It was inspiring to see everyone push themselves and work so hard. We set up the event to give our athletes am opportunity to practice race pace, fueling, nutrition, gear etc...
I will get results posted ASAP!!!
FALL TRAIL RUNNING CLINIC 15K/25K/50K Training Groups
REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RUNNING CAMP Sept 26th -28th
The Revelstoke Camp is going to be incredible! Runners can to run 4-5hr on Saturday + 3-4hrs on Sunday and Friday evening we have a fun 60-90min night-run planned with headlamps + a special treat!
Our camps aren't just about running. They are about embracing new experiences the mountains, meeting new people and making long-lasting memories. The mountains make people happy. Pure & simple and we hope to be happy with you this September on some of Revelstoke's nicest backcountry trails!
There are still some spots left. Registration closes on August 25th.
AUTUMN RUSH TRAIL RACE 20K/42K in Angel Springs
Thank you to everyone who participated in the PACE Enduro yesterday. It was a challenging day and athletes pressed on through hot conditions and a tough course.
Thanks to my Dad for volunteering his time for set up + timing. Chris and Ellen ...for their marking expertise and Stephanie for making the energy balls at the aid station. As well as those athletes who helped clean up at the end.
Thanks to everyone for the tasty items for the pot luck. We are so lucky to have such a great running community to spend a day like today with. #morefunwithfriends #groupmotivation
This years annual charity run, organized and sponsored by the founder/owner of P.A.C.E. Sports Fitness, Rene Unser, marked the toughest course to-date with stats showing a whopping 63km, 7500ft ascent & 8000+ft descent. It took the determined & tight-knit group approx. 12.5hrs to complete and the 20 of them raised over $8,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
The trail itself starts off Hwy 33 on Philpot Road. It starts off with a steep climb called Cardiac Hill and proceeds to climb for quite some time. The trail is mostly single track and there are pretty view points along the way. We broke the run up into segments for the day and our first goal was to run 29km to Beaver Lake Trailhead where my Dad, Joe, and son, Carter, would meet us. They picked up 5 other runners from Home Depot in Kelowna and car pooled out at 8:30am where they set up a terrific buffet of snacks and water. We are so grateful for their patience + for volunteering their time. The aid stations were such a valuable part of the success of the day for everyone.
We expected this section to take approx. 4-4.5hrs. I believe it took us closer to 6hrs as there was a lot of deadfall and trees to navigate. Not to mentioned the trail is quite poorly marked, so it required two to three of us to head in different directions to locate the correct markers. Or we would travel so far and then have to turn around as the 'markers' were lost.
We also had two very brave and strong dudes who decided to attempt to MTB the course and as you can imagine lugging their bikes up and over logs + miles of walking a few steps, riding 5 seconds, off again and repeat took time and patience.
Leaving the BL Trailhead, the fresh runners kept us all on our toes as they were anxious and ready to roll! We climbed out of the aid station and not long after into more deadfall. Once we got up the climb, however we did get into some beautiful meadows with alpine flowers, spectacular views and for the first time in the day we felt like we could actually sustain some leg turnover and run! Our next segment/goal was to make it another approx. 14-15km to the Oyama Lake Trail head where we would access our last aid station before making the final push to the finish. I believe we covered this section in approx. 2hrs and rolled into Oyama in high spirits. There was some tricky navigational areas in this section again and also some very cool areas like the Monolith. Everyone worked so well together and if you weren't helping 'scout' you were staying upbeat, positive and patient. The energy remained high, even as the heat of the day was firing up and we all knew we were going to be out longer than originally expected.
We had a solid team waiting at the Oyama trail head at the approx. 41km mark. Owen, Owen's brother in law + Claude waiting patiently as well for us to arrive. They were in high spirits, cheered us in and helped us get refueled before making a quick transition back on the trail. Not one person waivered at this point. The full meal deal runners were already 8hrs in at this point and the 30k runners were just over 2hrs in. You could tell everyone was in it together. Going to make the final push and do what it took to get this beast of a run done... as a team.
Truth be told, this last section was a bit of a blur for me. I continued to engage in more conversation with those around me. I was super focused on trail finding, keeping the group moving, reminding everyone to keep drinking + eating that I mostly recall the terrain being single track, more trees down but still more runnable sections. The navigation improved for longer stretches, but still would randomly pop out and there be no clear markings in some sections. We truthfully didn't know if we only 14km or 22km left as the trail reports and map distances didn't match. I think we all secretly were praying it was only 14km but it turned out to be 22km and took us another 4+hrs.
After our glorious group shot at the summit of microwave tower, the views and triumph of our journey thus far fueled the group for the 'final-final' push down to Cosen's Bay. The trail was steep, technical and still had numerous tress down. There remained a few tricky navigational sections but we sniffed out the trail with continued team work and eventually could see water and eventually-eventually hit the road back to Cosen's Bay parking lot. We all regrouped for the final 200m, liked arms and the volunteers set up a ribbon finish line for us to all cross. It was 7:30pm. We started at 6:30am. Approx. 13hours for the 63k runners + 7hrs for the 31k runners. This includes our aid station stops etc...
