Join the Oak Street Runners
The Oak Street Run Club is a tight-knit community that welcomes all levels of ability. A space, virtual for now, that brings individuals in our community together and gives them an opportunity to grow and find their potential. Whether you're training for fitness or a race, Oak Street Run Club is here for you.
Exclusive 15% Discount
Use your 15% membership discount and meet with one of our knowledgeable Rackets & Runners staff to get fitted for all your essentials: running footwear, apparel and accessories Applies to regularly priced in-store merchandise only.
Mapped and Varied Routes
We do the work for you! No need to think about where to run or figure out distances. Weekly tried and true routes emailed to you weekly.
Monthly Virtual Happy Hour
A great way to stay connected. We’ll announce contest winners, chat about upcoming run challenges, and hang out via Zoom.
You’ll receive your stylish, yet functional branded apparel twice per year (value is greater than run club costs - your membership pays for itself!
Monthly contests & challenges
A fun way to stay motivated with bragging rights and prizes to be won! Look forward to scavenger hunts, Strava workouts, and much more.
Virtual sessions with special guests that including fitness trainers, physiotherapists, and other professionals in the field.
Discounted Running Events
Take advantage of exclusive member discounts on local races sponsored by Rackets & Runners.
We know, we know. No in-person runs, yet! But when the restrictions lift, you can count on runs at local breweries, restaurants and much more. It’ll be a celebratory event!
Why go at it alone when you can run with your friends? Refer a friend to OSRC and receive a $20 Rackets & Runners gift card. Use it toward your annual membership or combine it with your exclusive 15% membership discount toward your next store purchase.
For now, we are virtual--give our Run Club a try!
Oak Street Runners Welcome You
|Tuesdays||Mapped self-led route||5km and 10km|
|Thursdays||Mapped self-led route||Challenge workouts that include hills or speed training|
|Saturdays||Mapped self-led route||10K, 13K, 15K, and 18K|
RUN CLUB ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE: $100+ GST, prorated quarterly
-Join any time and pay pro-rated price.
-Credit, Debit, or Cash payment options available at the store.
Meet Your Coaches
Liz started her running journey in 2001 and has been formally training for road races since 2008. She's participated in road events that range from 5K distances to multi-day relay races. Liz recently finished the New York City Marathon 2019 and will be headed to the Chicago Marathon this year. Liz holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from SFU and is a certified run coach through the RRCA.
Tim has been running with Rackets & Runners since 2010 and became a run leader in 2011. He has over 20 years of coaching experience in various sports.
In addition, he became a certified running coach for Rackets & Runners in 2018. Tim ran his first marathon in 2009. Since then, he has run 15 races including 4 in Boston with a personal best of 2:58. Though Tim does not race as often anymore, he remains an avid and passionate runner.
All Your Questions, Answered
UPDATE AS OF JAN 8, 2021:
Per the most recent BC Public Health Orders, in-person Run Club is suspended. Run Club is virtual until further notice. FAQ's reference in-person Run Club.
Along with a group of Run Club ambassadors, Coach Tim sets up the run routes and oversees the overall pace and structure of the workouts.
Come on by anytime. We don’t have any drop-ins or associated drop-in fees, but you’re welcome to join in on a few runs with us. If you find the club is a good fit, then you can sign up for a membership! Remember, memberships are prorated on a quarterly basis.
Make sure you have a pair of comfortable running shoes and whether you decide to wear shorts or pants, or a long sleeve versus a tank will depend on what temperature range you tolerate best. Regardless, consider clothing made with moisture-managing materials as they help with regulating body temperature.
Come see one of our knowledgeable Rackets & Runners staff to learn more about what attire is most suited for you.
Everyone’s fitness levels are different, but generally we recommend beginners start with the Learn to Run 10K Clinic. If your fitness level surpasses the clinic, then try out a 5K run on one of the Tuesdays. There are a range of pace groups to run with, and we will make sure you start at an appropriate pace.
Most runs leave from Rackets & Runners. There are several routes that take advantage of the scenic surroundings and excellent running paths. On occasion, we have field trips. If the starting point is different, we let you know via a weekly newsletter or a post in the Oak Street Runners Facebook Group.
You bet! There are folks who run at gentler speeds and those who hit a steady 4:30 min/k pace. People are grouped together according to pace on a session to session basis, and we consider other factors like injuries, upcoming races, etc.
Sure thing - we have an area in the store dedicated to storing your belongings.
Run club costs $100.00+GST for the full year starting in January. It’s prorated quarterly - visit the Sign Up page to learn more.
After every Saturday run, we head over to Pallet Coffee Roasters for post run beverages and treats. In addition to that, we meet on a semi-regular basis outside of the run club for birthday celebrations, destination runs, and other fun events. It’s a tight-knit group with a lot of friendly faces.
Just come out and have some fun! We don’t take ourselves too seriously but don’t worry, you’ll get a good workout in.