Vancouver’s top distance running group got in a track workout on Saturday despite the city being blanketed in snow.
Members of Vancouver-based elite group B.C. Endurance Project had clear footing as coach Richard Lee cleared a lane of the track to allow for a quality distance workout at Hastings Park, which features a 560m track (measured from lane one) at Empire Fields.
Up to 20 cm of snowfall hit the Metro Vancouver area on Friday morning and into the evening.
Members of the high-performance group include Olympic Luc Bruchet and Commonwealth Games qualifier Rachel Cliff.
Empire Stadium, formerly located at the Pacific National Exhibition site at Hastings Park, hosted the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, famous for featuring two runners – John Landy and Roger Bannister – breaking 4:00 in the mile.
“Shout out to Coach Rich who cleared the way for today’s session at Empire Fields,” the group shared on Twitter. “When your awesome coach spends three hours shovelling so his group can get in a workout in the sun,” Catherine Watkins added on Instagram.
By workout time, the weather system had passed and the group experienced sunshine with T-shirts and shorts spotted
Shout out to Coach Rich who cleared the way for today session at Empire Fields. Rewarded with beautiful ☀. pic.twitter.com/B9IrGaxTil
— BC Endurance Project (@BCEnduranceProj) February 24, 2018
Today’s workout was (s)no(w) problem thanks to coach! https://t.co/3vDPcpzsHO
— Kirsten Lee (@kirstenklee) February 24, 2018
When your awesome coach spends 3 hours shovelling so his group can get in a workout in the sun ! Thanks so much @bcendurance for all your work this morning it’s greatly appreciated #coachoftheyear #flystyle #hautevolée #snowmaggedon #spandos #flyouttee #zensah #forerunnersvan #forerunnersmainstreet #newbalancecanada #canadianrunning #voléecanada #bcathletics #allyeargear