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Results from Gibsons Tapworks 5K – SC Brewery Run Series Event #3

Tapworks 5K

The Gibsons Tapworks 5K saw a big jump in participation numbers over the first two events, with 50 finishers compared to 36; the series seems to be catching on!

Chantelle Abma and Rian Mizzi, winners of Gibsons Tapworks 5K

Chantelle Abma and Rian Mizzi, winners of Gibsons Tapworks 5K

Fastest on the out-and-back-plus-loop course in Gibsons Landing were Rian Mizzi from Burlington (Ontario) in 19:58, and Chantelle Abma of Edmonton (Alberta) in 25:35. Rian finished second in the Canada Day 10.1K at The 101 last weekend; this was his first time winning a race outright. Both winners were rewarded with growlers from Tapworks.

Rounding out the top three on the men’s side were Elliot Wadge in 20:27 and Darren Causon in 20:56, both from Sechelt. The women’s runners-up were Kyra McRae of Gibsons in 25:59 and Susan Blair of Sechelt in 26:18.

The youngest finisher was 9 year old Elliott McCauley of Gibsons, who literally left some adults in the dust while sprinting for home to an impressive 27:49, good for 21st overall.

Participants and organizers enjoyed the newly upgraded and beautifully landscaped Armours Beach Park for the start/finish area, with new picnic tables, flat grassy tiers, and easy access from Marine Drive. At least one racer took a cooling dip in the ocean right after finishing.

After consuming the traditional post-race watermelon and cookies, everyone headed back up to Tapworks to redeem their complimentary drink tickets, exchange race stories, and participate in the prize draw from PaceSetter.

Next and final event in the series is next Sunday, July 15 in West Sechelt, the Bricker 8k (actually 8.4k) at the Bricker Cidery on Norwest Bay Road. Start time 10am. Register online and save! Series t-shirts are still available for purchase, $18 each at PaceSetter and at the races.

Results from Canada Day 10.1K at The 101 – Brewery Run Series Event #2

Canada Day 10.1K at The 101

Under perfect conditions on the morning of July 1st, 36 mostly red-and-white-clad runners looped through the roads and trails of Upper Gibsons for the Canada Day 10.1K at The 101. The final 2km challenged everyone with a climb up the Mahan Trail. What goes down must come up….

Will Rice and Ginny Blattler, race #2 winners

Will Rice and Ginny Blattler, winners

Leading the way were junior runner Will Rice of Powell River (43:35) and masters runner Ginny Blattler of Gibsons (50:46), who were each presented with a growler from The 101 Brewhouse + Distillery. (Will, who is only 16, gave his prize to his father, who also raced — we hope he received something in return!)

Rounding out the top 3 were Rian Mizzi of Gibsons in 44:27 and John Jackson of West Vancouver in 44:44 (age 65!); on the women’s side we had Katrina Walters of Halfmoon Bay in 53:01 and Parm Mann of Gibsons in 53:40 taking second and third, respectively.

Participants enjoyed post-race libations at The 101 and draw prizes from PaceSetter Athletic, with an additional free beer awarded to Rinette Lagace for finishing within seconds of 1:01.

The Series continues this Sunday July 8th with the Gibsons Tapworks 5K. That will be a flatter course!

Results from Persephone 5K – Brewery Run Series Event #1

Persephone 5k - Brewery Run Series #1

Congratulations to all finishers of event #1 of the inaugural Sunshine Coast Brewery Run Series! Under rather warm conditions on Father’s Day, 36 participants headed out at 10am from Persephone Brewing Company’s Beer Farm, on an undulating course which included both road and trail portions.

Winners of Brewery Run Series event #1

Overall winners Rachel McKenzie and Darren Causon

Early leaders were Gibsons’ Tamas Mihalyi and Sechelt’s Jamie Leveque, but the order was shaken up in the second half by several strong finishers. Sechelt’s Darren Causon thought he had the win in hand but was overtaken in the final stretch by Rachel McKenzie of Roberts Creek, 20:30 to 20:37. Leveque held on for third overall in 21:13, followed by third male Levon Schmidt of Roberts Creek in 21:35.

