used to say his best times were well out of reach nowadays, and that he
still tries really hard, and he's there to help you achieve your potential,
and then came Sept 16th, 2006 and he popped an unbelievable 8:41:14 Iron
Distance at the Esprit Triathlon in Montreal. This was a whopping
41min best time, for a guy that had already gone 9:23. And to add
encouragement to everyone, he turned 40 that year!!
a triathlete, Rick was given All American Team status three times as a
junior (ranked Top Five in North America), then turned professional and
raced around the world in everything from Olympic Distance (best time of
1:45) to Half Ironman (best time of 3:57) to Ironman (best time of
8:41:14). He raced on the French professional team based in Salon de Provence
in 1989/90/91, racking up numerous wins and rarely being out of the top 10
more on Rick, go here.
Canadian Ski Marathon ,
Ironman Lake Placid (1st Canadian Female, 5th in AG, 18th female
Winner of Canton Marathon
2 time NYC Marathon finisher, 3:18 and 3:25
Statscan Run More Clinic
running groups have helped me run more efficiently and employ better
training methods. The group aspect has allowed me to meet fellow
runners at Tunney's Pasture and encourages me to get out there and do
the workouts.” Eddie
have been taking Rick's clinics at Statscan for
the past couple of years in which time I feel like I have become a more
proficient runner. Rick's plans have helped me to feel more prepared
leading up to my goal races and the comradery of the runners in the group
is truly wonderful. I think that's why so many of us keep coming back! Oh,
that and we really like Rick too! It's a fun group and always a good
workout -guaranteed.” Amanda
joining Rick’s clinic I’ve never even thought about racing. Now, I have a
goal. The workout and the group are motivating." Denisa
group workouts help me to pace myself better and push myself harder than I
would do alone - it’s great to run with like-minded people!” Cindy
min improvement in half-marathon in 5 weeks - enough said :-) "
have taken numerous clinics with Rick and it never ceases to amaze me that
he comes up with new and interesting workouts for every clinic. The
variety of the workouts is really motivating. We are very fortunate
to have Rick come into our workplace to give us
a clinic.” Penny
been running for close to 30 years, always by myself. I've won a lot
of half-marathons, 10 K, 5 K races--and never wanted a
coach. Then, after all these years, I decided to 'try' Rick. Well, I
must admit that I'm surprised. I'm not running farther but
I'm running more energetically. I have more power. One more
thing: Rick's a nice guy. Thanks, Rick.” Pascale
clinics are fun and motivational. He achieves a good balance between
understanding participants' physical and lifestyle limitations, and
encouraging us all to push a little harder and train a little smarter.
Rick's clinics have helped me achieve several running goals, including one
to actually get a little faster as I run into my 50s. Thanks, Rick,
for all the great training advice that helped me "win all the marbles".” Sheryl
came! We ran! We had fun! We got faster! We
got fitter!" Stuart
Heather and Len Ireland
Heather and Len Ireland signed up for coaching to get to
IMUSA in 2003. Len wanted to do an Ironman before he turned
50. He had a year. They were both good runners, but neither could
swim very well and neither had done any extensive cycling. They did
not have bikes, either.
They also wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2004.
Through diligence and hard work, they both improved tremendously over
the winter and achieved their qualifying times for Boston
(Heather with a new PB of 3:29 and Len with a 35min PB clocking
Next up was the triathlon and qualifying for IMUSA at Muskoka.
They both had excellent races and snagged their spots.
At IMUSA 2003, Heather and Len had great days and enjoyed the complete
experience (meaning they shopped allot as well as did the race).
Not sure what to expect, they signed up for IMUSA 2004 and put their
noses to the grindstone again.
Both of them improved dramatically over the winter (again!) and Heather
managed to chop 1h 25min off her previous Ironman time to finish in 11hr
Not to be outdone, Len hammered through the race and nailed down a 54min
improvement to finish in 11hr 32sec placing 4th in his age group (podium!)
and qualifying for the Hawaii Ironman!
These two are nothing short of spectacular, as in 2006, they went back
to Lake Placid and both improved again with Len going 10:58 and Heather
going 11:32 to finish 2nd and 1st in their respective age groups, thereby
qualifying for the World Ironman Championships in Kona.
What can we say about Miriam and her amazing
Miriam has done the two hardest Iron Distance Triathlons in
the world--Embrunman and Norseman. These
are massive achievements.
an inspiration to all of us!
