Kitsilano offers some of the best running trails and scenery in Vancouver, so it’s not surprising that it’s also home to a huge population of runners.

Whether you prefer the quiet meditation of going solo, or prefer the camaraderie of an organized group, Vancouver is one of the best cities in the world for running. The mild seasons allow people to run outdoors year-round and the views can motivate you to tackle even the steepest hills.

With a new year comes new year’s resolutions and casual runners often set a marathon as their ultimate goal. After all, how hard can it be – marathons are run by thousands of people every year.

But how do beginners prepare for the grueling 26.2 mile run? These 3 running clinics in Kitsilano can get you across the finish line.

1. Forerunners

Located on West 4th and Collingwood since 1986, Forerunners offers a variety of running clinics throughout the year. Train with Forerunners coach and two-time Olympian, Carey Nelson, over 18 weeks for your choice of either a full or half marathon.

Forerunners, 3502 West 4th Avenue, 604-732-4535,

2. The RIGHT Shoe

The RIGHT Shoe Marathon Club is designed to prepare runners for a marathon or half marathon in the Spring 2018.  The Club meets on Sunday mornings at 8:00am for a weekly long run, the staple workout in any effective long distance running program. All runners are eligible to join The RIGHT Shoe Tuesday night run clinic throughout the season for an intensity workout to build speed and strength.

The Right Shoe, 1601 West 4th Avenue, 604-737-6014,

3. Running Room

Running Room’s Marathon Clinic builds on their half-marathon program and includes hill training, 10 and 1 training and speed work to help you build your marathon training schedule. Group runs take place on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.

Running Room, 2112 West 4th Avenue, 604-225-0222,

Last modified: January 14, 2018

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