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My Transplant Story

October 17, 2019

Hello!  My name is Mary and I am a double lung transplant recipient. My journey begins in early 2006. That spring I was training for the Vancouver Marathon.  During my training, I started to notice something was off. Being that I was a runner, I felt that I was quite in tune with my body. […]

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THE CARBON FIBER PLATED RUNNING SHOE

October 9, 2019

When the carbon fiber shoe landed in 2018 I was not convinced that they help you run faster. The elite runners were racing in them but they are already fast. After a while a few of our Forerunners clinic members started to race in them and had remarkable improvement in their finishing times. Many of […]

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3 Ways to Prepare to Race Faster When Tapering

October 4, 2019

As race day approaches you begin to taper by reducing your training volume. This allows your legs to bounce back from all of your hard work during the weeks leading up to the race. You feel you can run faster as your fatigue level drops and you have more energy. Most runners will reduce volume […]

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Consider Running Technique for Reducing Injury and Running Faster Times

September 13, 2019

Not everyone runs the same, and you will see different running techniques. If you are running inefficiently you are wasting energy. There are simple ways to improve your running technique to reduce injury and  race faster.Here are three ways to improve your running technique: Foot landing position – Focus on landing in the middle of your […]

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Goal Setting for The Fall Classic

August 12, 2019

The Fall Classic is an excellent opportunity to find a race distance that will meet your running goals because there is a 5km, 10km and half marathon. There are several steps to achieving your goal. Your goal may be to run your first race, improve your best time, or boost your fitness for another race. […]

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Three Suggestions for a Better Race

February 4, 2019

With race day just around the corner and its time to get ready to run your best. There is time to run one or more low intensity training runs which should be designed to maintain your fitness while allowing your body to rest. After you have run your last workout your final race preparation is […]

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Final Training Phase before the First Half Marathon

January 11, 2019

You have another month of training before the First Half Half Marathon. There is enough time to run two more longer runs before the race to be ready for  a successful race. Our current schedule calls for an 18 km run and a 20 km run to improve aerobic endurance. It’s a little early to […]

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IN MEMORY OF COACH DAN CUMMING

December 22, 2018

Coach Dan Cumming passed away of heart failure earlier this month while in Jamaica. He was planning to run the 10km event at the Reggae Marathon. He had competed in the event seven years in a row – this year would have been the 8th – and he loved everything about the race, the people, and the […]

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Pancakes and Sweat for Breakfast with UBC TSC Triathlon

November 19, 2018

Yesterday on November the 18th, Forerunners threw a Pancake Run in support of the UBC Thunderbirds Triathlon Sport Club, attracting upwards of 80 runners. This 5km run with a complementary breakfast of pancakes and draw prizes drew in upwards of forty runners on a frosty Sunday morning. This was a fairly relaxed run for around […]

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The Health Benefits of Running

November 16, 2018

As runners looking to improve our times and qualify for key events, we are more focused on our workouts without realizing all the good we are doing for our health. Runners do get injured from time to time but how does that compare to the non-exercising population? Over past few decades’ runners have been studied to […]

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Three Suggestions For a Faster Race

October 26, 2018

With less than a week to go there is not too much more to do to prepare before your race. You should continue to train but at a reduced effort and distance. Here are three key suggestions for a successful race week. 1) Training Tips With a Week to Go You should be easing back […]

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Half Marathon Race Week Suggestions

October 12, 2018

The last week of the running program is basically a week of recovery from the weeks of hard training, final preparation, and running the race. There are some things you can do to have a better race. RECOVERY FROM THE WEEKS OF HARD TRAINING 1) Run at a moderate effort level in your workouts. During […]

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Forerunners Main Street Ladies Night 2018

September 14, 2018

Such a fantastic night had by all at the Forerunners Main Street Ladies Night in support of the BC Firefighters Burn Fund. Thanks to all who took part. And a special thanks to the firefighters who generously donated their time to host, Brooks, and the BC Firefighters Burn Fund.

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The Long Easy Run for the Fall Classic

September 6, 2018

Our training program includes three fundamental types of running, speedwork, tempo runs and the long easy run. The long easy run helps prepare you for running distance events of 10 km or more by developing your aerobic fitness and improving your body’s use of fuel. The easy/longer distance runs correspond to the running just below […]

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Speedwork for a faster 5k, 10km and half marathon time

August 8, 2018

Forerunners offers a Wednesday evening speed clinic at all three locations. You can join us starting after Labour Day in September to prepare for the fall Classic Half Marathon, 10km and 5km. http://forerunners.com.s57436.gridserver.com/running-clinics/ Why speedwork? Speed work improves running efficiency resulting in more economical energy use. Speedwork can rapidly improve your VO2 max which is […]

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Cloudace Global Relay Run with Forerunners 4th Ave

June 6, 2018

For the most demanding runner, the new Cloudace will launch on June 21. We invite you to join us on an epic relay run through all 24 time zones in 24 hours. As part of this historic event, you could be among the first runners in the world to test this revolutionary new shoe. How […]

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PRR “First Half” 1/2 Marathon Pick Up

February 5, 2018

It’s race weekend! The Pacific Road Runners “First Half” Half Marathon is this Sunday February 11th starting from the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. Race kit pick up will be at our new Forerunners Main Street location (3889 Main Street). Pick up times are: Friday February 9th: 12 pm to 8 pm Saturday February 10th: […]

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We’re Hiring

January 11, 2018

FORERUNNERS is hiring a full time manager, full and part time sales associates. Store Manager: Prior retail experience is an asset. An evolving role which includes sales, staffing, inventory maintenance, marketing & event involvement, run clinic participation and other store related tasks. A passion for running and general fitness. A passion for working with people. […]

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Saucony Resolution Fun Run 5K

January 8, 2018

Here are some photos from our Saucony Resolution Run on Sunday January 7, 2018. Thanks for all who ran or supported this event. All proceeds benefit the Vancouver Firefighters Burn Fund.       

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Forerunners Black Friday Sale

November 23, 2017

Sale runs from Friday November 24th through Sunday November 26th at all 3 locations. Lots of other in store specials. Shop early for best selection.

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Fall Classic Pick Up

November 9, 2017

Don’t forget the Fall Classic is this weekend. Pick up times for race kits are as follows: Forerunners North Shore: 980 Marine Drive Thursday November 9th: 12-6 pm Forerunners Main Street: 3889 Main Street Friday November 10th: 3-8 pm Saturday November 11th: 12-6 pm For further race info including start times, course maps, directions, and […]

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Join the Pacific Road Runners

October 31, 2017

Pacific Road Runners (PRR) is a recreational running club, with members interested in leading a fit and active lifestyle combined with social events. We compete, but we don’t enter expecting to win. We’re more interested in achieving personal goals and having fun doing it. We provide a safe, supportive group with which to train. Our […]

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Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

October 27, 2017

I am home now from Toronto and have had some time to reflect on my marathon experience on Sunday. Going in to Sunday’s race I knew I was fit and ready to run a great race, I also recognized that this is a marathon and sometimes it doesn’t matter how fit and ready you are […]

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PRR FREE Running Seminar-October 25th

October 23, 2017

“Your Heart, Your Health, and Your Running” Our friends at the Pacific Road Runners (hosts of the “First Half” Half Marathon) are hosting their annual FREE running seminar on Wednesday October 25th at 7 pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Guest speakers include: Olympic Race Walker Evan Dunfee & Sports Cardiology BC. Runners of all […]

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Why Matcha May Benefit Your Health & Performance

October 11, 2017

by, Carolyn Berry, BSc., RD, CDE Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator www.berrynourished.com @berrynourished_rd   With today’s focus on health and natural foods, many runners are turning away from traditional pre-workout powders and drinks that are highly processed and instead looking to natural alternatives. Matcha green tea is rising in popularity and is increasingly becoming […]

