Get to Know Your Running Clubs - FitFirst Run Club
In this edition of Get to Know Your Running Clubs we chatted with Evan Moore about Burnaby’s FitFirst Run Club
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Hi Evan! Who are you? Give us your best one line bio
I am an owner of FitFirst Footwear which we opened in September 2013. I have a huge passion for building the running community in Burnaby and always try to make people smile while doing it!
Tell us a bit about the club history
We’ve been around since September 2013, and started out as 9 runners who wanted to take running more seriously. From there we knew we wanted to begin to build a community that was welcoming and encouraging for all levels of runners. Today, we’re getting ~120 runners out every Sunday morning, running various distances and paces!
Nice! Tell us a bit about your members
We cater to all levels of runners… In our half-marathon groups we’ll have finishers everywhere from 1:20 to 2:40 and a similar representation in 10k & marathon groups. Our big thing is that no one is too slow for us and if you think you’re too fast then Pablo, one of our pacers, will definitely challenge you.
Where/when do you usually meet and run?
We meet out of the store every Sunday at 9am and make use of the beautiful trails and paths in our surrounding area. We’re right next to Burnaby Lake & Deer Lake so there’s never a boring run.
You can check out the group Facebook Page for the most up to date run times and locaitons
Any cost to be a member/join?
Our club has a drop-in rate of $2 or, what we call a “Communitoonie” of which all proceeds go toward supporting, building, and enabling our community. This year all proceeds will go to a huge sandwich and food drive for the underprivileged!
Otherwise, we have a member offer of $40 which includes a store discount, race discounts and sweet club shirt.
Are you affiliated with any events?
We help out with the Oh Run All Ye Faithful Fun Run in December as well as the ½ way 5k which is a build-up event for the Sun Run. For the first time this year we’ve been welcomed on as an official Sun Run Store who facilitate and execute the clinics and events surrounding the Vancouver Sun Run.
Where are your favourite spots to run in/around the city?
Our favourites are definitely Burnaby Lakes & Deer Lake. They are well groomed trails, fairly quiet, and have some spectacular views. Our other go-to is the Central Valley Greenway which connects Burnaby to the False Creek Seawall… From there, options are endless.
Do you have any favourite races? Outside of anything that you’re affiliated with :)
Our favourite is definitely the Birch Bay Road Race that’s a 5k, 15k, and 30k race just across the border. Last year we went down and won the Team Challenge based on # of runners and results! Otherwise, every year we train for the BMO Marathon, Scotiabank, and Vancouver Historic, among others.
Anything else that we should know?
We’re a bunch of regular people who like to stay active, be social, and cheers a cup of java (and beer) with friends.
Want to connect with the FitFirst Run Club or just learn a bit more about them? Check out their information below:
Find more runs around Vancouver
Looking for runs in and around Vancouver? The RunGuides Vancouver race calendar can help you find upcoming runs and running races in the area - www.runguides.com/vancouver/runs