As I wind down and look to the future I am pleased to announce that starting in March the Fast Trax name will be continued by Mekita Aznar and Simon Stewart, as they continue to deliver the same great products and service you come to expect.
Simon did run earlier in life and wishes he’d taken it more seriously but instead started surfing & mountain biking which was a lot of fun in any case. Taking up running again in his late 30’s, he’s been at it with a vengeance. While running is the focus he does like to pick up the bike or the ski’s from time to time.
Simon started running with Fast Trax in 2011, showing up consistently because it was fun and found himself improving quickly when surrounded by better runners. He likes racing on the road, cross country and trail racing. Career highlights include placing 3rd master in the 2014 Chicago marathon, 2017 National Masters half marathon champion, multiple team relay victories at Sinister 7, CDR and twice winner at Blackfoot 50k.
Simon aims to continue being a competitive masters racer, and is not ruling out tackling some longer trail races. And to ski more in winter!
Mekita started running and XC skiing in 2009 as a way to get outdoors in winter. Running took off in 2010 with her first half in Las Vegas, followed by first full marathon in Vancouver, 2011. This spring in Tokyo will be her 20th marathon and last of the World Marathon Majors. A roadie at heart, her favorite races are the Rotterdam marathon and Edmonton half, and she’s proud of her 3rd place in the Hamilton Marathon, 2018. That being said some of her fondest memories are on the trail - 4 x Blackfoot 50K, Squamish 50K, 6 x Sinister 7 relays, the proudest as a team of 2 with dear friend Kristina Marvin.
Mekita looks forward to continuing racing competitively, as well as further embracing winter with more skiing.
Run Club Vision
Mekita & Simon are excited to continue the Wednesday and Saturday workouts from the shop. The sessions will be welcoming, all inclusive & challenging, just as they experienced in their years with the club. Having trained over the years with an eclectic mixture of programs and coaches they look forward to bringing some of that experience to Run Club. There will be variety of tempo running, longer and shorter repeats & hills. Winter will focus on building base - long tempos, longer repeats with a transition to strength with hills & a mix of longer and shorter repeats in the warmer months. Some periods will aim to peak athletes for major local events, both road and trail.
They hope the variety of workouts along with the club camaraderie will help runners push themselves to be better than they thought possible.
They’ve learned over the years that hard work is easier when running in a group, and when having fun.