Vancouver is a city that loves sports. The Host City of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the inspiring natural environment and competitive spirit combine to make this a place that encourages sporting excellence. And that’s something that visitors can experience as well. Whether it’s running a marathon or cycling up a mountain with thousands of others, participating in an organized event is a fantastic way (and excuse) to experience our city. If you’d prefer to leave things to the pros, catching one of Vancouver’s professional sports teams in action—be it soccer, baseball, football or hockey, is a shortcut to witnessing the passion of this city, as well as heroic acts of athleticism.