January 4, 2020 8:00 am

Goal Distance
Half Marathon

10km Run

16 weeks


About the Clinic

Goal Race:  BMO Vancouver Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

The New Year is a great time to think ahead and plan for some great runs in the Spring. Do yourself a favor and join the Forerunners West 4th Avenue Marathon and Half Marathon Clinic. This clinic will keep you motivated and training consistently over 17 weeks. A friendly environment with multiple pace groups will mean you will have great company and appropriately challenging runs. Come out and meet new people, enjoy the benefits of a structured training group, and prepare yourself for the next challenge. Sign up today and join the Forerunners crew.

Each Saturday morning at 8 am, Coach Karen Butler will lead a long run. These long runs will start out at 10 km and gradually build up to 20 km for the half marathon, and, 36km for the full marathon, in the lead up to the BMO Vancouver Marathon & Half Marathon Weekend. For each session, we will provide a course map and targeted pace groups. Each group will have a trusty leader to guide you through the run and provide enjoyable company. Along the route there will be at least one aid station, where Coach Karen (and Peter) will be handing out drinks and providing knowledge. Finish back at the store with the satisfaction of accomplishing something positive before you embark on the rest of your weekend.

Registration Fee Includes:

Training schedule, weekly newsletters, and entry to the Saturday morning (8 am) & Wednesday night (6:30 pm) running clinics.


What Can I Do To Prepare?

All participants should be able to run a 10 km run in 75 min or less.

To ensure that you get the most out of your experience in the clinic, come with a positive frame of mind and an eagerness to learn about the many benefits of running. Also, coming willing to share your own goals, stories, and knowledge, as each member will enhance the overall clinic’s experience. We encourage you to wear reflective clothing and/or running lights. Eating a carbohydrate gel before the workout for fuel is a good idea also.

What Should I Expect?

You should expect a welcoming and fun atmosphere.

Meet the Instructor

Karen Butler

Karen is an accomplished runner and a born-and-raised Vancouverite (which means she obviously doesn't think twice about running in the rain). She used to run for Simon Fraser University, and holds a 3 hour marathon time. Still an avid runner today, Karen keeps her passion for the sport alive. She is a cornerstone of the Forerunners community.

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