Join in with a pacer to reach your goal run time! Look for your pacer at the start corral wearing a RUNVAN® Pacer shirt!

Pacers are experienced runners who run the race at an even pace with a specified goal time. This helps fellow runners stay on-pace to achieve desired finish times. As a local non-profit organization, we truly value those who give back to others in the run community.

Pacers:

  • Run continuously at a steady pace to meet the goal time
  • Offer encouragement to the runners they are pacing
  • Arrive early to the race corrals. Seed yourself next to your goal time

Pace times: 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30

Meet Your Pacers

1:30 Vivian Davidson


Vivian-Davidson List a fun fact about yourself:
I speak 4.5 languages and am a fraternal twin.

Why do you like RUNVAN®?
I love the community-building ethos of this organization, the well-organized events and the beautiful courses that are featured in RUNVAN races.

What is your favourite post run food?
Chocolate milk and protein bars.

We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
Justin Timberlake “can’t stop the feeling”.

You are going to be leading a lot of people to their goal time at the First Half. What is your best race advice?
Know your pace and stick with it! Often with race adrenaline, people cheering, etc. it’s easy to start at a pace faster than the one you trained with which is not wise as you will pay for it later! It’s better to have a bit of energy left at the end to do a negative split and even sprint a bit towards the end than to slow down mid race because of a too-aggressive start 😊

1:35 Raymond Cayas


Raymond-CayasList a fun fact about yourself:
I’m a martial arts instructor.

Why do you like RUNVAN®?
It’s always a big event and lots of my friends run it too so it’s very motivating.

What is your favourite post run food?
Pancakes! It just makes me happy and full.

We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
I normally don’t listen to music when I run. But when I did it was “Happy” by Pharrell Williams – it’s catchy but oh so bad.

You are going to be leading a lot of people to their goal time at the First Half. What is your best race advice?
Stay your pace, listen, and have fun. We will reach that target time or PB.

1:40 Chris Yee


Chris-YeeList 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 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 Jonathan Ichikawa


Jonathan-IchikawaList a fun fact about yourself:
Besides being an amateur runner, I am a professional philosopher.

Why do you like RUNVAN®?
They put on great local races full of wonderful and supportive runners and volunteers.

What is your favourite post run food?
Beer and something warm.

We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
This season I’ve had Sebastian the crab singing “Under the Sea” to me through a lot of my runs.

You are going to be leading a lot of people to their goal time at the First Half. What is your best race advice?
I believe in studying the route and planning ahead. Veer in the direction of the next turn to stay closer to the tangents and run a shorter race. Know which hills to save your energy on, and which ones to charge up. Decide when to stop holding anything back to go for that negative split. (Or stick with your pacer who can coach you through a lot of these decisions.)

1:50 Ethan Compagna

Ethan-CompagnaList a fun fact about yourself:
I am a full time UBC student studying animal biology with a little bit of ultra marathon training on the
side.

Why do you like RUNVAN®?
The events are well planned and the volunteers are awesome, it's a great atmosphere to celebrate
accomplishments with hundreds if not thousands of other runners.

What is your favourite post run food?
I go nuts for donuts after a long training run!

We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
I once found my second wind listening to Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen, but it's not going on my
running playlist anytime soon.

You are going to be leading a lot of people to their goal time at the  First Half. What is your best race advice?
Set off with a comfortable pace, smile through the pain, and take it step by step in order to cross that
finish line, because oh my it feels good to cross that line.

1:55 Özge Yazar

Ozge-YazarList a fun fact about yourself:
I lived in three different countries in the past year!

Why do you like RUNVAN®?
Vancouver runners are super motivated no matter the weather.

What is your favourite post run food?
Pizza… favourite post- everything food.

We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
It Ain’t Me – Kygo, Selena Gomez

You are going to be leading a lot of people to their goal time at the First Half. What is your best race advice?
Smile for the cameras and make sure you’re having fun!

2:00 Diana Wilson

Diana-WilsonList a fun fact about yourself:
My favourite thing to wear when racing is my Wonder Woman outfit – it’s amazing how much energy you can get from all the smiles and cheers you receive from spectators when you run in a costume! And my next favourite thing to wear is a smile – even when you’re pushing hard and things are hurting, if you can put a smile on your face it all feels just a little easier and more enjoyable. 🙂

Why do you like RUNVAN®?
RUNVAN events are always very well organized, and generally have great energy from both participants and supporters.

