Coach Rejean Announces Kate Van Buskirk, Assistant Coach Toronto

Toronto, November 9, 2014

“Be relentlessly positive.” – Sally Meyeroff

It is an incredible honour to announce Kate Van Buskirk as Assistant Coach, Pace and Mind Toronto. Kate recently won the bronze for Canada at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the 1500 m in one of the most incredible and inspiring finishes we’ve seen. Click here to view.

Kate trains alongside Coach Rejean at Athletics Toronto and is also a Brooks Elite Ambassador, where she’s always #runninghappy. Kate is from Brampton, Ontario and later went to Duke University in North Carolina on scholarship. She has grown up to be an incredibly accomplished and driving athlete and lady.

Here is literally a laundry list of some of those accomplishments:

Athlete of the Year, City of Brampton
Record for junior girls ROPSSAA 800 m, at 2:17.58
Record in the senior girls ROPSSAA 800 m category, at 2:11.47, and in the 1500 m category, at 4:38.53 2004
Runners’ Choice London Distance Festival for the 800 m 2004
Ken Giles Award for Brampton’s Amateur Athlete of the Year
Second highest Canadian finish at the IAAF World Cross Country Championship,
Graduated from Turner Fenton Secondary School in June 2005 with honours at the Academic level of study
2005 winner of the Canadian junior championships held in Vancouver Set an NCAA record (1000m Indoor in a time of 2:41.00)
Represented Canada at 8 international games including the IAAF World Track and Field Championships, Les Jeux de la Francophonie, and the Commonwealth Games. 800m– 2:02.62, Speed River Inferno 2014 1000m– 2:38.78, Brussels Diamond League 2013 1000m (indoor)– 2:41.00, Hokie Invitational 2011 (*NCAA record) 1500m– 4:05.38, KBC Nacht 2014 Mile– 4:28.09, Harry Jerome Track Classic 2014 Mile (indoor)– 4:33.71, NCAA Championships 2011 2000m– 5:40.70, Amsterdam Flame Games 2013 3000m (indoor)– 9:12.57, Millrose Games 2014 5000 runnan incredible honour to annom– 15:29.71, Mt. SAC Relays 2013 5km (road)– 16:31, Bread and Honey 2013 (*course record) 8km (road)– 27:03, Harry’s Spring Run Off 2013 10km (road)– 32:24, Toronto Yonge St. 10km 2012

In addition to her passion for running, Kate also sang in the choir at Duke University and absolutely loves spending time with her niece Charlotte. Her aforementioned quote is her favorite and comes from her late teammate Salley Mehyeroff: “Be relentlessly positive.” You can also follow Kate on her own personal blog by clicking here. You can also follow her on twitter at: @K8VBeast.

Kate, welcome to Pace and Mind. It’s an honour to have you.

About Pace & Mind

Based in Toronto, Montreal and online, Pace and Mind is an advanced coaching service for runners who run for their life; physically and mentally progressing to achieve goals on and off the road. We offer highly custom-training programs based on: Individuality, Progression, Recovery, Motivation, Engagement and Community. Unlike traditional programs and clinics, Pace and Mind coaching programs are built directly by Coach Rejean Chiasson, a Canadian Marathon Champion, 4x half-marathon Canadian medalist and Brooks Elite Aambassador They are powered by TrainingPeaks software to ensure data accuracy and a powerful listening tool for the coach. Lastly, we integrate the runner into engagement and community runs plus socials to create the best running experience possible. You have one life to live. Run for your life.

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