Since a young age, Rene knew she wanted a career in athletics & fitness and she felt a strong connection to help others. At age 17 she started her journey into the fitness industry and quickly became a certified fitness instructor, trainer and teacher of fitness teachers through BCRPA. At the age of 29, she started her own company, P.A.C.E. Sports Fitness, (in 2005) where she combined coaching outdoor pursuits with her love of fitness. Rene obtained her level III coaching certification through the NCCP, skills and tactics training in cycling and a long list of other coaching/fitness courses that continued to expand her existing certifications and more importantly, her passion to help others.
In 2009 she accepted a position at Kelowna's largest fitness facility, as the fitness director, which to this day, remains a highlight of her career. With the growth of P.A.C.E.'s trail running clinics, coaching services, expanding the P.A.C.E. trail race series and addition of coaching mountain running camps, Rene retired after a very successful career in the fitness industry for over 20 yrs to peruse her coaching career 100%, under her home based company, P.A.C.E. Sports Fitness.
Along with running her business, race directing a popular trail race series, coaching athletes & mountain running camps, Rene also works for a German based events company, called Plan B, as the communications, marketing and coach/trainer for a 7 day stage race called the Gore-Tex Transalpine Run. She also runs a successful tour company that does the accommodation bookings and escorts groups to this race every year.
Rene has a long list of personal accomplishments (& stories) since she started endurance sports in 2003. She has a strong passion for stage racing, however her love for the outdoors, adventures with friends & helping others, is what motivates her most. She loves to travel and her two favourite adventure buddies are her husband and son. Rene enjoys a variety of sports outside of running, such as mountain, road, cross riding, rock climbing, nordic skiing, snowboarding, canyoneering, hiking & recently took up pottery as a way to further personalize part of her race series and spends much of her free time in the studio.
She is grateful for her long term sponsorship & partnerships with Salomon Canada (since 2013), Suunto Canada (since 2015) & Hammer Nutrition Canada (since 2014).
"Treat others the way you want to be treated." - Rene credits much of her personal and professional success (and happiness) to her parents, who taught her to live life with integrity, to lead with strong values and to always take the high road in tough situations.
BCRPA certifications varying from fitness leader, personal trainer and teacher of teachers since 1993.