Top 5 Spring 10K Races

Spring may officially be here, but there’s still time to register for these popular 10Ks

You know spring has truly sprung when thousands of runners and walkers take to the streets in major urban areas across Canada for one of these five popular spring 10Ks. If you haven’t registered for one of these races yet but you’ve been running or walking regularly (about three times a week with distances up to 8K), there’s still plenty of time to sign up and train.

Times Colonist 10K
Where: Victoria, BC
When: April 24, 2016
The Times Colonist 10K – otherwise known as the TC10K – is Victoria’s largest and most popular run of the year. Close to 10,000 runners and walkers of all levels, from newbies to top elites, hit the out-and-back waterfront course each spring, which travels through historic downtown Victoria, scenic Beacon Hill Park and along the seawall on Dallas Road. There’s also a point-to-point half marathon option that starts at the University of Victoria and travels into town along the same seaside route as the 10K.

Vancouver Sun Run
Where: Vancouver, BC
When: April 17, 2016
If you like big urban runs, you don’t want to miss the annual Vancouver Sun Run—it’s Canada’s largest annual 10K road race, and the second largest timed 10K in the world, typically hosting close to 50,000 runners. Because of the number of participants, the Sun Run has a wave start system, and a walkers division for participants who want to do the 10K distance without a focus on time. The Sun Run course gives runners a scenic tour of the city, beginning in downtown Vancouver and heading out to over the Burrard Street Bridge before heading east along False Creek and finishing in front of BC Place Stadium.

GoodLife Toronto Marathon 10K
Where: Toronto, ON
When: May 1, 2016
Although the 10K is a new addition to the  GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon this year, you can bet on it being a popular event—the Toronto Marathon attracts close to 14,000 participants from 50-plus countries every year to run it’s scenic, fast and mostly downhill marathon course, so runners who aren’t up for the full or half marathon distance will finally get the chance to experience the famous course at a shorter race distance. The 10K is set to start at Aylmer Road and Park Road, winding through speedy sections of scenic Rosedale Valley before finishing finish at Ontario Place—a great backdrop for your post-race photo ops. 

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 10K
Ottawa, ON
When: May 28, 2016
The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is one of Ottawa’s largest running events, attracting over 45,000 participants each year to run the marathon, half marathon and 10K, 5K AND 2K course distances. The 10K race is an IAAF GOLD Label event with a fast, scenic course that starts at Ottawa’s City Hall and takes runners down the famous Rideau Canal, before heading across the Pretoria Bridge to an exciting finish in front a crowd of cheering spectators.

Jugo Juice 10K at the Calgary Marathon Race Weekend
Where: Calgary, AB
When: May 29, 2016
Runners who want to participate in the Calgary Marathon Race Weekend—which attracts up to 25,000 runners every spring—but don’t want to tackle the ultra, full or half marathon distance can sign up to run or walk the Jugo Juice 10K. The 10K route follows a relatively flat course through Calgary on sections of the marathon course, giving runners a chance to experience what it’s like to be a part of Canada’s longest running marathon.

Photo: Vancouver Sun Run




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