For the first time in UA Eastside 10k history, we will have both Champions back to defend their titles against very competitive fields. For fans of the sport, this is going to one heck of a race. Stay tuned to CRS West social media channels for live updates on September 15th!
Trying to get under the two-hour mark? Looking for a running buddy to keep you motivated through your race? Pacers are a great resource for runners to help maintain pace, keep you motivated, and maybe push you towards that elusive new PB!
New this year, we will be offering a wider range of pace times to help keep you on track. So here they are, our 2019 Saucony Pacer Team at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon:
Pace Time: 1:30
Name: Lucas (@lusocio)
A little about Lucas:
I’m excited to be pacing the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon for the first time. After a brief break from running to enjoy my first year of fatherhood, I’m back and looking forward to the New York marathon this November. Good luck to all runners.
Pace Time: 1:35
Name: Philip (@philfinlayson)
A little about Philip:
I’m a born-again runner who loves going fast and also loves helping others race well, through good preparation and steady pacing. I look forward to meeting you on race day!
Pace Time: 1:40
Name: Raymond (@raysmond)
A little about Raymond:
Long time runner, first time pacer. I’ve always respected the dedication of the race pacers, and now it’s time to help other reach their PB. Follow me to the finish line at this year’s half marathon.
Pace Time: 1:45
Name: Dan (@mrdanoleary)
A Little about Dan:
In a sport where I always run for myself, I want to give something back and support the goals of others. This race has people of all paces and levels, and it always makes me so happy to see them achieve their goals and set PBs.
Pace Time: 1:45
Name: Patrick (@pswaddleme)
A little about Patrick:
I am an enthusiastic runner always looking to embrace Vancouver’s running community in order to reach my goals, including that elusive Boston Qualification. I train with Mile2Marathon, drop by EVRC some Mondays, and have helped lead some of the smaller clinics at Running Room. I am so excited to pace my first race and hopefully help you cruise to a shiny new PB!
Pace Time: 1:50
Name: Jonathan (@flyingdutchman125)
A little about Jonathan:
I did track, road and cross country throughout my school career, with some great achievements. In adulthood, I’ve completed 3 marathons, 2 ultras and more halfs than I can count. I’m excited to help others achieve their goals on race day!
Pace Time: 1:55
Name: Lydia (@l.tay)
A Little about Lydia:
I rediscovered running three years ago and haven’t looked back. You’ll find me on the seawall logging KMs for my next race or dropping in at my local run club to give some high fives (VRC Flight Crew and East Van Run Club). In 2019, I’m aiming to complete my 7th half marathon and 3rd marathon – pacing some friends along the way.
Pace Time: 2:00
A little about Kathryn:
I am super pumped to be pacing the 2:00 group for 2019! I’ve always been a runner but started taking it more seriously when I moved to Vancouver over 10 years ago. My favourite places to run are Stanley Park and the seawall, hands down! I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone I will be running with. Let’s do this!
Pace Time: 2:00
Name: Mel (@melsays)
A little about Mel:
Super stoked to be pacing this year’s Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon. Last year, I had the pleasure of running the course for the first time and was able to make my goal time thanks to the race’s pacers. I’m thrilled to be able to do the same for this year’s participants!
Pace Time: 2:05
Name: Navaz (@navaz.be.fit)
A little about Navaz:
I (only) started running in January of 2018. My goal was to complete my first half marathon before turning 30. Since then I have completed two half marathons, two 47km challenges and a handful of other races. The running community in the lower mainland is outstanding and I’ve had the pleasure to meet and become friends with such positive and inspiring people.
Pace Time: 2:10
Name: Chantelle (@chantelle_swimbikerun)
A little about Chantelle:
My name is Chantelle and although I compete primarily in triathlons now, I still dabble from time to time in running races (SVHM will be my 20th half marathon and third time pacing this wonderful race).
Pace Time: 2:15
Name: Sean (@runningbeernerd)
A little about Sean:
I got into running later at around 40 years old – perhaps a midlife crisis? I have been having lots of fun learning, getting better, and helping others do the same! I lead a local running store half marathon run group and love watching the improvements of those both new to the distance as well as the more experienced runners.
Pace Time: 2:20
Name: Brenda (@jus_tri_it)
A little about Brenda:
I did my first half marathon at 47 years of age & fell in love with this event. I’ve been part of running groups for the last two years and know how motivating and fun they can be. I’d like to give back to this sport I’ve fallen in love with & would hope I can help those running around me to feel proud during the race!
Pace Time: 2:25
Name: Eric (@heyrickie)
A little about Eric:
I’ve run 20+ half marathons over the last 12 years. I’ve heard of others signing up as pacers and thought I should give that a try.
Pace Time: 2:30
Name: Amy (@amybeeman)
A little about Amy:
This will be my 25th half marathon, and my first time pacing! Most my training runs come in the form of chasing my 8 year old twins around. It will be a pretty amazing feeling to get some runners (especially those doing their first half) across the finish line.
All Pacers will be outfitted in shoes & athletic apparel from:
Before we get started…let’s meet the Coach!
Coach Carey Nelson has made a name for himself as one of Canada’s most distinguished long distance runners with personal best times of 2:12 Marathon, 1:03 Half Marathon, 28:04 10,000m, 13:29 5,000m, and 3:58 Mile. He is a two-time Olympian and has also competed in the Pan-Am Games, the Commonwealth Games, and the World Track and Field Championships. Carey leads the Forerunners Main Street running clinics. He has coached over 1000 half and full marathon runners and more than 100 Boston Marathon qualifiers…he will help you reach your goals. Visit him at Forerunners Main Street for Monday evenings, Wednesday evenings, Thursday evenings, and Saturday morning clinics.
