Gananoque to Kingston: 30km Run


It’s that time of year when we test our mettle and take on that long Hwy 2 stretch from Gananoque to Kingston. It’s 30K right to the store and a tradition for KRRA runners. This is not a formal running event. It is an extension of the Runners’ Choice Sunday morning runs.

We meet before 8am and carpool to the Subway Restaurant in Gananoque. At 8:30am we leave Gananoque, running back to Kingston via Hwy 2 to the Runners’ Choice Kingston store where we either: A: hoist java in celebration, or B: head to The Kingston Brewing Company for a hearty breakfast.

Coach Al Cantlay is generous to organize water drops points, and will be traveling up and down Hwy 2 to check on all runners.

Can’t run 30K?! That’s okay. You can pick your distance and you will be dropped off and/or picked up to finish with the crew.

Available to volunteer? This would be greatly appreciated as more than one vehicle is needed to haul runners to the start to avoid folks having to return to Gan to pick up their cars.

There is no cost for this event and as mentioned above, no formal route with pylons or marshals. It’s a straight run in along the south shoulder of Hwy 2, rain or shine, into Kingston.

You in? Let us know so we can begin to arrange transportation.

Here is a story and photos from last year’s run.


Twosome 5km Race

Join us on Sunday, February 7th for a fun 5km race in support of the Kingston Food Sharing Project! You may run in a twosome as well as a onesome! Visit for more details. Register at Runners’ Choice (cash or cheque only)


Santa Run ~ Sunday Dec. 20th


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 20th, 2015.

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 new runners a $10 Gift Voucher to spend in the store.

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 2016.

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.

Enjoy the photos from last year’s Santa Run, here.

36th Annual Resolution Run


Join us for the first KRRA race of 2015, the 36th annual Resolution Run! The race will take place on Sunday January 3rd, 2016. Each year the KRRA Race Series kicks off with this 8km race in support of the CanAssist African Relief Trust. You can register right here at Runners’ Choice. For more information, go to the KRRA website’s event page.


New Balance announce XC partnering with Runners’ Choice, on


Runners’ Choice is very excited to be partnering New Balance with all the exciting upcoming activities. Here is an excerpt from the article as published on

Come take part in the New Balance XC Festival partnered with Runners’ Choice Kingston, this weekend!

From Thursday to Saturday this weekend, Team NB will be on site at Runners’ Choice Kingston bringing a Cross Country Festival Experience to K-Town.  Within a few blocks walking distance just west of the meet hotel Holiday Inn Waterfront, look for the red NB tent and flags that mark the spot.  Take special note free custom-logo grilled cheese sandwiches will be hot off the grill from Runners’ Choice this weekend…come check out what design they will take!

Thu Nov 26th

  • 5:30pm – Women’s Run Group from the Store, Free Easy Run and test NB shoes for the warmup…FREE SWAG!  FREE DRAWS!  Come meet Team New Balance headliner Julie-Anne Staehli

…READ MORE for the full article, click here.


New Balance is also presenting:

National X-Country Champ Live Stream & Fantasy Team Contest!

There are 6 groups of runners from each race, you must choose ONE RUNNER FROM EACH GROUP, to make your team of 6 runners–only your top 4 in the actual race will count towards your team score. READ MORE and to enter, click here…

New Balance Customer Appreciation during the Canadian XC Championships


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Kingston is abuzz in anticipation for the Canadian XC Championships 2015 which will be taking place on Saturday November 28th. Runners’ Choice is excited to team with New Balance to be involved in the event as well as the Kingston Road Runners Association AGM on Thursday Nov. 26th and host a Customer Appreciation Night on Friday Nov 27th.


Thursday November 26th

5:30pm at Runners’ Choice, New Balance will meeting up with the Women’s Run Clinic. Newcomer ladies are welcome to join the 6pm training run.


7pm at Kingston Brewing Company, activities begin to ramp up at 34 Clarence St, with New Balance and Runners’ Choice in attendance at the KRRA Annual General Meeting. KRRA members will attend this important meeting where Race Series end-of-year awards will be distributed, door prizes will be won, snacks enjoyed, memberships renewed and there will be a special guest speaker. This is not an exclusive event. The Kingston Road Runners Association is an open group for running enthusiasts and newcomer members are more than welcome to attend.

At the KRRA AGM, Runners’ Choice will be handing out certificates for $20 OFF New Balance shoes and winter apparel, redeemable only at Runners’ Choice Kingston store and only during this special weekend. For the weekend there will also be a Top 10 30/30 Sale: ten featured items throughout the store will be marked down either by $30 or 30%… only for the weekend.


Friday November 27th

New Balance and Runners’ Choice will host a Customer Appreciation Night. Beginning at 5pm, local runners, KRRA members, store patrons and out-of-town athletes  (for the Canadian CX Championships) will congregate at the store for a meet-n-greet and an opportunity for a test drive of New Balance shoes. A couple celebrity athletes will be in attendance. This will be followed by everyone heading out for an easy group run, downtown Kingston.


Saturday November 28th

New Balance and Runners’ Choice will be attending the Canadian XC Championships which begin at 9:30am; through to the final Senior Men 10K race with a start time at 2:30pm. For a complete schedule and more info, visit

Fort Henry shown: S/F is start/finish. XC shows the approximate area of the race route. P1 is parking at the Fort. P2 is parking at the Athletic Centre. DC is the Discovery Centre where kit pickup and merchandise will be available.