Meet Chris Seto, a current marathon clinic instructor and pace lead at the Denman Street Running Room. After losing more than 80 pounds, Chris ran his first marathon in Kelowna five years ago. He has now completed 15 marathons, 12 half marathons since he started running in 2011. His current marathon personal best is 3:47:12 at the 2013 Victoria Goodlife Fitness Marathon. In 2015, Chris achieved his goal of becoming a Marathon Maniac, Half Marathon Fanatic, and Double Agent at the same time. His current goals are: to run his first Ultra Marathon in Cape Town in 2016, and to run his 50th marathon by his 50th birthday in 2021.
Chris will be running the BMO Vancouver Marathon again this year for the fourth time, and looks forward to seeing the runners he trains successfully complete the marathon and achieving their running goals.
He has lived in Vancouver for 23 years with his spouse. Although he is a world traveller, Chris is proud to call this beautiful city his home base.
1. RUNVAN: Take us back to the first time you ran in the Vancouver Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM, Granville Island Turkey Trot, Fall Classic or your first race. What was it like? How long ago was it? What do you think has changed since then in the Vancouver running scene?
I ran the Vancouver Marathon 2012, and I remember the feeling of community and friendship. This was my first hometown race! My running friends were with me, but it still felt like a small community. I can still recall that feeling of coming around the final stretch around Stanley Park and seeing downtown. I felt like I was coming home. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the Vancouver running community grow every year. Its always exciting to meet new people and welcome them into this amazing group of people.
2. RV: Name a few of your favourite places to run in Vancouver. Why do they stand out for you?
My two most favourite places to run are the seawalls around Stanley Park and the False Creek loop. I can always count on saying “Hello” to a friendly face as I pass by all of the amazing runners and walkers in our city.
3. RV: Running is a great way to see the world. Of all the places you’ve traveled to outside of Vancouver, whether it be for competition or for pleasure, which was your favourite spot to run in and why?
In April 2015, I had the amazing experience of running the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon. I have ran in many cities around the world, but nothing quite compares to the iconic landmarks of Paris as you dash around the central areas of with friends from Vancouver. The scenery, community, and experience were unparalleled. After the race, a group of about 20 of running friends from Vancouver and abroad met in Jardin Luxembourg to have a celebration picnic together. It was an amazing day!
4. RV: What is your pre-race routine?
I am a creature of habit. The night before is pasta or sushi carb load, with copious amounts of coconut water in between. I lay everything out for race day with my partner (we run every race together!), take a photo of it, and post on Facebook. When I wake up in the morning, I have my morning coffee, eat a hearty bowl of oatmeal, and make sure that I have plenty of time to get to where I am going.
5. RV: Pay it forward: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received from a parent, coach, or mentor about running? OR got your own advice? Share it with us!
Endurance running is more than achieving a personal best time. It’s about experiencing a rewarding lifestyle, the amazing running community, and challenging yourself in different ways. I am amazed by how many people from different walks of life come together to share a common goal. There is always a time to be competitive. But every time you put on that pair of running shoes, just remember to take a moment and enjoy the experience!