Janet Vink

Janet is a life-long resident of Chilliwack, growing up on Unsworth Road in Chilliwack. She, and her husband, Peter  have raised 3 sons and are enjoying their lives as grandparents.
Janet has always embraced running. As a young child, there was nothing better than running to help get rid of the extra energy. Thankfully, her parents understood this and didn’t insist that she sit and sew! Having won the 1979 Chilliwack Athlete of the Year, for track and cross country performance, running has been a part of her life a long time!  Fast forward many years, and you will still find her running.
As an adult, she has experienced some great race results, becoming the 5 Peaks overall female winner in 2009, and 5 Peaks second overall female in 2010.  In 2016, she successfully completed the TransRockies 6 Day Stage race in Colorado.
For approximately 8 years, opening a store in Chilliwack had been a dream discussed at length while out on the trails with her running partner, Susan. In December, 2015, the opportunity arose to open a store with Phil Ellis — part owner of Peninsula Runners, Langley— and Garrison Running Co opened its doors in April 12, 2016. It’s a dream come true! The store is built on a love of the sport and Janet’s passion to get everyone moving.  “I love what I do and my ultimate goal is get everyone believing that movement is best.  You don’t have to run marathons…you just have to move”.
What makes the store worth every once of energy spent developing our running programs and ensuring our customers find the product they want, are the wonderful people who join our running groups on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays!  It’s pure joy!
Besides operating Garrison Running Co., Janet is also a Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach and the Race Director for Run for Water.

Phil Ellis

Phil is a co-owner of Garrison Running Co and Peninsula Runners (Langley).  After working for Phil for 5 years, Janet and Phil collaborated to open Garrison Running Co.  Phil has competed for Canada on a number of occasions.  In 1991, he won the SunRun and has run a 63 minute half marathon and 47:44 10 miler!

Jess Vink

Jess comes from a very talented, athletic family.  She frequently takes part in our run groups and has started exploring the trails.  She is the creative person who decorates the store and looks after our instagram account.  Jess and her husband, Andrew (Janet’s son) manage the day to day operations of the family dairy farm.
Garrison Running Co is a family orientated store so, don’t be surprised to find Jess’ daughter, Hinley  greeting customers or running laps around the store.

Ashley Mammel

Ashley is passionate about running and committed to living a healthy lifestyle, while educating and encouraging others through her personal experience and education in the field. As a former Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, and Holistic Nutritionist, Ashley’s interest in health and fitness has always been a big part of her life, and something she enjoys sharing with others. She has completed over half a dozen organized half marathons, and most recently completed her first marathon in Salt Lake City, Utah qualifying for Boston and coming in 11th place for her age category. Her passion for running began at a young age, continued through her school aged years as a cross country runner, and most recently has become one of her favourite hobbies, and something she loves to do on her own, with friends, or pushing her daughter in the jogging stroller.

Hinley Vink

Hinley is our youngest staff member.  She can be found at Grandma’s store straightening out the socks, and pricing the shoes. Hinley lives on a dairy farm with her parents. She especially likes to drive her John Deere gator around the farm. Hinley  already has great running form and enjoys riding her bike. Her favourite colour is pink.

Brenda Remple

Brenda began running 8 years ago and has since participated in numerous 5 km and 10 km runs, and has completed 3 half marathons.
Brenda has spent the last 13 years raising her children and enjoys camping, swimming and hiking with her family.

Susan Bentley

Susan grew up in Chilliwack with an adventurous, outdoor family.  It was this background that drew her to running in the mountains.  She is an accomplished ultra runner, having completed the 125km Death Race, Squamish 50 mile, Squamish 50km, and various other ultras.  Susan and Janet are great friends, and in August 2016, they both headed to Colorado and completed the Trans Rockies 6 Day Stage Race.  6 weeks later Susan had a great showing at the Golden Ultra.


Dan is a student at Sardis Secondary School and has worked at the store since its opening in April 2016.  Dan loves to run and climb!

Store Hours

Monday-Friday  10 am – 6 pm
Saturday  10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm
Stat holidays 11am – 3 pm
The store is closed on New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Sunday, and Christmas Day

Store Location

2-45590 Market Way
Chilliwack, BC
V2R 0M5

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