London Runner, Physi-Kult Kingston, and BackRoads London Partner

             

Big news from London and Kingston, as the London Runner Distance Club and Physi-Kult Kingston announce they will be merging in 2020, with BackRoads London signing on as retail partner. Continuing simply as 'Physi-Kult', the club will oversee training groups in both London and Kingston; online coaching is also available.

With coaches Steve Weiler and Leslie Sexton taking on coaching positions both at Queen's University and in the Kingston community, the London group will be ably led by Dr. Tim Hain - a founding athlete of London Runner in 2006 and current Western University professor. Hain says "Steve and I have known each other and run together since we started at Western in 2000. While I am sorry to see Steve and Leslie move to Kingston, I am excited to take on a leadership role with the club that the two of them have been building since 2006. Running has been a big part of my life ever since my high school cross country coach walked into my Grade 10 math class and told me I should do something to stay in shape during the basketball off-season. I enjoy running, watching running, and officiating running events. I look forward to helping people find the joy in running that I feel."

Among the meets that Hain has begun officiating at are the London Distance Series, which will continue in a reduced 2-3 meet format in 2020. Tentatively planned for it's standard 'first available weekend after OFSAA' June date, 2020 will see the BackRoads London 1,500m Night continue as a focal point of the Ontario track season. The addition of BackRoads London as title sponsor for 1,500m Night is a culmination of sorts for owner Aaron Hendrikx, who was the 2013 1,500m Night champion while working with coach Steve Weiler. "BackRoads is very excited to be partnering with both Physi-Kult and the Track Series," says Hendrikx. "The London Track series was always a highlight of my outdoor track season both in High School and in University. I am thrilled that BackRoads will be taking on a larger role with this already successful series. I am looking forward to helping to continue building both the series and the running community in London."

The merge marks an official partnership between long-time collaborators Steve Boyd (Head Coach Queens XC/Track), Weiler, and Sexton. Boyd comments: "PK Kingston is very excited to be partnering with London Runner, and welcoming Steve and Leslie into the Kingston running community. I’ve known Steve and Leslie for a long time and have been a big fan of their work in London. With their help, I’m confident that we build an even bigger presence in the Kingston running community at every level, from primary school to senior elite and masters, furthering the vision I had for PK Running at its inception in 2003."

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