The 27th annual Sun Run got off to an energetic start this morning in downtown Vancouver.
By 7 a.m. dozens of participants, clad in lycra and yoga wear, spilled out of coffee shops to the starting area at Georgia and Burrard streets.
At around 8:40 a.m., as the crowd shouted, "Go Canucks Go," the first horn sounded and they were off.
49,346 wheelchair participants, runners and walkers are expected to take part in today's event, one of the world's largest community 10K runs.
Eric Gillis of Guelph and Lucy Njeri, a Kenyan now based in Toronto, were the male and female winners of the 2011 Vancouver Sun Run.
Runners on the 2011 Vancouver Sun Run had an additional hurdle to get over this year - a two-alarm fire at an apartment building on Beach Avenue.
Firefighters ushered runners around the blaze at 9:40am as officials endeavoured to get the situation under control with a minimum of impact to the 49,000+ runners on the route.