Rob Smith

Beer-loving Co-Owner Rob got his first taste of running stardom as a teenager competing in a local race. Nowadays you can find him working hard to shave some seconds off his already impressive marathon time to secure a place in Boston, where he will no doubt be wearing indecently short split shorts.  

How long have you been running for?
I have been running since about 12 years old. It began as a way for me to hang out with my Dad who was training for various fun runs and marathons in the Pacific Northwest.

Where is your favourite place to run?
I may be biased but I truly love running in Vancouver. The variety of road and trail options is endless, it just doesn’t get any better, we are very lucky here. If I HAD to choose somewhere outside of Vancouver, it would have to be Tofino/Ucluelet. Although it lacks a ton of road variety, the feeling of running next to the freshest air and purest ocean is next to none.

Describe your best running memory
Way back around 13 or 14 years old when I was the youngest entrant in the Island Relay, a two day running relay that stretched from Comox to Victoria. I was asked to be part of the BC Ambulance team as my Dad was on it and they needed one more person to run a couple of shorter legs. The local newspaper did a little write-up on me, I felt like a proper rockstar.

What is your favourite post-run treat?
It’s a toss up between beer and coffee. The time of day determines which wins.

Why did you start running with Flight Crew?
When we started it in May 2015!

Your favourite Flight Crew memory?
The day I realized Flight Crew was at a point that it carried itself. Meaning, we had the right ambassadors in place and a crew of dedicated runners that their enthusiasm and willingness to grow FC was unstoppable.

What’s the running achievement you’re most proud of?
Qualifying for Boston

What’s your favourite item of running clothing/accessory?
My Nikelab Gyakusou split shorts. They are illegally short, solid maroon, have the best waistband anyone has ever created, have awesome pocket placement, and I have never seen another pair in Vancouver.

If you could run with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Honestly it’s my Dad.  When him and I are running we connect, it’s just us without distraction of work, family etc. I always really enjoy it.

Favourite running distance?
The half-marathon is a winner for me. Always a lot of fun with friends and the training fits into a fairly packed lifestyle.