Sun Run Running Etiquette Guidelines


To ensure a successful event experience for yourself and others around you, please view our running etiquette – slideshow coming soon.

(Adapted from the BC Athletics Road Race Etiquette Guidelines)

The Vancouver Sun Run is a fun-filled community event and in order for everyone to have an enjoyable and safe experience, consideration of fellow runners, volunteers and race officials is a must.

Here are a few etiquette guidelines for runners to keep in mind and to follow as they participate in this world class event!

  • Read the website, entry form or other race information. All of the race details you need are probably there. Pay particular attention to deadlines – these help race officials and volunteers to better prepare for race day.
  • Don’t block other runners at any time. Slower runners must remain on the right side of the road to allow quicker runners to pass on the left. At aid stations, move to the side if you slow down or stop.
  • Pin your number on the FRONT of your shirt or outermost clothing and keep it visible at all times,and especially at the finish. DO NOT COVER YOUR RACE NUMBER WITH ANY CLOTHING or you will not receive a race time, as the number contains your timing tag. Announcers, photographers, timers and medics use it to help identify you.
  • Stick to the color zone and wave start time that you have been assigned. Do not start the race before your assigned wave start time so as not to impede quicker participants.
  • If you need to walk or slow abruptly during the race, move to the right side of the road first. If you must leave the course, be sure to return to it at the same point as you left it.
  • Exit the finish area as soon as possible, to reduce congestion in the area.
  • Respect entry restrictions. Any means of self-propulsion (rollerblades, skateboards, bicycles, etc.) is not permitted.  Running with dogs or other animals is also not allowed, if in doubt please check with the race organizers first.
  • Pay attention to packet pickup hours. Race packets/numbers are not available outside these guidelines.
  • Carefully check your personal information at packet pickup as it is printed on your number.Before the race is the only time to correct any errors such as age, gender, or misspelling of your name; by visiting the race solutions desk before you leave the Sun Run Fair.
  • Do not run without a number, or run if you did not register. Doing so can cause errors in the recording of times and positions of these legitimately entered. People who do so are called “bandits” or “turkeys”, and may be refused entry into other races.
  • Do not allow another runner to use your number. A person running in your place who is of a different gender or a different age group can lead to errors in the results, and deny legitimate winners of their prizes. Also, in the event of an accident or medical condition, wrong information may have serious consequences. Respect the events’ policy on transferring entries.
  • Visually impaired runners accompanied by a guide should start at the back of the field.
  • The use of portable headphone devices (iPods, MP3 players, CD players, etc.) is discouraged – for your safety and the safety of others. You MUST be aware of your surroundings at all times and this includes being able to hear any verbal warnings/instructions from police/course officials; or the sound of any vehicles and other participants on the course. If you choose to wear a portable headphone device during a race, you do so at your own risk and on your own responsibility.
  • Pacing by a non-participant is not permitted. This includes cyclists riding alongside participants.
  • Aid from any person not involved in the race is not allowed except in emergencies. If you see a person in distress, give aid, or quickly advise a race volunteer.
  • Remember there are other people in the race, be courteous and allow them to have the same experience that you expect – think of others.
  • Respect private property. Use toilets provided by race organizers.
  • Do not stop right at the finish line. Keep moving through the finish area so that others can finish behind you.
  • Only cross the finish line once. And do not cross the finish if you did not complete the full course. Doing otherwise will lead to errors in the results.
  • Be courteous to the volunteers, smile and give them a big thank you as you run by. You have an event to run because of them.
  • Celebrate the winners! Stay for the awards. You may have won a prize yourself, and it is courteous to the organizers and sponsors to be present to receive it.
  • Smile… and have fun!