I had no idea, that 9 years ago, when decided to become a running coach that it would bring my life such an abundance of JOY. And further that it would be connect me with such amazing athletes and friends.
PACE has evolved over the years and become this incredible, generous, fit and friendly community of trail runners who like to run (duh!) but more importantly, has created a place where people have come to know that they are celebrated, cared for and ultimately supported on the PACE scene no matter what your goals are or your speed is. It is a special bond among everyone.
That's because we do more than run. We make memories. We build friendships. We explore and we inspire one another to live a life that is fulfilling and ultimately becomes rewarding.
Just like each of you love a challenge, I love to be challenged as a coach too. Every year athletes at PACE get faster, fitter, smarter and have the desire to go further, take on new challenges and step up their commitment levels. So I too have taken the steps required so that I can support you and ensure that 2014 is nothing more than a home run in terms of providing more education. More video analysis and technique work. We will focus on more mobility and stability exercises to help prevent injuries and allow everyone to have a happy, strong season.
Western Financial, Kelowna Cycle, True Outdoors and Salomon are title sponsors and they do a lot behind the scenes and on the pace scene to be supportive. They all showed tremendous support this year and enhanced our clinics, charity runs and events greatly. I am grateful to have these businesses in my corner. As well as Jen from Flora Health/Udos Oil, Dan from Concept H2O, Crystal from Flaman Fitness, Scott from Sturgeon Hall, Patrick from Touch Organic Tea and Matt & Molly from Claremont Ranch.
My team. Ian, Jamie, Stephanie, Cindy, Karen B, Karen C, Jody, Trent, Chris and Nathan – you have all been loyal to me over the years. First as athletes and then later as a teammate. You believe in the vision PACE has to help bring out the best in our community of trail runners, to have fun and be safe while creating life long memories. Your hard work, support, positive attitudes and friendship means not only the world to me – but those in our clinics. You show PACE athletes a good time on the Sunday runs while getting their miles in. I am extremely grateful for all of you and without you PACE wouldn’t “run” as a one-man show. Thank you.
Dr. David Urness for sharing his expertise, experience and valuable information with us on injury prevention during the year. The volunteers for the Autumn Rush trail race. You all made a long-lasting impact on the success of our event. Thank you for giving back your time and energy. The participants and those who donated and supported our charity run from Salmon Arm to Sicamous. Warren & Ron Ellis for leading and sweeping the pack. The trail maintenance volunteers that got dirty, braved a cold and wet day to spruce up Earring Trail which PACE adopted this year.
To all my athletes, thank you so much for choosing to invest in PACE and for trusting your running and fitness goals with me. I look forward to moving mountains next year together and building off the memories of 2013. I am really, really, grateful for the life I live and PACE is a huge part of that.