Get to Know Your Running Clubs - Guelph Victors

Get to Know Your Running Clubs - Guelph Victors

In this edition of Get To Know Your Running Clubs we spoke with Art Kilgour, a Guelph masters runner, graphic designer, and one of the leaders of the Guelph Victors running club. You'll find the Guelph Victors running around Guelph, ON, which is located about an hour and a half northwest of Toronto.

Want to learn more about them? Read on!

Hi, Art! Tell us a bit about your club history, how long has the club been around?

Our club began in the 1980s as an informal training group led and coached by Victor Matthews, a classics professor at the University of Guelph who also coached the varsity cross-country squads. When Victor died suddenly in 2004, we named the club after him, and continued to build and organize.

Tell us a bit about your members! What level of runners do you cater to?

We're now made up of wide range of runners, equally men and women, from 20-somethings to 60-somethings. We share a common desire to train together, and to get faster through interval training and tempo pace running. We also do long runs together on a less formal basis, and organize periodic socials as well as travelling to races together. We're not for the beginning runner - there are several running stores and groups in Guelph that cater to novices - but we welcome anyone who has run a 5k or 10k race, and wants to improve or tackle longer distances. We also maintain close relationships with the Speed River Track and Field Club (for elite athletes) and the Guelph Triathlon Club.

Where/when does your club usually meet/run?

Winter: 6 pm Tuesdays at the Running Works, 89 Gordon Street, for a 50 minute tempo run.

Summer: 6 pm and 6:45 pm Tuesdays at the University of Guelph's Alumni Stadium track for a 45-minute speed workout.

Winter: 7 pm Thursdays at the University of Guelph Field House, January to April, for a 45-minute indoor track speed workout.

Summer and Winter: 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Running Works store for informal group long runs (groups are formed and routes chosen by the participating runners).

Are your group runs mostly casual or more structured workouts?

Mostly structured workouts.

Any cost to be a member/join?

Free to come and try us. $50 per year for a membership, which includes track access, structured workouts, and coaching.

Photo courtesy: Dean Palmer

Is your group affiliated with any events?

We promote and volunteer at the Guelph running series of events throughout the year, including:

* Guelph Lake 5K and 10K, June

* Summer's Night 5K, July

* Highland Games 10K, August (Fergus)

* Thanksgiving Day Races, Mile, 3K, 5K, October

Any cool routes/ favourite areas to run in your city that you would like to recommend to other runners? Why do you like those?

Our winter tempo run route (Tuesdays): @ Map My Run

A popular trail long run we often do weekend mornings: @ Map My Run

A popular, mostly road long run we somethings do weekend mornings: @ Map My Run

Do you have any favourite local races? Outside of anything that you're affiliated with of course :)

Our members typically compete in all the local road races, plus major marathons like Boston, New York or Chicago, plus trail races (ultras like Sulphur Springs) and running series like the 5 Peaks trail races and the MEC race series. A very popular half-marathon/marathon for us is Hamilton's Road to Hope, because it is late in the season (early November).

Anything else that we should know?

We are a popular group both for competitive racers (because they can train with like-minded athletes) and for more social, non-racing runners who nonetheless like to run with company and enthusiasm!

Want to learn more?

Want to connect with the Guelph Victors, or just learn a bit more about them? Check out their information below:

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Photo courtesy: Dean Palmer

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Published on Jun 28, 2017