VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Thousands of people laced up their sneakers for the 27th annual Vancouver Sun Run today.  And for the first time since 1998 a Canadian won the race.  Ontario’s Eric Gillis won the race with an unofficial time of 29:05.

Organizer Jamie Pitblado says it has become the largest 10K road race in Canada and second largest timed 10K in the world.  “Behind the Boulder to Boulder race down in Denver, Colorado.  With some luck and with lots of people coming out and participating and finishing, we could certainly take over that crown as the largest timed 10K in the world.”

The first Sun Run was held back in 1985 and at the time only 3,500 people showed up.  Pitblado explains that’s a stark contrast from today’s numbers.  “We are expecting to break the 50,000 mark again this year, which I think will be out fifth or sixth consecutive year of doing that.”

All money raised will go to support amateur athletes in BC.  If the 10K sounds daunting, you can always take part in the 2.5K Mini Sun Run.

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Sun Run fire

A few people have been displaced after a two-alarm fire at an apartment building on Beach Avenue.

Joe Foster with Vancouver Fire says it happened in the middle of Vancouver Sun Run.

“It was breaking out of the west side of the building on the fourth floor, extending up to the fifth floor and the sixth floor,” says Foster. “Fire crews arrived, did a fabulous job of getting in very quickly and aggressively put the fire out.”

Two people were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.