forerunners Main St – 3889 Main St, Vancouver, BC
Dates: TBD
Times: Store hours

You will be required to present your bib number and picture ID.

To pick-up another runner’s race package, please have their full name and confirmation number. For groups of five or more, please email info@runvan.org with all of the names in advance so me may prepare the kits ahead of time.

Your kit includes various race bonuses including exclusive Great Trek gloves and a $25 Forerunners gift card valid on a minimum $75 spend. Additional souvenirs may be purchased during online race registration only.

If you run the Virtual Race, you may also have your race kit mailed to you for $10 shipping and handling. Shipping is not available for In-Person races as Race Bibs with Timing Chips will not be mailed. Note there is no race day Package Pickup.

Dates and location subject to change. Please respect the safety protocols administered by staff and volunteers on-site. Thank you.


Great Trek race wrap
$25 Forerunners gift card

*Please present valid ID

Virtual Races

A virtual race allows you to complete your race on your own, from anywhere. You may run, walk or stroll your race distance at your own pace and at a time and location of your choice, following the guidelines of your local health authorities. You may choose your own race day and your own starting line, whether it’s a treadmill, a park, your neighbourhood streets or Seawall.

In-Person Races

In-person events are back now that restrictions are lifted! Please note that traditional services like gear check, race day package pickup, water stations on-course, and entertainment will still be limited or removed. While we hope restrictions will remain lifted, our local non-profit is being cautious with our return and respectful of volunteers who may not want to be in close contact to runners after the long COVID-19 shutdowns. The in-person race will include an official Start Line, Finish Line, timing and race results. For the Virtual Race, you’re asked to please find your own pedestrian friendly route.

When may I run the race?



Please first sign-up for the Great Trek. You may then run the Great Trek Virtual Race anytime between October 16-31, or when it’s safe to do so in your geographical area. Please exercise proper social distancing and follow the guidelines of your local health authorities. The in-person event will take place on Saturday, October 23, on the campus of UBC. In-Person race times are still TBD. Spots will be limited.

Where is the Race Course?

In-Person: The Great Trek is held near the University of British Columbia, on-campus and in the surrounding area. Take part in ‘a jaunt through Musqueam territory’.

Virtual: Please choose your own route for this virtual event. It would be unsafe for us to provide a route that all could use at any specific time, as that may contribute to social distancing concerns. Additionally, by allowing registered runners to create their own routes, you may participate from wherever you are! Use caution if running outside, and be alert of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.


The Great Trek Start and Finish Lines are traditionally located on the UBC Campus.

For your Virtual Race, you may choose any Start Line and start time between October 16-31.

Event Maps

Note: Maps are for reference only. If you are running the Virtual Race, please choose your own route that is pedestrian friendly. Use caution if running outside, and be alert of pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Please also be respectful of safety concerns and follow the lead of your local health authorities.





Safety Precautions

During Package Pickup and the race, please follow the physical distancing guidelines. Race kits, plus pre-ordered shirts and medals, will be provided in pre-packaged envelopes for contactless pickup. You’ll still be requested to utilize the store hand sanitizers and accept that there may be capacity limits in-store.

On Race Day, runners usually wear a race bib with a timing chip and emergency contact info. This will be included on your bib for the In-Person event. For the Virtual Race, for safety reasons, please give someone else your race route and have an emergency contact located on your body or phone while you’re out just in case.

Aside from practicing safe, physical distancing, be alert of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Remember, there are no road closures in effect during your Virtual Race. Try to stay on sidewalks or trails as much as possible and be sure to obey all traffic signals. If you’re going to listen to music, ensure you can still hear what’s going on around you. Treadmill racing may also be an option for you.

Finally, please be respectful and stay home if you feel unwell to help us all slow the spread of COVID-19. Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and cooperation. We remain hopeful that the public health risk associated with the COVID-19 pandemic will improve and encourage everyone to follow the lead of the Public Health Agency of Canada and related health organizations.


In-Person race registration includes a Race Bib with a Timing Chip, and official results that will be posted online!

Virtual Race participants may submit their times from October 16-31. Virtual Race participants may use their unique ‘Confirmation Code‘ provided during registration as their ‘Claim Code‘ to record and submit Virtual Race results. You may upload data from your tracking device, or via manual input. Be sure to also share your ‘Finish Line’ photos on social @runvancanada #runvan

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