Will Stevens and Nancy
geeks with sneakers)
started running with Rick as a neophyte runner (40 year old virgin?) at a Statscan Clinic in the spring of 2008. After a
couple of drop-ins at the Terry Fox track I was more or less hooked and
have been running with Zone3 ever since. With Coach Rick’s oversight
I have steadily developed as a runner, enjoying the camaraderie and
consistent challenge of the Tuesday night work-outs. I appreciate
Rick’s expertise and depth of experience combined with his ability to lead
by example. While I have so far resisted the dark side of
multi-sport, I must admit Hammertime Lite looks pretty interesting…maybe
when the kids are a bit older…
Nancy--Through clinics and personalized training plans I’ve
been running with Rick for 2 years. In 2009, while I did some
longer races, my real goal was to beat my 10k PB from 1984. After a late
summer setback I thought it would have to wait until 2010 but Rick had
other plans. Not one for big speeches I found the following note in
my updated training plan—‘Rattle Me Bones—lay it all on the line; don’t be
afraid to go too hard too early’. I decided to believe and ran as
directed… 53:29 beating my old PB by 37 seconds. Thank you Rick, but
please let me know before you sign me up for more races!
Through the coaching of Rick Hellard, I have achieved a
level of fitness that has allowed me to realize my potential and numerous
PB's across a number of endurance events, including my first
Ironman. What have motivated me most are Rick's individual attention
and the support and competitive spirit he fosters in the Zone3 training
team. I highly recommend Rick Hellard and Zone3sports!
George Reid, the Machine
In 2002, at 48, George ran his fastest marathon in 20
years--a startling 2:54:48.
In 2006, George produced an incredible swim/bike/run at the Canadian
Iron Distance Triathlon to finish in a phenomenal 9:58!! Yikes, there
is no slowing this guy.
'Thanks for coaching me to a level of physical fitness that I never
could have gotten on my own, and for instilling the confidence to train
and race hard.'
Cindy De Cuypere
When I first signed up with Rick in 2006, I'd been
running for decades and done a few races a long time ago, but never had any
coaching or done speed work. I had no idea what I was capable
of. Within two months, I achieved my first goal of completing a
marathon in less than four hours, with 12 minutes to spare. A year
later, I improved my marathon time by 10% and beat my PB from 18 years
earlier! Since then, I've also set new PBs in the 5K and half
marathon, and normally place near the top of my age category. All the
while, I have been injury-free.
Thanks to Rick, I am not only thrilled with my results,
but am fitter and healthier that I have ever been before. His
training plans are tailored to my goals, abilities and busy schedule.
He is an amazing athlete and role model, yet very kind and
approachable. He gives great advice and answers all my
questions. Thanks, coach, for getting me where I want to be!!
and the Zone3 crew have certainly made me fitter, faster and helped me to
go farther than I thought possible. Since being coached by Rick, I have
achieved multiple new PB's at both short and long distance running and
triathlons. The multitude of programs offered by Rick means that there are
numerous opportunities to train in a group setting where one tends to push
a little harder.
coaches athletes at all levels, adapts your training regime to your goals
and progress, and leads by example.
The four years I
have just completed in triathlon have provided me with a fantastic
experience and great joys. After a first half-Ironman entered in on the
spur of the moment in 2004, I was very fortunate to stumble upon Rick
Hellard. Since, I have drawn from Rick's rich experience as an athlete and
a coach. Thanks to him, I have been blessed with pleasing results in races
ranging from sprint to Iron distance triathlons, 5K races to marathons,
etc. Rick has been there to answer my questions and has lead by example in
living and enjoying the healthy endurance sport lifestyle. Rick is also one
of us, well, perhaps a little faster than all of us, but one who hammers
and sweats and celebrates with us. Above all, Rick cares. He is a gentleman
who really lives by his motto: "Whenever you can, do good things for
In 2006 when I first signed up with Rick for marathon training, I
discovered the pain of speed workouts, but the joy of achieving PBs for all
my race distances kept me coming back to Hammertime. Thanks to Rick's
coaching, not only did I become a better runner, I eventually became a
triathlete. Training with the Z3S team, it was inevitable that their
incredible energy and enthusiasm would inspire me to try triathlons. While
I spent the winter learning to swim, Rick designed a personalized training
program to build my fitness and confidence so that I could finish a
half-ironman at the end of my first season of triathlon in 2008. I was even
able to finish under my goal time! I have learned that with a good coach
and hard work, I can achieve goals that I never thought possible for
I can't believe what I have accomplished in my second
season with Rick and Zone3sports!
As a newbie to triathlon, I needed a personalized training program to
get me ready for my 1st ironman, IMLP 2008. Rick focused my
training at addressing my weaknesses and continually adjusted my training
volume to allow for good recovery. I arrived at the start-line, strong,
rested, injury-free, and confident and with a plan of exactly how to
execute my race. It was a fantastic day even with the endless
rain. I felt so good after that I even did another iron distance
race in the fall. What a great year! Not only did I enjoy my training,
I also appreciated the friendliness and encouragement of the
Z3S group of athletes.