Running in the right environment can make all the difference. That’s why many of us have our favorite routes and running spots. Over the coming weeks we’ll be shining a light on the locations around the world that inspire our team. Canadian marathon record-breaker Rachel Cliff is up first.

Olympic-hopeful kicks off our Where I Run series. The Vancouver-native lives to race and in pursuit of her goals she logs some serious milage.
She knows her hometown like the back of her hand, so who better to tell us all about all the hidden gems and best running routes that Vancouver has to offer?

 

Hey Rachel, first off, why do you run?

“I get asked this a lot and I realize it boils down to one simple reason: I love it. I love being outside, exploring different routes and pushing myself.”

 

Where is your favorite place to run? 

Both iconic in Vancouver.They have massive trees, soft surface trails, and you can run for over an hour without crossing your own path. Despite Vancouver being one of the biggest cities in Canada, we’re fortunate to have a lot of green space.

What is it about Canada and Vancouver that’s great for running? 

Canadians value nature, activity and being outside. We’re an outdoorsy nation and I feel our city designs reflect this. I’ve never been to a Canadian city where I haven’t been able to find a nice running route.

Are there any places or routes you’d recommend to run while in Vancouver?If you’ve never done it, running around the Vancouver Sea Wall is a must.

 

Canada is very seasonal, do you change your routes based on the time of year?

 

Luckily Vancouver is temperate so I don’t have to modify much. But if it’s super hot or very rainy I’ll run in the forest for some added protection.

We don’t get a lot of snow in Vancouver, but when it comes I may move to the treadmill. But even the cities where it does snow seem to plow their routes, so you can be active all year round.