“Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, there’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby….”
Judy Garland wasn’t singing about Richmond, BC, but you will be after going Oval the Rainbow. This 26k out-and-back route from the Cambie Running Room to the Olympic Oval in Richmond is a revamped version of the Oval the Rainbow route I did six years ago with my Broadway Running Room marathon clinic when presented with the problem of how to get in a 26-kilometre run and celebrate Pride Weekend without encountering Pride Weekend crowds in Vancouver. With Pride Weekend upon us, we’re following a slightly different yellow brick road south again to Richmond and going Oval the Rainbow.
There are a few water stops along the way, but be forewarned that as great as the Oval is, it may not be easy to find water there. Grab water at Middle Arm Waterfront Park about a kilometre before the Oval (and yes, since this section is an out-and-back, about a kilometre after the Oval as well).
Yes, the song lyrics are from Over the Rainbow sung by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz.