PACE Sports Fitness annual Learn to Run Clinic starts next Thursday March 5th! Are you new to trail running? Want to give it a try but don't know where to start? PACE offers this annual 8 week learn to run clinic every March for participants who want to gain fitness, learn more about technique and where all the trail networks are!
This is a beginner clinic and everyone runs/trains in one group (unlike our regular trail series where we offer up to 6 training groups). You must be running a minimum of 30min 2x's per week to qualify for the learn to trail run clinic. There is a minimum of 10 people required to start the clinic, so round up your friends and inspire them to join you!
This clinic will lead participants up to Spring Rush 5km where they will have the option to participate in the race and receive 25% off their race entry. This clinic is the perfect intro clinic for anyone who wants to build confidence and fitness to take part in our regular clinic series. Completion of the learn to run clinic will easily allow you to carry on with PACE and register for the 15k training groups in our regular clinics.
Journey with us and find out what makes trail running so much fun!
Thanks to the generous support and warm welcome from Red Mountain Resorts, runners will have exclusive lodging promotion for their stay between July 13th & July 19th. This makes it an easy way to bring your family, mountain bikes, road bikes, golf clubs and make a mid-summer vacation out of it!
1 Bedroom - $150 (Max 2 people)
2 Bedroom - $200 (Max 4 people)
3 Bedroom - $250 (Max 6 people)
4 Bedroom - $325 (Max 10 people)
These rates apply for both Slalom Creek and Copper Creek Condo and are based on the number of bedrooms. Minimum two night stay is required to get these preferred rates.
Simply call Red Mountain Reservations (after November 15th, 2014) at 1-877-969-7669 and
ask for the "Broken Goat" promo.
We have decided to keep the early bird pricing in effect for Spring Rush. With less than 40 spots left, we expect this year's race to (once again) fill up... so register soon so you don't miss out on one of BC's most scenic and most challenging trail running races.
Offering 3 distances to choose from, Spring Rush has something for everyone. We are a grass roots trail series, with a goal to offer challenging & scenic race courses that leave our participants feeling exhausted but overjoyed upon completion. We also support local charities in the process and put our own homemade touch to the events with apple pies, homemade jams and finishers medals.
Spring Rush takes place in Rose Valley Regional Park. Known as the hidden gem of West Kelowna.
Welcome to the P.A.C.E Trail Race Series where we host a variety of grass-roots events in beautiful British Columbia. Our goal is simple. To offer challenging & scenic race courses that leave our participants feeling exhausted but overjoyed upon completion. We also support local charities in the process. We call it the 'share the love' program. Basically what that means is we create outstanding and memorable courses on some of our favorite trails from each community that include as much climbing and single track as we can find. Then we donate a portion of each race entry back to organizations in need. Yea, our races are hard. All of them... But don't let that psych you out. Every year we witness people from all over who cross the finish line with huge smiles, wobbly legs and where we embrace sweaty hugs + reward our racers with handmade finishers medals made with more "love". Plus your participation helps us give back!
Running feels good. Giving back feels good. Doing both feels great!
Our series is all about homemade apple pies, jams and embracing the gift to be able to run and enjoy the journey. Top three finishers in each distance usually get pie, jam or coffee. But don't worry if you don't finish top 3. We always make extra pies or jam to put into the draw prizes, so you'll still have a shot to go home with a tasty morsel.
We also created the "inspiration station" concept in the spring of 2014, where you can head over to the tent on race day and grab a "lifeline" quote or write something motivational on your hand. Sometimes we add "star junctions" where we hang buckets filled with quotes on challenging parts of the course in case you need a little reminder of how awesome you are or if you need a little motivation to keep you moving. Yea, we like to show the love, but don't let that fool you. Our race courses are no joke and you should come prepared. READ MORE...
You can now set up your fundraising page and start your campaign to raise the $150.00 participation fee for this year's charity run. 100% of the proceeds go to CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) Kelowna branch.
The run is a scenic and very beautiful point to point run in Okanagan Mountain Park. Starting in Kelowna, runners will traverse 34-38k & climb 4,000 feet before arriving in Naramata.
Lunch will be held at a local winery. Participants responsible for their own food/drinks. Snacks will be provided immediately following the run, however.
Looking for a MTB this season? Well, you're in luck! I am selling my beauty of a bike. My Ibis Mojo SL. Purchased in 2011, I am embarrassed to say, I haven't put many miles on her as I have running my legs off the last 4yrs and just not riding as much. So... this girl is looking for a new home. She has been very well maintained and is in mint condition.
