How did it all start?
The Eagle Harbour 5 km Fun Run was started in 2007 by a group of local residents Angela Wieck, Elsa Yamaoka and Kelly Harris to promote community awareness in Eagle Harbour.
In 2012, the organisation was handed over to Eagle Harbour Montessori school PAC and run by Louise Clarke and Lisa Day. The event continued to attract more participants and funds were donated to various community enhancements. The focus of the run is on community, family and recreation.
In 2013, the run celebrated its 7th anniversary with over 400 participants. 2014 was sadly a quiet year with no event, but the event was back with a fresh new base at Thunderbird Marina and the added excitement of a paddle board/kayak event too.
The founders now sit on an advisory board to the event and guide the selection of uses for the surplus funds in line with the guiding principals established at the outset.
WHAT A DAY!
June 5th 2016:
Eagle Harbour Sunday Funday brings out record participants.
Brilliant Sunshine, great backdrop, and so many families representing all our local communities. Another fabulous record breaking year for the Eagle Harbour Sunday Funday.
Over 300 people of all ages turned out on Sunday to run or walk in either the 5k competitive run or the famous FunRun. Before the start, everyone was treated to scones by Cobs in Caulfield and coffee by Bean around the World on Lonsdale Quay.
Heather Ramsbottom, from Performance Institute got everyone warmed up with a sequence of jumps and squats with arms and legs going in all directions.
Jordan Sturdy, the West Vancouver - Sea to Sky MLA, presided over the start of the first and Penny Mitchell over the second event, but not before Scenic Rush with their Ferrari, Tesla and GTI revved their engines and started the procession from the start line down the Thunderbird Marina main entrance to Marine Drive. And off the runners went up to the Seaview Trail winding its way around the Eagle Ridge Bluff.
At the half they were entertained and refreshed by the energetic and fun Gleneagles Community Centre crew who offered water and oranges to the thirsty runners.
As they approached the finish, the timing crew from West Vancouver Hershey Juniors huddled over their stop watches and screens to record every finisher (competitive race only). Once finished, they were rewarded with Mountain Spring clear water refreshment and then relaxed in the Fun Zone.
Once home they were treated to a massage by Aquatic Centre Physiotherapy to sooth away any aches and pains. Followed by a tasty lunch prepared and served with the generous help of Hugos Restaurant. The combination of cheese pizza, burgers in freshly baked brioche buns from Cobs Bread in Caulfeild Village, as well as granola bars and fresh fruit from Fresh St. Market satisfied the need to replace burnt off calories.
Lottie’s Gelati Stand and an amazing $1.5m mini submarine by Aquatica all rounded out an incredible fun zone.
The after hours BBQ and beer garden turned into an overwhelming success. Locals turned out in force to enjoy the ambience of the best restaurant location in all of Vancouver. With a beautiful sunset to follow there was no better place to enjoy the food and beverages served at the Marina Cafe and Bar with friends old and new.
Many local businesses and shops participated to help make our event a success. A full list can be found by visiting our sponsors page. If you see a logo please click on it to visit their website. If you would like to reach anyone whose website is not listed please let us know. A healthy local community depends on a healthy business community and we thank each and every person who came forward to donate their time, gifts, energy and ideas to make this a truly memorable community Sunday Funday.
None of this is possible without the support from our key sponsors.
Thanks go to Thunderbird Marina hosting sponsor, Penny Mitchell founding sponsor, Grosvenor Americas, Janelle and Kyle Washington Family Trust, Kit and Coop local realtors, Michele De Fehr from Sothebys, VPG Realty, Matkuluk Construction, Sager Legal Advisors, Cypress Insurance Brokers, (sustained applause please!!)
Planning has started already for the 2017 event with new ideas, and energy to help make this the best event it can possibly be.
Lastly, none of this could happen without the organising team. You know who they are so please pat them on the back when you see them and tell them a story about your day. That's their reward for the hours spent!
The Following Charities were supported:
- Fanconi Canada $3,500
- Streamkeepers of West Vancouver $3,500
- Eagle Harbour Service Association $3,500
Thanks and see you next year.
June 7th 2015 was a tremendous success!
ON YOUR MARKS ...
(Super Fun warm up with Louis from Gleneagles Rec Centre)
GET SET ....
(Nearly 300 get ready for the off at ThunderBird Marina)
(Off they go for a 5K run along the beautiful Seaview Trail)
Then this was followed by the Kayak and Paddle Board Event ....
Then followed by the Fun Zone ...