Run Day Schedule
|7:00–8:00am||Baggage Check & Packet Pickup are Open|
|8:30am||Eastside 10k Starts|
Subject to change before Event Day
Runners' Packet Pickup & Late Registration
Pick up your race number, timing tag and T-shirt at:
- Queen Elizabeth Theatre — Plaza (access off Georgia) — 648 Hamilton Street
11:30am–6:30pm, Friday September 16, 2016
IMPORTANT! Please bring a printout of your registration email confirmation OR a piece of photo ID to packet pickup.
Run Day Packet Pickup (NO Race Day new entries)
- 599 Cambie Street — look for us at the Parking Garage for VCC (Vancouver Community College), along with Bag Check.
7:00–8:00am Saturday September 17, Race Day!
Picking Up For a Friend
If you have someone picking up your packet for you they will require a copy of your email confirmation and a one-liner that states this person has permission to pick up your kit for you.
If you no longer have a copy of your email confirmation, make sure your name is listed on the confirmation list and then the only thing the person will require is the one-liner that states that you give them permission to pick up your kit for you.
There is NO GROUP PACKET PICKUP — you MUST PICKUP INDIVIDUALLY
In May 2013 we moved to individual packet pickup policy, following the examples of the Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon and New York Marathon.
You will be allowed to pick up your own bib and a maximum of 3 other bibs. To do this you must have:
- Signed copies of the confirmations for those three other bibs. Email confirmations are sent out the Thursday prior to the event.
This policy was highlighted in the BULK/GROUP registration form, was an agreed check box on the form, and was in the confirmation email you received at the time of registration.
Why we do this?
- Event Security — We need to take steps to ensure that the person who registered for the event is the person with the bib number. That way we can be assured that the person who is wearing the bib is that person, in medical situations and police operations.
- Data Privacy — Each registration has associated with it private details, such as date of birth and emergency contact. We are not allowed to share this information beyond the person whose name is associated with that bib number.
- Data Accuracy — If you run with another person's bib, you assume their details. i.e. if I, as a 40 year old, ran with a 90 year old person's bib, I would most likely win that age category. And that result cascades through the timing results, ruining other people's participation in the event.
We strongly suggest that all participants take responsibility for picking up their own individual packets.
Not only will this reduce your stress, but it will help ensure there are no errors in your registration data, that you have the correct shirt / bib number, and are all set for race day! Visit us at the Packet Pick Up and help support our sponsors that are helping to make the event day possible.
Any bibs not picked up at the expo will be transferred to the start line on race day.
Mylaps BIBTAG Timing System
Vancouver Eastside 10k will use the Mylaps BIBTAG Timing system. This means you only have to pick up your BIB at packet-pick-up/registration; this timing chip is embedded in your bib number. On race day, you should wear your bib #/BIBTAG on the front of your shirt or jacket. For optimum performance DO NOT bend, fold or mutilate your bibtag! And remember, now it's "NO BIB = NO TIME!"
BibTag Instructions — READ CAREFULLY
Your timing chip or "bibTag" is placed on the back of your race bib. It must be correctly worn for your race time to be accurately captured.
- Do not remove the "bibTag" or foam spacer from your bib.
- Do not fold your bib or excessively bend or twist the "bibTag".
- Wear your bib on your chest/abdomen. Do not wear on your back, side, leg or arm.
All participants receive a technical souvenir shirt with their registration. Details and sizing charts can be found here.
Getting to the Start & Parking
Printable Start/Finish Map (300 KB)
The run will start and finish on Dunsmuir Street, near the Stadium / Chinatown Skytrain Station.
The best way to get to the Start Area is to take public transit. To plan your trip, click here.
The second best way to get there is to bike, as BEST will be providing a complimentary and secure Bike Valet right beside the Start/Finish Line.
If you choose to drive to the event, we recommend parking in the EasyPark lot at Georgia and Cambie.
A reminder that road closures will be in effect for the event, so please leave extra travel time. Recommended routes into Downtown are Hastings Street, Georgia Street, and Cambie Street Bridge.
Baggage Check ($2 per bag)
You are strongly urged to check your bag early and leave yourself time to move to the starting line.
There will be a $2 fee for baggage check, with proceeds going to our highest fundraising Partner Charity.
- Start Corrals
- Course Description & Map
- Course Restrictions
- Aid Stations
- Finish Line
There will be starting corrals marked on your bib and signage at the starting line (see map in previous section). Corrals are self seeding and you should line yourself up according to your finish time. If you feel that you need to change your corral, don't worry, just line up closer to the start line. You do NOT need to have your corral changed in your timing or on your bib, the corrals are self-seeding and self-policed. Age category awards are based on Chip Time (from when you start to when you finish), but Overall awards are based on Gun Time (from the start of all runners, to when you finish) as per IAAF rules.
