Athlétisme Ville-Marie is a civil running club established in 2017. Open to new members from all parts of Montreal and partnered with Université du Québec à Montréal and Concordia University. The goal of the club is to support athletes of all ages and abilities to achieve their potential in the sport of track and field.
Monday/Wednesday at 5:30pm & Saturday 10am with Jim – Centre Sportif UQAM
Monday/Wednesday 5:45pm and Saturday 9am with John – Le Gym Concordia
Tuesday 12:15pm and Olivier and Friday at 12:15 with François – Le Gym Concordia
We believe strongly in upholding the Athlétisme Ville-Marie Team Values: Progression, Patience, Positive Attitude and Personal Best.
- Always move forward
- Go a little further & faster
- Progression is relative, it applies to everyone in their own way
- Commit to the long haul by setting big goals
- Progress at the right pace
- Success = effort + time. Live the vision every day.
- Working smart and hard is fun
- Be happy and excited about training and racing
- Share your excitement with teammates
Personal Best (PB)
- The Personal Best is the ultimate measure of success
- Run your best to win
- Run your best to place for the team
- Team, provincial, national and international records all require PBs
Meet the Coaches
A chartered professional coach through the Coaching Association of Canada, John is certified by Athletics Canada at the Performance Coach level, and has served as a Learning Facilitator for the Performance Coach course, as well as a Coach Evaluator for distance coaches at the Performance and Club coach levels. He also has USATF Level 3 and IAAF Level 5 Elite Coach certification in Endurance, and has lead Canadian national teams at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships (Cardiff 2016) and the Pan-Am XC Cup (Boca Raton 2017).
The head track & field/cross country coach at Université du Québec à Montréal, Jim is certified by Athletics Canada at the Performance Coach level. He is Level 1 USATF certified and spent 5 years as a university assistant coach in Montreal. Jim served as Equipe Quebec’s senior men & women’s coach at the Canadian Cross Country Championships (2015) and was member of the mission staff at the IAAF World Athletics Championships (2013 & 2015), Pan Am Games (2015) & Olympic Games (2016).
Nicolas is the head coach of the cross-country/track & field team at the Cegep Vieux-Montréal and the track & field team of the high school Collège Notre-Dame. He has is level 2 of Athletics Canada specialised in distance running. He was working has a police officer before going back to university in Kinesiology for is passion of sport. His goal is to created a team of engage and passionate runners that want to excel in their sport.
Marilou Ferland-Daigle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and has accumulated an extensive knowledge in the field of running. Between 2011 and 2017, Marilou has competed for the Université Laval Rouge et Or track & field and cross-country varsity team. Marilou has also coached Citius’ running club and has assisted in the Sport-Études running program for the Club d’athlétisme de l’Université de Laval. Now based in Montreal, Marilou aims to support you in achieving your goals.
François started running after high school in 2011. He has been part of the CÉGEP André-Laurendeau cross-country team from 2011 to 2013, the McGill cross-country and track & field teams from 2013 to 2018 and is part of Athlétisme Ville-Marie since its foundation in 2017. François has consistently raced on the roads since he started running and was named the FQA Road Runner of the Year in 2017 and in 2018. He started coaching in 2018 and is currently a coach for AVM. He also is the Kells Academy high school cross-country and track & field teams head coach.
Olivier started running between his home and university at the end of his PhD in 2014. After a brief incursion into the world of ultra-trail running, he discovered a certain talent for marathon running in 2016. He now specialises in 50 km and has represented Canada on this distance at the World Championships of the International Association of Ultrarunners, in Romania, in September 2019. He coaches running groups and gives technical workshops, both on the road and on trails, since 2018, in addition to offering custom training programs and monitoring for beginner and intermediate athletes through United for sport.