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Five Key Factors to Your Taper

October 7, 2017

Five key factors to your taper for the half or full marathon. You’ve finished the longest run and now you begin your taper for your race which is a few weeks away. 1) Weekly mileage – The Forerunners program is not a high mileage program therefore the weekly mileage drop is not as dramatic. A […]

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Tips for Victoria Marathon Race Weekend

October 6, 2017

It’s Race Weekend! Good luck to everyone racing this weekend! The hardest aspect of racing is the months of preparation leading up to race day, and if you’re toeing the line this Sunday you’ve already won the main part of the challenge. The race itself is a celebration of what you’ve accomplished in your training […]

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Why should runners strength train?

September 26, 2017

By Sean Del Ben, MKin, HBK, CSCS The main difference between a marathon champion and 20th place is efficient technique. That’s right, the key to improving your running performance may not solely be improving your V02 max, if at all depending on your current experience. Once your V02 max reaches your genetic potential, more mileage […]

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Oats of Steel

September 6, 2017

by Carolyn Berry, BSc., RD Registered Dietitian & Nutrition Consultant www.berrynourished.com @berrynourished You’re likely to find an oatmeal recipe in nearly every running article, running website or running cookbook you come across. Why? It’s a whole, unprocessed food that’s easy to prepare, simple to digest, and leaves you feeling full. This makes it a great […]

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Foretrails Fall Clinics at Forerunners North Shore

August 28, 2017

This is your chance to explore our beautiful North Shore Trails and maybe make some new friends! Clinics meet at Forerunners North Shore on the first day, 980 Marine Drive, North Vancouver. (please carry water with you.) The clinics are skills-based training sessions covering technique, gear, hydration, navigation, safety, trail food, trail etiquette, day-to-day nutrition, […]

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Massage and your training by Sean Ford Cannon, RMT

Whenever I meet someone for the first time and the conversation gets to our occupations, there is usually one of two or three things that occurs: (a) eyes light up as questions about massage bubble to the surface; (b) that nagging shoulder spot seems to work itself into the conversation; and (c), the current room […]

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Yoga at Forerunners Main Street

August 19, 2017

Drop in yoga classes are on going at Forerunners Main Street. “Yoga For Runners” with Robin Willis Wednesday evenings at 7:45 Drop in fee: $10     Yoga with Tamara: Hatha Yoga on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 am Yin Yoga on Friday mornings at 7:30 am Hatha: a sequence of physical exercises (asanas/poses) designed to […]

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The Long Easy Run

August 16, 2017

Our training program includes three types of running, speedwork, tempo runs and the long easy run. The easy/longer distance runs correspond to the running just below or at the aerobic threshold which is also the same as the heart rate training zone of 65% to 75% of maximum heart rate. When you improve your aerobic […]

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Recovery

July 25, 2017

Why it is Important? The average runner strikes the ground 1000 times per mile, 50-70 times a minute per foot with 2-4 times their body weight. The impact is received by one leg at a time, reverberating upward through the entire body. Running is a repetitive sport wherein the same muscles repeatedly coordinate is a […]

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Starting out: Get ready for a race

July 5, 2017

You’ve take your first step by deciding to race the Fall Classic. Its, time to think about how you will be getting ready to race. The days will go by quickly and you will want to keep on pace for the start line. 1. Establish a goal The first step you need to take is […]

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Forerunners Main Street Ladies Night

June 27, 2017

Please join us Tuesday July 18th at 7:00 pm for our Brooks/Moving Comfort bra fitting evening. You’ll be welcomed at the door by local firefighter calendar men. Your night will include: wine and cheese bra fashion show personalized bra fitting Entry to this event is $15 (payable by clicking the sign up link below). All […]

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The Forerunners Main Street 7 Summits of Vancouver Urban Challenge

June 3, 2017

The Forerunners Main Street 7 Summits of Vancouver Urban Challenge route includes seven peaks in the City of Vancouver that the participants must climb during the run. The total distance is 47 km (there is no official measurement of the course). The Challenge starts and finishes at Forerunners Main Street located at 3889 Main Street (and […]

