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Trail Racing on the Sunshine Coast in 2019

Trail Running Sunshine Coast

Registration is open for the 2019 Sunshine Coast Trail Series and the Puddle Jumper Classic, organized by Team Wolverine Athletics. Whether you’re new to trail running or an experienced veteran, Mike and Randi take care of all the details at these races to give you a great experience in the beautiful trails of the Sunshine Coast! PaceSetter is proud to be a sponsor of the SC Trail Series and the PJC.

The 6-event series starts March 30th with Swamp Thing in Pender Harbour, and works its way down the coast through the spring and summer to end with Biter in Gibsons in early September.

On June 8th the 3rd annual Puddle Jumper Classic 50k & 25k will challenge ultramarathoners in the hills above Roberts Creek, then celebrate with a beer & burger party at the finish!

See our Events Calendar for details and registration, or visit Team Wolverine Athletics website.

Record Turnout for 7th Annual Holiday Hustle 5k/2k

Holiday Hustle 5k 2018

Over $2000 raised for Chat/Elphi Running Teams and Elves Club

December 9th, Sechelt: The weather outside was frightful — but the participation level at the seventh annual Holiday Hustle 5k/2k was delightful. By Saturday evening there were 135 registrants signed up online, a new record. Despite cold wind and rain on Sunday morning, an additional 21 people registered on site to bring the total to 156, an increase of more than 50% over the previous high of 99, set in 2014.

Online and in-person donations by participants totalled $562 for the Chatelech & Elphinstone Running Teams and $125 for the Elves Club. Net race revenue from entry fees was added to the donations, bringing the Running Teams total raised to $1829 and the Elves Club total to $250.

“The Running Team funds will help pay travel and uniform costs for the team, removing financial barriers to student athletes who want to compete,” said event co-organizer Larry Nightingale, who is the coach for both school teams. “That’s the reason we put on this event and others like it. Not only does it support the student athletes financially, it also provides a venue for kids and adults to discover a love of running, in a fun, no-stress setting.”

The 5k had 84 finishers, led by 3-time past winner and former Chatelech Racing Team member Jordan Wilson of Sechelt in a blazing fast 16:32. Teenager Keaton McIlwraith of Roberts Creek and Masters runner Jamie Leveque of Sechelt took second and third spots overall in 20:05 and 20:34 respectively. Both are PaceSetter Athletic Club members. Leveque was third last year as well, but ran nearly a minute faster this year.

On the women’s side, 16-year-old Kallalei Ryden of Gibsons, who races for Elphinstone and PaceSetter Athletic Club, easily captured first female position with a time of 21:04, placing her 5th overall. Second and third women to finish were Leah Painter of Sechelt in 25:11 and J Klassen of Sechelt in 25:21.

The fastest of 54 finishers in the 2k was 8-year-old Nolan Magnusson in 10:33, chased in by Dayton Tattrie (8) and Callum Storey (9) who were just 12 seconds behind. Right behind the boys was 10-year-old Isla Mackay of Madeira Park in 11:03.

After finishing, participants gathered inside the warm, dry Seaside Centre, festively decorated and filled with the smooth sounds of a jazz duo from Chatelech. Hot coffee, hot chocolate, mandarin oranges and home-baked Christmas treats supplied by sponsors and volunteers were enjoyed by all.

Thanks to many generous donations by local businesses, 38 prizes, valued from $5 to $110, were awarded to participants and volunteers in a random draw. This was the highlight of the morning for many, especially the younger participants, who eagerly crowded around the prize table in anticipation as the numbers were drawn.

More photos, full results and a list of sponsors are available at

What’s next: training clinics for the BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run will be starting up in mid-January — check the clinics page soon for details and registration.

PaceSetter crew runs strong at 2018 James Cunningham Seawall Race

James Cunningham Seawall Race 2018

A large group of PaceSetter club and clinic members attended the 48th annual James Cunningham Seawall Race, held Sunday October 28th, 2018. This fun, well-organized race goes around the seawall for 9.5km, and sees many participants in costumes due to its proximity to Halloween.

