The Energizer Night Race 2011

Over 1,600 participants sported headlamps for a run along the False Creek seawall in support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada.

Credit: Ben Nelms

Getting Prepped

After a pre-race warm-up, the five-kilometre participants switched on their headlamps to white light and waited for their cue to head to the starting line.

Credit: Ben Nelms

Rain or Shine

Runners gathered at the starting line in Ceperley Park and well-wishers tentatively stepped out from their dry shelter in the tent to cheer them on.

Credit: Ben Nelms

Pretty Lights

By the time the five-kilometre had commenced, the sun had completely set, and 567 runners were ready to get moving towards Cooper’s Park and back.

Credit: Ben Nelms

Keep on Jogging

The ten-kilometre participants (1,066 of them) had a 15-minute head start and followed the False Creek seawall to the Cambie Street Bridge and back.

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Gather Around

Post-race, participants switched their headlamps to red light and got ready to refuel. Volunteers handed out snacks and manned the BBQ tents where hungry racers could purchase hot dogs, hamburgers, hot chocolate and coffee.

Credit: Ben Nelms

Put Your Hands in the Air

The event was very well organized, with plenty of volunteers guiding the way and offering hydration at water stations. Vancouver was the last in the Canadian series of Energizer Night Races.

Credit: Ben Nelms

I Win!

At a time of 31:36.80, I’m almost tempted to do another 5-kilometre race in order to beat the 30-minute mark. Participating in an event that benefited people in need felt pretty good too.

The Energizer Night Race: Making the World a Brighter Place

Vancouver’s Energizer Night Race both literally and figuratively made the world a brighter place, as participants wore headlamps during the run to light their way and raised money for the BC chapter of the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada.

For the event, I did something I hadn’t done in nearly a decade—I ran five kilometres. Not only did I run five km, I did so at night in the pouring rain.

As the sun began to set, over 1,600 participants donned headlamps in preparation for the run. We slogged through five or (or 10, depending on your fitness level) kilometres of mushy leaves and splashy puddles along the False Creek seawall, starting at Stanley Park’s Ceperley Park.

This was the very first Vancouver Energizer Night Race.


A Light Seen Around the World

The race was part of the Energizer Global Night Race Series that saw over 20 different cities around the world participate, and in partnership with One Million Lights, Energizer has pledged to donate 11 million hours of solar light to rural communities without electricity in Latin America, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Philippines.

Each city also chose its own charity to benefit from the race, and Vancouver participants were able to donate to and accept pledges for the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada, which supports seriously ill children and their families.