Justin burst onto the Canadian running scene this past spring after winning the 2019 Vancouver Sun Run; a feat that hadn’t been accomplished by a local since 1992. Born and raised in Surrey BC, Justin’s love for athletics began at an early age running in the trails with his father. Over his career, he has found success in events ranging from the 1500m to the 10,000m – representing Canada at the 2017 Francophone Games and 2019 World Cross Country Relay Championships. He currently lives and trains in Vancouver with the BC Endurance Project and has aspirations to continue representing Canada on the world stage.
- 1500m - 3:41.00Portland Track Festival, 2015
- 3000m - 7:58.68Montreal, 2019
- 5000m - 13:46.32Portland Track Festival, 2019
- 8km - 23:14Victoria GoodLife Fitness 8km, 2019
- 10km - 29:30Vancouver Sun Run, 2019
“I attribute a lot of my success in this sport to the athletes and coaches I’ve surrounded myself with over the years. At M2M I aspire to provide individuals a similar environment to grow and find their own potential. The right culture and group can make a huge impact on an athlete’s growth.” – Justin
My coaching philosophy reflects back to those days running with my dad; keeping things simple and focusing on enjoying the process. I like to emphasize the ‘day-by-day’ aspect of training allowing athletes to dream big but keeping the focus on the daily nuances of running.
Favourite race distance and why?
Any 10k on the road. Right amount of suffering without being too painful and if the race doesn’t go your way you still feel like you got a solid workout in.
Most memorable coaching moment?
Not one moment per say, but I love seeing athletes achieve things they didn’t originally think they were capable of doing. It can be as simple as doing another rep, coming out to workout on a miserable night, or achieving a personal best. Witnessing that moment of personal growth is infectious.
Favourite post-workout treat or go-to place?
Post long run bRUNch… at Rich & Sue Lee’s place. Pancakes, waffles, coffee and good company.