Not one complaint. Not one sour comment. There was joy. Pride. Maybe even some tears. This wasn't just a run... it symbolized how fortunate we all were to have the health and opportunity to accomplish something so wonderful in honor of those who can't. For many, we ran with family members and friends close to our hearts all day long. Every year this run holds a touch of magic and symbolizes community and a belief that our contributions are making a difference and helping those suffering from Cancer. It gives us hope and also reminds us to keep our aspirations alive and that anything is possible if we put our minds to it.
I wore Mary's favorite necklace on the run. I haven't worn it since my Dad gave it to me last September as I was saving it for this day. I drew copious amounts of energy and strength from this all day long. It was a very endearing moment for me personally, when I came into the finish at Cosen's Bay and my Dad noticed it and gave me hug. We both teared up and shared a very endearing moment. It was a beautiful sentiment of honoring as we both know Mary was with us and that she was proud of what we all accomplished together that day.
This event wouldn't have been possible without the support from our community. It was a long and enduring day for all the volunteers. Our time line was way off and it resulted in our volunteers waiting patiently and devoting their whole day to supporting us. Some baked or brought food. Everyone drove to and/or from the start, remote aid stations, the finish and back to Kelowna. The volunteer team that made up this years event was the glue that kept us rolling along our epic journey. We are all so grateful.
Cobs Bread, Hammer Nutrition, Tree Brewery, PACE Sports Fitness, Missy Blackburn, Jody Crumb & Trent Marshall all contributed in some manner to the aid station and finish line food/beverage.
The generosity from our friends, family and community who helped us exceed our fundraising goals. Everyone who donated needs to know that each participant ran with the motivation from your support and each of us wanted to make you proud and be deserving of your donation. Our run as also fueled by each of you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Kelowna Cycle continues to step up in huge ways to help support PACE Sports Fitness, our athletes, our events and our community!
They have offered to sponsor our volunteer BBQ and they will provide hamburgers for all our hard working trail peeps this Saturday. And anyone who has enjoyed a KC burger before knows how awesome they are!
Thanks Kelowna Cycle for your continued support and involvement within our community and for PACE!
Lots happening on the PACE scene these days... you can tell spring is in the air and people are ready to rock it this season.
We held the first annual free 4hr endure to wind up a fabulous January clinic last Sunday and then rolled in HOT with two new clinic launches this week.
The spring clinic is Full-Full. With over 50 athletes training with PACE over the next 12 weeks - they will keep their coach on my toes ;) A fantastic group with high energy and determination in their eyes. We are going to work our butts off but have a blast this spring! See ya'll this Sunday for the long haul.
A new clinic started last night on the PACE scene too. Over 15 newbies mustered up the courage to participate in the learn to run 5k trail clinic. I just have to say how awesome this group of women are and how much I enjoyed the first session. It reminded me of where it all started with PACE and how much I enjoy coaching new runners. Really excited to help grow fitness, confidence and have fun with this group this spring too.
It's the sweet life! PACE continues to inspire me and I am so grateful for this lifestyle and opportunity to work with such amazing people in an environment I love.
Okay, gotta go! Coffee was on since 4am and I have a full work day ahead of me, planning, programming, inspiring, teaching and maybe napping ;)
We are so excited and happy to welcome Hammer Nutrition on as an official partner of PACE Sports Fitness Events & Races this year.
Athletes on the PACE scene participating in the Mountain Running Camps, Races, Time Trials and charity events will be fueled by a variety of awesome Hammer products.
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What would it be like to go hungry over the holidays? Heck what would it be like to go hungry on a daily basis? Did you know that the Food Bank within the Central Okanagan services nearly 30,000 people per year and a third of them are children?
Well, that's why PACE hosts a few runs for the food bank every year. We believe that giving back is just as rewarding, if not more rewarding, than crossing a finish line, running on a sweet ridge-line or that fun feeling of blazing down a fast descent.
Thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy holiday season to give back to those in need. Together, we collected a significant amount of food, had some fun, gave back to our own health and brought everyone together before the holidays.
There were 4 different groups that headed out. 3 running groups and 1 hiking group. It was also Nathan's big debut as he lead his first 'official' run as a PACE leader. He did an awesome job and we are stoked to have him join the team in 2014.
The winner of the costume contest was no big surprise. Nicole, (some of you remember her as the sumo wrestler from Halloween) went above and beyond once again to show us her holiday spirit and win another beautiful tea pack from our sponsors Touch Organic.
We finished the run with a nice social in the parking lot with hot chocolate and treats. Thanks again to those of you who brought treats, helped host on their tailgate, brought your children and dogs down and made this a good ol' fashioned holiday hamper soiree.
Happy holidays from the PACE team.
Last nights TRR and PACE info night was a blast! Thank you to our sponsor and generous host, True Outdoors for housing the event and for all the amazing prizes! Please visit these guys for your last minute holiday shopping and show your support. They have some great sales on for the mountain lover in your household.
