Vancouver’s got a lot of great beaches to stare at while running, most of which you can see while running the BMO Vancouver Marathon. The First-Second-Third route is a modified version of our Second Beach 13k route which links the Cambie Running Room to the West End’s big three beaches: English Bay Beach, Second Beach and Third Beach. Like the original route, First-Second-Third has a 13- and 16-kilometre option but this version follows nearly 4 to just over 5 continuous kilometres of the current marathon route from the Kitsilano side of Burrard Bridge to Second Beach Pool (13k option) or the far end of Third Beach (16k).
13k option — run path clockwise around the pool to the concession
16k option — continue past pool and follow path to far end of Third Beach and turn around — run back to Second Beach Pool concession
from Second Beach, continue on path past the Inukshuk and follow path closest to the water until just before you pass under the Cambie Bridge — at the park just before the bridge veer LEFT to Marinaside Crescent and make your way toward the spiral ramp up to the east deck of the Cambie Bridge — cross the bridge southbound and back to the store.
Incidentally, English Bay Beach is First Beach. I asked my wife, a life-long Vancouverite, if English Bay Beach was ever called First Beach and she replied that the first beach, doesn’t need to be called First Beach. Of course.