Community Run Ambassador Program

For the 2023 Icebreaker, we welcome back our ambassadors from the previous year, as well as have added one additional ambassador. Our ambassadors have been chosen because they value living healthy and active lifestyles, the importance of building and giving back to the community, and because they are overall rad people!




"Rich" is a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor at West Richmond Community Center and has lived in Steveston since 2015. Rich grew up in Vancouver playing field hockey, training with the Canadian National Team and won a 1997/19998 National Championship for B.C. As a runner, Rich has completed two full marathons, including the grueling "Run the Rock" on Texada Island, B.C. in 3:59. He has run over 50 races in his life, including 12 half marathons - his fastest being the 2015 First Half which he ran in 1:34.

Rich's fitness regime includes cycle fit, tabata, running, weight training, plus a monthly personal goal. For Rich, fitness and running isn't about being fast or even getting faster; it's about the freedom, the fresh air and helping his mental health. He believes physical health and mental health go hand in hand. 

"Running is the best way for me to combat my struggles with anxiety and stress. There is no better way for me to decompress, take out my frustrations or get creative inspiration, then listening to music and going for a run on the dyke." - Rich

Join Richard in Steveston on January 15th at the Icebreaker!

rob reid


Rob is a Manager of Business Process at the Ledcor Group of Companies. Because his work involves lots of meeting rooms, desk time, and travelling to visit project teams, he always looks for a chance to sneak out for a run and stretch his legs.

Rob started running in his late 20's when his first child came along. Running was the perfect excuse to build fitness and steal a little bit of time for himself. For many years he ran alone, until 2017 when he raced in his first half marathon. Since then, he has run many other half marathons, 5K's, 10K's, and a few Icebreaker 8K's. 

As a husband and proud father of two children (ages 11 and 7), he loves events like the Icebreaker that allow for the whole family to participate. He can run the New Balance 1K Kidsrun with his kids and have plenty of time to get back to the start line for the Icebreaker 8K. Rob and his two kids are also frequent supporters at the Richmond Olympic parkrun.

Rob has been a proud Richmond resident for over 20 years and you can often find him running in one of his favourite places - on the dyke. Rob believes strongly in setting healthy examples for his kids, his peers, and his community, and strives to support the local running community and many other locally-owned businesses along the way.

erin lee


Erin is a Senior Manager at Rogers Communications in Consumer Care and has lived in Steveston for 20 years, and Richmond for over 35 years. Family involvement in Richmond sports and recreation runs deep for Erin. 

Both her husband and son were born and raised in Richmond, and were active in Richmond Soccer programs. Erin's husband, Tim, and son, Jamieson, own and operate Sanctuary Cafe at the south end of No. 2 Road, and community involvement is an integral part of their lives. 

Erin started running in her late 20's to stay in shape. Running 5km progressed to 10km, then to half marathons and full marathons. In her late 30's she transitioned to triathalons and completed four Iron distance events by her mid 40's. 

Now at 50 years old, Erin continues to take a balanced approach to fitness, including gravel riding, backcountry backpacking, weight training, swimming, road cycling, and running. 

Kim hall


Kim has been running the dykes of Richmond her whole life. Richmond born and bred and still a local resident, she is a former member of Kajaks Track & Field Club and ran her first Vancouver Sun Run at 12 years old. She ran on scholarships for the varsity UBC track and Queen's University running teams, and then progressed to road running. She has ran 6 international marathons, including Boston, New York, and Vienna.

As a strong advocate for health and wellness and being active for life, Kim pursued a career in physiotherapy and is the owner and founder of Physio2U, which started in Richmond, BC. In the past, she has volunteered as a cross-country coach and board member for Kajaks, and has raced many Icebreaker 8K's. She is thrilled to be back as an ambassador for the 2023 Steveston Icebreaker 8K.

If you live in Richmond, you will likely see her training at Minoru track and the dykes wearing her favourite New Balance 1400v6 running shoes! Be sure to stay tuned for running injury prevention tips from Kim on social media - @kimphysio. 

dean morris


Dean is a person fuelled by passion. His love for the outdoors, fitness, and connection has been a constant in his life from an early age. Dean is a lifelong Richmond resident, and is grateful to be raising two kids in the city he grew up in. In addition to being a dad, Dean wears many hats, including lululemon run ambassador, teacher, musician, podcaster, and pastor. He lives and breathes community, connection and movement, and he especially loves when those three things converge, and running has served as an intersection for those three passions.