Second and third women to cross the line were Carmen Goojha of Sechelt in 25:13 (8th overall) and Donna Findlay of Sechelt in 25:51 (10th overall).

Participants enjoyed post-run fruit and cookies and a complimentary beer at Persephone (included with race entry). First overall female and male were presented with refillable growlers (sponsored by Persephone), and everyone had a chance to win one of a number of draw prizes donated by PaceSetter.

Next event in the 4-race series is on July 1st: Canada Day 10.1k at The 101 – at The 101 Brewhouse + Distillery on Gibsons Way. Pre-register online for just $15 and save $5 over day of race entry fee.

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NEW Brewery Run Series starts June 17th

Brewery Run Series 2018

PaceSetter Athletic is excited to announce the first annual Sunshine Coast Brewery Run Series! This is a fun series of 5k-10k runs at each of our 4 local craft breweries in Gibsons and Sechelt. Running + Beer or Cider: what more could you want?!

Each event will have beverage coupons for participants, snacks, draw prizes, and awards to the first overall male and female finishers. In addition, one lucky participant who does 3 or more events will win a pair of shoes!

Online registration is open now for individual events or the whole series. See our events page for full details!

Brewery Series t-shirt - women'sBrewery Run Series t-shirt - men's

Sunshine Coast Trail Series Registration Now Open – Early Bird Pricing

Sunshine Coast Trail Series

Sunshine Coast Trail SeriesNew Series hosted by Team Wolverine Athletics: Get ready to explore the Lower Sunshine Coast and its amazing network of trails with a new trail series starting from Pender Harbour and making its way to Gibsons with a variety of trails and courses — a mix of typical Pacific Northwest trails including roots, rocks, mud and creek crossings. Each race will have a short course race (5-6km) and a long course race (10-12km) with one aid station out on the course.

  • Pender Harbour: February 24th – Swamp Thing
  • Halfmoon Bay: March 31st – Jurassic Parc
  • Sechelt: April 28th – The Matrix
  • Davis Bay: May 26th – A Bridge Too Far
  • Roberts Creek: July 21st – Cheeky Creaker
  • Gibsons: August 25th – Biter

Details and Registration

Results from Summer 2017 5-Dollar 5K #5

5-Dollar 5K Series #5

September 10 was the final race of our Summer 2017 5-Dollar 5K series! We were lucky with the weather once again, with a cool cloudy morning giving way to sunshine. 31 folks of all ages and speeds showed up at Persephone, and many ran their fastest yet in the series! Full results are available HERE.

See photos on Facebook.

Congrats to our Grand Prize Winner of a pair of shoes from PaceSetter, Nadine Slingerland!

Stay tuned for details of our next series, a BREWERY/DISTILLERY RUN SERIES!

Run The Rock 2017 Race Report & Results

Shelter Point Park - Run the Rock

The 7th annual Run The Rock Marathon, Half & 8k on Texada took place August 27, on a warm/hot sunny Sunday. We Nightingales headed over Saturday, as did PaceSetter Club members Mathew & Roberta, and camped at the idyllic Shelter Point Park in Gillies Bay, the finish line location.

On Saturday afternoon there was time for a refreshing swim at the quarry after picking up our race kits, and before the traditional pre-race group dinner at the Ravenous Raven. Three of us (Larry, myself and Mat) would be doing the half marathon, while Roberta was going in the 8k.

Sunday morning dawned clear and mild. The marathoners went off at 7am. It was already getting fairly warm by the 8:30 half marathon start in Van Anda, but a light breeze kept us comfortable, and the first part of the route had plenty of shade.

Side note: We drove our van with 5 passengers to the half marathon start. One of those passengers looked familiar. Turns out she (Kathy English) was on an Island Relay team with me and Larry nearly 30 years ago, with Team West Coast. Small world!

I was treating the half as a long training run and expected to finish anywhere from 1:50 to 2:00. Since SVHM in June I had done only a couple of long runs. Larry was planning to keep me company but maybe pick up the pace in the second half if his legs felt good. So we didn’t even warm up, and stuck to a very relaxed effort from the start. Slow on the uphills.