Thanks goes out, as well, to everyone who came out to support the event and learn more about the TransRockies Run and the Mountain Running Camps coming up in 2014. PACE gave away a free entry to to the upcoming January Trail Run Clinic so training for TRR can officially get started . I also want to thank my Dad for his help with the set up. He is always there to help me with the grunt work of my projects.
Shout out to race director Kevin McDonald for his high energy presentation, all the awesome swag, beer and pizza and let's not forget... Not one but two free entry giveaways for RUN 3. HOLY COW!
PACE peeps... Who's in for a fun year of making memories in the mountains next year!? I think we have approx 10 people ready to sign up for TRR and there is a solid buzz around the camps. It's gonna be fantastic! Can't wait!
With only approx. 70 spots left in the race, don't forget to email me if you want the PACE discount code to receive $100 off your entry!
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.
Meet your Maker is a solo 50 mile race or team relay that takes place in beautiful Whistler, BC on September 7th.
In 2014, PACE will be hitting the road for a road trip to participate in this epic event and hang out in beautiful Whistler with fellow PACE peeps. The summer & fall trail running clinic will focus specifically on preparation for this event.
The main reason I chose this event is because I know how athletes on the PACE scene like to have fun. This 50 mile relay course supports teams of up to 7 people, allowing a variety of people with different endurance levels to make up a team. It gives you the option to run it as a team of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7. You can split legs up as you wish and then cheer on your fellow team mates when you're not running.
It also supports those on the PACE scene who want to test their limits with the solo category.
PACE will be giving away prizes for the team who comes up with the best team name using "PACE" in the title.
So what are you waiting for? Registration is open! Start building your PACE teams today and let's start planning the road trip! - COACH R
Total Distance: 86.04 km (53.46 miles)
Elevation Gain: 3736 m
Elevation Loss: 3736 m
Highest Elevation: 1913.6 m
Lowest Elevation: 597.1 m
Relay Leg Information
Leg 1 -Start to Wedgemount Parking Lot
Distance: 10.26 km | Elevation Gain: 223.9 m | Elevation Loss: 296.5 m
This section features a nice open, flat stretch (relatively speaking!) that takes runners from the start at Rebagliati Park, through Lost Lake Park, to the Green Lake Loop trail and on to the Wedgemount Parking Lot area – a perfect warm-up leg. READ MORE
Leg 2 – Wedgemount Parking Lot to Base 2
Distance: 21.12 km | Elevation Gain: 821.3 m | Elevation Loss: 654.2 m
The majority of this leg is run on the world renowned mountain biking trail known as Comfortably Numb. Recognized by the IMBA as a renowned “epic ride” due to its quantity and quality of technically demanding terrain, Comfortably Numb follows undulating singletrack through beautiful old growth forest. READ MORE
Leg 3 – Base 2 to Peak-to-Peak
Distance: 10.36 km | Elevation Gain: 1153.1 m | Elevation Loss: 92.7 m
No easy way to say this…this leg is all about the climb! With increasingly impressive mountain sights as the runners ascend, this section is guaranteed to be the most enjoyable 1000+m gain in elevation ever experienced! READ MORE
Leg 4 – Peak-to-Peak to Whistler Creekside
Distance: 7.86 km | Elevation Gain: 0.8 m | Elevation Loss: 1113.8 m
What goes up must come down! Upon arriving on Whistler Mountain, via the Peak-to-Peak gondola, runners will begin their descent down to Whistler Creekside. READ MORE
Leg 5 – Whistler Creekside to Function Junction
Distance: 11.89 km | Elevation Gain: 408.9 m | Elevation Loss: 499.4 m
This section begins with a singletrack climb up to and beyond the exclusive neighborhood of Kadenwood. Once past Kadenwood, elevation gain eases off as runners traverse the lower flanks of Whistler Mountain... READ MORE
Leg 6 – Function Junction to Rainbow Trail Parking Lot
Distance: 9.65 km | Elevation Gain: 485.9 m | Elevation Loss: 419.3 m
This section starts in Function Junction and accesses the Flank Trail which traverses the southeast slope of Sproatt Mountain finishing at the Rainbow Trailhead. READ MORE
Leg 7 – Rainbow Trail Parking Lot to Finish
Distance: 10.44 km | Elevation Gain: 185.1 m | Elevation Loss: 182.2 m
This final stretch from Whistler`s Westside back to Rebagliati Park continues to include some impressive singletrack. READ MORE
NEW this year - an awards ceremony & fun Christmas theme.
Beautiful setting at Myra Canyon Ranch on June Springs Road.
Full details on our events page.
You're invited to a special event! TransRockies Run & PACE Mountain Running Camps Information Night.
Pizza & Drinks will be served | BONUS: 10% off all items in store plus win a FREE
RUN3 entry ($900.00)
Date: Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Location: True Outdoors – 100-2340 Highway 97 North, Kelowna, BC
Limited to the first 75 people who RSVP. Full details found here.