“First Half” Half Marathon

Marathon Registration is now open!

The 30th Annual First Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, February 10 and proceeds are donated to Variety – the Children’s Charity.

First Half Half Marathon is a fast, fun and scenic race held in Vancouver. This 13.1 mile (21.1 km) route goes out on the Seawall to English Bay through Stanley Park and back again. The course is marked at every mile and at halfway. Water and sports performance drinks will be available at 4 locations along the route between the 2 and 11-mile markers as well as at the finish. First Aid will be located along the course and at the finish line.

The fee for the 2019 edition of the “First Half” Half Marathon is $70 Canadian plus tax.

Awards presentation and draw prizes begin at 11:45 am at The Roundhouse Community Centre.

Cash prizes go to the top men and women overall ($800, $500, $300, $200, $100).1st half Marathon Logo

  • Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • The fee for the 2019 edition of the "First Half" Half Marathon is $70 Canadian plus tax.
    Distance: 21.1km
    Time: 8:30 am sharp!

  • Register Today

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Dear Variety Family,

During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our Variety donors, families, members, supporters, volunteers and all British Columbians.

Variety BC has been here for more than 50 years ensuring kids with special needs thrive. I would like to assure you that during this uncertain time, we will continue to be here for BC’s kids with special needs.

I also would like to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward:

  • In keeping with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations, we will be postponing all Variety events between March 16th and April 30th including our One Night in the Valley Gala on Saturday, April 4th at the Glass House Estate Winery
  • We have closed the Variety Office as a precautionary measure and are having employees set up to work-from-home. All in-person meetings will be moved to teleconference. We will evaluate working “virtually” on a week-to-week basis while actively monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and returning to regular operating procedures once health authorities deem it safe for our staff to do so.
  • Due to our office closure, we have postponed the shipping of Robert Bateman’s Woodworkers – Pilated Woodpeckers posters and our Variety water bottles. Anyone looking for tax receipts will receive them via email
  • With the closure of BC’s schools, the need to ensure our kids are supported has never been so great. As such, our Heart of Variety Fund will continue to accept grant accept applications by e-mail.
    Like all of you, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with you on important health and safety measures and decisions regarding events regularly.

We encourage you to stay informed by visiting BC Centre for Disease Control’s website at www.bccdc.ca and the Government of Canada’s website at www.canada.ca/en/publichealth/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

We are grateful for your support as we navigate through this uncertain time.

Thank you,

Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC