Vancouver Pride Sports Day + annual Pride Run/Walk 2017

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 was the annual Vancouver Pride Run and Walk hosted by the Vancouver Frontrunners and the first annual Vancouver Pride Sports Day. Taking place at an exciting new venue for the Pride Society at the park at Second Beach. We loved the location. Super easy to walk, bike and drive. Close to the sea wall and the Run/Walk included the iconic views of Vancouver’s downtown and Coal Harbour.

What was exciting about this year’s Pride Sports Day that was different from previous years was the engagement of the various sports organizations including the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Pride Run/Walk emceed by Vancouver’s megamouthmedia, Barb Snelgrove with the assistance from SPIKE – the Whitecaps’ mascot. This year we had special greetings from Canada’s Prime Minister delivered by the Vancouver City Centre MP, Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry.

The Westend MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert also gave a welcome message from BC’s new Premier John Horgan. Sharing with the audience the work that he and his colleagues have worked hard in defending and enshrining Trans Equality in British Columbia.

The Vancouver Pride Run/Walk recorded 302 people cross the finish line, which is similar to previous years. However, direct donations for the charity run/walk was almost double from last year raising $8,655. The running club will have a few more donations come in as well as their final tally on registration which will also benefit their two benefactors: LOUD Youth Scholarship fund and the Pride Legacy Awards.

The Vancouver Frontrunner’s Pride Run/Walk is one of the few races which allow for Gender Variant. This year they had 5 people register in this non binary category. As sports and races like this become safer and more inclusive for Trans participants we will surely see more registering in future years.

This year the warm up was done by David Chacon from Health Initiative for Men. David was the perfect choice to get the runners and walkers excited to hit the sea wall so early in the morning.

Winners of the Pride Run

1st Place 10km Male – Christopher Piche – 37.41
Runner Up 10km Male – Paul Willinsky – 37.52

1st Place 10km Female – Regina Tam – 42.26
Runner up – Mina Myong – 43.17

1st Place Gender Variant – Jennifer Ceren – 42.25

1st Place – Each took home a pair of Brooks Running Shoes + 1 ticket to Whistler Pride’s Snowball26
Runner Up – Each took home $50 from the Running Room

1st Place 5km Male – Reinier Nagel – 17.52
Runner Up 5km Male – Michael Taylor – 19.07

1st Place 5km Female – Melanie Clement – 19.58
Runner up – Rebeca Sim – 22.35

1st Place Gender Variant – Michela Toscano – 24.39
Runner Up – Sophia Stivanakis – 24.52

1st Place – Each took home $50 to the Running Room + 1 Snowball ticket
Runner Up – $25 to the Running Room

Top Fundraisers:

Michael Frolick – $1,300 – Trip for 2 to Mexico
Ben Van Exan – $1,125 – Two Night stay + Spa Package at Kingfisher Ocean Side Resort and Spa
Ed Sparks – $950 – 40 inch TV

Other prizes included:

$50 to India Bistro and 5 tickets VQFF for fastest 10km and 5km teams
$75 to WhiteSpot for the best-dressed team
Door prizes included:
2x 4 seats to a WhiteCaps match
$50 India Bistro gift certs
Hello Fresh recipe box of ingredients
1 pair of Brooks Runners

Pride Sports Day:

This year’s pride sports day included the Whitecaps (pro soccer MLS), Canucks (pro hockey NHL), Lions (pro football CFL), Curl BC, Tennis BC and various queer sports leagues including the English Bay Swim Club, VGVA – Vancouver Gay Volleyball, Cutting Edges gay hockey, Equal Play, Right to Play and many more!

Besides all of the sports, of course Vancouver Pride Sports Day included a beer garden with a stunning view of Second Beach. All in all it was a fantastic day out in the city and the perfect launch of Summer Pride in Vancouver. For more information on what else you can expect visit

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