Sherri McMillan

Running Clubs & Performance Tips

GF1Last week, we reviewed a progressive Learn to Run Program to help get you ready for the local Boston-qualifying APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon and Sunset 5K on Sept 15th & 16th that will have thousands of runners and walkers participating from around the Northwest and across the country.

We are so fortunate in Clark County that we have many opportunities to run or walk on trails away from traffic including the Salmon Creek Trail, the Discovery Trail, the Padden Parkway Trail, the Columbia River Waterfront Trail, the Frenchmans Bar/Vancouver Lake Trial, the Lacamas Lake and Round Lake Trail System, the Battleground Lake Trail system and the Washougal Waterfront Trail.

We are also so fortunate because there are many local running clubs that can provide inspiration, motivation and support to help you train, reach your best and race to the finish line.

Vancouver Run, Grub and Chug Club

This group meets every Thursday night at 6:45pm at Ester Short Park at the Clock Tower in downtown Vancouver for a 5K along the waterfront. They also meet every Saturday at 10am choosing a different destination exposing their club members to various running trails and social experiences. “Chuggers” finish each run with good food and drink! This group, led by Jonathon Hokama, is a spirited, fun, supportive and inspirational group. The best news is that this club is FREE! You can’t get any better than this incredible group.

Clark County Runners Club

This group meets every Saturday and also on Wednesday nights during the summer exposing participants to new routes and friendly competition. The cost to join this club is only $10 per year! This club is lead by inspirational Russ Zornick and attracts many fast and experienced runners as well as those new to the sport.

Vancouver Fit 

This group meets every Saturday and provides training and support for those tackling a local Half or Full Marathon.

Fleet Feet 14-Week Training Program for APPLETREE

Fleet Feet is hosting a distance training clinic to help you prepare for the APPLETREE Half or Full Marathon. Coaches and proper training will be the focus at this clinic.

In addition to aligning with one of these groups, follow the guidelines below to assure your best performance and least risk for injury.

Yours in health & fitness,
Sherri McMillan

Note:  As an avid Columbian reader, you can redeem a 2 week pass at her world-class training studio to help get you started.  Contact 360.574.7292 for more details.


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The 22nd Annual Pacific Crest Endurance Sports Festival has something for everyone including the 72.3 BEASTMAN, Olympic & Ultra-Sprint Distance Triathlon/Duathlon/AquaBike, Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K/10K, 28K & 50K Trail Run, Bike Tours & Kids Races! Plus Sunriver is the most amazing active, fun resort-town ever! Rally your friends & family for an incredible RACE-cation!



Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan, holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for over 20 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year and 2005/2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year – Runner up. As a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals including “Go For Fit – the Winning Way to Fat Loss” & “Fit over Forty” and the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs, she is a spokesperson for Nike, Twist Conditioning and PowerBar. She has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S.A. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training a training studio in Vancouver, WA and can be found running, biking, or hiking with her daughter Brianna and her son Jackson.