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!

Fall Clinic starts September 13 – Registration open now

Fall Clinic starts September 13, 2018

Fall is here – our favourite time of year for running! Cooler days and more energy. Our fall clinic begins Thursday September 13 at 6:00pm at the store (run starts 6:30), and includes Learn to Run 5k, Run More 5k to 10k, and Run Faster 10k to Half Marathon. Goal races: Holiday Hustle 5k, Fall Classic 10k & Half Marathon, or any fall 5k/10k/half distances in November/December.

Clinic price: $50 ($0 for PaceSetter Athletic Run Club members). Drop-ins $5 per session.

Register for Clinic

Join our year-round club for just $100 and have free access to all road running clinics we host from now until December 2019 (first time members can join from Sept-Dec 2018 and get 4 months free!), and enjoy the perks and discounts all year!

Join PaceSetter Club

Clinic & Club members receive:

  • Twice-weekly coached training sessions with the group, from PaceSetter: Thursday 6:30pm and Saturday 8am. We’ll take a “field trip” for a Saturday run occasionally for variety.
  • Optional Monday morning 10:30am training session in Sechelt
  • 10% off all regularly priced items in store during the clinic (year-round for club members)
  • Daily training program in calendar format
  • Password to member pages on this site to access full schedules & training info
  • Exclusive invite to special party/movie/shopping night at PaceSetter, where we’ll draw one name for a pair of Brooks shoes!
  • Discount codes for select Lower Mainland races
  • Clinic training shirt (club members get 1 per year included, extras only $10 ea.)
  • Club members also get advance access to new stock arrivals and clearance sales

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 pacesetterathletic.club/4lakes/.

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!

Canada Day Inventory Sale – Save 30-35% on Select Footwear

Happy Canada Day from PaceSetter

Happy Canada Day weekend!

New models of popular shoes are starting to arrive, so we need to clear out older inventory to make space. This is great news for you because it’s all going on sale! You can kick start your summer with big savings on a new pair of shoes. Sale goes Friday June 29th to Monday July 2nd only, while quantities last. (Open 12-5 on Sunday & Monday)

Click on the images for details:

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

Fools Run to SVHM Half Marathon & 5k Training

Clinics for all levels

Half Marathon, 5K, 10K

Eight week clinic. Carry over your fitness from the BMO April Fool’s Run to the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5k. Also included: 10k option. We also offer a Learn to Run 5k group for folks new to running or coming back after a long break.

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

  • Twice-weekly coached training sessions
  • Complete training program in calendar format
  • 10% off all store purchases during the clinic (regular priced items)
  • PaceSetter T-shirt
  • Special Party/Movie Night with food and prizes and bigger discount
  • Training tips
  • Facebook group and email support

Register Now!

Free for 2018 PaceSetter Run Club members.
Drop-ins welcome, $5 per session.

Join our year-round club for just $100 and have free access to all road running clinics we host in 2018, and enjoy the perks and discounts from January 1st to December 31st!

Join PaceSetter Club 2018

Team Wolverine Athletics Trail Clinic #2: April-May 2018

Get ready and comfortable on the trails!

Team Wolverine AthleticsHave you been wondering what all the hype about trail running is? Have you been thinking of hitting the trails but not quite sure where to start? Then sign up for the trail clinic!

Trail running is all about having fun in the great outdoors; finding new trails; getting a good trail tan (getting muddy in other words) and socializing with other like minded people while you get ready for your first or next trail race.

Mike provides a 6 week trail clinic in partnership with PaceSetter Athletic. The clinics include fun and non-competitive trail runs with tips on trail running form and safety tips as well as a 10% discount at PaceSetter Athletic. There will be two sessions per week with a short mid-week run and a longer weekend run, so over the 6 weeks, you will get 12 runs. Thursdays at 6pm and Sundays at 8am.

​The trail clinic is set at the reasonable rate of $60 per 6 week trail clinic block. The second clinic started April 15th, it’s not too late to join!