Our costumes were very simple, just some dollar store devils horns headbands that we could all wear comfortably. They made it very easy to spot each other in the crowds.

It rained overnight and intermittently during the morning before the 10am start time, but stopped for the race. Patches of clear sky started to appear, and the sun was shining by the time we were finished. Nice!

Jamie Leveque got off to a fast start, and it wasn’t until about 5k near Lumberman’s Arch that Teresa Nightingale was able to catch up, after following those red horns halfway around the seawall. They finished just 22 seconds apart, in the top 45 overall out of 402 finishers.

Teresa at the Seawall Race 2018Teresa was 7th overall female and first in the F50-54 category, while Jamie nabbed 5th spot out of 25 in the M45-49 division. A few minutes later Mathew Wilson was the 6th male in the 40-44 age group to cross the finish line.

The top-ten age group finishes kept going with Nadine Slingerland and Roberta Sim flying in just 11 seconds apart to take 8th and 9th spots in the F45-49 category.

Trudy wins the F65-69 category at the JCSRNext it was Kelly Jung and Trudy Baba separated by 10 seconds, with Kelly 6th in F55-59 and Trudy winning the F65-69 category by only 2 seconds!

Charlotte Goldenberg and Meghan Spithoff both ran strongly to finish well under an hour, in the top 50% of their respective divisions; while Tracy Forster was happily surprised with her finish time, battling a Halloween party hangover and minimal training of late.

Mary Kenny joined our group for the day after spotting us on the ferry. She was the final finisher in her age group but ahead of 20 people overall.

As a nice bonus, three of us also won draw prizes!

Our results:

  42:42 Teresa Nightingale   1st F5054 Halfmoon Bay
  43:04 Jamie Leveque        5th M4549 Sechelt
  47:39 Mathew Wilson        6th M4044 Gibsons
  51:13 Nadine Slingerland   8th F4549 Roberts Creek
  51:24 Roberta Sim          9th F4549 Gibsons
  53:31 Kelly Jung           6th F5559 Gibsons
  53:41 Trudy Baba           1st F6569 Gibsons
  56:15 Charlotte Goldenberg 16th F4549 Halfmoon Bay  
  58:48 Meaghan Spithoff     13th F3539 Roberts Creek
1:09:53 Tracy Forster        22nd F3539 Gibsons
1:27:04 Mary Kenny           20th F5559 Sechelt

Duff and Martin win 2018 HMB Fire Department 10k

HMB Fire Dept 10k 2018

Light rain didn’t stop 44 runners and walkers from completing the 7th annual Halfmoon Bay Fire Department 10k on September 30th. After making their way from Fire Hall 2 to Fire Hall 1, participants were rewarded with custom finisher medals, snacks, draw prizes, and – if they stayed around a bit longer – a burger BBQ made possible by generous sponsorship from Sunshine Coast Credit Union.

Fastest over the challenging hilly course was Nick Duff in 38:44, followed by Jamie Leveque (44:08) and Nolan McKenna (47:34). All three are from Sechelt.

On the women’s side, Michelle Smith took an early lead but couldn’t shake 2016 winner Yoshimi Martin, who took the lead in the second half to win by just 10 seconds in 50:13. Rounding out the top three was Katrina Walters in 52:41. All three are from Halfmoon Bay.

Duff and Martin were each rewarded with a $25 gift certificate from PaceSetter Athletic.

Three HMB volunteer firefighters took on and met the challenge of running the course in firefighter gear: organizer James Sas, Ben Borowski, and Bo Xaveriss.

Participants could make a donation to the HBVFD when registering, and a total of $350 was raised that way.

Net proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the Chatelech and Elphinstone running teams.

Full results are available here.

Photo gallery is on Facebook.

Thank you to all who participated in this fundraiser event, including the volunteers from the fire department and the community, and the event sponsors!

Last minute entries to Four Lakes 10k/3k double event size

Four Lakes 10k - photo by Jamie Leveque

We were expecting a modest turnout for the 11th annual Four Lakes 10k & 3k at Katherine Lake Park on Sunday August 12th. But a slew of race morning sign-ups, mostly 3k family entries from the on-site campground, nearly doubled the registration count.

