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Run Club

Run Club

The Oak Street Run Club is a tight-knit community that welcomes all levels of ability.

The Oak Street Run Club is a tight-knit community that welcomes all levels of ability.

Membership Benefits
Membership Benefits

Exclusive 15% discount

Exclusive 15% discount

Applies to regularly priced in-store merchandise only.

Applies to regularly priced in-store merchandise only.

Mapped Routes

Mapped Routes

We do the work for you! Varied and tested routes emailed to you weekly.

We do the work for you! Varied and tested routes emailed to you weekly.

Swag, Contests & Happy Hours

Swag, Contests & Happy Hours

We want to keep you connected and looking sharp. Functional branded apparel drop twice yearly. Plus, guest speakers, destination runs and discounts on running events.

We want to keep you connected and looking sharp. Functional branded apparel drop twice yearly. Plus, guest speakers, destination runs and discounts on running events.

Schedule

Schedule

Tuesday

Douglas Park, 6pm meet up for 6:15pm departure.

5K and 10K

Thursday

On-hold

Challenge workouts hills or speed training

Saturday

Douglas Park, 8am meet up for 8:15am departure.

10K, 13K, 15K and 18K

Annual Membership Fee
Annual Membership Fee

$100+ GST (pro-rated quarterly)

Join any time and pay pro-rated price.

$100+ GST (pro-rated quarterly)
Join any time and pay pro-rated price.

Meet Your Coaches
Meet Your Coaches
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Coach Liz

Coach Liz

Liz started her running journey in 2001 and has been formally training for road races since 2008. She's participated in road events ranging from 5K to multi-day relay races to the New York City Marathon 2019. Liz holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from SFU and is a certified run coach through the RRCA.

Liz started her running journey in 2001 and has been formally training for road races since 2008. She's participated in road events ranging from 5K to multi-day relay races to the New York City Marathon 2019. Liz holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from SFU and is a certified run coach through the RRCA.

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Coach Tim

Coach Tim

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. 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.

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. 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.

Run Club FAQs
Run Club FAQs
COVID-19 Restrictions

UPDATE AS OF JULY 1, 2021

With the COVID restrictions on outdoor sports being lifted, run club has resumed with a step-by-step basis with safety protocols maintained.

Meet Saturday mornings at Douglas Park, 8am to leave for 8:15am.

Meet Tuesday evenings 6pm meet up for 6:15pm departure, also at Douglas Park.

We will monitor how the first two weeks resume with the intention of adding Tuesday and Thursday evening runs shortly after.

We will continue to meet outside as it is a safer setting to remain in well-ventilated areas.

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

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 pro-rated on a quarterly basis.

Who leads the runs?

Along with a group of Run Club ambassadors, Coach Liz and Coach Tim set up the run routes and oversee the overall pace and structure of the workouts.

What gear do I need?

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.

What if I’ve never run before?

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 or walk/run with, and we will make sure you start at an appropriate pace.

Where do we run?

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.

Are there different pace groups?

You bet! There are folks who run or walk/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.

Is there a secure location to leave my stuff?

Sure thing - we have an area in the 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 the run club for birthday celebrations, destination runs, and other fun events. It’s a tight-knit 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 don’t worry, you’ll get a good workout in.