Rob’s Run to Hell and Back

North Vancouver is a runner's paradise but strange things happen when you do things in reverse...

Hell and Back 30k route map

Twenty years ago the Vancouver Marathon course was a clockwise loop which followed the Lions Gate Bridge across the First Narrows of Burrard Inlet to North Vancouver and then returned to Vancouver over the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge across the Second Narrows. In all the years we’ve run variations of this route it never occurred to me to run it in reverse until this week when former marathon clinic instructor Rob McConachie suggested it.

North Vancouver is anything but hell — to the contrary, with its abundant, world-class trail system, the North Shore is a running paradise — but strange things happen when you do things in reverse. With that in mind, Rob’s Run to Hell and Back was born.

Public washrooms are few and far between on this route, but apparently big chain coffee shops aren’t… wink, wink.

To top out at 32k and hit one or two more coffee shops, take Cornwall off the Burrard Bridge and add the Kits Point road loop around to Whyte Avenue and follow it back under the bridge to Creekside and back up Fir to Broadway.

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