Dean discovered running in his mid-20's as a means of staying fit. At first, running was a burden of fitness, something he felt he had to do. Eventually, he realized the freedom that running brought, and that it was anything but a burden, but rather a necessity of life. Running has given Dean so much beyond mere fitness; it has deepened his connection to community, and has provided opportunities to learn and grow, to push himself, and to help elevate others.

As the co-lead of the Steveston Run Crew, Dean loves to see people come together to discover and deepen their love of running. Catch him Wednesdays at 6pm with the Steveston Run Crew, or any other day of the week putting in laps around the village. Join him at the Icebreaker start line!

rachel maika


Rachel is a Richmond Elementary school teacher, coach, and avid runner. She has called Steveston her home for the past 15 years and loves the close sense of community that it has to offer. With a big, blended family of 5 children and a puppy, Rachel is always on the run!

Rachel started running in high school and has competed at the local, provincial and national levels in track, cross country, and road running. While she doesn't compete at the same level as she did in the past, she loves local community races and seeing the joy that fresh air, exercise, and friendships brings to people of all ages. She has run in numerous Icebreaker races and has helped grow the New Balance 1K Kidsrun. 

"Running is a way for me to take time for myself, breathe in the fresh air, manage stress, and connect with my community. My early morning runs along the dyke and through the village help set me up for a great day."

As a running coach, it brings her great joy to see younger generations love being outside, enjoying fitness, and doing something good for their bodies and minds. She emphasizes fun and lifelong fitness, rather than competition. Since COVID began, her running programs have doubled in size as students and parents are looking for ways to stay active in a safe way. You may see Rachel along the dyke with large groups of children in the early mornings. Rachel looks forward to continue to grow the running community among our youngest members, continue to coach at all levels, and stay healthy and fit through her own running pursuits. 

evan dunfee


Evan has never strayed too far from Richmond. Born and raised here, Evan joined the Kajaks when he was 9 years old, along with his brother Adam. One year later he gave race walking a try, won his first race and from then on knew that one day he wanted to make it to the Olympic podium. In 2016 Evan found himself coming so close to that podium dream when he finished 4th in the 50km race walk. A last kilometre bump in the battle for the bronze medal initially saw Evan promoted to bronze before an appeal saw him back in 4th. Showing true sportsmanship, Evan decided not to appeal further and his 4th place finish and subsequent actions became one of the top stories of the Rio Games. 

With his larger platform after the Games, Evan became a KidSport Ambassador, and did numerous fundraisers, school talks and other events to raise money and speak to the value of sport and activity. With the whole community of Richmond and beyond behind him, Evan entered the postponed Tokyo Games this past summer as one of the medal favourites. Again, with just a kilometre to go in the 50km race, Evan saw himself outside the medals in 4th place, but an inspiring push for home moved him into the bronze medal position just meters from the finish line and he finally claimed that medal he’d been dreaming of for 21 years. 
The impacts of Evan’s medal were immediately felt back home; Kraft Dinner, a sponsor of Evan’s during the games, donated 35,000 boxes of KD to the Richmond Food Bank, and Evan raised another $20,000 for KidSport BC through auctioning off special edition KD boxes. Never shy to voice his opinion and stand up for what he believes in, Evan not only talks the talk, but he walks the walk as he continues to change lives and lift up communities by demonstrating the power of chasing a dream.

jeremy hopwood


Jeremy is a local Steveston resident who enjoys getting out for a run with the Steveston Run Crew and the Richmond Olympic Parkrun. Over the last 17 years since moving to Canada, Jeremy has been an active participant in the running and triathalon scene, competing in over 200 events across BC and beyond. A recent highlight includes winning the 2022 Ultra520K Canada Triathalon!
Outside of racing, Jeremy is involved in the local community, coaching Junior Development with Kajaks Track and Field Club, as well as being on the race committee for the Steveston Icebreaker. Jeremy is always up for an interesting run challenge and looking for new opportunities to do something out of the ordinary. Look out for Jeremy on race day volunteering out on the course!