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!

Customer Appreciation – November 27 & 28

November 10, 2014

After nearly thirty years serving Eastern Ontario runners at Runners’ Choice, we have learned a few things. One of the biggest things is that we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our many loyal customers. So, we want to take the time to say “thank-you”.

Thursday November 27th and Friday November 28th are our annual “Customer Appreciation” days. We will have lots of great deals including 20% off all regularly priced in-stock footwear and apparel! Plus we will have some great treat and refreshments for you.

Stop in and let us say, “thank-you” in person and feel appreciated!

Run Girl Run Clinic

October 29, 2014


Perfect for women who want to stay active and motivated heading into the winter months. You will receive a weekly workout schedule for our 8 week program leading up to the KRRA Resolution Run on Jan.4th.

Beginning Thursday November 13th at 6pm here at Runners’ Choice Kingston.

Cost is $69.99 plust HST and all participants receive a pair of wool socks great for winter running.

Reserve you spot on our website or in person at 56 Brock St.It is designed for women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes who want to get fit and live an active life. The flexible and custom-tailored program is designed to guide you from walking to running in a safe and fun environment. Our coaches will lead you through activities, drills and stretches that will enable you to run farther, faster and pain-free.  The last two weeks of this eight week clinic we will join the Tuesday night workout with Runners’ Choice for drills and hills.

Reserve your spot by emailing us at or call us at 613-542-2410 or drop in at Runners’ Choice, 56 Brock St., just around the corner from City Hall.

Tuesday night workouts

October 15, 2014


Title: Tuesday Night Workouts
Location: Barriefield (above the RMC Sports Dome)
Link out: Click here
Description: Join us for a FREE speed session, coached by Runners’ Choice owner, Al Cantlay. Workouts start at 5:45pm on Tuesdays. We park at the RMC Sports Centre and meet at the Barriefield neighbourhood. All levels welcome. We do this in Barriefield, every Tuesday til spring.
Start Time: 5:45pm
Date: 2014-11-04
End Time: 6:30pm

Runners’ Choice Run Groups

September 9, 2014


Tuesday Night Workouts

Join us for a FREE speed session coached by store owner and recent inductee to Kingston Sports Hall of Fame, Al Cantlay. Workout starts at 5:30 pm and is currently meeting at the info booth at the bottom of Fort Henry, at the parking lot.

Women’s Run Group

Every Thursday night, rain or shine, the ladies leave the store at 6 pm for an evening run. All ages and abilities are welcome to join for FREE.
Here’s a look at a hot, summer run through the eyes of one of the ladies:

Saturday Tempo Run

Join us Saturday morning at 9:15 for a tempo workout leaving the store and heading around the RMC point.

Sunday Long Run

Get some serious miles in on Sunday morning.  The group leave the store at 8:30 am and meets for coffee post-run.

Celebrating Al Cantlay inducted into the Kingston Sports Hall of Fame

August 1, 2014


Al Cantlay, owner of Runners’ Choice Kingston, was inducted into the Kingston Sports Hall of Fame in the spring of 2014. He was the first runner to earn this prestigious honour. With friends and family, he attended the Hall of Fame banquet at the Ambassador Hotel on Friday May 29th, 2014 where he was honoured and gave a heartfelt speech.

Al Cantlay’s bio

A competitive distance runner for more than 30 years, Al Cantlay competed for Queen’s university as a member of the Cross-Country and Track & Field teams in the late 1970s teams which he also coached from 1980 to 1985.

Al’s coaching and organizing carried over into the wider Kingston community, including his free weekly group training sessions (which continue to date), which have helped many runners achieve personal goals including qualification for the Olympics and the Boston Marathon; among other prestigious races.

Always a superbly fit athlete, Al insisted on hard work and perserverance from himself and those he coaches. He is an innovative trainer bringing ‘track training’ coaching methods to Kingston and area distance runners. He has served in a variety of capacities: participant, coach, organizer, volunteer, advisor, sponsor and fundraiser, for the Kingston Triathlon Committee and the Kingston Road Runners Association since he arrived in Kingston in 1977.

Al Cantlays was instrumental in starting the Kingston Kids Read and Run Program and regluarly donated equipment to ensure all interested children could participate.

He was inducted into the Queen’s University Coaches’ Hall of Fame in 2004 and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Kingston Rotary Club in 2013.

Hall of Fame banquet and luncheon photos

Click this link to enjoy the animated slideshow of photo images taken at the 2014 Sports Hall of Fame banquet and luncheon as alumni, family and friends celebrated Al’s induction.

Click here to check out coach Al in action on a chilly winter day as he trains his runners.

the MOMENT is CAPTURED by photographer Robby Breadner.

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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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