Bucket List Race: SeaWheeze Lululemon Half Marathon

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Update: I’m very happy to announce that I was lucky enough to secure one of the 10,000 highly coveted spots in SeaWheeze 2016. I can’t wait to yoga.run.party with you, Vancouver!

Even though my fall race is still five weeks away, I’m already thinking about what I’ll be training for next. My fellow runners will understand this mentality; it’s just how we function. Next distance, next goal, next destination—the runner’s journey is a never-ending one, perhaps explained best by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, who famously said, “There is no finish line.”

What’s next for me? Well, I’m planning to train for a full marathon this winter—probably the local GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon, though I haven’t fully decided yet. But the next big item on my running bucket list is definitely the SeaWheeze Lululemon Half Marathon in Vancouver. It’s not happening again until August 13, 2016, but the first-come, first-serve registration opens tomorrow, Sept. 16 at 10am PDT (that’s 1pm for us Ontarians). If I want to run it, I have no choice but to plan a year ahead.

There is no finish line

Photo courtesy Nike Toronto

SeaWheeze, the only event of its kind held by Lululemon, will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2016, and the 10,000 or so spots are sure to sell out in minutes (last year it took just 35). So mark your calendars and get your credit cards ready if you’re hoping to join the fun next year.

You might be wondering why I want to fly all the way from Toronto to Vancouver to run a half marathon, and the answer is pretty simple: The event’s tagline is “Yoga. Run. Party.” Enough said, right? The Lululemon event masterminds have ensured, year after year, that SeaWheeze is so much more than just a race. It’s a super-fun, weekend-long experience that, from what I hear, is well worth travelling cross-country for.

Sunset Festival 2015

Sunset Festival 2015. Photo courtesy Sarah Harvison

For your $128 CAD entry fee (including taxes), here’s what you’ll get:

  • a pair of special-edition SeaWheeze run shorts that are mailed to you in the spring so you can train in them (you even get to pick your style);
  • a SeaWheeze training app;
  • pre-race yoga classes led by some of North America’s best teachers;
  • access to the SeaWheeze pop-up store, full of exclusive race gear;
  • a picturesque 21.1km race route, complete with aid, water and fuelling stations;
  • a delicious post-race brunch; and
  • admission to the celebratory Sunset Festival (a.k.a. the “party”) in Stanley Park, complete with yoga, gourmet food and drinks, swag from local brand partners and live musical performances (band lineup TBA).

At this year’s race, participants also received a special-edition SeaWheeze hat upon crossing the finish line, a gold carrot finisher’s medal and some essential oil roll-ons from the awesome Vancouver brand Saje Natural Wellness.

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SeaWheeze 2015. Photo courtesy Sarah Harvison

I’ve been meaning to take a trip to Vancouver for a while now, so committing to this race is just the thing I need to get some solid plans in motion. One of my best girlfriends has lived out there for the past few years and it would be so great to finally pay her a long overdue visit on the west coast. Judging by her enviable Instagram feed, she’s got the scoop on all the best restaurants, hiking trails and swim spots, not to mention the most breathtaking views.

After all this hype, I really hope I’m able to secure a spot in the race tomorrow. I suggest bookmarking the link to the registration site now, and then start mentally preparing for tomorrow’s race—that is, the race to register. Good luck to all the other SeaWheeze hopefuls! With any luck, I’ll be seeing you on the seawall next summer.

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