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Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

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.

As my training progresses I’ll show you some of the ideal places to train. There’s a few Surrey trails mapped online but the most convenient route for me is the one I mapped below:

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

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:

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

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.

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Above you can see the approach to the Pattullo Bridge heading towards New Westminster. I took this from the pedestrian overpass.

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

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.

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Beautiful mountain views from Pattullo Bridge.

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Some guy in New West did some cleaning!

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

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…

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

More Sapperton Landing. Here’s a cool document on its history…

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Some interesting graffiti.

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Above: a view of Pattullo from the New West side with the old train bridge in the distance.

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

It’s getting dark now… a view of the SkyTrain Bridge heading home along Pattullo.

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Some old neon 🙂

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Below: Whalley Baseball fields.

Surrey Marathon Training Pictorial

Keep your eye on Surrey604 for more on the Surrey International Music Marathon as the big day approaches!

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Daman Beatty
The creator of Surrey604.com, Daman Beatty (AKA 'Beatler') is originally from Sackville, New Brunswick. A longtime media producer, visual designer, marketing and communications specialist, Daman loves travel, technology and being a Daddy.
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