Corrals will be marked as ELITE (Bibs 1-50), RED sub 50m, YELLOW 50m to 58m, BLUE 58m to 66m, GREEN 66m +.
10k Course Description & Map
From Start Area, runners head east along the Viaduct, continuing along Prior St until Campbell Ave. Runners take Campbell Ave north to Union St, Union east to Raymur Ave, then Raymur north to Cordova St. Following Cordova west, runners take Hawks Ave to Alexander St and follow Alexander, continuing along Water St. A left turn onto Cordova St takes runners back east towards Carrall St, where they head north to Powell St before taking Powell east to Heatley. Heading north on Heatley, runners then return to the finish via Alexander, Hawks, Cordova, Raymur, Prior, and the Dunsmuir Viaduct.
The 10k course is marked every kilometre, only in kilometres.
The City of Vancouver has a 2 hour time limit on the road closures for the Eastside 10k. The course will reopen to traffic based on a rolling schedule, based on a 2 hour finishing time or 12 minute pace per kilometre. Please do not enter the 10k if you are unable to meet the time restriction. Slower runners and walkers are asked to start at the back of the event.
Entrants in the 10k should be able to maintain a 12 minute per kilometre (19m12s per mile) pace for the duration of the distance. If you decide to continue the event past the time limit, you do so as an informed pedestrian, following all rules of the road and not as a part of the event. No road closure will be in place, nor may any aid still be available after the time deadline has passed. Aid stations along the route will close according to this pace and their location on the course (i.e. Aid at 5km point will close 1 hour from the start of the race). The finish line of the event will officially remain open for 2 hours.
Under no circumstance may participants be on the course before the official start time. Beginning before the official start will result in disqualification. Any person on the course prior to the official start is not considered as part of the event.
No wheels, other than registered racing chair athletes, are permitted on the 10k course, due to safety and insurance reasons. No coaches, hand cycles, bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers, strollers or dogs are allowed on the 10k course, and may be removed from the event at any time and may be held liable for any incidents resulting. The course is limited to registered participants only. Each participant is required to wear the identifying bib number on their front. Disqualification may result from non-compliance with any of the above terms.
Four water stations are located on route at the 3km, 4.5km, 5.5km, and 7km marks. Water and Gatorade will be available at each station; plus areas at the Start and Finish lines.
Port-o-lets will be located at the Start and Finish Areas and on course near the Aid Stations.
Trained medical personnel will be located at the Start/Finish Area. In addition to this stationary team, other medical personnel will be roving the course by vehicle and bicycle.
If you require medical assistance along the course, please head to the closest Aid Station and the medical team will be called to assist you there.
In the event that you need to drop out of the event, we again request that you inform the medical team or the closest Aid Station so that they may pass this information on to the Finish Line.
The Finish Line for the 10k is located on Dunsmuir Street at Beatty Street.
Google Map of Area
All runners are reminded to keep moving through the Finish Chute, heading towards the Party and Refreshment Area.
Run Hotel HQ
We're proud to be working with Delta Vancouver Suites, as our Official Run Headquarters.
Our all-suite hotel in downtown Vancouver puts you at the heart of the city's plentiful entertainment, business and transportation offerings. The property lies a block from the Canada Line rail system and within walking distance of art galleries, theatres, Stanley Park, Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium. Perfect for business travellers, our hotel is also minutes from the Vancouver Convention Centre, the city's central business district and government offices. Enjoy shopping the Granville Street mall and Robson Street or take in the vibrant dining scene and nightlife of Gastown and Yaletown.
Special Run rates for the 2016 Vancouver Eastside 10k of just $175.
Runners can also make reservations by contacting in-house Reservations directly at either 604-689-8188 or 1-888-663-8811 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our Global Reservations Office at 1-800-268-1133.
Callers must mention the group block name "Eastside 10k" to ensure they receive the special rate and are included in the guest suite block.
Booking Deadline: August 15
Finish Area Entertainment
An announcer will call out runners coming across the Finish Line. Music and entertainment be on site in the Party Area, providing entertainment to participants and spectators. Awards will be presented after the run.
Finish Area Refreshments
Water, Gatorade, and a variety of snacks will be available to participants in the Party Area. For those interested in a post-run meal or beverage, several restaurants are located just steps from the Finish Line.
2016 Finisher's "Dog Tag" Medal
Featuring the iconic "W" of the Woodward's Building, located on Cordova Street. The original building was constructed in 1903, and this replica of the original neon sign is still a distinctive landmark on the Eastside's skyline. Click image to enlarge.
Customize your Vancouver Eastside 10k medal with your very own name and finishing time! Pre-order your engraved iTab online on our registration page or here if you've already registered. On completion of the Race, you will receive your iTaB by mail, which fits neatly into a recess on your Medal.