Carbon frame - 23lbs total weight
140mm (5.5") suspension with Fox Racing Fork and Shock
XTR Drivetrain (Front/Rear derailleur and shifters)
Carbon Formula 1 hydraulic brakes
XTR crankset (3x10)
Crank Brothers Cobalt tubeless 26" wheelset
New Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25 x 26" tubeless tires
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I caught up with PACER Marja Fipke after her race yesterday and I hope you'll help me in congratulating her on this awesome achievment!
Q: What made you want to run a half marathon this time of year?
A: The reason why I wanted to do a race in February is because there aren't many races between fall and spring. I signed up to keep me motivated and to have something to work towards. Also I wanted to test myself and see how my fitness level is. And I really liked the metals they gave out as well.
Q What did you do to prepare for this event? Training through the winter months can be tough.
A: To tell you the truth I didn’t really prepare for the race as I should have. My intentions were there but it just didn’t come together. I basically just ran with PACE Wednesdays, Sundays and I did a few 8/9 km runs with my friend.
Q: So how did the race go?
A: The race went actually surprisingly well. I was feeling good throughout the whole race and I didn’t have any issues with my hips, ankles or hamstrings. It’s the first time that I ran a race without any friends and I decided to listen to music instead. I have to say that that really helped me mentally.
Q: What was the best part of your experience?
A: The best experience of the race was feeling good while I was doing it and having confidence in myself and to realize that you can actually do more than you think you can. I think doing all the training with PACE has helped me to be more confident in myself as a runner. Meeting a bunch of new great people and of course finishing the race.
Today's training day was all about practicing our vertical ascents and descents. Oh! And beer...
Athletes training in the Winter Trail Running Clinic have a specific workout challenge to complete. Upon completion, they simply tag PACE & Tree Brewery or use hashtag #WinterVerticalChallenge on Twitter/Facebook for a chance to win 1/3 six-packs!
The registration for the 2015 Mountain Running Camp in Revelstoke, BC is now open. The second camp in the PACE Series, runners will enjoy exiting a variety of terrain over three days + sleep easy at the luxurious Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain. Please visit the Camps Tabs on the website for full details!
New routes for 2015!
Sunday February 8th will mark the first annual Tree Brewery Vertical Winter Ale Challenge. Athletes will be given a vertical running challenge... read more.
The first mountain camp in our series is now open for registration. We have new routes to explore and we have added some technique workshops complete with video analysis. Click here to see the daily schedules and complete camp outline.
If you are someone who is looking for a fun mountain running holiday, curious about stage racing or multi-day running or training for a challenging event this year, this camp will be perfect for you. It's a great mix of exploring, adventure, coaching and lots of wonderful social moments that help compliment the weekend.
3 meals + accommodations in the luxurious Red Mountain Resorts are included in the camp fees.
This camp sold out in the first year so register soon to reserve your spot.
Come explore with us and build some sweet mountain memories and strong mountain fitness.
And that is how you turn lemonade out of lemons folks! Thx for everyone upbeat and positive attitude towards the slightly less convenient meeting place this AM. As it turned out, it sounds like all groups had a stellar run!
PACE is place to feel good. Even on the days you're tired, stressed or feeling down. It's the camrodere of the group. The knowing someone's always got your back and the celebration of every mile we accomplish.
Sharing stories. Makinging friendships. And I am talking the longasting kind. Speed is often secondary and instead we aim to run steady and keep it conversational. Unless it's a performance day and the "coach" turns is loose to run our faces into the ground.
We honor our leaders and the often difficult task they have of keeping the group together. Trying to meet the different fitness levels while keeping it safe and fun. We appreciate the little things they do for us that often go unnoticed and don't need to be said. We feel it. We know they would piggyback us to the moon of we needed them.
As we complete week three of the January clinic and settle into our training environment, I can see people progressing. Gaining confidence. Speed and strength already in a short period of time. A very well earned rest week is ahead and information on this topic and more will be included in the weekly newsletter. Keep up the great work everyone and thanks to the ever so dedicated PACE Team for sharing their awesome trail spirit!
Registration/waitlist for the 25k & 50k distances is now closed. Thank you to everyone for their patience and support as we work our way through our start up year.
There is still room in the Vertical Climb (on Friday July 17th) and the 12km (Saturday July 18th) if you would still like to join us.
Thank you to our hosting sponsor RED Mountain Resort and supporting sponsor, Rossland Tourism for helping us get one of BC's newest ultras on the map. We are busy creating a weekend filled with more than just running and can't wait to share it with you this summer.
Last night was one of the most impressive hill training sessions I have coached in years. The winter clinic folk are focused and determined this year and they made a molehill out of the mountain they were running up/down to prove it. #proudcoach
Thanks to True Outdoors for hosting our run!
