10,015 participate in SeaWheeze Vancouver Half Marathon and Capital Cities Concert (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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The streets of Vancouver were flooded with colourful runners on Saturday with precisely 10,015 participating in the third annual SeaWheeze Half Marathon, organized by lululemon athletica.

The two-day event began with events on Friday at the Vancouver Convention Centre, including the first of two weekend free mass yoga sessions and a lululemon showcase store inside the West Ballroom.

Saturday morning’s 21.1 kilometre began at 7 a.m. near the Olympic Cauldron and criss-crossed the streets of downtown Vancouver, crossing the Burrard Bridge, and completing a near-full loop of the Stanley Park seawall. There was at least one [successful] marriage proposal at the finish line.

Later in the evening, the full day’s of events concluded with a massive festival and concert at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park, featuring opening act The Colourist and headliner Capital Cities.

The lululemon event injected tens of millions of dollars into the local economy. Approximately 70 per cent of runners travelled to the half marathon event and festivities from outside of Metro Vancouver, including Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Australia and Kenya.

On Friday and Saturday, 212 out of 217 hotel in Metro Vancouver were completely sold out of hotel rooms largely because of bookings by half marathon runners.

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