Details on Awards can be found here.
Photos will be posted as quickly as possible after the event. Details and galleries can be found here.
See community notice (1.6 MB)
Vancouver Eastside 10k follows guidelines provided by the Council for Responsible Sport. Some goals in 2015 are:
- All discarded clothing from Start Area is collected and donated to shelter programs
- Surplus food remaining after the event is donated to local food banks
- Proximity to transit reduces single occupancy vehicle trips
- Water conservation methods are used on course and at Finish Area
- Marketing materials are printed using biodegradable inks on FSC certified paper
- Over 50% of provided food is locally produced, all is purchased locally
Help us Run Green by following these tips:
- Only take what you need — a lot of uneaten food is thrown away at events.
- This applies to the water stations too — only take a cup if you need a drink.
- Bring a reusable water bottle.
- Recycle, recycle, recycle! Clearly labelled recycling stations will be located on the route and in the finish area. They will be supervised by friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. Take all your waste and recycling to these stations — don't litter on the course!
- Don't forget to recycle all items that you take home from the event. All materials are compostable or recyclable! If you're unsure simply ask our volunteers before you leave!
- Bring your small hard-to-recycle items from home for recycling. Green Chair are offering all runners and spectators free recycling for batteries, cell phones, small electronics and lightbulbs.
- Check your registration information carefully; if a correction needs to be made, contact at least 2 weeks prior to the event date. After this date, please see the Help Desk at packet pickup to make the correction.
- Read the emails you have been sent from the Canada Running Series. Many of your questions will be answered.
- All participants have a collective responsibility to keep the event safe and enjoyable for everyone involved.
- Arrive early on race day, especially if you are picking up your race package. Remember that there are thousands of people going through the same process: parking, baggage check, bathroom, etc.
- For the safety of all participants, baby backpacks, skateboards, roller blades, animals and unauthorized bicycles and wheeled devices are not permitted in any of the Canada Running Series races. You will NOT be permitted to start the race.
- Pin your race bib on your front so it is visible for race officials and photographers.
- Age category prizing is awarded based on Chip Time. If you are racing for an age category award, ensure you are assigned to the RED start corral. Corral changes can be done via email to at least 2 weeks prior or at the Help Desk during packet pickup or on race day.
- Say “Thank you” to as many volunteers as possible.
- Line up in your assigned corral based on how fast you plan to run or walk the event. Slower participants should position themselves at the back of the corral.
- If you need to shed layers of clothing at the start of the race, tie them around your waist or put them on the side of the road where no one will trip over them. If you drop your clothing, don't expect to get it back. We will collect all discarded clothing and donate it to charity.
- Run or walk no more than two abreast.
- If you are walking in a group, stay to the back of the pack and walk two abreast.
- If you want to pass someone, say “excuse me” or “on your left” and pass on the left.
- If you hear someone say “excuse me” or “on your left”, move to the right and allow the person to pass without blocking their effort.
- If you need to stop for any reason (tie your shoe, stretch, etc.), put your hand up to alert those behind you and move to the side of the road.
- Yield the right of way to all police and emergency vehicles. Yield the course to wheelchair athletes, as you can change direction or stop more quickly than they can (especially on a downhill).
- If you are wearing headphones, please keep them at a low volume so you can hear instructions from race officials and/or emergency personnel.
- Bodily functions are a fact of life. If you need to spit, blow your nose, etc., move to the side of the road and do it there.
- Don't put loose change in your jacket pocket — it is very distracting for other runners around you.
Aid Station Etiquette
- When approaching a hydration station, move to the side of the road, grab your fluid/nutritional needs and keep moving. There will be multiple hydration tables so if the first table is busy KEEP MOVING.
- Throw your used cup to the side of the road as close to the hydration station as possible. Drop your cup down by your waist so you don't hit/splash another participant.
- If you plan to stop at the aid station, move past the tables and pull off to the side of the road.
- If you see someone in distress on the course, report their bib number to the aid station and let them know where you saw them (if it is serious, consider staying with the person).
Finish Line Etiquette
- As you approach the finish line, if you are listening to something on your headphones, please turn it off so that you can hear the instructions through the finish chute.
- Follow the instructions of the race officials in the finish chute.
- The course and finish area are closed for registered participants only. Please DO NOT bring your friends, family and/or children through the finish chute with you.
- Once you have crossed the finish line be considerate of those behind you and keep moving forward until you exit the finish chute.
- Plan to meet family and friends outside the finish chute at a pre-determined location. The finish area is a very busy place, choose a specific location to meet (friends & family area, specific sponsor tent, etc.). Do NOT plan to meet them within the finish chute, you will be asked to move along.
BC Athletics — Road Race Etiquette Guidelines