These are the people that keep us running

Peter Butler

A member of the 1980 Olympic Team, Peter has an extensive resume when it comes to running. He was a Canadian national champion in the outdoor 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres, and still holds the 5th fastest marathon time by a Canadian. These days, Peter is still running strong – you can still still find him in the store on West 4th.

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.

Todd Jangula

Todd has been a member of the Forerunners Team since 1997 and currently serves as General Manager overseeing West 4th Avenue and the new Main Street location.

Ken Greenaway

Ken was a long time clinic leader at Forerunners West 4th Avenue. An avid trail runner and ultra-marathoner, Ken developed a passion for running and all things related. His background was primarily in IT and technology – that is until he realized running was his true love. He now owns and operates the North Van Forerunners location.

Jerry Ziak

A longtime competitive athlete, Jerry has leveraged his passion for running to become a fantastic coach. He leads both the Wednesday night and Saturday morning Clinics in North Vancouver, as well as doing personal one-on-one coaching. He also has an impressive 20 years experience fitting running shoes – no small feat in itself!

Carey Nelson

Hailing from Saskatoon, Coach Carey Nelson has made a name for himself as one of Canada’s most distinguished long distance runners. He is a two-time Olympian, and has also competed in the Pan-Am Games, the Commonwealth Games, and the World Track and Field Championships. Carey Leads both our Wednesday night and Saturday morning clinics. Going for a run with him is exhilarating.

Art Boileau

Arthur is a pillar of the Vancouver running community. His enthusiasm is infectious. His smile is memorable. A two time Olympian, Art represented his country in Los Angeles in 1984 and again in Seoul in 1988. He is a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Ask him anything running – even trivia – and Art will have an answer for you!

Anthony Tomsich

Coach Tomsich joined the staff at Forerunners in the Fall of 2016. He quickly become involved with the clinics; leading groups, sharing his wealth of knowledge, and exhibiting his enthusiasm for the sport with everyone.

Previously an assistant coach at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Tomsich worked with high level collegiate student athletes from all over the world, guiding them to multiple NCAA DII National championships, NCAA All-America honors, and a great many individual and team conference titles. In 2014, Tomsich was recognized by the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association as the West Region’s Men’s Indoor Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year.

Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Tomsich, was a student athlete at Western Washington University. There he competed in cross country and track and field earning NCAA All-American honors twice and leading a cross country team to an NCAA DII 4th place finish. Since college he has continued to embrace the lifestyle of a runner and enjoys taking part in a variety of events including road races, long trail runs, and track competitions. In the past fall Tomsich, trained for and completed his first of many marathons to come, running 2:26:10 at the California International Marathon.

Catherine Watkins

Catherine Watkins only realized that she had the potential to compete at the 2015 Pan Am Games in the fall of 2014 when coach Richard Lee told her he thought she could do it. The mother of two was named to the team after an outstanding start to the season, having won the Eugene Marathon and the Masters Houston Marathon. In 2014 she finished second in the Masters division of the Canadian 10km Championships while placing 10th overall. She was the 2014 Canadian Masters 5km Champion.


Dayna Pidhoresky

Dayna is a long-distance road runner for New Balance Canada with a 1:11:45 personal best in the half marathon. She is making the transition to the marathon in pursuit of a 2020 Tokyo spot. Dayna can be found working in our West 4th location or out on the local trails and roads putting her work in.

Olympian, Father, Husband

Dylan Wykes

Dylan Wykes is a Canadian long-distance runner. He represented Canada in the marathon at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. He is a sponsored athlete of both Vega and Mizuno. In April 2012, Wykes ran the Rotterdam Marathon in a time of 2:10:47 and qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics. With this mark, he is currently the third fastest Canadian marathoner of all time.

Dan Cumming

Learn to Run 5KM – Clinic Coach Dan Cummings, co editor of “Running In the Zone”, former Race Director First Half Half Marathon, Half and Full Marathon Runner.

Dan is passionate about 2 things: people and running.  His enthusiasm and positive outlook are infectious to those around him.

Amy Schneeberg

Amy started running competitively during her masters degree in Kingston, Ontario. She fell in love with the sport and the wonderful community it brought to her life. She has since coached athletes of all ages and competed on the track, roads and trails. She is now a mom to 1 beautiful baby boy and is eager to help other moms discover or get back to running. She loves sharing her passion for running as well as what she has learnt as a physiotherapist to help runners get stronger and prevent injuries. She believes that anybody who wants to can be “a runner”!


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