PACE trail running clinics covers a wide variety of techniques & training topics. You'll meet new people, LEARN NEW TRAILS, ENHANCE YOUR TRAIL RUNNING JOURNEY & LOVE FOR THE OUTDOORS.
At P.A.C.E. we know it can be intimidating to join a new club or group. Fear not! We have created an environment where welcoming new people to the wonderful world of trail running is a high priority. Over the years, we have witnessed many long lasting friendships met on the P.A.C.E. scene. P.A.C.E. peeps are just really, really down to earth nice people. Now don't get me wrong. We all like to work hard and get into our groove, however everyone works at their own 'pace' and the clinic environments are very supportive and encouraging despite your fitness level or experience with trail running. You'll see...
About our Clinics
P.A.C.E. was first founded in 2005 by Kelowna local, Rene Unser. Rene was the first to start offering clinics and coaching in the sport of trail running in the Okanagan and hasn't looked back.
P.A.C.E. offers 4 trail running clinics per year. Each clinic is 12 weeks in duration and training happens 2x's per week. Wednesday is speed, strength, stamina focused, where athletes get to participate in time trials, hill climbs, fartleks, intervals, and more. Weekends are the heart of the training and where athletes build and test their endurance with the long run.
P.A.C.E. has a team of 9 experienced athletes who love to trail run, have been coached by Rene for a minimum of one year, believe in the P.A.C.E. philosophies and are totally rad people. They know the trails, love to explore and enjoy helping others reach their goals. The team is diversified and some certified in alpine safety, personal trainers, coaches and they all recreate in a variety of outdoor pursuits!
We call it the sweet life! Sign up for your P.A.C.E. adventure today.
How it Works
Wednesday sessions will offer a variety of different trail routes and speed sessions for participants to enjoy. The athletes that know Rene, know she likes to think outside the box and she finds the most creative, fun and challenging ways to train her athletes. The mid-week sessions follow a specially designed program, and the workouts include hill training, stamina, tempo training, time trials, vertical training and more.
Depending on the time of year, the clinics take on different focus. Base building, maintenance, speed, dry land, strength etc..
Weekend sessions are 90% off-road and endurance based. Participants will be split into appropriate groups based on their fitness levels and pace. Each group will have an experienced and qualified P.A.C.E. leader to take them on their training journey each session. In the event we have a crazy winter with lots of snow, please be prepared to be flexible with our run locations, as some road may be integrated to ensure our fitness goals are being met and improving.
All of our clinics will include running specific workshops in the form of guest speakers, lectures or video analysis.
15k Training Group
Wednesdays: 30min to 45min session (depending on the season and clinic) Weekends: 60min to 120min session (gradually building into 120min) Please note: The Spring Clinic will build the 15k training group into a 2hr 20min long run (3 runs over 90min in total) to prepare for Broken Goat 12k trail race on July 18, 2015.
Participants of this training group should be running road or trail 2x's per week for a minimum of 45min. Often this distance attracts beginners and those new to trail running. It also attracts those who are time crunched and don't really have more than 1.5hrs to spend running on the weekend. We also get some faster folk who want to train with a little more intensity and less endurance.
We set up the weekend runs based on your fitness levels and experience. There are different 15k groups offered to allow for varying speeds and fitness levels.
25k Training Group
Wednesdays: 45min to 75min session (depending on the season and clinic) Weekends: 90min to 3.5hrs session (gradually building into 3-3.5hrs) Please note: The Spring Clinic will build the 25k training group into a 4hr long run (3 runs of approx. 3hr 15 to 4:0hrs in total) to prepare for Broken Goat 25k trail race on July 18, 2015.
The 25k group starts their long run at approx. 1.5hrs. So you need to have run this duration or close to this duration before signing up for the 25k group. Over the course of the clinic you will grow your endurance upwards of 3-3.5hrs on the weekend runs. We set up the weekend run groups based on your fitness & experience level. We have team leaders ready to break into smaller training groups to ensure we do our best at accommodating everyone's needs.
Participants of this training group should be running a minimum of 2-3x's per week. One session approx. 1.5hrs and the other approx. 45min in order to safely build your endurance and speed and avoid injury in this training group.
Often this distance attracts half & full road marathon runners who are looking for a change or to build strength. We also see a stream of triathletes who like to use our clinics as cross-training. Our 25k group provides a great platform for our 15k training group to build into, not to mention those who are training for specific 15k to 25k off road races.
If you are someone who is considering running your first ultra and need to build a base, the 25k training group does a really nice job on setting you up to jump into the 50k training groups!
50k Training Group
Wednesdays: 75min to 120min (depending on the season and clinic) Sundays: 3hrs to 5hrs (gradually building into 5-5.5hrs)
The 50k training group starts their long run at approx. 2.5-3hrs. So you need to have run this duration or close to this duration before signing up for the 50k training group. Over the course of the clinic you will grow your endurance upwards of 5hrs on the Weekend runs. Just like all the groups, we set the groups up based on your fitness & experience level. We have team leaders ready to break into smaller training groups to ensure we do our best at accommodating everyone's needs.
Participants of this training group should be running a minimum of 3-4x's per week. One session needs to be approx. 2.5-3hrs and the other two approx. 45min to 1hr in order to safely build your endurance and speed and avoid injury in this training group. Please email Rene if you have any questions or simply want to discuss this.
Often this distance attracts full road marathon runners who are looking for a change or to build more strength or avoid injury through trails. We also see a stream of triathletes who like to use this distance as cross-training. This training option welcomes the new comers to ultra runners or those veterans wanting some good ol' company to fill the long training hours with or get faster.