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Introduction of Forerunners Main Street Ambassadors

May 27, 2017

Introducing our newest Forerunners/New Balance brand ambassadors, Kristina Bangma and Facundo Chernikoff. Kristina Bangma My career in the fitness and wellness industry began in 1998 as a Registered Massage Therapist, living in Whistler BC. After four years instead of helping people recover from the same injuries, I wanted to teach them how they could play and […]

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Pancake Run

May 23, 2017

Come help us celebrate the Grand Opening of Forerunners Main Street with a 5 km and 2.5 km Pancake Social Run around Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday May 28th at 9:30 am. Free pancakes will be served after the run! It’s fun for everyone. After, our friends from Brooks will be on hand to show […]

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Forerunners Main Street Grand Opening Events

May 21, 2017

We’re thrilled to announce our Grand Opening for Forerunners Main Street. Please join us for our upcoming events to celebrate: Sunday May 21, 2017 Boston Marathon Documentary Run and Movie Showing. Come out on May 21st for a morning of fun. Meet at 9:30am for a 10k run from Forerunners Main Street, coffee break at […]

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Forerunners Main Street Clinics Until July

May 15, 2017

Forerunners Main Street 3889 Main Street, Vancouver, BC |Grand Opening 5km & 2.5km Social Run Phone (604) 559 – 3889 |Sunday May 28th, 9:30 am Intstagram: Forerunners_Main_St #yourunstartshere |Everyone welcome Strava: Forerunners Main Street |Pancakes, juice and coffee post run Email: mainstreet@forerunners.com.s57436.gridserver.com Website: www.forerunners.ca |Walk, Jog, Run to Queen Elizabeth Park Running Clinics for Spring […]

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What to Eat Pre-Run

May 1, 2017

By Carolyn Berry, BSc., RD Registered Dietitian & Nutrition Consultant www.berrynourished.com @berrynourished Eating before you exercise can help you to run longer, with more intensity and with more ease. What foods you choose and how much you eat before you run depends on when, how long, and how intense your run or event will be. […]

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Smiling Into the Wind

April 5, 2017

So that went better than expected. Here is my recap of Around the Bay 30K. In my experience it’s one of the most challenging courses I’ve ever run. It leaves me feeling petrified of the marathon distance but this year I left Hamilton confident and excited to give the marathon another go in Ottawa at […]

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Forerunners Main Street Social Run

April 4, 2017

Please join us on Saturday April 15th at 8:00 am for our inaugural social run at our brand new Main Street location (3889 Main Street, Vancouver, BC). We are planning a 36 km and 19 km Social Run to prepare runners for the Vancouver Half and Full Marathon. The date is key as it is […]

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Forerunners Social Run for Vancouver Half and Full Marathon

April 1, 2017

Please join us on Saturday April 15th at 8:00 am for our inaugural social run at our brand new Main Street location (3889 Main Street, Vancouver, BC). We are planning a 36 km and 19 km Social Run to prepare runners for the Vancouver Half and Full Marathon. The date is key as it is […]

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Out of the gates running

March 24, 2017

The spring racing season has officially commenced! I’m pleased with my first race at St. Patrick’s Day 5K, and it feels even better to start things off with a win. I tend to feel a bit trepidatious when it comes to the shorter races but this one was a good indicator that training is moving […]

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Join our Team!

