The SeaWheeze half marathon weekend started off with feelings of impending dread (due to the fact that neither of us trained, at all), but quickly turned into one of the best races we’ve ever participated in (and one of the best weekends of our summer).
The whole experience was perfectly tailored to their stretchy-pant wearing target audience with yoga under the sun, the smell of peppermint in the air, berry covered gelato treats and more. There were so many things that makes us happy concentrated into one space that while in savasana we shed tears of joy.
The SeaWheeze Experience:
- Lots & Lots of Yoga: Rise and Flow Yoga, Nooner Yoga and Sunset Chill Yoga
- Adorable Race Kits: no plastic bags here. The Race Kits are cute gym bags that you’ll use over and over again
- Saje Giveaways: if you don’t have a SAJE obsession yet, you will have one. Cute little yoga kits are handed out for those that participate in the yoga.
- Lululemon Runner’s Shop: filled with exclusive prints specific to the run that runners can access before the public
- Beautifying Before the Run: complimentary hair braiding, nail painting and Henna tattoos were available
The SeaWheeze Half Marathon:
- The Course: no boring sights here, the SeaWheeze course is 21.1km of breathtaking views, fresh air and super-fun cheer stations.
- Finishers Medal: they’re always amazing. Always.
- Post-Race Brunch + Swag: Unfortunately the line up to leave the race and get brunch was approximately 1.5hrs and a total crawl so we can’t comment on the brunch options. We did manage to get some swag along the way which included a hat, Kind bars and a Saje mini recovery kit.
- Location: Set in Stanley Park, the location couldn’t have been better. We set up camp on the hill overlooking the concert area for a bird’s eye view.
- Experience: We arrived around 8 p.m., so didn’t get to participate in the yoga class. However, there were performances by Dear Rouge, Youngblood, and Chromeo, and it was awesome that the festival was open to everyone, not just runners.
- Food + Bev: We loved that Lululemon had their own special beer for sale – however, lineups were crazy long and there was a one beer per person limit. There were tacos, pizza, poutine, etc. for sale, but super long lineups so we also didn’t get a chance to try the food.
Pro Tips for SeaWheeze 2017:
- Mark your calendars for SeaWheeze 2017 registration once they announce it, and block off time to register. Tickets sell out within minutes.
- Plan to arrive at SeaWheeze on the Thursday before the race, or first thing Friday morning, so you’re refreshed and can partake in all the fun Friday activities.
- Be aware of the runner’s only store situation – people lined up on Thursday at 11 a.m. for the opening on Friday at 7 a.m.! If you’re all about the exclusive prints, you’ll need to prepare accordingly with resources to get you through the night.
- Book your hotel ASAP, and close to the race start/finish area. We stayed at the Pan Pacific (review to come!), and it was such a perfect location. Beware that hotel prices skyrocket this time so opt for AirBNB but you’ll need to get in early.
- Arrive at Sunset Festival earlier rather than later, to avoid long lineups for beer and food (we totally made that mistake)
You get so much for $128, that it is no wonder that this race sells out in minutes. It was one of the best experiences we’ve had and highly recommend it to anyone considering it.
Have you been to SeaWheeze? Share your experience below!
xo, late & lovely
Hanging out at Sunset Festival