Get to Know Your Running Clubs - Mile2Marathon
In this edition of Get to Know Your Running Clubs we chatted with Dylan Wykes about the Vancouver based Mile2Marathon run group.
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Hi Dylan! Who are you? Give us your best one line bio
I’m an Olympian, husband, father and coach. I am also the co-founder of Mile2Marathon.
Tell us a bit about Mile2Marathon's history
I've learned a lot over the years about how to train properly. Through the many appearances I've done at events, local running stores, and just talking to other runners I've fielded a ton of questions about the sport.
One of the things that always surprised me was how many questions related specifically to training and how much the running community lacked individuals with the level of experience and knowledge that someone who has trained at my level has. This experience made me realize how much knowledge I had in the area and that coaching would be a great way to share that knowledge. That's where Mile2Marathon was born. The group in Vancouver was an avenue to share my knowledge and be a part of the Vancouver running community!
We started group runs in earnest in the spring of 2016. Smaller more informal groups have existed in the past, but nothing as formal as what we have going now.
Nice! what sort of runners typically run with the group?
Runners of all abilities come out for our runs. We have people running anywhere from 5hrs to under 3hrs for the marathon on any given day. People are anywhere from early 20's to 50's, but we've had people as young as 13 come out to the group on a regular basis.
I feel like the common thread between our members is that they are individuals who have some real concrete goals with their running. The social aspect of the sport is great, but at the end of the day these people want to improve too. We recognize this and try to make the group a fun environment to be in, but also don't shy away from the fact that you have to work hard to achieve your goals. Running is not an easy sport, but it can be very rewarding when you hit it right.
Where/when do you usually meet and run?
We mix things up depending on the cycle of training we are in. But we try to frequent Stanley Park as much as possible. The options for running there are plentiful. You can run road or trail (technical or not), flat or hilly. Most people associate running in Stanley Park with the Seawall. But we try to make a point of exploring other parts of the Park with our groups.
Currently we meet Tuesday nights and Saturday with the group runs and workouts are usually targeted towards a certain event on the Vancouver racing calendar. So people can expect to get a variety of workouts when they show up. Tuesday nights are either tempo runs or longer intervals and Saturday's are usually more speed oriented.
The best way to keep tabs on our latest group run and workout times people is to check out https://www.facebook.com/groups/M2MVancouver/
Any cost to be a member/join?
There is a $5 drop-in fee for non-personal coaching clients. If you're receiving monthly training plans and coaching from us all the group runs are free.
You can get more info on the personal coaching can be found at http://mile2marathon.com/coaching/
Is Mile2Marathon affiliated with any events?
We don’t host any events, there are already so many great running events in the city!
Where are your favourite spots to run in/around Vancouver?
Stanley Park is an absolute gem in Vancouver. It has so many different types of running within one small space.
Pacific Spirit Park is also amazing. I do most of my training there. The trails are really well maintained and runners of all abilities should feel comfortable with the terrain. The trail system is vast, even after running there for the past 5 year I am still making up new loops and discovering how different trails connect. It's a great place for everything from an easy run, to hill repeats, to a continuous tempo run.
Do you personally have any favourite local races?
Eastside 10k is probably my favourite race on the local calendar. It's not on the seawall, which almost every other race in the city is. So that is refreshing. Running through gastown on the cobblestones, is a pretty unique experience. It sort of reminds me of road races in Europe that run through old town centres. The crew challenge that is connected to the Eastside 10k is also great fun. It brings together a bunch of different crews/clubs in Vancouver to fundraise and race for good causes.
Anything else that we should know?
Don't be intimidated by any of our coaches Olympian status'. The expectation is not that you run with us. We're there to share our knowledge and help you be a better runner, not get in a workout ourselves!
Want to learn more?
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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