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.

Transcend is Coming

November 29, 2014


Join us on Tuesday, December 9th for the Kingston showing of the film Transcend.

About Transcend:

“Long-distance running allowed Wesley Korir to escape the grinding poverty of Kenya. But after winning multiple American marathons, including taking running’s most cherished prize – the Boston Marathon, he risks it all and returns home to help his fellow Kenyans create better lives for themselves. In what proves to be the most challenging race of his career, Wesley takes on a well-financed, big-party candidate to run for a seat in Kenyan parliament, attempting to balance the frenzy of campaigning with the demands of marathon training. Transcend is the story of the elusive spiritual energy that is somehow forged in the intense rigor of long-distance running, an energy Wesley Korir is using to transform the nation that has done more than any other to change the face of the marathon.”

Join us at the KCVI auditorium at 7pm on Dec 9th for the film and a special session with film maker Michael DelMonte.

Tickets are just $10 ($12 at the door) and are available at Runners’ Choice.

Don’t miss it!

Transcend: Trailer from Storystream on Vimeo.



Christmas is Coming!!!

November 18, 2014

Christmas is just around the corner and we have just what you need for every runner on your Christmas list!

Not sure what your runner needs?  Our friendly staff is here to help guide you to the perfect gift.  From socks and safety lights to jackets and tights, we can help your runner get outfitted for winter running.  Still not sure?  We offer gift certificates for any amount.

Stop in and let us help you pick out your  runner’s gifts!

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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.

Donate online by using the PayPal button below, or in person at Runners' Choice (56 Brock Street, Kingston, ON) or any of the three branches of the Kingston Community Credit Union.

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