Frequently Asked Questions

What is an InTraining clinic?

SportMedBC initiated the first 10Km training clinic back in 1996 in partnership with The Vancouver Sun. Since then, the program has grown to include over 50 community recreation centres and private fitness facilities throughout the province of BC. In addition to the run/walk programs, the InTraining clinics emphasize a holistic approach to fitness & health by providing participants with additional training, nutrition, and motivational resources/support.

How long is the InTraining Program?

The InTraining program follows a 13-week tried & proven RunWalk plan. The InTraining program includes micro and macro-cycles to incorporate gradual, incremental training-load progressions and recovery sessions throughout the 13 weeks. This proven method of training is supported by industry professionals and leading sport medicine practitioners. The focus is to have clinic participants gradually increase their training over a 13-week period, in order to avoid injury and give the body time to adapt to the stress of running or walking. Participants meet once per week with their group, and will be expected to train on two additional days throughout the week.

Who will be leading the InTraining sessions?

A Clinic Coordinator is assigned to each Host Centre clinic to ensure program delivery, quality and consistency. Each coordinator is knowledgeable in the areas of health, fitness, organization and leadership, and is trained by SportMedBC to help clinic participants achieve their fitness goals. In addition, a team of trained, enthusiastic volunteer leaders will be available each week to assist the coordinator and motivate the participants. The leaders have completed SportMedBC training, and are experienced runners or walkers - many of them have started out as participants, just like you!

When does the InTraining program run?

The 2020 InTraining clinics begin the week of January 18th – 25th, 2020 with the final week of training on April 10th - 17th, 2020. The Vancouver Sun Run will be held on Sunday April 19th, 2020.

How much does it cost to join an InTraining clinic?

The registration fee is $99 (+ GST) per participant (Sun Run race entry must be purchased separately. InTraining participants receive a special rate of $49)

Are there any age restrictions to join an InTraining clinic?

All clinic participants must be 13 years of age or older. Participants under 16 must be registered with, and accompanied by, an adult during all clinic sessions.

Can I bring my dog or my stroller to an InTraining clinic?

With the exception of BC-certified guide or service dogs, animals are not permitted during scheduled clinic sessions. Baby joggers are not permitted to accompany participants.

Which level of SportMedBC RunWalk is best for me?

Visit the Program Descriptions page for a detailed overview of each program!

What can I do to prepare for my first InTraining session?

If you are a beginner runner or walker, we recommend that begin walking a couple of times per week prior to the start of the program. Your preparatory sessions should include approx. 20 – 25 minutes of walking at a comfortable pace. This will help with your transition to the clinic training schedule!

Do I need to purchase new shoes?

A proper pair of running/walking shoes is essential to your success in the program, and may help prevent any injuries. We strongly recommend investing in a good pair of shoes that are ideal for your feet and running/walking style. As our official 2020 InTraining sponsor New Balance will be providing each participant with a 15% off discount to any of the New Balance Vancouver Stores (Vancouver, Richmond, Delta, and Langley). We encourage participants to make visit of the New Balance locations where knowledgeable sales people are available for guidance and assistance.

What can I expect on the first day?

The goal of the first InTraining session is to orientate participants to the program. However, come prepared to be active! You will be completing your first workout (25-30 minutes depending on your group), so dress accordingly. We recommend that participants dress in layers, rather than a single heavy jacket or sweatshirt. Remember that the weather is extremely unpredictable, and therefore we recommend bringing along a hat and/or rain jacket if possible.

Will there be somewhere secure to store my personal items during the clinic?

Most clinic locations will have a designated space available to secure your personal belongings while you are out for your run/walk. However, SportMedBC and the Host Centre are not responsible for lost, missing, stolen or damaged items – therefore it is recommended that you do not bring any valuable items with you to your clinic.

Should I consult with my doctor prior to starting this exercise program?

If you have any medical concerns (such as a history of heart conditions, chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, etc…), please consult your family physician to confirm your ability to start and participate in the program.

The health benefits of regular physical activity are clear; more people should engage in physical activity every day of the week. Participating in physical activity is very safe for MOST people. However, some should check with their doctor, another health care practitioner who is licensed to diagnose, or a qualified exercise professional before they start becoming much more physically active. The PAR-Q+ questionnaire will tell you whether it is necessary for you to seek further advice before becoming more physically active or engaging in a fitness appraisal.

Why do I need to provide my medical history?

It is very important that you fill out the medical/registration form during the first session. Your Clinic Coordinator will distribute these forms on your first day at the clinic. The information you provide will be kept confidential and is required in order to minimize risk and help us to best meet your individual training needs.

Do I need to register myself for the Vancouver Sun Run Race?

Yes! Unlike previous years, your Sun Run entry is not included with the InTraining Program fee. Participants must register themselves but will be provided with a special race entry rate of $49.

Where do I register to join a clinic?

You must officially register in an InTraining clinic to receive other program materials (apparel, log book, training resources, etc…). If your clinic is hosted at a community centre your registration can be completed through your clinic’s host centre, either online, over-the-phone, or in person. If the clinic is hosted at a private facility (i.e. brewery, New Balance store, private clinic) your registration must be completed through the SportMedBC website.

I missed the first InTraining clinic session, can I still register to join the program?

Space permitting, participants will be able to register for the clinics before February 1, 2020. Program fees will not be prorated. Individuals will not be allowed to enter the program beyond this date. It should be kept in mind however that those individuals who are not already active and have not been following the program, may disrupt the group and potentially injure themselves. Registration after February 1, 2020 will not be permitted.

What is the InTraining Program Refund Policy?

Refund Policy:

a. Full refunds (less any applicable admin. fees as per the Host Centre’s own policies) may be issued to participants up until the start of the first clinic session (January 18, 2020)

b. Partial refunds ($100.00, less any applicable admin. fees as per the Host Centre’s own policies) may be issued to participants after the start of the first clinic session, up until the end of the second week of the program (January 31st, 2020).

c. No refunds may be issued after January 31, 2020 (no exceptions)

I am an InTraining participant, but how do I register for the Sun Run with my Corporate Team?

AS the InTraining Program fee no longer includes one free race entry into the Sun Run you will need to register for the race through your corporate team, as you will be registering for the race twice and may not be eligible for a refund.

Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns regarding the 2020 InTraining program?

The InTraining program has an exceptional leadership network that would be more than happy to address any questions or inquiries you may have. Your best source of knowledge is your Clinic Coordinator, who will introduce themselves to you on your very first InTraining session.

Where can I find more information on Nordic Walking?

The Vancouver Sun Run is proud to have been the first Canadian road race to include Nordic Walking. We are continuing to expand the number of clinics offering Nordic Walking (please check with your host centre to confirm availability). Participants will be required to bring their own poles to the clinic. Urban Poling is also a great, local resource for more information!