Meet Your 2019 Pacers

Join in with a pacer to reach your goal run time! Look for your pacer at the start corral wearing a RUNVAN® Pacer shirt!

Half Marathon 10KM 5KM
1h30min, 1h45min, 1h50min, 2h, 2h15min, 2h30min 40min, 45min, 50min, 55min, 1h, 1h10min 20min, 25min, 30min, 35min, 40min

Pacers are experienced runners who run the race at an even pace with a specific goal time. This helps fellow runners stay on-pace to achieve their desired finish time. As a local non-profit organization, we truly value those who give back to others in the run community.

Pacers:

  • Run continuously at a steady pace to meet the goal time
  • Offer encouragement to the runners they are pacing
  • Arrive early to the race corrals. Seed yourself next to your goal time

Half Marathon

Vivian Davidson, 1:30

Vivian Davidson - Pacer


1. Why do you like to RUNVAN®?
I love the community-building ethos of this organization, the well-organized events and the beautiful courses that are featured in RUNVAN® race.

2. What is your best race advice?
Know your pace and stick with it! Often with race adrenaline, people cheering, etc. it’s easy to start at a pace faster than the one you trained with which is not wise as you will pay for it later! It’s better to have a bit of energy left at the end to do a negative split and even sprint a bit towards the end than to slow down mid race because of a too aggressive start.


Bowen Fang, 1:45

Bowen Fang - Pacer


1. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
My wardrobe is too crowded to add a single sport T-shirt because I bought too many.

2. Why do you like to RUNVAN®?
I love their well-organized events and always have lots of fun. I ran my first half marathon and first full marathon with RUNVAN®

3. What is your best race advice?
Know your limit, be safe. Run in steady pace. Fuel your body well and stay hydrated.


Todd Nickel, 1:45

Todd Nickel - Pacer


1. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
For 2019 I set a goal to run a race every month. This race will be my 19th this year. It’s been a long year.

2. Why do you like to RUNVAN®?
My very first half marathon was the 2016 RUNVAN BMO Half Marathon. I ran 1:46:00. I can’t wait to run this one a minute quicker!

3. What is your best race advice?
Trust your training! You’ve put in the work so bring that confidence into the start corral. And don’t forget to smile. Smiling make you run faster, it’s true!


Ethan Zhang, 1:50

Ethan Zhang


1. Why do you like to RUNVAN®?
RUNVAN connects aspiring runners and I am lucky enough to be part of that movement. My first race ever was with RUNVAN and I want to help others do the same.

2. What is your favourite post-run food?
Five scoops of peanut butter and a cold beer to wash it all down.

3. What is your best race advice?
Feed off the crowd and stay hydrated. Don’t let competition distract you and stick with what you know. The next step is always easier than the last.


Ella Waring, 2:00

Ella Waring - Pacer


1. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
My first full marathon was the BMO in 2017. I ran the entire thing with my dad to celebrate his 50th birthday!

2. Why do you like to RUNVAN®?
I love to see the community come together to crush their goals. Whether it’s your first race or 21st, sunny or snowing, at every event the excitement is contagious.

3. What is your best race advice?
BREATHE! Maintaining steady breath helps to keep a consistent pace throughout the race. Don’t worry about anyone else – this race is all yours!


David Chen, 2:15

David Chen - Pacer


1. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
My first RUNVAN® event was BMO Half Marathon 2017, it was a wonderful experience in my life.
Since then I did BMO Full Marathon 2018, 2019 and have a lot of fun with people around in the event.

2. We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
Honestly, I do not listen to music when I am running. I like to feel cool as the wind touches my face while running.

3. What is your best race advice?
Start slowly and finish strong.


Evgeny Vinnik, 2:30

Evgeny Vinnik - Pacer

1. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I love creating furniture and art from plywood and cardboard using laser cutter.

2. Why do you like to RUNVAN®?
The medals RUNVAN® make for their events are spectacular; they have a nice solid weight, and spectacular designs. T-shirts from the BMO Vancouver Marathon are also grea. As proven by me, they can withstand dozens of washes, and tend to impress fellow runners.

3. We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
“Eye of the Tiger”, of course! You pass by the invited band, they happen to play it – boom! You’re stuck with the motive for the rest of the run.

10KM

Shanfu Tian, 0:40

Shanfu Tian - Pacer


1. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
Two years ago, my doctor advised me to lose weight and I started trying running. After getting rid of 30kg weight, I feel life is so wonderful. Right now, running is a part of my life and I respect and enjoy it.

