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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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