Learning From Lucas

Humility is hard to find. When you encounter someone who has it, it is like a breath of fresh air. Lucas McAneney is such a person. I met Lucas a few years ago, as a customer of the Running Room store he managed. We chatted and compared notes about races we had in common. Imagine my surprise when I later found out that this friendly store manager was actually an elite runner who has won the Mississauga Marathon, won the Oakville Half Marathon, won the Ottawa Marathon, placed fourth at the Buffalo Marathon, competed in the Pan Am Games, and many other elite running credentials. Continue reading “Learning From Lucas”

RRAC Update

Here is one more update on the Running Room Athletic Club’s success in the last few months.

The RRAC men and women both picked up wins at the first event in the 2019 New Balance Run Alberta XC series.  Lisa Stewart was 2nd in the lady’s race while Charles Allen grabbed 3rd spot on the men’s side.  Leonard Chesoo won the men’s race representing his university here in Edmonton.

Tom McGrath was victorious at the Stoney Plain half marathon while Savanna Boutin did the same at the Regina Queen city half.  Kirk Sundt claimed top spot in the 10K in Stoney Plain.  Kirk also picked up the win at the St. Paul Rodeo mile here in Alberta back in August.

On the “other side of the pond” Vanessa Trofimenkoff continued her strong summer racing with a 3rd place at the Dingle Half marathon in Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Ian Pelly

 

Kerry LaBrecque picked up a win at a 14K tough trail race at Mont Set Marie and got the win at the Ottawa Army Run 10K.

At the NBXC series race #2 in Red Deer, the RRAC ladies picked up their 2nd victory with Alecia Kallos leading the way in 3rd place overall.  The men were lead by Mike Nishiyama in 3rd place but the team could only manage 3rd place on the day.  Leonard Chesoo picked up his 2nd victory in the series running for Concordia University of Edmonton.

Alex Ricard continued his strong summer racing, picking up two more wins on the left coast: he won the Valley to Peak 23km in Whistler and the Grouse Grind in Vancouver.

RRAC Update

Here are some updates on how our Running Room Athletic Club athletes fared over the summer.

Mallory Swatton finished 5th overall at a sprint Spartan race in the Ottawa area (2nd place in her age group).

At the Edmonton marathon race weekend, Vanessa Trofimenkoff finished as the 2nd lady, running a new PB in the process.  Taylor Carlin was 3rd, Lisa Stewart was 4th and Roxane Skoreyko was 5th.  On the men’s side, Leonard Chesoo picked up another win with  Michael Stewart finishing in 4th spot.  David Mutai picked up the win in the marathon. Continue reading “RRAC Update”

Guardians Half Marathon and 5K

The annual Guardians Half Marathon & 5K is the signature provincial run for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, in support of Special Olympics. What started in 2017 with 350 runners and $25,000 raised, grew to 450 runners and $32,000 raised in its second year. We are very excited for year three and hope to continue this incredible growth, supporting a cause that impacts so many lives every day. Continue reading “Guardians Half Marathon and 5K”

Why the Marathon?

When you mention running a marathon to a group of non-runners, they may shake their heads in disbelief and ask: “Why?”

There are many meaningful reasons that runners and walkers choose to tackle 42.2K. For some, it’s a “bucket list” item. For others, it’s a chance to mark a significant occasion like a birthday, anniversary or family reunion. It can be an ambitious challenge you tackle with a friend, or an exciting element of an overseas vacation. It can be a way to honour someone close to you or raise funds for a cause you care about. Continue reading “Why the Marathon?”

Instructor Profile/Alexander Molnar–Kingston, ON

by J.B. O’Reilly

The bad winter weather of 2018-2019 made life challenging for many Canadians, including those enrolled in the Half Marathon training program at the Running Room location in Kingston, Ontario.

Despite the crazy weather conditions we encountered week after week, the good-natured personality of instructor Alexander Molnar made our clinic an enjoyable experience. Continue reading “Instructor Profile/Alexander Molnar–Kingston, ON”

Race Giving

Race: Foodfare-WPS Half Marathon
Charity: The Canadian Cancer Society
Funds raised in 2019: over $2 million

by Nick Paulet

For the 15th year, participants from across Manitoba and beyond gathered to celebrate personal goals as well as community service. On May 5, the 15th annual Foodfare-Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon was held in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Continue reading “Race Giving”

The Science of Stride Rate

Recently, there has been a recent surge in research, magazine articles, and blogs about stride rate. Let’s take a look at the science behind this commonly misunderstood biomechanical factor.

How fast you run is a function of two factors: (1) the length of your stride and (2) the frequency at which you take those strides—known as your stride rate. To run faster, either factor has to increase. For the past 30 years, the magic number of 180 steps (beats) per minute (bpm) has been discussed as the goal. This arbitrary target number has been seen as a method to increase running economy and potentially reduce joint loading during running. Continue reading “The Science of Stride Rate”

Summer Play

Family members of all ages thrive on unstructured “playtime.” This is especially true for Canadian families, as longer days bring extended outdoor play hours. Here are some ideas to help your family get moving and play together this summer:

Active Training. If you missed out on a community run/walk or charity event in the spring, consider signing up for one. Take the family to a free all-ages event like the Running Room 20 Minute Challenge— it might be the springboard for a more active summer ahead. Continue reading “Summer Play”