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SeaWheeze participants line up overnight to shop

The SeaWheeze half marathon, a race organized by yoga wear company Lululemon, draws 10,000 participants and takes place Saturday

Around 8,000 people lined up to get into Lululemon's pop-up store at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the start of a weekend of festivities for the company's popular SeaWheeze half marathon

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Around 8,000 people lined up to get into Lululemon's pop-up store at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the start of a weekend of festivities for the company's popular SeaWheeze half marathon

Would you line up overnight for a chance to buy socks?

That’s what thousands of participants in Lululemon’s SeaWheeze half marathon did last night (pants, tops and shorts were also on sale). In total, around 8,000 people lined up at the Vancouver Convention Centre for a chance to shop the yoga wear company’s pop up store.

The shop-til-you-drop event is part of several activities that take place before and after Saturday’s half marathon, which draws around 10,000.

Erika and Loren Nudelman from Portland, Oregon, have done SeaWheeze four times. It’s the longest race the couple have attempted.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Loren. “It’s a party. Compared to other races we’ve done, it’s really enjoyable.”

The race route features a DJ, dancing drag queens and lots of cheering — all which make it easier to finish the course, said Erika.

Lauren Munsen and Elizabeth Cooley drove up Friday morning from Seattle to start their SeaWheeze weekend.

“This is our mission right now, to get into the store,” Munsen said. The pair were also looking forward to attending the yoga events that will happen later today.

“It takes the stress out of running,” Cooley said. “There are so many fun events.”

Lauren Munsen and Elizabeth Cooley travelled to Vancouver from Seattle to run the SeaWheeze half marathon

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Lauren Munsen and Elizabeth Cooley travelled to Vancouver from Seattle to run the SeaWheeze half marathon

This year’s half marathon goes from 7 a.m. until noon on Saturday. The course starts in Coal Harbour and goes around the seawall to end near Kitsilano Beach. (Click here to see a map of the route.) Some portions of the seawall will be closed while the race is happening and cyclists, roller bladers and pedestrians will have to take detours at certain places. Traffic will also be affected in Chinatown, Coal Harbour, False Creek, the West End and Kitsilano.

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