1:30 Craig Dale


List a fun fact about yourself:
I’m a runner and triathlete that loves to travel the world to train and race with the wife in a speedo and spandex while paying the bills as a tax geek in a suit (often with flip flops).

Why do you like to RUNVAN?
The events are well organized local races with competitive fields that bring out the best.

What is your favourite post run food?
Hmmm, if it is a big long run, I’m probably dreaming of thin crust pizza.
However, mostly I end up eating oatmeal, Greek yogurt, berries with a side of nut butter and a Starbucks coffee!

We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
Any song by Taylor Swift, maybe not the worst, but embarrassingly they do get me pumped up (the wife will attest to this)!

You are going to be leading a lot of people to their goal time at the First Half. What is your best race advice?
Have confidence in your training and preparation, stick to your individual race plan and stay in the moment taking it a mile at a time.

1:35 Lishan Sharples

1:35 Lishan Sharples

1:40 Chris Yee


List a fun fact about yourself:
I am training for Ironman Korea in 2019 and hope to qualify for the 2020 Ironman World Championships.

Why do you like to RUNVAN?
I love the atmosphere! The events are well organized and supported, and whether you’re running to win the race or just trying to reach the finish line, everyone is positive and encouraging.

What is your favourite post run food?
Chocolate milk!

We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
Eminem’s – Lose Yourself. It gets me fired up!

You are going to be leading a lot of people to their goal time at the First Half. What is your best race advice?
Everyone toeing the line feels the same pain, so just put one foot in front of the other and you’ll get to the finish (some just a little faster than others). AND Have Fun!

1:45 Vivian Davidson


1:45 Vivian Davidson

2:00 Cory Jennerman

List a fun fact about yourself:
I have a lava rock from Hawaii that I put in my running shoes the night before big races for good luck.

Why do you like to RUNVAN?
The scenery! Vancouver has some of the best waterfront running that I have ever experienced, I’ve run the courses hundreds of times in training and am constantly in awe of the views that you get.

What is your favourite post run food?
I’m partial to a nice shot of tequila immediately after a race

We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
I Get Around – The Beach Boys

You are going to be leading a lot of people to their goal time at the  First Half. What is your best race advice?
Don’t be afraid to draft off of your pacer. Running directly behind someone can save you 2-3 seconds per kilometre (more if there’s a headwind). That can make a big difference over a half marathon! It’s also much easier mentally to stare a someone’s back and have them “pull” you along. Those little things add up and can pay off in a big way during the last few kilometres.

2:10 Karen McCullough


2:10 Karen McCullough

2:15 Vivian Lee


2:15 Vivian Lee

2:30 Evgeny Vinnik


List a fun fact about yourself:
I love creating furniture and art from plywood and cardboard using laser cutter.

Why do you like to RUNVAN?
The medals RUNVAN® is making for their events are spectacular: they have a nice solid weight, and spectacular designs.
T-shirts from the BMO Vancouver Marathon are also great, as proven by me they can withstand dozens of washes, and tend to impress fellow runners.

What is your favourite post run food?
More energy gels and electrolyte drinks!.. Not. I love bananas the most.

We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
“Eye Of The Tiger”, of course!
You pass by the invited band, they happen to play it – boom! You’re stuck with the motive for the rest of the run.

You are going to be leading a lot of people to their goal time at the First Half. What is your best race advice?
Say you are running a half marathon event, and you are lucky have a pacer for your desired time, 2:30 for example. Remember that at the beginning of the race it is actually very easy to run much faster than the pacer, but that would cause you to spend much more energy.
This would make the end of the race much tougher, to the point of being passed by the desired pacer in the last kilometres. A better strategy is actually to stick with the pacer for the beginning and then speed up closer to the end.