When Greg asks for a Christmas-themed 23k route for our long run on December 23, you don’t ask how. You ask, ho ho ho high!
Starting across the street from the Running Room at Cambie and 7th Avenue, the Cambie Claus route dashes through the snow on either side of the Cambie Corridor. Unless you’ve got Rudolph guiding your sleigh tonight, you will definitely require a map. Print the PDF or use the RunGo download and let Craig Slagel’s sultry robot guide you on your way through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest and past the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops.
There aren’t many risky road crossings, but take care crossing Cambie at 26th Avenue.
There are two turns that might be easy to miss. When heading north on Ash Street after crossing 12th Avenue and passing City Square Mall on your right, look for the crosswalk and take the path to the left. It’s a wide paved walkway that narrows to a sidewalk next to a glorified laneway that is technically 11th Avenue. This loop creates Santa’s right eye. Later on, don’t miss the turn at Manitoba and 16th Avenue. Again, look for the crosswalk and follow the path north from Manitoba into Mount Pleasant Park and through the parking lot to rejoin Manitoba Street on the other side. Don’t miss this turn or you’ll mess up Santa’s moustache!
Cambie Claus 23k
NORTH on east side of Cambie St at 7th Ave — veer RIGHT on 2nd Ave — RIGHT on 4th Ave — RIGHT on Quebec St — LEFT on 5th Ave — RIGHT at the lane before Main St — LEFT on 6th Ave — RIGHT on Main St — fork LEFT on west side of Kingsway — RIGHT on Sophia St — RIGHT on 16th Ave — LEFT on Watson St — LEFT on 18th Ave — LEFT on Prince Edward St — LEFT on 16th — RIGHT on Main — LEFT on 14th Ave — RIGHT on Quebec — LEFT on 13th Ave — LEFT on Columbia St — RIGHT on 14th Ave — RIGHT on Ash St — after passing City Square on the right, turn LEFT on pathway across the street — LEFT on Heather St — LEFT on 12th Ave — LEFT on Alberta St — LEFT on 11th Ave — LEFT on Yukon St — RIGHT on 14th — quick dogleg LEFT at Heather and RIGHT on 14th — RIGHT on Willow St — LEFT on 13th — LEFT on Laurel St — LEFT on 16th — RIGHT on Willow — LEFT on 17th — LEFT on west side of Cambie — cross 16th — RIGHT on east side of Cambie — LEFT on 17th — RIGHT on Yukon — RIGHT on 18th — RIGHT on Ash — RIGHT on 17th — LEFT on Columbia — RIGHT on 16th — LEFT at Manitoba and NORTH on path on west side of Mt Pleasant Park next to Simon Fraser Elementary School, through parking lot onto Manitoba — RIGHT on 13th — RIGHT on Quebec — dogleg LEFT at 18th and RIGHT on Quebec — RIGHT as Quebec bends right to become 23rd Ave — LEFT on Ontario — RIGHT on King Edward Ave — LEFT on Manitoba — RIGHT on 26th Ave — cross Cambie Blvd carefully and continue on 26th — RIGHT on Willow — LEFT on King Ed — RIGHT on Laurel — LEFT on 23rd — RIGHT Oak St — RIGHT on 13th — LEFT on Laurel — LEFT on 12th — RIGHT on Oak — RIGHT on 7th — LEFT on Laurel — RIGHT on 6th — follow 6th under Cambie Bridge to 2nd — RIGHT on east side of Cambie at the police station — LEFT on 6th — RIGHT on Manitoba — LEFT on 7th — RIGHT on Ontario — LEFT on 8th — RIGHT on Quebec — RIGHT on 12th — RIGHT on Ontario — LEFT on 10th Ave — RIGHT on Columbia — LEFT on Broadway — LEFT on Willow — RIGHT on 10th — LEFT on Laurel — RIGHT on 12th — RIGHT on Oak — RIGHT on 7th — LEFT on Laurel — RIGHT on 6th — RIGHT on west side on Cambie to 7th