Get to Know Your Running Clubs - VRC Flight Crew
In this edition of Get to Know Your Running Clubs we chatted with Rob Smith, one of the owners of Vancouver Running Co (one of our favourite local stores!), about the VRC Flight Crew, a Vancouver based running group.
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Tell us a bit about your club history
The Flight Crew started in May 2015 with a 10K road crew. That's now expanded to a multi distance road crew (usually running 5k and 10K) on Thursdays, and a trail crew every other Sunday.
Nice! Tell us a bit about your members.
We cater to all levels of runners! We are also 100% no-drop meaning that runners who come out to Flight Crew can run at any pace that they would like. We structure our group so that our ambassadors are positioned at the front, middle and back of the group. This way the front can go as fast as the front would like to go, the middle stays on course, and the back can go as fast as the back wants to go. We typically re-group twice throughout the run, giving those that want to go a bit faster or slower an opportunity to switch groups.
Where/when do you usually meet?
Our road group currently meets Thursdays at 6:15pm, usually starting from our Kitsilano store location at 1886 W 1st Ave. The trail crew typically meets at Sundays at 8:00am starting at various locations along the North Shore.
Any cost to be a member/join?
None! It’s free to come run with VRC Flight Crew.
We do offer VRC Flight Crew Premier, which is a paid membership program designed to add value to those regularly attending and taking part in Flight Crew runs and events. Learn more about VRC Flight Crew Premier on our website.
Are you affiliated with any events?
We do two events with East Van Run Crew; Summer Social (Aug) and Holiday Social (Dec). We also do various one-off events with different brands.
Where are your favourite spots to run in/around the city?
The seawall is a given! We also do one route for Flight Crew that takes us through False Creek, Gastown, Coal Harbour and English Bay - it's a crowd pleaser for sure!
Do you have any favourite races? Outside of anything that you’re affiliated with :)
Anything else that we should know?
Flight Crew is all about community and welcoming all abilities and experiences. The most important things to us are the relationships we foster through this wonderful sport and watching people that come out every week get better together.
Connect with the VRC Flight Crew
Want to connect with VRC Flight Crew, or just learn a bit more about them? Check out their information below:
Looking for runs in and around Vancouver?
Have a look at the RunGuides Vancouver race calendar at www.runguides.com/vancouver/runs