2. What is your favourite post-run food?
Pizza, juice and beer

3. What is your best race advice?
Keep the pace, follow the pacer, adjust breathing and enjoy the race.


Nathan Hosking, 0:45

Nathan Hosking - Pacer


1. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
Originally from Cornwall, UK and moved to Vancouver 5 years ago via many countries for travel. Fall Classic was my first Canadian running event back in 2015 and I’ve made sure to participate every year since. On a more fun note, with the appetite of a runner and my acquired love of sushi, I’m confident I could eat my own body weight in yam and avocado rolls…

2. What is your best race advice?
Enjoy it! This is the celebration of the hard work you’ve already put in. If you start finding the pace tough, think of all the training you’ve done and trust the feeling will pass. Smile and share a high five with a fellow participant, volunteer, or spectator at any opportunity.


Craig Premack, 0:50

Craig Premack - Pacer


1. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I commuted by bicycle for 22 years and logged over 190,000 kms!

2. What is your favourite post-run food?
A protein shake made with plenty of chocolate ice cream!

3. What is your best race advice?
Training time is not only for physical adaptations, but also when you should test all
the other facets, such as new shoes and clothing, triple-caffeinated gels, latest endurance products, etc. This advice comes from some hard-earned, formidable lessons of my own over the years.


Navy Chen, 0:50


1. Why do you like to RUNVAN®?
Optimistic and kindly people, well organized events with pleasant atmosphere, tasty post-run foods.

2. What is your favourite post-run food?
Soup, muffin, banana and apple juice.

3. What is your best race advice?
Train and practice well regularly, sleep well and remain steady pace in race day. Enjoy the race event throughout.


Victor Qin, 0:55

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1. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
When I ran my first marathon, I didn’t even know what energy gel is.

2. Why do you like RUNVAN®?
Well organized, they are a lot of fun, lot of food and lot of friends.

3. What is your best race advice?
[Don’t] too fast at the beginning, keep pace steady and maintaining your breath in the middle, keep running strong and smiling at the end.


Sarah Robins, 1:00

Sarah Robins - Pacer


1. Why do you like to RUNVAN®?
I moved here from Edmonton three years ago, and I love that I can run outside year-round. RUNVAN® events are always tons of fun, and in my family we have three generations running them.

2. We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins

3. What is your best race advice?
Race day adrenaline is going to help you run faster than you think you can! Have fun and enjoy the awesome atmosphere.


Casper Chen, 1:10

Casper Chen - Pacer


1. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
At the beginning, I ran with my daughter, but she gave up due to some certain reason. However, I insisted to run. Just went to the 123rd Boston Marathon this April.

2. We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
Walking in the Air

3. What is your best race advice?
Keep on running. You never know your potential and limitation!

5KM

Philip Finlayson, 0:20

Philip Finlayson - Pacer

1. Tell us a fun fact about yourself
I haven’t used it in 25 years, but I still keep a hackie sack in my backpack. It’s become a good luck charm.

2. What is your favourite post-run food?
I’m a sucker for juicy burger with a cold beverage to wash it down.

3. What is your best race advice?
Don’t forget to warm up before the start gun. Five to 10 minutes of your easy running pace and a couple strides are plenty.


Raymond Cayas, 0:25

Raymond Cayas - Pacer


1. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I’m a martial arts instructor.

2. We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
I normally don’t listen to music when I run. But when I did it was “Happy” by Pharrell Williams – it’s catchy but oh so bad.

3. What is your best race advice?
Stay your pace, listen, and have fun. We will reach that target time or PB.


Dennis Wang, 0:30

Dennis Wang - Pacer


1. Why do you like to RUNVAN®?
Always be big running parties and shine spots of Vancouver! Thanks for all organizers, volunteers and running lovers!

2. We all have it. What is the worst, repetitive song in your head while running?
I never wear a headset when I am running. Light and smooth steps are always the best “song” to me.

3. What is your best race advice?
Hold on your pace at the beginning and hold your pace until the finish, a trick to do this is to keep smiling!


Lisa Dinh, 0:35

Lisa Dinh - Pacer

1. Why do you like to RUNVAN®?
I love the running community – I like how it brings people together! Everyone is so friendly and helpful. And most importantly, the food!

2. What is your favourite post-run food?
Lots and lots of carbs please. PIZZA!

3. What is your best race advice?
It’s only X mins of running, and then it’s sushi, pizza time!


Sharon Sandhu, 0:40

Sharon Sandhu - Pacer


1. Why do you like to RUNVAN®?
I love the energy and vibe in all the RUNVAN® events I have ran in. I’ve met a lot of people through running!

2. What is your favourite post-run food?
PIZZA!

3. What is your best race advice?
Enjoy the run. I know the focus for many will be hitting that team goal but being part of a fun race and meeting new people helps! Definitely SMILE – it helps.


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