Not too late to join the Fall Clinic

Fall 2017 Clinic Members

Drop-ins ($5) are always welcome! If you have already been doing some regular running or run-walking, you can fit right in. We’re a very friendly bunch, don’t be shy! Ask in-store or call us for details (604-886-0083).

Training sessions are at PaceSetter:

  • Thursday evenings 6:30pm
  • Saturday mornings 8am

Sechelt option for those who can’t get to Thursday evening sessions in Gibsons:

  • Monday mornings 10:30am, next to Lucky’s Smokehouse/CAD on Wharf

Clinic group run in Gibsons

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 in October and November!

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)

One Year Anniversary Celebration & Sale — August 18-20

One-year Anniversary Celebration & Sale

Save big on your favourite running shoes, walking shoes, athletic clothing and more!

We’d like to thank YOU, all our customers, for a very successful first year! Please join us Friday through Sunday, August 18-20, to celebrate this milestone — with super savings, draw prizes, refreshments and a 5k Run/Walk on Sunday (part of the 5-Dollar 5K Series).

  • 20% off all 2016 shoes not already on sale
  • Up to 40% off select shoes
  • Up to 50% off clothing including all warm-weather apparel
  • NEW Fall clothing has started to arrive!

Fall 2017 Clinics: Learn to Run, Run Faster & Walk Club

Fall running clinic

Fall is here — time to get going on your fitness plans! Make it easy on yourself: join our 13-week clinic at PaceSetter starting Thursday, September 14th at 6:30pm. Choose from Learn to Run 5k, Run Faster 10k to Half Marathon, or Walking Club.

Group training sessions are from PaceSetter, Thursdays at 6:30pm (arrive at 6:10 for info talk) and Saturdays at 8:00am.

There is also a Sechelt Monday morning training option for those who cannot make the Thursday evening sessions in Gibsons. Meet at 10:30am at the parking lot beside Lucky’s Smokehouse on Wharf.

Clinic members receive:

  • 10% off regular priced store merchandise during the clinic
  • Full training schedule in a monthly calendar format
  • Coached training sessions 2x per week
  • Technical T-shirt
  • Invite to special party/shopping night with special discounts, food and prizes
  • Discounted race entries when available

Cost: $50. Free for 2017 PaceSetter Club members (shirt not included, you already have one).

Register Online Today

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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!

Summer 2017: Fools Run to SVHM Clinic

AFR to SVHM clinic

Half Marathon and 5K

Carry over your fitness from the BMO April Fool’s Run to the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon. 5k training group option.

Register online or in-store. $40 clinic fee includes:

  • Twice-weekly coached training sessions
  • Full training program
  • 10% off all store purchases during the clinic (regular priced items)
  • PaceSetter T-shirt
  • Special Shopping Night with food and prizes and bigger discount
  • Training tips, nutrition, injury prevention etc.
  • Facebook group and email support

Drop-ins welcome, $5 per session.

Spring 2017: Fool’s Run Training Clinics

Half Marathon and 5K

Get yourself ready for the 40th Annual BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run. Train for the half marathon or relay.

Register now! $50 clinic fee includes:

  • Twice-weekly coached training sessions
  • Full training program to follow
  • 10% off all store purchases during the clinic (regular priced items)
  • Brooks training shirt
  • Special Shopping Night with food and prizes and bigger discount
  • Weekly info talks on the Wednesday night sessions – training tips, nutrition, injury prevention etc. (guest speakers on some dates)
  • Facebook group and email support