More than 50,000 participants are expected to take part Sunday in Canada's largest 10-kilometre road race.

The Vancouver Sun Run, now in its 30th year, kicks off at 8:40 a.m. PT as the competitive wheelchair racers leave the starting line at Burrard and Georgia.

The first wave of runners takes off at 9 a.m. PT, with four more waves of mass-departures to follow.

Participants follow a route that skirts the edge of Stanley Park, traces the outline of English Bay, dips across the Burrard Street Bridge into Kitsilano and Fairview, and then finishes back downtown near the south end of the Cambie Street Bridge.

Many roadways along and near the Sun Run route will be closed, some as early as 5 a.m., so check the full list before heading downtown.

TransLink says that extra train, SkyTrain and SeaBus trips are being added to accommodate the expected crowds, and that bus service in Vancouver will operate as per usual Sunday schedules, with detours around the Sun Run route areas.

See below for more information.

2014 Vancouver Sun Run route

Vancouver Sun Run participants follow a course that skirts the edge of Stanley Park, traces the outline of English Bay, dips across the Burrard Street Bridge into Kitsilano and Fairview, and the finishes back downtown near the south end of the Cambie Street Bridge. (VancouverSunRun.com)

2014 Vancouver Sun Run road closures

April 27, 2014

Downtown Vancouver

  • Georgia Street, Seymour to Bute (start area): 5 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Georgia Street, ​Bute to Stanley Park Causeway (including all streets crossing Georgia): 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Lions Gate Bridge – access from Pender Street only: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Howe to Burrard from Dunsmuir to Robson: 5 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Denman Street – Georgia to Robson: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Robson Street – west of Denman to Stanley Park: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Stanley Park & English Bay

  • Beach Avenue (Stanley Park to Hornby Street): 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Stanley Park Drive at North Lagoon Drirve: 6 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Ryan Road at Park Lane/South Lagoon Drive: 6 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Pacific Street from Burrard to Hornby (eastbound lanes): 6 a.m. – 12 noon

False Creek bridges

  • Burrard Street Bridge – closed both northbound and southbound: 8 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Cambie Street Bridge – closed to all northbound traffic: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Kitsilano & south False Creek

  • W 2nd Avenue (Burrard to Fir): 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Fir Street (W 2nd Ave to W 4th Ave): 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon
  • W 4th Avenue/W 6th Avenue (Pine St to Cambie St): 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Cambie Street at W. Broadway (closed to all northbound traffic): 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Northeast False Creek (Finish area & Shaw Mini Sun Run route)

  • Pacific Boulevard, eastbound exit ramp from Cambie Bridge: 5 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Pacific Boulevard, Nelson to Abbott: 5 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Pacific Boulevard, Abbott to Quebec: 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Quebec, Keefer, Abbott and Carrall streets closed to all traffic near Expo Boulevard and Pacific Boulvard: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
  • Expo Boulevard, from Quebec Street to Terry Fox Way: 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Source: VancouverSunRun.com


Transit service changes for Vancouver Sun Run 

SkyTrain

  • Expo and Millennium Lines start service half an hour earlier, with the first train leaving King George Station at 6:38 a.m. and Lougheed Station at 6:45 a.m. Both will also operate "rush hour" level service prior to the start of the race and also in the afternoon.
  • Canada Line will begin service at the regular time of 4:48 a.m. and will also provide increased train frequency for crowds before and after the race.

Coast Mountain buses

  • Coast Mountain Bus service will follow regular Sunday schedules, but with detours around the Sun Run road closures in the West End, along the Burrard Bridge and along 2nd Avenue in Kitsilano.
  • Buses that normally use Georgia will travel along Pender Street between Cardero and Richards streets.

West Vancouver buses

  • West Vancouver blue bus will provide regular Sunday service, with increased frequency on the 250 in the morning from 25th and Marine and extra buses after the run.

SeaBus

  • First SeaBus will leave Lonsdale Quay one hour earlier than normal, at 7 a.m., and will operate trips every 15 minutes from Waterfront until 2:45 p.m.

West Coast Express

  • Special Sun Run train will depart Mission City Station at 7 a.m., arriving in downtown Vancouver at 8:15 a.m. A return trip will leave Waterfront Station at 1 p.m.

Source: TransLink


Information for cyclists

  • A free bicycle valet service for up to 150 bikes will be operated by Better Environmentally Sound Transportation and TravelSmart at Gate F on the second level of BC Place Stadium.
  • TransLink says "due to crowding and safety concerns, cyclists may need to wait to take their bikes on SkyTrain until the crowds clear."

Source: TransLink statement, April 25