We have selected 10 enthusiastic runners to be the friendly faces of the 2018 Servus Edmonton Marathon! They’ll be sharing race updates and training tips to support and inspire our running community along the way. Learn more about them- meet Ben!
How many years have you been running?
I have been running 4 years now.
Why do you run?
I played soccer my whole life and wanted to find a new challenge. I initially started by running OCR (obstacle course racing) events and fell in love with the running part and just wanted to push myself to get faster. Setting a goal and the feeling when you smash it is incredible. There is no lying in running, if you work hard and train smart you will achieve your goals.
What is your favourite distance to run and why?
For me 5km is king. It is a shorter distance but when you run it all out and give it your all it can be the hardest distance.
How would you describe your running playlist?
Mostly hard rock and heavy metal. My favourite bands are Biffy Clyro (Scottish rock band) and Metallica.
What advice would you give someone who is training for a race for the first time?
– Firstly to set small goals and find the joy in training, if there is a particular workout you enjoy make sure to hit it once or twice a week.
– Find a run group, it really helps with motivation and consistency, there are so many options in Edmonton too; Need For Speed, November Project, Run Collective, City Fit Shop Run Group, Wild Rose Runners, the list is endless!
– Also, being consistently good is better than being inconsistently perfect.
What other forms of fitness do you enjoy?
OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) would be my other favourite form of fitness so climbing walls, monkey bars, heavy carries (sandbags, buckets etc), burpees. It gives you the best overall general fitness possible.
Why should people run the Servus Edmonton Marathon?
It is a festival weekend, there’s plenty to do outside of the race with various events. The support from the people as you run is fantastic. It is a flat course which is perfect for those chasing a Boston Qualifying time or a Personal Best time in any of the distances offered.
What is your favourite route to run in Edmonton?
I personally love the wolf willow area on the west end. There is single track trails, double track, stairs and close to roads for road running too. Plenty of options for all different types of running.
Where is the coolest place you have ever run?
I am originally from Ireland but never ran or raced when I lived there. So when I was home visiting in 2015 I had the opportunity to run the Causeway Coast half marathon in Northern Ireland through the world famous Giants Causeway. There was some amazing views along the coast and down on the beaches.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
I’d say Clif builders bars purely because I could eat 2, 3 or 4 in a day if I didn’t stop myself!
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