By the time the race was about to start, 39 runners toed the line for the 10k while another 26 were ready for the 3k Family Fun Run & Walk.

The cool, cloudy morning allowed runners to really push the pace after weeks of subdued training in blasting heat. A sprinkle of overnight rain was just enough to keep the dust down and wash off the surrounding foliage.

Four Lakes overall winner Emilie Plante

Overall winner Emilie Plante

Fastest over the scenic 10k course was Vancouver’s Emilie Plante in the Open 20-39 category, leaving all the men and other women behind to cross the line in 42:58. Half a minute behind her was the first male, Rick Roberts from Earls Cove, in the 50-59 age division. Just 20 seconds later, Sechelt’s Jamie Leveque crossed the line in 43:50 to win the M40-49 age group and set a new personal best.

Second woman overall was Surrey’s Colleen Shulze, who picked up the pace in the second half to end up in 7th place overall and first in the F40-49 category. Halfmoon Bay’s Yoshimi Martin edged out Vancouver’s Leanne Karnehm by 5 seconds for third female honours, winning the F50-59 division in the process.

Of note, Shulze’s son Landon outran his mum by nearly 2 minutes to finish 6th overall in 47:09, an outstanding result for an 11-year-old!

The rest of the Schulze family (kids Sophia and Houston, followed by dad Kevin) continued their winning ways, being the fastest to complete the 3k Family Fun Run & Walk, a full five minutes ahead of everyone else. No awards are presented in the 3k so times and order of finish are just for bragging rights.

Full results and many photos can be found at

Next event hosted by PaceSetter Athletic is the start of the 2018 5 Dollar 5K Series, at 10am on Sunday August 19, part of the store’s 2-year anniversary weekend celebration. Race day sign up will start at 9am at PaceSetter.

Results from Sea Cavalcade Mile

Sea Cavalcade Mile 2018

With 144 finishers this was the second largest turnout so far (just shy of last year’s 161). Results are available on the Sea Cavalcade website and photos have been posted on the Sea Cavalcade Facebook page. Congrats to all finishers and especially to our club members who placed in their age group (or nearly did), and got personal bests!

Next event is the Four Lakes 10k & 3k on August 12 at Katherine Lake Park, Garden Bay. Register early and save!

Results from Bricker 8K – SC Brewery Run Series #4

Start of the Bricker 8k

Congrats to the 39 runners who came out and braved the heat for The Bricker 8K on Sunday July 15th! Huge thanks to our volunteers too!!

Winners of the Bricker 8k, James Montgomery and Donna Findlay

Winners of the Bricker 8k, James Montgomery and Donna Findlay

The distance was 8.4k and included 2km of trails. First overall and way ahead of the field was James Montgomery of Vancouver in 34:25, followed by John Jackson of West Vancouver in 37:39 and Keaton McIlwraith of Gibsons in 38:31.

The top three women finished 8th, 9th and 10th overall. First was Sechelt’s Donna Findlay in 45:45, then Roberts Creek’s Celia Clare in 47:08, and Sechelt’s Carmen Goojha in 47:18.

Montgomery and Findlay were each rewarded with a growler from The Bricker for their efforts. Lots of draw prizes from PaceSetter and 2 more growlers from The Bricker were given away to lucky racers and volunteers.

The grand draw prize of a pair of Brooks shoes from PaceSetter was won by Benjamin Bauer of Sechelt, whose number was drawn among the 21 participants who completed 3 or 4 out of the 4 series events. A total of 13 runners did all 4 events.

Many participants stayed around after the finish to enjoy cider in the relaxed atmosphere at the venue, which features a grassy picnic area with tables and umbrellas. A bonus was The Manor Born food truck, a very welcome addition to The Bricker, serving a Racers’ Special scrambled egg dish with salmon and goat cheese, as well as pizza and desserts.

Check our Facebook and Instagram pages for more photos!

Next up: Sea Cavalcade Mile (July 28) and Four Lakes 10k/3k (August 12), followed by the 2018 5-Dollar 5K Series (August and September dates TBA).

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.

More photos:

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!