Oval the Rainbow 26k

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

“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.

Oval the Rainbow 26k map

Turn-by-Turn Directions:
WEST on 7th — LEFT on Heather St — RIGHT on 37th Ave — LEFT on Willow St — LEFT on 46th Ave — RIGHT on Tisdall St — RIGHT on 49th Ave — LEFT on Heather — cross SW Marine and rejoin Heather — LEFT on W Kent Ave — RIGHT at Ash onto Canada Line Bikeway Bridge SOUTH to Richmond — cross River Dr and go SOUTH on Van Horne Way — LEFT on Smith St — RIGHT on Beckwith Rd — LEFT on No 3 Rd — RIGHT on Capstan Way — LEFT on River Rd veering up onto the Middle Arm Waterfront Trail at Cambie Rd — follow trail to Olympic Oval and turn around following same route back over Bikeway Bridge — from the north end of the bridge go NORTH on Cambie — RIGHT on 63rd — LEFT on Ontario — LEFT on 7th

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).

For more info, check out the City of Richmond’s trail system map and the City of Vancouver’s bike route map.

Yes, the song lyrics are from Over the Rainbow sung by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz.

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