Picton Marathon & Half Marathon training clinic

May 16, 2015


So you’ve always wanted to run (continuously) a full or half marathon, but really didn’t know how to tackle it. Coach Al Cantlay and his team at Runners’ Choice have the solution for you.

The annual PEC, Picton County Half Marathon is the perfect event to train for and run. The Picton Half (and full) Marathon is a local event that takes place on Sunday October 4th 2015. It is fairly flat on a closed course which finishes in downtown Picton.

Clinic begins Sunday May 31st.

The training clinic provided by Runners’ Choice includes the following…

  • 18 weeks of training prior to the event.
  • coached by former Queen’s U running coach and recent inductee to Kingston Sports Hall of Fame, Al Cantlay.
  • regular review of training results for optimal preparation.
  • a variety of weekly group running / training options in which to participate.
  • half marathon dress rehearsal run to familiarize with course.
  • $10 discount for PEC Half Marathon event.
  • Runners’ Choice Anniversary running hat.
  • 10% discount on running shoes and gear at Runners’ Choice.
  • limited spots in clinic to ensure good access to coach and individual attention.

Cost to sign up for training clinic is: $95. +hst
Additional personal coaching available at reduced rate.

To sign up, click here to email us. In the email provide the following basic information:

  • First and last name
  • telephone number
  • say YES to: “I usually run approx 35 kms per week or more.”
  • and say YES or give specific goal time to: “I have a goal finishing time of less than 2:15:00 for the half and less than 4:4o:00 for the full.”

We will contact you to provide details of when we begin.



Beat Beethoven!

May 8, 2015

It’s that time again – The Beat Beethoven 8km race or 4km fun run/walk is back! Join in the fun and celebrate 20 years of this famous challenge! It takes place on Sunday June 7th at 10:30am, beginning in confederation basin. Register in store (cash or cheque) or online at www.beatbeethovenkingston.com. See you there!

beat beethoven 2015

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 365kingston.com. 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 themomentiscaptured.com

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!

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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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