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Happy New Year!
It’s time to set your goals for 2019. You will want to add the Scotia Half Marathon to your list of races this year. I ran the race last year and found the course quite fast as it started up at UBC and finished down at the entrance to Stanley Park. If you pace yourself in the first quarter of the race you can run quite fast on this course.
Forerunners running programs has brought many runners to the race over the past 20 years and once again, we have prepared a running schedule to get you ready to run a half marathon…whether your goal is to get a PB or just hit that finish line.
The first of our programs (The Finishers Training) was designed for those of you running your First Half Marathon or have a goal to finish the race. There are two easy pace runs and one speed work per week. If you want to run with others to help get you through the workouts, we host a Wednesday “Speed Interval” clinic at 6:20pm and a Saturday “Easy Pace” run at 8:00am. You don’t have to worry about the word speed as we have several pace groups and you can run at your own pace.
Our second program (The Run Faster Training) was designed with crushing your Personal Best and building up your speed throughout the 24 week schedule. We include event specific half marathon tempo workouts that will raise your fitness to the next level. We also offer a separate Monday evening Tempo Clinic starting at 6:15pm from Forerunners Main Street. The tempo workouts is where you will find the most improvement after you have established your aerobic endurance base through easy pace running.
Over the 24 week training program, I recommend that you run up to three shorter distance races to give you some race experience, secondary goals to keep you focused and your race results will give you an idea of how fast you can race the #ScotiaHalf by equivalency tables. For example, a 54 minute 10km is equivalent to a 2 hour half marathon.
In general, we follow a three run per week program to reduce the risk of injury but there are other factors to consider when starting out on a running program to help with injury prevention:
Footwear – you will want to have a proper fitting shoe that corresponds to your foot type and running style;
Strength – follow a weekly strength program that considers the running muscle groups and core;
Flexibility – to improve flexibility stretch after every run or after a warm-up before a speed workout; and,
Nutrition – practice using a gel fuel source while running to become used to taking on carbohydrates while running.
We wish you a good start to the new year and a successful race at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon. We are here to help you achieve your goals!
Two-time Canadian Olympic marathoner Reid Coolsaet has been crowned the 2018 Canada Running Series (CRS) overall Men’s Champion collecting the $3,000 prize, with London, Ontario’s Leslie Sexton taking the women’s title and enjoying an equal pay day.
The late comer to distance running destroyed her age group Canadian record, ran one of the greatest marathons by a 60-year-old ever, and when put through an age-grading calculator, demolishes Lanni Marchant’s 2:28:00 national record. What’s even more impressive is that Waywell seems to be getting faster with age
Sure, he didn’t win the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, but his performance was jaw-dropping, and he’s still won half the marathons he’s ever entered
Mimi Belete battled it out with defending champion, Ethiopia’s Marta Megra, until the final kilometre of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on a cool October morning. Belete finally pulled away to win the race, breaking the course record and setting a personal best in a time of 2:22:28.”I wanted to run my best time,” she said after the race. Megra followed closely behind finishing second in 2:22:34, with Kenya’s Ruth Chebitok taking third in 2:23:28.
On the men’s side, amidst a stacked field, featuring two-time defending champion, Kenya’s Philemon Rono and Uganda’s Olympic and World Marathon Champion Stephen Kiprotich, Kenya’s Benson Kipruto emerged as this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon champion, winning in a time of 2:07:25. Finishing close behind was Tanzania’s Augustino Sulle in a time of 2:07:45 in second and Kenya’s Felix Kandie in third, running 2:08:29.
In fourth place was top Canadian finisher Cameron Levins of Black Creek, B.C., breaking the 43-year-old Canadian marathon record in his debut marathon, running a time of 2:09:22. Levins broke away from the chase group around the 30km mark, reeling in the lead runners. Two-time Olympian Reid Coolsaet fell back from the chase group, finishing as the second Canadian and 10th overall in a time of 2:17:36. Aaron Cooper was the third Canadian in 2:17:59.
On the women’s side, in her debut race, Kinsey Middleton emerged as the Canadian champion, running a time of 2:32:09. She and defending Canadian champion Leslie Sexton worked together for much of the race with Middleton pulling away with just over 10km left. Sexton finished second in 2:36:02, followed by Krista DuChene in 2:36:46.
In the half-marathon, with 11,607 participants running, American Will Norris took the lead early on and didn’t let it go. Crossing the finish line in a time of 1:05:30, Norris would fend off Canadian Chris Balestrini to capture the half-marathon title. Balestrini closely shadowed Norris throughout the race, and would finish in a time of 1:05:46. Rounding out the top three was Lee Wesselius in a time of 1:07:20.
On the women’s side, Allie Kieffer added to her 2018 Doha half-marathon title, winning the Toronto title with a time of 1:12:43, followed by Reneta Plis and Claire Sumner, who finished with times of 1:13:57 and 1:14:21, respectively.
Across all the races, the event saw 25,000 participants compete from approximately 70 countries, with almost 200 charities taking part. The event raised $3.5 million through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.
The 43-year-old Canadian marathon record has finally been toppled. Cam Levins, a native of Black Creek, B.C., smashed the record in his debut race at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, running a time of 2:09:25 to finish fourth overall. The former record, 2:10:09, was set by Jerome Drayton in 1975 at the Fukuoka Marathon. As payment, Levins will receive $43,000—$1,000 for every year the record has stood.