Pacers

Pacers

Run Your Goal Time!

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.

BMO Vancouver Marathon
Meet Your 2020 Pacers

Vivian Davidson, 1:30

Why do you like to RUNVAN®?

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

Give us 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 😊

Raymond Cayas, 1:35

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I’m a martial arts instructor.

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.

Give us your best race advice!

Stay your pace, listen, and have fun. We will reach that target time or PB.

Chris Yee, 1:40

Tell us 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!

Jonathan Ichikawa, 1:45

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.

Give us 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.)

Ethan Compagna, 1:50

Why do you like to 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.

Give us 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.

Özge Yazar, 1:55

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I lived in three different countries in the past year!

What is your favourite post-run food?

Pizza… favourite post-everything food.

Give us your best race advice!

Smile for the cameras and make sure you’re having fun!

Diana Wilson, 2:00

Tell us 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. 

Give us 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!!! Staying controlled in the first portion of the race can make all the difference to hitting your goals overall.

Victor Qin, 2:05

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

When I ran my first marathon I didn’t even know what energy gel is.

What is your favourite post-run food?

Coffee and more coffee.

Give us 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.

Karen McCullough, 2:10

Tell us 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.

Give us 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!

David Chen, 2:15

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

My first RUNVAN® event was BMO Vancouver Half Marathon in 2017 – it was a wonderful experience in my life. Since then I did the Marathon in 2018 and 2019, and have a lot of fun with people in the event.

Why do you like to RUNVAN®?

There are 4 events in Vancouver, and the BMO Vancouver Marathon is one of world’s top destination marathons. As a local runner, I am very excited about joining these events which will be a good life experience and connect to the community.

Hannah Foggin, 2:20

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I keep a spare set of clean running clothes (T-shirt, sports bra, shorts, runners) in my trunk so that nobody (of my size) has that as an excuse to not run with me. Muahaha!

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.”

Evgeny Vinnik, 2:30

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.

Give us your best race advice!

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.

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