Three years ago I presented at the Vancouver International Film Festival, in Kelowna. I was invited to speak about my 2nd consecutive finish of the Gore-Tex Transalpine Run, an 8 day stage running race across the Alps. In my presentation, I added a very brief intro to where trail running actually started for me. Well, I found myself thinking about this race again, because I am heading back to "TAR" to attempt my 5th finish this year & I realized that I have never actually documented or shared the full story about this particular experience in my life. I truly believe it helped shape my future as a running coach, athlete & community leader. I also found it fitting as I just wrapped up a goal setting session with my athletes this week and this is a great example of not giving up. As I started writing and finding old photos, it made me laugh. I have come such a far way and I owe a lot of it to my husband and a few elephants.
We were bused from our hotel in Chiang Mai the following morning after the race briefing. Which was all presented in Thai and French. The majority of the racers were from France. There was one guy from Germany. One gal from Japan. And the two of us from Canada. So we could hardly understand a thing they were saying. The two race doctors spoke English so we managed to get a bit of information from them.
I remember starting out way to fast (such a rookie move) and as soon as I hit the first climb I was almost in tears. My back hurt. I was "so hot I thought I was going to die" and I even recall lying down on the ground rocking to try to help my backache. The doc's gave me Advil at the aid station and I carried on. Mostly walking. I finished in last place on day one.
My boyfriend came over to me right away and helped find me a bamboo mat in the shade. He forced me to drink the recovery drink that I could barely stomach. I was dry heaving and dizzy. He told me it was important to drink this for tomorrow. I couldn't even think about tomorrow, but I somehow got it all down.
The next three days I grew more confident having my bf run along side me. Despite the extreme heat, humidity, very sore toenails, shins and knees from the hard packed dirt roads, there were lots of really enjoyable moments.
The scenery was beautiful and every evening we had the most amazing meals. A team of cooks traveled along with us and made fresh curries, paid thai, soups etc... It was some of the best food I have every had to this day. In the evenings, each village would put on the most wonderful presentation to entertain us and we meet some wonderful new friends throughout the week.
The kids from each village would bring over paper and pens and asked everyone in the race for their autographs! It was very sweet. Our tents were assembled for us everyday and we just had to bring our own sleeping pads and bags. I won't go into detail about the bugs that were in my pillow, the gigantic spiders in the outdoor squat toilets, the snakes along the trail or that we couldn't shower for 5 days, even through this is what we still talk about the most. We basically stood in line, bare feet in the dirt, with a communal water bottle that someone cut in half and 3 of us would pass the bar of soap around, the water bottle which we used to rinse off and called it a day.
My Favorite day was stage 4. Not because I was vomiting from the heat/humidity and almost dropped out for the second time but because it was the day we ran past elephants. It was one of those moments in life that was truly significant for me. I realized that had I given up... I would have never had that "elephant moment". It was the day I realized that suffering is temporary and giving up lasts forever.
I went on to finish the race and placed 5th female. I ran the last day in my own and wanted my bf to be able to leave it out there and finish for him because he basically ran my race up to that point. I also wanted to prove I could do this and finish it on my own.
And to think... I almost missed out on it all. Sometimes you never know where the trail will take you or where your elephant moment is hiding...
We enjoyed the rest of vaca and did some rock climbing and lots of relaxing on beach. We have since returned to Thailand, only it was for our honeymoon and we brought our son with us. RAID THAI is no longer on the race scene, but it will forever be in my heart!
June 14th. Mark your calendars! Kelowna to Naramata while we raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Running feels good. Giving back feels good. Doing both feels great!
Full details under our events tab!
It was a great turn out for the first clinic of the 2015 season with PACE.
After a little bit of mingling and team introductions Coach Rene reviewed how the clinic will work, gave some important tips on trainng, shoes and some simple but useful things like how to take the air out of your hydration bladder. She then have an inspiring goal setting workshop before groups headed out for their runs!
After our run we worked on some balance exercises and stretching before wrapping the session up!
Thanks to everyone who choose PACE to spend their winter training time with and we hope you're fired up and as excited as we are!
The winter clinic starts this Wednesday and with a swack of snow! It can be difficult to stay motivated or use the snow or cold as an excuse to put your running goals on hold. Don't fret people! We will modify our workouts and locations to keep the workouts safe, motivating and tangible this time of year. The heavy snow won't last and the next 8 weeks is just about showing up. Doing your best. Feeling connected and putting effort into your goals, despite less than favorable conditions.
If you know me, you know I think and coach outside the box. We will get our butts in motion, build some strength and endurance and feel happy we persevere come March when the weather starts to perk up. One step at a time and a lot of layers - we can make Mexico out of this snow storm!
See you Wednesday.