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Bucket-list Runs

THREE OVERSEAS EVENTS WORTHY OF ANY RUNNER’S ATTENTION

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VANCOUVER SUN RUN

Recommended by Gord Fisher

Vancouver, the stunning seaside city at the southwest corner of British Columbia, has a reputation for a healthconscious and outdoors-oriented citizenry. It’s the kind of place where people don’t watch things, they do things.

Given its proximity to wonderful natural amenities, it’s pretty easy to enjoy the outdoors. But back in the early 1980s, a few Vancouverites thought they could do a little better.

“It was 1984, and at the time I was assistant managing editor of the Vancouver Sun [the largest newspaper in Vancouver],” Gord Fisher recalls. “Three former Olympians—Ken Elmer, Dr. Doug [Clement], and Diane Clement—along with Dr Jack Taunton, who’s known as British Columbia’s ‘father of running’, came to the paper with the idea of a run. Their objectives were centered on raising the profile and funding of local elite runners, with a focus on health and community, all to be celebrated under the umbrella of a 10K event.

“I still remember that first run in 1985 very well. We had 3,500 participants. At the time, we thought it was a phenomenal turnout. We were in awe of its success. A few years back, the participation level hit 50,000.” (The Sun Run is now the second-largest timed 10K in the world.) To this day, the Vancouver Sun Run subscribes to its initial mission: to be Canada’s leading and most influential 10K race, inspiring healthy, active lifestyles for people of all ages and fitness levels. (The likelihood of seeing the sun as you run in Vancouver in late April is fairly low; weather statistics suggest 90% cloudiness for April.)

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The June issue of Men’s Running is all about pushing your limits to become the best runner you can be. Whether that’s learning to love ultra-long distances—with the help of GB 24hr runner Robbie Britton—finding inspiration from the likes of hard-as-nails runners Damian Hall or Scott Jurek, or discovering what it takes to become a world champion, our strapline ‘read this, run better’ has rarely felt so apt. Elsewhere, you can find out whether four months of hard training paid off for our Big Marathon Challenge runners, heed some must-know hydration lessons, find out what it’s like to run an ultramarathon in the Arctic, and learn about the virtual running app attempting to transform the tedium of the treadmill. All that, plus our usual Best in Test kit reviews: this month, we turn our attention to the latest top tech for data-driven runners.