One of my favourite runs when I took Angela Longley’s marathon clinic at the Broadway Running Room in 2004 was the New West Run. The run itself was an adventure — highlighted by our running group plucking a suicidal woman off the guardrail on the Burrard Bridge — and sitting down for a beer and a plate of eggs at the New West Quay and swapping stories was a great way to cap off a memorable 30k run before taking the SkyTrain back home.
The route includes some nice climbs along the Adanac bike route and up Slocan to 29th Avenue where it joins the BC Parkway along the SkyTrain route to New Westminster. Runners are rewarded for their efforts on the morning’s climbs with a steady and very runnable downhill on the BC Parkway from Burnaby to New West.
Here is the narrative:
NOTE: If you ever get the chance to run it with him, be sure to ask Jerry Kroll about the homeless guy in Grimstone Park!
UPDATE: Speaking of Grimstone Park, it looks like the crosswalk that used to get us across Stewardson Way just below the park has vanished and been replaced by a long line of large concrete barriers. One could tempt fate and cut across a little further down or just continue along 6th Avenue to Sharpe Street and head downhill to a crosswalk at 5th Avenue, or keep climbing further up 6th to Thirteenth Street and take it down to the intersection at 3rd Avenue which crosses Stewardson Way to become the Quayside overpass.
FURTHER UPDATE: There is a now an overpass at the foot of 22nd Street to safely cross over Stewardson Way. It is included in the New West Run 32k route.