Register Here

Sun Run InTraining Clinic starts January 21 at PaceSetter

Sun Run InTraining Clinic

Don’t miss out!
InTraining Clinic Begins January 21 in Gibsons
Registration Deadline is February 9

Vancouver Sun Run InTraining Clinics, presented by the Sun Run Stores and SportMedBCWant to get back into shape, thinking about running again or want to improve your time? The Vancouver Sun Run InTraining Clinics, presented by the Sun Run Stores and SportMedBC are back and have something for everyone!

To register visit www.sportmedbc.com.

ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS THROUGH INTRAINING!

REGISTER TODAY!

Your $150 (+GST) fee includes:

  • 13 weekly guided sessions with SportMedBC trained leaders
  • RYU Vapor Light Weight Long Sleeve Crew Neck T (retail value $73)
  • Vancouver Sun Run entry and an Alanic tech shirt (min. $49 value)
  • Vancouver Sun Run InTraining OnLine Log Book
  • Exclusive Running Gear GIFT CARD redeemable at Sun Run Stores
  • Expert advice and motivational support

To learn more or register for InTraining Clinics CLICK HERE.

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

Team Wolverine Athletics Trail Clinics start January 18

Trail Series with Team Wolverine Athletics

Get ready and comfortable on the trails!

Team Wolverine AthleticsHave you been wondering what all the hype about trail running is? Have you been thinking of hitting the trails but not quite sure where to start? Then sign up for the trail clinic!

Trail running is all about having fun in the great outdoors; finding new trails; getting a good trail tan (getting muddy in other words) and socializing with other like minded people while you get ready for your first or next trail race.

Mike provides a 10 week trail clinic in partnership with PaceSetter Athletic. The clinics include practical and theory elements, safety tips, a local trail map and a 10% discount at PaceSetter Athletic. There will be two sessions per week with a short mid-week run and a longer weekend run, so over the 10 weeks, you will get 20 runs, a theory and safety session leaving you ready to take the plunge and take on your first trail race.

​The trail clinic is set at the reasonable rate of $60 per 10 week trail clinic block. The first clinic starts January 18th!

Register Here

Spring Clinic: Learn to Run, Fool’s Run & Marathon Training starts Jan 11

Fall 2017 Clinic Members

Time to set your goals for the start of 2018! Our spring clinic begins Thursday January 11 at 6:30pm at the store, and includes Learn to Run 5k, Run More 5k to 10k, Run Faster 10k to Half Marathon (goes until April 5), and Spring Marathon Training (goes until May 3). Goal races: BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run & Relay, and BMO Vancouver Marathon.

Register for Clinic

Or join our year-round club for just $100 and have free access to all road running clinics we host in 2018, and enjoy the perks and discounts from January 1st to December 31st!

Join PaceSetter Club 2018

Clinic price: $50 for Learn to Run 5k, Run More 5k to 10k, or 10k to Half Marathon; $60 for Spring Marathon Training. Drop-ins $5 per session.

Clinic & Club members receive:

  • Twice-weekly coached training sessions with the group, from PaceSetter: Thursday 6:30pm and Saturday 8am. We’ll take a “field trip” for a Saturday run once or twice for variety.
  • Optional Monday morning training session in Sechelt if you can’t make Thursday evenings
  • 10% off all regularly priced items in store during the clinic (year-round for club members)
  • Full training program for the clinic duration
  • Member account on this site to access full schedules & training info, connect with other members, and more
  • Exclusive invite to special party/movie/shopping night at PaceSetter
  • Discount codes for select Lower Mainland races
  • Souvenir apparel item (TBC) up to $40 value!
  • Club members also get advance access to new stock arrivals and clearance sales

Shoe Clearance Continues, Other Super Deals, & Holiday Hours

Shoe Clearance sale continues at PaceSetter

The Store-Wide sale may be over but there are still tons of amazing deals to be found at PaceSetter! All previous shoe models are still on clearance, as are summer shorts, tanks and tees. Select fall/winter clothing and accessories are also on special, from 10% to 40% off. Perfect for last minute Christmas list completion for the active men and women in your life! (We’d say girls and boys too but that’s just cruel, giving a child clothing for Christmas, no matter how nice it is.)

Come by and see what’s in store! Parking is easy and our space is cozy and relaxing. And remember, if you can’t decide what to get, a Gift Certificate is a great option!

