AMBASSADORSVANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL MARATHON SOCIETY
Meet Our Ambassadors
The non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society is represented by influential members of the community who support our mission and values.
The Society recognizes the importance of community to the success of its events, and to the celebration of sport and healthy living. Each year, the Society reaches into the community to attract nearly 4,000 volunteers and dozens of business, community, and charity groups. To aid in the ongoing connection to the community, the Society also brings together a special group of long-term supporters including volunteers, runners, current and former board members, business leaders, elite runners and local residents as Community RUNVAN® Ambassadors.
RUNVAN® Ambassadors assist the Society in promoting itself by attending various community events, networking opportunities, schools, charity events, running clubs and other community outreach opportunities. As a special volunteer, RUNVAN® Ambassadors receive special benefits including entry into the BMO Vancouver Marathon and commemorative gear. Ambassadors have familiarity with our events, are comfortable speaking and motivating groups, and have flexibility to attend events. In addition, RUNVAN® Ambassadors agree to abide by the Society’s Code of Conduct and respect its values.
David is a graphic designer and the former marathon clinic instructor at the Broadway Running Room. He ran his first marathon in Vancouver in 2004 and has now completed 38 marathons, nine of them in Vancouver.
Greg is an IT consultant with a passion for road and trail running. Greg has enjoyed running since 2006, when a friend asked “Why don’t you try it?”.
Karl is a senior IT professional at Aviso Wealth in Downtown Vancouver. After participating many years in the Sun Run, Karl considered quitting running. He completed his first marathon in 2017 at the age of 56.
Justin is an avid runner, PhD candidate, and marathon instructor at the Denman Running Room. In October 2011, Justin ran his first race, which also happened to be his first marathon. Since then Justin has ran almost 30 marathons.
Chris is a current marathon clinic instructor and pace lead at the Denman Street Running Room. In 2015, Chris achieved his goal of becoming a Marathon Maniac, Half Marathon Fanatic, and Double Agent at the same time.
Jennifer is Community Engagement Coordinator for the Kitsilano Community Centre. Jenn ran her first marathon in Walt Disney World when she was a 19 year old “Cast Member” at Epcot. She has since run 7 fulls and countless other runs.
One of two Seattle RUNVAN® ambassadors, Vince ran his first marathon in 1983 in Wisconsin. After chasing PRs in the late 1980s, he took 10 years off from long distances, ran Portland again in 2000, then tried his luck at Portland 2015.
Donna is the Marketing Director, and one of the founders of the Lapower running team, the largest Chinese running club in the lower mainland. A runner since 2014, Donna is focused on social runs to help bring more people into running and healthy lifestyles.
Patrick “Packie” Kiernan
Born in Ireland, Patrick is living 8 years in Edmonton, working as an Engineering Assistant Manager for a Window and Door Company. Running at a young age, he gave it up for team sports, but was lucky enough to rediscover his love for it 3 years ago.
Krista is a PhD student at the University of Calgary, a Registered Nurse, and teaches in the Faculty of Nursing. In her free time, she coaches for YYCRunCrew and loves spending time in the mountains. She is also a triathlete.
Mariya is a Vancouver Police Officer and a former marathon clinic instructor at the Burnaby Running Room. She ran her first half marathon in Vancouver in 2016 and has now completed 8 half marathons and 3 full marathons.
Batseba is a grade 11 student at Templeton Secondary. Growing up, Batseba has competed in various cross-country and T&F events with her elementary team, ‘Hastings Hornets’. So far, she has proudly completed all four RUNVAN® events.