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.

Dylan Wykes visited Runners’ Choice

July 14, 2014


Kingston sports Hall of Famer, Al Cantlay invited Canadian Olympian marathon runner Dylan Wykes to drop by Runners’ Choice for a visit and was pleased that Dylan was able to fit Kingston into his busy schedule. The Mizuno Running team also came to the store along with quite a few Kingston Road Runners. It was a family affair with a number of Kingston runners who brought their kids to meet and go for an easy run with Dylan to check out the Beat Beethoven route, prior to the June 1st Race.

In addition to enjoying a run, runners test drove the latest Mizuno running shoe releases, ate a few of coach Al’s homemade cookies and chatted with our Canadian marathon athlete. If you get a chance, drop by Runners’ Choice to see the selection of Mizuno runners in stock.

Follow Dylan as he heads to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games on his quest to represent Canada in the Marathon running event:


K-Town Triathlon 2014

July 11, 2014

It’s an exciting year for the K-Town Triathlon! After the 30th Anniversary of the K-Town Triathlon, this event became apart of the MultiSport Canada family. There are no significant changes planned for the event.

For more information, please see the following website: http://www.multisportcanada.com/kingston/

To register for the event, go here: https://secure.eventsonline.ca/events/trimsc/


Do you want to run better!?!

July 9, 2014

Join Taylored Training and their resident Physiotherapist, Cassie Dionne,  for a seminar on how to run better. Taylored Training’s Essential Guide to Better Movement: Running Edition, includes how to avoid common running injuries, how to properly warm-up, how to recover faster and become an overall healthier, faster runner. It will take place at Taylored Training Fitness Studio at 574 Princess Street on Wednesday July 23rd from 7-9pm. The cost is $85 for TT members and $95 for non-members. Contact Cassie at cassie@tayloredtraining.ca for further details!


Sunday Long Run June 15th: Trans Canada Trail!

June 13, 2014

Join us this Sunday for our long run. We typically leave from Runners’ Choice at 8:15am but this Sunday we’re going to hit the trails. Meet Al Cantlay, store owner, at the Trans Canada Trail access point off Sydenham Road to leave for 8:30am.

Directions: Heading north on Sydenham road towards the 401, there is a parking lot on the left hand side, roughly 100m before the 401 east turn off and just passed the small gas station of the right hand side of the road.

Stay tuned for any other changes to our typical Sunday run.

P.S Happy Father’s Day!!!

Altra Shoe Test Run & Tuesday Night Workout

June 6, 2014

Join us on Tuesday June 24th to both try out a pair of Altra running shoes AND get a great workout! One of Altra’s representatives will be there with the shoes, as well as Runners’ Choice owner and long time running coach, Al Cantlay. Regulars and newcomers are all welcome!

The test run/workout will take place at the Memorial Centre track at 303 York St. Shoe fitting will start at 5:00pm and go until the workout starts at 5:45pm.

Note: Tuesday night workouts are every week at 5:45pm, coached by Al. Call the store (613-542-2410) for the workout location if you are not sure!

Check out the video below for a preview of what Tuesday night workouts are all about!


May 27, 2014

Join us Thursday, May 29th at 5:30pm to test out new Mizuno running shoes! Following there will be stretching and a preview of the 8 & 4Km race routes for the Beat Beethoven Run lead by Dylan Wykes. There will be autographs and refreshments in the Market Square to finish the evening.

Enjoy an opportunity to run with Dylan as he continues his road to the 2016 Olympic Games.


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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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