Gan to Kingston 30k Run

April 2, 2015


It’s become a time honoured tradition here at Runners’ Choice: the Sunday of Hamilton’s Around the Bay 30k Race, we organize our very own 30K Run. The route is the same which includes starting at the Subway Sandwich Shop on the east side of Gananoque, through town and along Hwy 2 back to the store.

This year’s run took place on Sunday March 29th, 2015 and due to Al being in Cypress running a half marathon, the responsibility of preparing for this year’s 30k Run fell to Sue McIvor. She did an amazing job. The turnout was excellent and although a bit chilly with headwind, the day was sunny and beautiful. Congratulations to all the runners to successfully completed the full distance, along with the others who ran portions of the distance. It was a great Sunday Run and we’ll repeat it next year.

Enjoy the photos taken by Sue McIvor ; prepped and edited by Robby Breadner of The photos were taken at the 5K and the 10K markers.

Click here to enjoy the photo gallery.



The 30 Day Challenge

March 6, 2015


Starting March 9th:
30 minutes of running/walking for 30 days.

Our goal is to beat the winter blahs, get in shape, connect with friends and have a chance to win some great prizes…

Starting Monday March 9th 2015, run/walk for 30 continuous minutes: at home, on a treadmill or with the Runners’ Choice Kingston crew hosted by owner Al Cantlay. Each day you post a 30 minute workout you earn ONE point. If you do it with Runners’ Choice, you earn a second point.

At the end of the 30 days, the TOP runner with the most points will win a branded Runners’ Choice Kingston prize pack.

Here is the schedule for Runners’ Choice (RC) runs:
MONDAYS – RC store 6pm
TUESDAYS – Barriefield (hills) 5:45pm
THURSDAYS – women’s group RC store 6pm
SATURDAYS – RC store, Tempo workout 9:15am
SUNDAYS – RC store, Long distance 8:30am, coffee after


DOCUMENTING WORKOUTS: This year, please create ONE post on your own profile page, add to that post as comments for each workout; indicating distance, whether it was with Runners Choice and if you wish further info about the run. Occasionally, paste your workout on this event page.

At the end of the month, share that post (with the thread of your logged workouts on this page). That way, it will be a mystery to others taking the challenge. We will calculate the winner based on the end-of-month posts by participating runners. HAVE FUN.

Black Toe Event

March 4, 2015


It is Runners’ Choice 30th Anniversary!!

Coach Al Cantlay is celebrating a milestone and wishest to share in the revelry. The Dragon Room (upstairs) at The Kingston Brewing Company Ltd., has been booked, the snacks and beverages have been ordered and the festivities are planned.

At 5:30pm, we begin at Runners’ Choice, 56 Brock St., to try on shoes and get ready to run. New Balance Canada will be in attendance offering their latest line of shoes for a test drive We head out for an easygoing run through downtown Kingston. Our run finishes up at the Kingston Brew Pub 34 Clarence, where drinks, snacks and anniversary themed, customer appreciation goodies will be aplenty.

For information, call or drop by, 613 542 2410.

Peterborough Half Marathon

March 2, 2015

The bus to the Peterborough Half Marathon. photo credit: Robby Breadner

The Kingston Road Runners have been traveling to the Peterborough Half Marathon for a number of years and Sunday February 22nd 2015, was no exception. 17 runners boarded the Runners’ Choice sponsored bus for race day. The conditions were as good as it had been for weeks: a balmy -5°C, little wind, mostly bare roads.

Over 300 signed up for the Half Marathon. Results are here. Kingstonians captured the following awards; chip times shown:

  • Tim Gillespie 1:25:50   9th overall, placed 1st in M35-39
  • Benjamin Rudson 1:26:34  10th overall, placed 2nd in M20-24
  • Robby Breadner 1:31:42   25th overall, placed 2nd in M45-49
  • Heather Ostic 1:34:24   34th overall, placed 1st in F45-49
  • Al Cantlay 1:41:29  56th overall, placed 1st in M60+
  • Lana Saunders 1:42:41  63rd overall, placed 2nd in F40-44
  • Ed Brand 1:44:34  75th overall, placed 2nd in M60+
  • Shirley Myers 1:50:30  103 overall, placed 2nd in F60+

Well done to all the runners who took on this winter half marathon.

The race event was very well managed. The race kits were bountiful. The route was well marked (there was mention of how many pil0ns exist in Peterborough) with lots of friendly volunteers. Lunch was terrific and the prize packs were tremendous. Kudos to the race directors and event organizers.

There was also a 5K Race for those who aren’t ready for a half marathon distance. This year’s 5K had 100 runners participate. The KRRA’s own Ché Breadner finished 13th overall.

Runners’ Choice looks forward to supporting the bus from Kingston to Peterborough next year. It is always a great crew.




Baby it’s cold outside!

January 20, 2015

Burr!!! Yes, it is cold but that doesn’t mean you have to hide away inside. You need your Vitamin D, fresh air and real sunshine!

We can help you stay warm while you run through the winter. We’ve got tights, jackets, hats, gloves and lots more. Then you can pick up some reflective gear and lights to be sure that you are seen on those dark mornings or nights. And don’t forget the YakTrax to help keep you on your feet while running on icy conditions.

Stop in and see us today and keep moving this winter!

Resolution Run – Sunday January 4th!

December 27, 2014

Each year the KRRA Race Series kicks off with the 8km Resolution Run. This race is organized and supported by the Kingston Road Runners Association in support of the CanAssist African Relief Trust.

Historically, The 8km road race begins and ends on the RMC campus. However, due to security restrictions at the base, the KRRA has moved the Event to a location in the north west of the city. The race will begin at 9:30am. Register online or at Runners’ Choice.


Santa Run ~ Sunday Dec., 21st

December 12, 2014


Santa Claus is running to town.

Al Cantlay and the entire team here at Runners’ Choice are excited to announce the Annual Runners’ Choice Santa Run, Christmas store event, starting at 10am on Sunday December 21st, 2014.

Join the fun as Runners’ Choice, customers, fans, friends and Kingston runners come together for a easy-going run through downtown Kingston to get into the holiday spirit. It’s also an opportunity for Al and the Runners’ Choice crew to say ‘thank you’ for being such terrific supporters all year.

In addition to taking a nice leisurely run out to Sir John A MacDonald and back, there will be lots of goodies. Bring a non-perishable food item (for the Kingston Food Bank) and Runners’ Choice will give you a $10 Gift Voucher for the store, for you to then give to a potential runner to get them started.

Our goal is to grow the already strong Kingston running community. Let’s introduce the fantastic activity of running to new folks, so they can enjoy great community, great health and a prosperous 2015.

We start from the store (56 Brock St.) at 10am.

Bring a friend, join the run, then we arrive back at the store for giveaways, hot drinks, nibbles and more running camaraderie.

Sharing the love of running is perhaps the best gift you could give someone you care about.

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The Road to Rio

Kingston native Dylan Wykes made his Olympic debut in the men's marathon at the 2012 London Summer Games. He posted a top-20 finish with a time of 2:15:26, making him the first Canadian to cross the line in the grueling heat.

Now Dylan has set his sights on Rio 2016 and the Canadian marathon record. Help us support Dylan as he strives to make history as the fastest Canadian marathoner of all time. Your donation will help cover Dylan's training and living costs, including his travel expenses as he competes and represents Canada at marquee races around the globe.

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