“Essentially it’s that Peter Butler, who’s a small business owner here, has decided that he wants to give back to the sport in some way and we have a cool scene going on here in Vancouver so he’s decided to jump on board and sponsor a couple of us athletes, myself and Dylan Wykes,” Watson told Canadian Running.
The two runners are among the best marathoners in Canada and are members of the British Columbia Endurance Project, a new training group in Vancouver coached by Richard Lee. They are training for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Wykes ran the marathon at the 2012 Olympics in London and Watson represented Canada at the 2013 world championships.
The agreement involves helping out with involving the community with the store and helping out with clinics. They will also represent Forerunners at races and working with social media and marketing. The two will generally be representatives of Forerunners at races and within the community.
“I’m very excited and extremely thankful for the opportunity to work with Peter and the Forerunners team,” said Wykes. “I look forward to being an ambassador for Forerunners and to continue to make valuable and lasting connections with the great running community here in Vancouver”
Forerunners also employs some of the BCEP athletes, including Watson and Wykes, as well as 2013 Canadian cross-country champion Luc Bruchet and 2012 CIS cross-country champion Kelly Wiebe.
Watson is racing on Sunday in the Harriers Pioneer 8K.