What is your favourite post run food?
My favourite post-run food is generally something a little healthier like a banana or a smoothie. But post-race I can’t wait to slam a huge bag of salt and vinegar chips and some chocolate milk.

We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good”. That played on endless repeat for a huge chunk of the New York Marathon for me!

You are going to be leading a lot of people to their goal time at the First Half. What is your best race advice?
We all know it, but it can still be hard to remember on race day – DO NOT start out too fast!!! If you’re keeping to the proper pace it will always feel much too easy in the beginning – and the excitement of the race start will always make you want to run faster. But staying controlled in the first portion of the race can make all the difference to hitting your goals overall.

2:05 Victor Qin

Victor-QinList a fun fact about yourself:
When I ran my first marathon I didn’t even know what energy gel is.

Why do you like RUNVAN®?
Well organized, there are lot of fun, lot of food and lot of friends.

What is your favourite post run food?
Coffee and more coffee.

We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
Actually, I like any songs I hear, as a background music.

You are going to be leading a lot of people to their goal time at the First Half. What is your best race advice?
Keep not running too fast at the beginning, Keep pace steady and maintaining your breath in the middle, Keep running strong and smiling at the end.

2:10 Karen McCullough


Karen-McCulloughList a fun fact about yourself:
I started a Strava run club this summer called the Ice Cream and Donut Run Club. We meet at a different ice cream or donut shop, go for a run, and then sample their treats. We have over 100 club members and regularly have 15-25 people run with us.

Why do you like RUNVAN®?
RUNVAN has great sponsors, great courses, great post-race food and the best volunteers! The medals are pretty sweet too! I also love that you can get a free beer or wine with your bib at Mahony & Sons post-race.

What is your favourite post run food?
I love going for brunch post run with all my friends to talk about our race. If there’s hashbrowns or French fries involved, I’m there!

We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
Katy Perry’s California Girls. I’ve heard this song at so many of my marathons!

You are going to be leading a lot of people to their goal time at the First Half. What is your best race advice?
Smile when you see the photographers. Smiling while you run puts you in a good mood and it’s easier to run with a positive attitude than with a scowl. Besides, the kilometres will seem to fly by when you’re having fun!

2:15 David Chen


David-ChenList a fun fact about yourself:
My first RUNVAN® event was BMO Half Marathon 2017, it was a wonderful experience in my life. Since then I did BMO Vancouver Marathon 2018, 2019 and have a lot of fun with people around in the event.

Why do you like RUNVAN®?
There are 4 events in Vancouver, especially for BMO Vancouver Marathon the one of world top destination marathon. As a local runner, I am very excited about joining these events which will be a good life experience and connect to the community.

What is your favourite post run food?
Banana and Juices both are my favourite food after running, the tasting of sweets award me for hard running.

We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
Honestly, I do not listen to music when I was running. I would like to feel cool as the wind touches my face while running.

You are going to be leading a lot of people to their goal time at the First Half. What is your best race advice?
Start slowly and finish strong.

2:20 Hannah Foggin


Hannah-FogginList a fun fact about yourself:
I keep a spare set of clean running clothes (tshirt, sports bra, shorts, runners) in my trunk so that nobody (of my size) has that as an excuse to not run with me. Muahaha!

Why do you like RUNVAN®?
For well-organized events, for beautiful courses, for races that draw community together on race day and in training, and for more great T-shirts.

What is your favourite post run food?
Clif bar or oatmeal cookie!

We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
Go the distance from Hercules. “I am on my way. I can go the distance. I don’t care how far. Somehow I’ll be strong. I know every mile will be worth my while. I would go most anywhere to find where I belong.”

You are going to be leading a lot of people to their goal time at the First Half. What is your best race advice?
Stick to the pace you’ve trained at, seriously. Setting a more ambitious time goal the day of/before your race will burn you out. Negative splits near the end is the way to go!

2:30 Evgeny Vinnik

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

Why do you like 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.