Profile: Steve Blacklock, embracing the social and casual approach to distance running

Keep up with Steve from his social and casual perspective on the sport and lifestyle that he enjoys so much.

Steve grew up in Comox and loved long-distance running from an early age. He was never a ‘world-beater.’ but has always enjoyed competing as a member of both the Comox Valley Cougars Track & Field Club and school cross-country and track teams. His old coach (Darren Skuja) used to tell CVRR runners, “train… don’t strain,” and this one piece of advice has kept Steve running happily for decades.

Steve competing in the Crumby 25K race in Cumberland

Steve has been a consistently casual runner since 2006, juggling a busy professional career, family life, and a new position as an elected Town of Comox councillor. He has been a regular fixture at Island Series races for many years and truly enjoys the social side of running. Steve is primarily motivated by the promise of beer at the pub after the workout or race. 

But he isn’t just a CVRR member (organizers of the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon), he also holds membership in the Run to Beer Comox Valley club.

“Running for me is about connecting with others. It is about sharing and caring whilst participating in a life-long sport with undeniable benefits for physical and mental health. Shares Steve. “My favourite running pace is conversation pace, and I have recently implemented a new strategy for racing:  start slow…. then fade. 

Remember, if you show up and finish. You will probably earn a point for your club in the series long VIRA Cup challenge.  Plus, one should always stick around for DRAW PRIZES,” he added.

“I am really excited for the 2023 Island Race Series and hope to see great turnouts at all our races this coming season.”