This would be my 2nd Vancouver Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon so I do know what to expect. With last year’s success, it seemed like there were more participants this year, especially since the 10K Remix challenge was also introduced this year. With a perfect gloomy drizzly weather, the 2015 Vancouver Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon was truly a fun experience and, in fact, I’ve already signed up for next year!
Course: I am very familiar with the route as my running group usually run bits and pieces of this course so having that familiarity is a very big advantage for me, mentally, that is. With a combination of residences, community, industrial and scenic areas, out of town runners will surely get a best-of-Vancouver during this run (5 out of 5 – yes, because I am a proud Vancouverite!)
Medal: Although two-dimensional unlike last year’s where we had the three dimensional Lions Gate lion, it represents Vancouver better with the orca.
Having ran Portland, Seattle, and now Vancouver, I also received my Cascadia Medal. Aaaand… because I ran a US and a Canadian city, I also received a World Rocker medal! (5 out of 5 even though my neck hurt after having the 3 around my neck for a long period)
Gear: I like the graphic this time, although the shirt colour is the same as Seattle’s. Made by Brooks so the material is good. (4 out of 5 just because of the colour)
Spectators: More people in the community lent their support for the runners this time, with more cheer and adding to the course entertainment, it’s a very welcome improvement.(4 out 5)
Course Entertainment: Way better this time, with more bands and acts playing along the course. There’s a a couple of areas in Stanley Park that needed some livening up, but other than that, good entertainment along the way! (3.5 out of 5)
Expo: This has got to be the quietest Rock ‘N Roll Expo I had ever gone to. We were told that it was very busy the day before but when we were there, it seemed like nobody was doing any races. Not a lot of giveaways and very few interesting booths (2 out of 5)
The VIP Experience: With tons of thanks to Brooks Running (#RunHappy !), we got to access the Brooks VIP toilets and skipped long line ups while being comfy in the temperature controlled room. I was able to use them a couple of times and it was very handy for last minute bio breaks prior to the race. (5 out of 5)
Total distance: 21.1K/ 13.1M
Official time: 2:13 (personal best on a half so far!)
Next up: the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Full Marathon November 15 2015; possibly doing the 5K Remix day prior