2019 Learn to Run Clinic

Description For adults, 19 years or older who want to learn or relearn healthy running skills at a personalized pace in a friendly group, ORCA offers a spring Learn to Run Program in Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

Build your endurance and find your stride, gradually increasing to 30-45 minutes of running continuously over the course of 14 weeks .

Join us for a gentle, safe and fun training program.

We meet in all kinds of weather. Dress appropriately.

Prerequisite A pair of running shoes, determination and the ability to walk briskly and continuously for 30-45 minutes (not window shopping pace).
Level Beginners, former runners or runners returning from injury.
Cost $40. Includes a 2019 ORCA Club membership, a non-transferable entry into the Oceanside Mother’s Day 5k on May 12, 2019 and a final wrap up social event.
Registration Register online with Race Roster. Once your registration is received, Doug will contact you with further details on the program.

Alternatively, request a registration package from Doug by using the form below.

When Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm – 6:45pm, starting on February 6th, 2019
Location Mostly Parksville/Qualicum locations which will be announced before each Wednesday session.
Contact Please use the form below if you have any questions for Doug.
Learn to Run Contact Form
Use this form to contact the Learn to Run Leader
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MESSAGE FROM ORCA: Dear Learn to Run Participants,

The purpose of this note is merely to welcome you and to thank you for joining ORCA’s Learn to Run program for 2019.  Doug Brown and Rod Bailey have many years of experience running this program and do a terrific job.  It is a step-by step learning process designed to get you up and running.  Please be sure to follow Doug and Rod’s direction and don’t be tempted to run extra on your own.

ORCA is a running club for all. We have numerous road and trail runs and are a diverse groups of runners who get together for fitness and fun.  A few of us race, but most don’t.  Some of us are fast and some of us run at a walking pace. We often get together for coffee and other social events.  We are about community as well as running. As a participant in Learn to Run, you are also a member of ORCA. 

Posted below is a brief summary of our club.  If you decide to stick with running into the future, we’d love to see you join us out there.

Enjoy the program!

Doug Marshall




  1. ORCA Running Club provides a dynamic and supportive community for Oceanside runners and walkers from Bowser to Nanoose Bay and Lantzville
  • Who we are:
  • A diverse group of people who love to run and meet in the spirit of fun, good health, and friendship.
  • Some of us are very slow, a few are very fast and most are somewhere in between – we cater to all. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE AN ELITE RUNNER OR WANT TO RACE. We are a healthy mix of all ages and abilities. If you want to run or walk for fun and have some good company and encouragement along the way why not check the website and come along one Saturday morning to see if it’s for you?  http://orcarunning.ca/ Let us know ahead of time if you plan to join us so we can guide you to the ideal group. Please contact  catherinetrembath@gmail.com
  • Some of us do race, but most ORCA members just want to get out in nature and stay fit.
  • The club is officially sanctioned by the Vancouver Island Runners Association (VIRA).
  • The start of the ORCA Club: The club was founded over 20 years ago by Doug Pickard and Kim and Randy Longmuir. It started with the first Team ORCA registration and barbeque in June 1997. Prior to that, for many years Heather and David Beatty had been organizing local runners in Oceanside. Since then, the ORCA family has grown and diversified.
  • Membership: There are currently 160 memberswith over 200 ORCA Facebook page group members.
  • Team ORCA offers the following:
  • Learn to Run: The annual ‘Learn to Run’ clinic in 2019 is scheduled to start on Wednesday February 6th. With varying venues, the group meets on Wednesday evenings between 6pm – 6:45pm and is carefully structured and designed for those who want to get fit by learning (or re-learning) healthy running skills at a personalised pace in a friendly group. No one is left behind or pressured. Have fun – learn to run!  The programme is led by Doug Brown and Rod Bailey (clinic founder) together with graduate volunteers from previous Learn to Run Clinics. For more information contact Doug at dougb2016@telus.net or tel. 250.248.8342
  • Saturday runs are at various locations so it’s a great opportunity to explore the Oceanside area:  The group breaks naturally into different pace groups and then meets afterwards at a nearby coffee shop for refreshments. There are a variety of distances to choose from or you can personalize your Saturday run to meet your needs each week.
  • For those who love to run trails: There is always an easy paced Saturday trail run (that may include mud!)
  • For those who just want to run for fun, keep fit and enjoy the company of other same-pace runners and (optional) meet up for a coffee afterwards!  TheSaturday morning runs are of varying distances and pace to suit EVERYONE along the trails and roads of the beautiful Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Nanoose area with occasional forays elsewhere on Vancouver Island
  •  For those who want to race: There areSaturday run options that help runners to meet race goals twice a year. These include distances for those who want to run marathons and half marathons. They are usually designed for the Comox and Victoria half marathons and range from 12 km to 26 km. (Remember, if you don’t want to race there are always a range of shorter distance options—and other runners or run-walkers to train with.)
  • Prefer to walk: We extend a warm welcome for walkers!  The Saturday Walking Group meets at the same time and place then joins other members for coffee afterwards. Well-behaved dogs are welcome!
  • Runs to improve strength and speed: Tempo and interval training both day-time and evening during the week. There are often weekly hill workouts as well. Once you get to know some of the ORCA group, you may find other times and places during the week when you can join a workout and meet after for refreshment and conversation.
  • Competition: Some club members compete in a range of events. These include the Vancouver Island Running Association Winter Series, the Victoria Goodlife Marathon, Half, and 8 km, the BC Timex series, together with a range of other races from fun and fund raising 5 km distances through to perseverance and even endurance runs. Some members also train for track and have participated in the BC Senior Games. There is something for everyone.
  • Oceanside Mother’s Day 10K Run: The club organises an annual 10K Run Mothers’ Day race certified by the BC Athletics. This is a scenic course that winds along the beautiful oceanfront and through the trails at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.
  • Oceanside Mothers’ Day 5K Run/Walk: In 2016 an additional 5K loop to the Englishman River Estuary was added to provide a more manageable option for runners wanting a shorter distance, new runners seeking an achievable goal, those returning from injury, walkers and those with baby joggers and strollers.
  • Volunteering on Mothers’ Day: If you don’t want to run or walk then why not take part as a volunteer? The race team welcomes (with open arms) the volunteers who are essential for this race to take place. There are many options from registration, helping with post-race refreshments to course marshaling. Interested? Then please contact Donna at 250.757.9436 or Barry at 250.240.8144
  • Race History: The race was originally part of the Vancouver Island Runners Association winter series from 2003 – 2007. In 2010 it was organised as a charity event and is now an annual Mothers’ Day event and major fundraiser.
  • Giving Back: Since 2012 the club has raised more than $20,000 for local charities such as Haven House, Forward House, Workability, the Food Bank, and youth athletics (Mid-Island Distance Runners and Oceanside Track and Field).
  • Club Discounts at various retail outlets and Fitness Centres: Save money and enjoy discounts at many local retail outlets and fitness centres.
  • Social Events: For members who want to have some additional fun, from time to time throughout the year there are social events e.g. The Christmas Party; the Christmas Lights Run; A Valentine Day event; St Patrick’s Day Fun Run; Easter Egg Hunt; our own local version of The Amazing Race; Hallowe’en in the park, and more … or maybe you might just want to join us for an occasional summer evening drink relaxing at one of our local pubs.
  • ORCA has a comprehensive club website: www.orcarunning.ca and  active communication through Face Book

The Oceanside Running Club provides a community for anyone who wants to get fit, stay fit, meet new (and old) friends, run, race or even walk – and have some fun along the way!