Michelle Valancius started running with Forerunners on 4th Avenue as a Participate doing Marathon Run clinic summer of 2003. She did her first Marathon Clinic for Victoria October 2003 and shortly after that she became a Run leader. She spent Ten years volunteering as a Run leader on Wednesday nights and Saturdays for Scotia Half Marathon Clinic.She is back after taking time off to become a florist.
She has a spine disorder called Scoliosis – curvature of the spine. When she was twelve years old she had surgery, Doctors placed a ten inch steel rod attached to her spine. She didn’t walk for six months and NO activity for Two years. Her first sport was rugby and she has been active ever since.
She completed in many running distances and triathlons including Ironman twice to make sure the first time wasn’t a dream!
She volunteers as self funded Local, Canadian and National Technical Triathlon Official. She has taken Level one Community Triathlon Coaching Clinic.
She is excited to be back sharing all my experiences whether they be the good, bad & ugly at the Main Street location!
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 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 has been a member of the Forerunners Team since 1997 and currently co-owner of Forerunners Main Street.
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.
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!
Current head coach of Forerunners Main Street running clinics. Enjoys helping runners of all levels reach their goal whether first marathon or achieving a personal best. Coach of more than 1000 runners for half and full marathons through Forerunners running clinics. Coach of more than 100 Boston Marathon qualifiers through Forerunners running clinics. A 2:12 Marathoner and competitor in the 1996 Olympic Marathon. Best time in the half marathon 1:03 and 10,000m 28:04.
Mary has been a part of the Forerunners family for 9 years now. She currently is the manager of Forerunners North Shore. Read more of Mary’s story here.
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!
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.
Charles has been a friend of Forerunners for years. He first got into running when his Grade 6 teacher introduced him to the sport. In 1981, Charles was introduced to the Terry Fox Run and didn’t enjoy it….or so he thought. He tried a few more runs and discovered his love for the sport. By 1987, he had run hundreds of 10k and 5k races, he even ran his first marathon that year. Since then Charles has run countless races from 5k to marathon up and down the West coast and across Western Canada. He even ran the New York City Marathon in November 2018!
Robin is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and a proud member of Yoga Alliance with additional certifications in Yoga Made for Runners and YHot Yoga. She is a lifelong runner, CanFit certified group fitness instructor and RRCA certified running coach. She is also a holistic nutritionist. Find out more about her at www.LetsGlowHealth.com .