Meet Vancouverite, Geoff Scoates
Geoff Scoates loves to run, and he loves craft beer. So why not then create a social club where you can do both? Now in its second year running, The Social Run Club has become a regular fixture along the sea wall where beginners and advanced runners alike meet three times a week for a 30-minute jog and drink afterwards. As it grows in popularity, (with over a hundred on the subscriber list) Geoff’s main priority is to create an active community where everyone can feel welcome. With more run/cycle/bootcamp activities planned for 2021/2022, we felt Geoff was our Vancouverite-You-Need-To-Meet for the month of November.
A secret that many might not know about you…
I was on a national Japanese TV Show
A Van-RAIN-couver Must Essential in your closet
In Vancouver, clearly an umbrella that can fit in my bag. You never know when it’s going to rain.
Your guilty pleasure
After a long run, nothing beats a nice hot bath with epsom salts.
Your favorite secret rendez-vous
East Van Roaster in Gastown. Lovely social enterprise and they make amazing chocolate!
Name the best neighbourhood in Vancouver, according to you and why
Mount Pleasant. I love all the breweries there, so much so that last summer we did a Summer Brewery Run Series there.
Tell us more about The Social Run Club
I started it a few years ago after an injury prevented me from doing more serious runs. But I still loved the feeling of getting out and getting my heart rate up. I planned a run where I was going to dress up in costumes with my friends. Everyone loved it and so I started my Instagram @socialrunclub.yvr to invite anyone to join. From there it really took off and keeps growing.
Social Run Club is a run club that focuses on easy social and fun runs. We run for less than 30mins and 3-5K. At least once a month we’ll do some sort of themed run, whether its a Run Scavenger Hunt, a Toga Run or an 80’s Style Bootcamp Circuit (coming up Nov.13). Our goal is to help people build consistent easy run habits.