Canada Run Club is where Canada’s community of 1.6 million runners can connect and grow, regardless of skill level. Through membership benefits and a well-rounded, nation-wide running community, we hope to educate, motivate and support runners, from beginners to elite.
CRC was created by three runners with one passion: to get more Canadians running. Headed by Rob Guy, a former elite athlete and running enthusiast with deep experience and expertise in national sport administration; Dave Reid, a former national team athlete and coach; and Walter Faion, a lifestyle runner who hasn’t missed a run in 30 years. Our affordable annual fee makes membership accessible to all runners. Together we can inspire Canadians – young or old, competitive or not.
Meet Our Ambassadors
Our team of experienced ambassadors includes some of Canada’s best athletes. We’re proud to have Olympians and passionate local runners representing CRC on the ground at events across the country.
You’ll be able to find our ambassadors numerous places, from local running shops to running events. They’re ready to connect you to Canada Run Club and help inspire you to reach your personal running goals.
Walter hasn’t missed a day of running in 30 years. Marathon running and coaching is more than a job for him – it’s been his way of life for many years. Walter has run marathons all over the world and has a PB of 2:28. Walter has run so many half-marathons that he’s lost count – the fastest in 1:08. He’s trained with world-class runners and has been coaching for many years. Walter understands what it takes to help runners reach their goals – whether it is achieving a certain time or simply reaching the finish line.
Reid Coolsaet is the third fastest marathoner in Canadian history. In September 2015 he ran 2:10:28 to finish sixth in Berlin and come within 19 seconds of the 40-year-old national record. Reid underwent qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics at the Rotterdam Marathon in April 2015, finishing seventh with a 2:11:24. His impressive performance came after missing part of the 2014 season when his abdominal muscle tore away from his pelvic bone, taking a piece with it. In his Olympic debut, Reid placed 27th. He improved by four placements at Rio 2016, finishing 23rd. Reid was the second-ranked marathoner in North America in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Malindi Elmore is a runner, triathlete, coach, mom and wife. She competed for Canada at the 2004 Olympic Games, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2011 Pan Am Games. A Kelowna, B.C. native, Malindi was a talented high school runner who attended Stanford University before returning to Canada to do a masters degree at the University of Calgary. She was a 1,500m specialist who ran one of the fastest times ever by a Canadian woman, at 4:02.64. After retiring from professional running in 2012, Malindi recently returned to run a fiery 2:32 marathon debut at Houston. It was a bucket list item for her, one that she completed only seven months after having her second child. Malindi currently coaches with the Okanagan Athletics Club and Run Smart Project.
Rob Reid, founder and owner of Frontrunners and New Balance stores in Victoria, began running marathons while attending the University of Western Ontario. Since then, Rob has run 18 marathons between 2:22 – 2:33, with a PB of 66:58 in half marathons and 31:30 in 10k. He also served as the director of the Royal Victoria Marathon for 30 years. Though he’s technically retired from competition, the father of four and grandfather of three still runs for the sake of his mental and physical health. He now chairs the board of the Terry Fox Centre that is to be built in Vancouver as a cancer education research facility and tribute to Terry Fox.
Noel Paine is a runner and from Ottawa with a passion for healthy active living. He’s also an advocate for mental health. Noel started running almost 30 years ago, inspired by the Wide World of Sports on television and excited to test out the Timex watch his father gave him. Now, he runs everything from the 100m to 100km ultra-marathons and he ran 258km in 2.5days for his 40th birthday.