RUNVAN® Ambassador Kate Inch


Meet Kate, a Science and PE teacher at Templeton Secondary School in East Vancouver. An outdoor recreation enthusiast, Kate loves to be outside running, mountain biking or skiing on the trails around Vancouver. Enjoying a healthy active lifestyle is something Kate works to promote with her students and the Templeton Running Club is one such way she encourages students to ‘get up & get moving’.  Through the Running Club, students train and participate in the RunVan series including the Turkey Trot, Fall Classic and the School Challenge 8km, Half Marathon and Team Marathon events at the BMO Marathon in May.  These events have been a great way to encourage young people to engage with running and other healthy lifestyle initiatives in the community. Kate plans to take an even larger group of Titans to the events this year! Find Kate online at @InchEdu.

1. RUNVAN: Take us back to the first time you ran in the Vancouver Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM or your first race. What was it like? What do you think has changed since then in the Vancouver running scene?

Being relatively new to Vancouver the first time I participated with my students in the 8km School Challenge, I was mesmerized by the scenery and the energy along the course. I, myself, had run in a number of races over the years, including triathlons and marathons, but for my students, this was a first experience EVER of participating in such a community event. The awe on their faces at the starting line, and their sense of achievement and empowerment at the finish line was palpable. It was fantastic!
In terms of a changing running scene, I think we’re seeing a huge increase in the number of recreational runners who are lacing up their shoes and getting out there; it’s awesome!

2. RV: Name a few of your favourite points along our course or in Vancouver. Why do they stand out for you?

Nothing beats coming along the east seawall of Stanley Park, as you can see the mountains on the North Shore, the buzz of the downtown core and you’re being amped up by the live music on course. It’s a pretty energizing final stretch!

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?

I’ve always thought running is the best way to see somewhere new, and I’ve enjoyed some great runs in a number of beautiful places. As much as I love coastal and beach running, I’d have to say one of my favourite running memories is participating in the Kilimanjaro Half Marathon in Tanzania. It was spectacular scenery, having Mt.Kili in view nearly the entire way. Not to mention they served beer at the finish line and we had a great afternoon picnic of fantastic local food!

4. RV: What is your pre-race routine?

Take advantage of some carbohydrate loading and try to get a good night sleep. In the morning, I wake up with plenty of time to enjoy a light breakfast and a good warm-up/stretch. Then I just try to enjoy the ride ☺.

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!

Enjoy it for you! Find a training program and time that works for your schedule. Someone once told me ‘running is cheaper than therapy’, Haha. And it’s so true! Make it fun, make it social, and running can be such a powerful force of positive energy in your life.