Tony Tomsich

Tony grew up in small town Alaska with a love for sport and the outdoors. Since moving to Vancouver in 2016, he has connected with the local running community and shared his excitement and energy of the sport with everyone he has come across. Racing, cheering, coaching, or just out for a training run, Tony can be found all over the Vancouver trails and roads.

Career Highlights

  • 2nd - 2019 Eugene Marathon with a US Olympic Trials Qualifying Mark
  • 3rd – 2018 BMO Half Marathon
  • 7th – 2017 Chuckanut 50 km
  • 4th – 2007 NCAA DII 1500m and All-American Performance

Lifetime PBs

  • Marathon - 2:18:49Eugene, 2019
  • Half Marathon - 1:05:59Edmonton, 2018
  • 10,000m - 30:15Vancouver, 2019
  • 5,000m - 14:31Eugene, 2007

Coaching Philosophy?

Consistency is key. Nothing leads to more success in this sport than getting out there day in and day out. Crushing a singular workout, running a 100-mile week, or eating a healthy meal, are all great individual events, but doing it once will not make you a star athlete. My role as a coach is to help you find structure and consistency in your training so that you can put in the months, if not years, of work that it takes to reach your goals and dreams.

Favourite race distance and why?

My favorite race distance has shifted over the years. While I was in school, I loved the shorter intense track races. For me the 1500m was just a burst of speed, adrenaline, and pure competition. Nothing could match that. However, with waning speed and an eagerness towards adventure, my favorite race distances have now become half marathons and “shorter” trail runs. The energy and excitement around these events always makes the experience more memorable.

Most memorable coaching moment?

I first got into coaching at the collegiate level. My favorite moments were seeing the young men and women come together as teammates and battle through brutal training, tough competitions, and the challenges of being a college athlete. Helping guide student athletes through this time was something I will always remember.

Favourite post-workout treat or go-to place?

I have a massive sweet tooth so my post-race/post workout treats are always a sugary baked good, donuts, cinnamon rolls, muffins, etc. I have had my fair share of upset stomachs thanks to this vice.

Favourite running podcast, website, books, videos, or blog?

Podcasts are my go-to for running content. It is too easy to just throw one on and head out the door for a run. Some of my favorite include: The Morning Shakeout, Citius Mag, The Science of Sport, On Coaching

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