March 14, 2017

Forerunners is looking to add to our team and that person could be you! Are you: energetic? passionate about having a positive influence on people’s lives? available on weekends? dedicated to outstanding customer service? enthusiastic about supporting your community? a good multi tasker? excited about working in a fast paced environment? You might be who we’re […]

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Training update and life lately

March 8, 2017

My last post outlined my October marathon debut which was a fantastic learning experience but left me broken and unable to walk for days. So after taking seven weeks off for a sacral stress fracture I very slowly started back. This was certainly the most cautious build back to running of my life but I […]

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Spring races & Nutrition tweaks

February 28, 2017

I am back to full training and it feels so good and so tiring at the same time. I am running 3 workouts a week, with one of those workouts included in my long run, while keeping my milage relatively low at around 70 miles per week. I am finding that the half/marathon pace workouts […]

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Social Run – the Forerunners Half Marathon

February 21, 2017

Thanks to Karen & Peter Butler – the fantastic owners of Forerunners Vancouver for 30 years – and Coach Carey Nelson, the Forerunners Social Half Marathon became a reality! The run was promoted to the local running community – a free supported half marathon to ‘make-up’ for the First Half. It coincided with our usual […]

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First Half-Course Preview

January 31, 2017

Forerunners and Mile 2 Marathon coach, Dylan Wykes gives us a look at this weekends upcoming Pacific Road Runners First Half 1/2 Marathon… At first glance this course looks pretty easy and fast. A little loop around Yaletown and then out along English Bay, around Stanley Park and back. A lot of Vancouverites are familiar […]

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A new year and I’m back up and running…

January 24, 2017

So I’ve neglected this blog since being injured in September. Perhaps as the injury lingered for 12 weeks and I didn’t have a lot to report on in the running front, and I didn’t feel motivated to share all the joys of cross training (elliptical, cyber arc, pool and bike workouts just don’t seem as […]

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Join the Pacific Spirit Tri Club

January 14, 2017

  Established in 1996, the Pacific Spirit Triathlon Club is Vancouver’s longest-standing triathlon club. They have over 100 members with a wide range of experience levels, so there is room for everyone from beginners to veterans! The club members share the same enthusiasm during their workouts as they do in their social events throughout the […]

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How much racing is too much?

December 29, 2016

⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2017 is just around the corner and that has many of us setting new goals and picking races to conquer in the new year. There are so many awesome races out there that it’s hard not to want to do a race every single weekend. So where do you draw the line?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There […]

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When to Hit the Treadmill

December 15, 2016

WHEN TO HIT THE DREADMILL Mother Nature threw a hissy-fit and hit the greater Vancouver area pretty hard last week. Those of you that are east of the rockies are laughing right now, but, it snowed, it was cold and our west coast butts were freezing. Dylan even broke out his Mizuno sleeping bag coat […]

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Celebrating 10 Years with Coach Carey

(video credit to Damian Frith, Carlos Chiu, and Lucy Chi) Happy 10 year anniversary, Coach Carey! It’s hard to believe he’s been coaching 10 years.  Recently at Forerunners, we were lucky enough to get our group of runners together at the Double D Pizza restaurant for a holiday party.  We had a great time with […]

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The big STWM recap

December 14, 2016

It has been almost seven weeks since the marathon. I have finally gathered my thoughts and I will tell you about the good, the bad, and the ugly! As discussed in my last post, prior to the race, I was feeling ready and workouts had gone splendidly. I flew to Windsor eight days out from […]

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Forerunners North Shore Honoured

November 15, 2016

  We were honoured with being awarded the 2016 Service Excellence Award at the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce 2016 Business Excellence Awards. A talented group from Capilano University made a short film that showcased what we do and who we are. Thank you for the continued support over the years – here’s the video […]

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Mizuno Running – Wave Sky Testing

October 29, 2016

Mizuno Running – Wave Sky Testing Nov 25-27, 2016 Thanks for your interest in helping the Mizuno Global Product Development team test a new product called the Wave Sky. You will be asked to run 3 kilometers (at your own pace) in 4 different shoes. After each trial you will need to fill out a […]

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Fall Classic – Social Run

October 14, 2016

Join our friends at the Vancouver Marathon Society for the Fall Classic Social Run on Thursday, October 20th at Mahony & Sons UBC. Be there by 6:00pm to join in the 5KM run, followed by one complimentary beer from Stanley Park Brewing and be entered in a draw for the chance to win exciting prizes! […]

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