Holiday hours:

  • Regular hours December 18-23 (10-6 weekdays, 10-5 Sat)
  • 12-4 December 24 (for the real last-minute types like us!)
  • Closed December 25 — Merry Christmas!
  • 12-5 December 26
  • Regular hours December 27-30 (10-6 weekdays, 10-5 Sat)
  • 12-4 December 31
  • Closed January 1 — Happy New Year!

Store-Wide Christmas Sale Dec 8-14!

Christmas Sale at PaceSetter Athletic, everything 15% off or more

Just in time for Christmas shopping: we’re having a HUGE Christmas sale this week! EVERYTHING in store at least 15% off — yes, even newly arrived items, for example Hi-Tec leather hiking boots!

ALL remaining 2016 shoe models now 40% off or more!

So, if you had your eye on something but were hesitant to pay full price, now’s the time to nab it!

Here are some great gift ideas:

  • Cozy Brooks hoodies
  • YakTrax (to put on over any shoe for traction in snow and ice)
  • Soft, moisture-wicking long sleeve tech shirts by Brooks and Sugoi
  • All-over reflective Zap Jackets by Sugoi
  • Teva sandals for those heading somewhere tropical
  • Ryders sunglasses

And for stocking stuffers:

  • Buff headwear
  • Saucony and Sugoi gloves, hats and headbands
  • Nathan LED lights
  • Socks from WrightSock, Asics and Sugoi
  • Sore Muscle Salve made locally by Modern Hippie

Sale goes December 8-14 only. See you soon!

Shoe Clearance Table – save 50% OR MORE

Shoe Clearance Table November 2017

We’re clearing out the old to make way for the new! Everything on and under the clearance table is at least 50% off. That’s $20 to $90 for premium athletic shoes! Come in and see for yourself – first come, first served – nab your favourites while they last! At these prices, you can afford to give yourself a bonus for getting your Christmas shopping done.

Other great deals to be found off the table as well!

Clearance Shoes $20-90

Are You Ready for Winter?

Snowy run 2016

New fall & winter 2017 clothing at PaceSetter Athletic“Wet Coast” winter is upon us. Time to take stock of your cool/wet weather running gear. Does it still fit & perform? Does it make you want to get out there and conquer the roads and trails?

If not—it’s time to switch things up! One key piece like water-resistant tights or a jacket can make all the difference to your motivation level when it’s pouring and 5 degrees. Come visit us at PaceSetter to find your new favourites*:

  • Flattering women’s capris & tights, men’s rain-resistant track pants
  • Buttery-soft half-zip tops, stylish hoodies, cozy vests, all-over reflective jackets, convertible jacket/vest combo & more
  • Lots of fun new styles in gloves, toques, headbands & peaked hats
  • Buff Headgear in Original, Reflective and Lightweight Merino Wool, fun variety of colours (make great gifts, too)
  • Updated selection of Wrightsock double layer Coolmesh — tab, lo & quarters, & colours!
  • Everyone’s favourite PaceSetter tees — only $20, or free with purchase of regular-priced shoes
  • Nathan headlamps, hand-helds, and clip-on LED lights for early morning or evening runs
  • Affordable, great quality kids running shoes always 20% off — we support families!

*If you find too many “favourites” to get all at once, write the extras in our Wish List book, then send in your special someone for super easy Christmas shopping!

Hate wet feet while walking or running?

Brooks Cascadia 11 GTX - Women's   Saucony Excursion TR11 GTX

  • NOW IN STOCK: Waterproof Brooks Cascadia (women’s only) and Saucony Excursion trail shoes (men’s and women’s) — at less than $150 you can afford to keep your tootsies dry this season. Great for just walking around in, too.
  • Did you know that a number of the road shoes we carry are also available in a Gore-Tex or other waterproof technology version? Just ask: if we can get your favourites in for you, we will.

Last chance: 2016 shoe models and summer apparel CLEARANCE

Hurry in before they’re all gone!

  • At least 20% off all 2016 shoes
  • Blowout prices on older shoes and one-of-a-kinds
  • Summer shirts, tanks & shorts 20-25% off

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!

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).

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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