Last year when I ran the BMO Half Marathon in Vancouver, I saw an ad for the Surrey International Music Marathon. It was the first I ever heard of this event but it got me excited since it’s happening right in my backyard. I have never ran a full marathon before so I decided if Surrey was to have one I had to go all the way!
As I mentioned in my last post about the marathon, it will be held in September (28-30th) so if I am going to run 42km I should probably start training now! I run and exercise quite regularly but I rarely go further than 10km and I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t even been doing that.
I scoped out some various places nearby to begin training for such a long run. One of the most enjoyable things about jogging is being outdoors, and it’s inspiring when you’re running through beautiful terrain – especially near water. I honestly can’t stand running on a treadmill – it’s too boring, unless you have a TV there I guess – but still.
I started near the City Centre Library and headed down University Drive, which intersects with King George. There’s a nice path which runs below the SkyTrain line straight along King George Boulevard and takes you to the pedestrian path along the Pattullo Bridge (you have to do a little detour around Scott Road Station). Crossing the Pattullo Bridge takes you to New Westminster where you can pick up Columbia Street and run along there until you cross at the entrance to Sapperton Landing – which is a beautiful little park along the Fraser River. I highly recommend checking this place out, it’s beautiful.
The first time I tried this route was a late afternoon last Spring and luckily I brought my camera to capture the beauty I experienced in Surrey that day. I’ve shared those photos below. The map above is from that run. You might notice I did some maneuvering around Front Street and into downtown New Westminster. For simplicity sake I recommend avoiding that part and just stick to Columbia. Now let me explain a little bit about these pics:
It was a wonderful sunny day around 6pm or so when the light of the setting sun is just perfect. This is what I call the ‘Golden Hour’ and you can see why. The photo above is taken underneath the SkyTrain line along King George Boulevard.
Above you can see the approach to the Pattullo Bridge heading towards New Westminster. I took this from the pedestrian overpass.
On the Pattullo looking out you can see the SkyTrain Bridge and below on the Surrey side is Brownsville Bar Park. I love this park, it’s a beautiful little place to escape with your coffee on a Sunday morning, sit on a log and listen to the river run. You’ll find a lot of guys down there fishing for salmon in the summer too. I’ll do a more detailed post on this place sometime soon… Actually, I already did a long time ago on my old blog, click here to see that.
Beautiful mountain views from Pattullo Bridge.
Some guy in New West did some cleaning!
This is at the entrance to Sapperton Landing. The park is a “beautifully landscaped 1 km walk with bridges, benches, view points to watch tug boats at work or seagulls and other birds go about their day.” More here…
More Sapperton Landing. Here’s a cool document on its history…
Some interesting graffiti.
Above: a view of Pattullo from the New West side with the old train bridge in the distance.
It’s getting dark now… a view of the SkyTrain Bridge heading home along Pattullo.
Some old neon 🙂
Below: Whalley Baseball fields.
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