The SeaWheeze Half Marathon: Run, Play, and Explore Vancouver

Extremely hot or humid temps plague many places across the states, which makes running hard and sometimes unenjoyable. But in Vancouver, Canada, the temperature in August is about 70 degrees, according to the Vancouver tourism website. Seventy degrees seems like the perfect running temperature, right? And that's one of the many reasons lululemon hosts their inaugural half marathon, the SeaWheeze?, in the scenic "Hollywood North."

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The SeaWheeze? Half Marathon is the ultimate yoga, run and party weekend getaway. "The Vancouver Olympics really inspired us at lululemon, to create an event that can bring that same sort of spirit to Vancouver," says Race Director Allison Forsyth.

The half marathon is not your typical race. It's a weekend experience. Lululemon's team sat down and went through every race they've ever done and looked at the pros and cons. After the team discovered what they liked and didn't like, they came up with a half marathon that's unparalleled to any other race.

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"What can we do to make it fun was the ultimate quest for us," says Forsyth. "We want the race to last longer than a couple hours. That's why we made it a whole weekend of fun. The day before the race one of our local ambassadors will lead you through a yoga class. Following the run is a beach sunset yoga class, which is just going to be spectacular. Yoga on the beach...after a race, it's just fantastic."

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The course is designed to show off all that Vancouver has to offer. The start line is at Vancouver's convention center. From there you run downtown to lululemon's headquarters and the original lululemon store. "We just had to have everyone run by our offices. Everyone who works here will be outside cheering everyone on," says Forsyth. Continue on to Seawall, which wraps around the beautiful and famous Stanley Park.  "Runners will experience art, culture and gorgeous ocean views in 13.1 miles. We are showing everyone what Vancouver is and its great environment," Forsyth says.

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And because The SeaWheeze? is on Saturday, August 11 there's plenty of time for you to enjoy Vancouver afterwards. Forsyth says, "You know, I get asked all the time, "Why on Saturday?" And it's really simple; people like to party on a Saturday, not Sunday. So you can run a half marathon, enjoy exploring Vancouver, do our sunset yoga, and go out to enjoy the nightlife. You don't need to run to the airport to catch your flight."

Besides making this half marathon a destination race, there are other factors that make this event unique. "We really paid attention to detail, based on other runner's opinions. Just a couple examples are: there's going to be a great number of porta-potties along the course and at the lineup. And there are no race-bibs. Why ruin one of your shirts with safety pins? Instead we're using wrist bands for your number," says Forsyth.

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Lululemon also created an exclusive line that will only be sold at the SeaWheeze? store.  "The exclusive line is really great, we offer fun colors and will only be at the race. Products won't be sold online or at other locations, but the products are great," says Forsyth. "This is a one-of-a-kind experience. We pay attention to detail, offer an app to help you prepare and it's a unique way to explore Vancouver. "

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Fara Rosenzweig

Fara Rosenzweig is the Lifestyle Editor for Active.com. She is a fitness fanatic, yogi and runner who loves to try new activities. Follow Fara on Google+ or twitter @FJRose.

Fara Rosenzweig is the Lifestyle Editor for Active.com. She is a fitness fanatic, yogi and runner who loves to try new activities. Follow Fara on Google+ or twitter @FJRose.

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