Even so, after about 5k we were in 5th/6th place and catching the guys ahead of us. By about 9k we were in 2nd/3rd place, with another runner (Robert) pacing off us a few metres back. Larry was ready to switch gears by then. Shortly after that he was disappearing into the distance. We didn’t know it at the time but first place was out of reach (1:25). Larry ended up clocking 1:43:17 for second (first master).

Larry Nightingale finishing Run the Rock Half Marathon 2017

I carried on towards Gillies Bay as the temperature rose. It was very helpful to have Robert following, knowing he was relying on me to stay on pace. Also I was aware that the next woman wasn’t too far behind (I had looked back just once, at 7k), and although I wasn’t “racing”, it would be nice to hold on to first place, now that I had it….

From 17 to 20km was the toughest section — the long gradual climb out of Gillies Bay, in full sun. At the final aid station Robert finally moved ahead. I had nothing left for a kick, even after reaching Shelter Park’s shady downhill stretch. So I was happy to cross the line well under my goal time, in 1:48:49. Faster than SVHM in June. 🙂

Mat was also very happy with his result, 6th overall, 2nd Male Master in 1:54:14. And Roberta rocked the 8k in 44:50, also 6th overall, and 3rd Female Master, only 5 seconds behind 2nd.

A great way to end the summer racing season! Full results can be found here. Photos are up on the Sunshine Coast Athletics FB page (more to come).

Teresa finishing Run the Rock Half Marathon

Photos by Maria Nightingale

Results from Summer 2017 5-Dollar 5K #4

5-Dollar 5K Series event #4

A perfect morning for a run, partly cloudy and cool, with the sun warming things up afterward. A small but enthusiastic group came out to challenge themselves over 5k in upper Gibsons, starting and finishing near PaceSetter. Great job by all. Thanks again to Michelle for volunteering, and to Barry for post-race snacks. Barry was also the fastest runner! Results can be found here.

See photos on Facebook

Next and final event of the series is happening September 10 at Persephone Brewing. Grand Prize will be drawn then too! (anyone who has done 4 or more events in the series will have their name entered)

Results from Summer 2017 5-Dollar 5K #3

Summer 5-Dollar 5K Series #3

We moved to Halfmoon Bay for this event of the series. Starting and finishing at Connor Park, the course was nearly half trails.

The sunshine was brighter (smoke was thinner) but the temperature stayed reasonable. On this long weekend we weren’t sure how many runners would be around, so eighteen was a good turnout! Fastest male was Findlay Day in 19:12, and his mum Meghan Day (former Creeker now living in Victoria) was fastest female in 27:21. Full results can be found here.

See photos on Facebook.

Next Series event, #4, will be August 20 at PaceSetter Athletic. 10am start. See event page for details and registration. See you there!

Results from Summer 2017 5-Dollar 5K #2

Summer 5k Series #2 at Persephone Brewing

Great turnout for event #2 of the summer 2017 5k series, located at Persephone Brewing! We welcomed 42 entrants of all ages and speeds. Some clouds and one or two drops of rain kept everyone cool before the start when the sun broke through and it was summer again.

Fastest finishers were Theo Kontekakis in 24:42, followed by Dan Brackett in 26:23, and first female Cari Miller in 26:45. Third male was Andrew Duval in 26:48; second and third females were Kelly and Morgan Pollock in 27:59 and 28:21, respectively.

Here are the full results: Summer 2017 5k Series #2 Results

See photo gallery on Facebook.

Next Series event, #3, will be August 6 at Connor Park in Halfmoon Bay. 10am start. See the event page for details and how to register. See you there!

Results from Summer 5-Dollar 5K Series #1

A small but dedicated group came out to start the 2017 series. First across the line was Puddle Jumper Classic race director Mike Meggatio in 23:29, followed by Tamas Mihalyi in 27:00 and Dan Brackett in 28:08. Top 3 women were Krisztina Harasztosi in 28:59, Nadine Slingerland in 29:53 and Tracy Aiken in 29:54.

Full results here: Summer 5k Series Event #1 Results

Photos are on our FB page.

Next Series event, #2, will be July 23 at Persephone Brewing in Gibsons, with a 10am start. See the event page for details and registration. See you there!