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The R&R Run Club welcomes all runners (and walkers)!

The R&R Run Club welcomes all runners (and walkers)!

With a customizable approach, elite head coach, ongoing education, and a supportive community – it’s a personalized running experience like no other!


We offer clinics year-round for both runners and walkers.

With a customizable approach, elite head coach, ongoing education, and a supportive community – it’s a personalized running experience like no other!


We offer clinics year-round for both runners and walkers.

2024 Schedule

2024 Schedule

Clinic
Date
Day
Status

Clinic

Summer/Fall Clinic
For Runners & Walkers

Date

June 11-Oct 8, 2024

Day

Tuesday, 6:15pm &
Saturday, 8am

Status

In progress
Drop-ins welcome

Clinic

Fall Back Off-Season Training
For Runners & Walkers

Date

Oct 22-Dec 14, 2024

Day

Tuesday, 6pm &
Saturday, 8am

Status

More info to come

Summer/Fall Clinic

Summer/Fall Clinic

Join our walk group, learn to run or get ready for the fall race season. To keep you motivated all groups include positive support and coaching from Coach Lara and Run Leaders.

Join our walk group, learn to run or get ready for the fall race season. To keep you motivated all groups include positive support and coaching from Coach Lara and Run Leaders.

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Experienced Runners

Experienced Runners

If you are already running 10k and want to improve your strength and speed for the Granville Island Turkey Trot or Fall half or full marathon, join us for the Tuesday night Intensity Training and Saturday Endurance Training for your long run support.


June 11 – Oct 8, 2024
Meet Tuesday at 6:15pm & Sat 8am at Rackets & Runners (program options of 1-2 coached runs per week)


Benefits:

  • Detailed training program
  • 20% discount on all regular-priced merchandise for duration of training program
  • Coach Lara to give instruction on training principles, running form, injury prevention and nutrition
  • Free Run Shirt

First trial session is free, just drop-in. Ongoing drop-in rate is $10 per day. Prorated fee available.

If you are already running 10k and want to improve your strength and speed for the Granville Island Turkey Trot or Fall half or full marathon, join us for the Tuesday night Intensity Training and Saturday Endurance Training for your long run support.


June 11 – Oct 8, 2024
Meet Tuesday at 6:15pm & Sat 8am at Rackets & Runners (program options of 1-2 coached runs per week)


Benefits:

  • Detailed training program
  • 20% discount on all regular-priced merchandise for duration of training program
  • Coach Lara to give instruction on training principles, running form, injury prevention and nutrition
  • Free Run Shirt

First trial session is free, just drop-in. Ongoing drop-in rate is $10 per day. Prorated fee available.

SIGN UP FOR TUES ONLY SIGN UP FOR TUES & SAT
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Learn to Run

Learn to Run

If you are new to running or have not run recently and a 10K distance is your goal, this is the group for you.


June 11 – Oct 8, 2024
Meet Tuesday at 6:15pm & Sat 8am at Rackets & Runners (program options of 1-2 coached runs per week)


Benefits:

  • Detailed training program
  • 20% discount on all regular-priced merchandise for duration of training program
  • Coach Lara to give instruction on training principles, running form, injury prevention and nutrition
  • Free Run Shirt

First trial session is free, just drop-in. Ongoing drop-in rate is $10 per day. Prorated fee available.

If you are new to running or have not run recently and a 10K distance is your goal, this is the group for you.


June 11 – Oct 8, 2024
Meet Tuesday at 6:15pm & Sat 8am at Rackets & Runners (program options of 1-2 coached runs per week)


Benefits:

  • Detailed training program
  • 20% discount on all regular-priced merchandise for duration of training program
  • Coach Lara to give instruction on training principles, running form, injury prevention and nutrition
  • Free Run Shirt

First trial session is free, just drop-in. Ongoing drop-in rate is $10 per day. Prorated fee available.

SIGN UP FOR TUES ONLY SIGN UP FOR TUES & SAT
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Walkers

Walkers

For walkers looking to build endurance and strength, or walkers striving to potentially return to running.


June 11 – Oct 8, 2024
Meet Tues at 6:15pm & Sat 8am at Rackets & Runners (program options of 1-2 coached walks per week)

Benefits:

  • Detailed training program
  • 20% discount on all regular-priced merchandise for duration of training program
  • Coach Lara to give instruction on training principles, walking form, injury prevention and nutrition
  • Free Run Shirt

First trial session is free, just drop-in. Ongoing drop-in rate is $10 per day. Prorated fee available

For walkers looking to build endurance and strength, or walkers striving to potentially return to running.


June 11 – Oct 8, 2024
Meet Tues at 6:15pm & Sat 8am at Rackets & Runners (program options of 1-2 coached walks per week)

Benefits:

  • Detailed training program
  • 20% discount on all regular-priced merchandise for duration of training program
  • Coach Lara to give instruction on training principles, walking form, injury prevention and nutrition
  • Free Run Shirt

First trial session is free, just drop-in. Ongoing drop-in rate is $10 per day. Prorated fee available

SIGN UP FOR TUES ONLY SIGN UP FOR TUES & SAT
Meet Your Coach
Meet Your Coach
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Coach Lara Penno

Coach Lara Penno

Lara has over 25 years experience as a personal trainer, run, cycling and triathlon coach. She has guided athletes to qualify and compete in premier events including the Boston, Berlin, New York City and London Marathons, Hawaii Ironman and Ironman Canada. She is a caring coach who brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding from her personal experience as an athlete and loves to share this enthusiasm.

Lara has over 25 years experience as a personal trainer, run, cycling and triathlon coach. She has guided athletes to qualify and compete in premier events including the Boston, Berlin, New York City and London Marathons, Hawaii Ironman and Ironman Canada. She is a caring coach who brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding from her personal experience as an athlete and loves to share this enthusiasm.

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Run Club FAQs
Run Club FAQs
Can I drop-in and determine if the R&R Run Club is a good fit for me?

Absolutely! We offer the first week free as a trial. Just show up on the day that works for you.

After that, you can also drop-in to try any day or any group to see if it is the right fit for you. Drop-in fee is $10 per session.

What gear do I need?

Most importantly, make sure you have a pair of comfortable, well-fitted running shoes.

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

What if I’ve never run before?

Everyone’s fitness levels are different, but generally we recommend beginners start with Learn to Run Thursdays.

If your fitness level surpasses the clinic, then try out Tuesdays for more experienced runners. There are a range of pace groups to walk, walk/run, or run with, and we will make sure you start at an appropriate pace.

What are your routes?

We generally start from Rackets & Runners at 3880 Oak St, Vancouver. From there, 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 R&R Run Club WhatsApp community.

Is there a secure location to leave my stuff?

We have an area in the Rackets & Runners store dedicated to storing your belongings.

Do you have any social time?

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 Run Club for birthday celebrations, destination runs, and other fun events. It’s a supportive group with a lot of friendly faces.

Anything else I should know?

Just come out and have some fun! We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but you’ll get a good workout in.

I have Run Club questions. Who can I talk to for more info?

Feel free to reach out with any questions at runclub@racketsandrunners.ca. Coach Lara Penno will respond to all inquiries, or you can call the store, and we can assist you at 604-733-9211.