Running and Remembrance

This Remembrance Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War. Each year, at 11:00 on the 11th day of the 11th month, we observe one minute of silence to remember and commemorate those who have served and died in wars and armed conflicts. The fighting officially stopped on November 11, 1918, but the war was not officially over until the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. After the second World War, this annual armistice commemoration on November 11th became known as Remembrance Day. Continue reading “Running and Remembrance”

Matt Davies’ Playlist

Matt is a Buyer at the Running Room. He works primarily on the Amazon marketplace and the runningroom.com shop.

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Fall is slowly becoming my favourite season to run; though Edmonton weather can be quite unpredictable, it’s usually neither too hot or cold during this time of year. The summer runners have gone back to the treadmill, graciously freeing up trail space for all-season runners.

When it comes to running and music, I usually unplug. I started running with the RRAC group (Running Room Athletic Club) this spring and we do two to three workouts a week. I usually also do a long run with friends on Sunday; this doesn’t leave me with many runs to myself to listen to music.

The variety of what I listen to on a run is different than a normal playlist. I grew up in the late ’90s early ’00s and am really into the post-hardcore/pop punk music scene of that era. On a run though, I’d rather listen to more ambient songs that match the serenity of the environment I’m in.

Here’s a playlist that has been in my rotation lately. Continue reading “Matt Davies’ Playlist”

Race Giving

by Barry Olson and Robert Thiessen

Race: Multiple Miles for Myeloma
Amount Raised: $990,000

In July, the Multiple Miles for Myeloma event in Calgary raised more than $100,000 toward Myeloma Research at the University of Alberta and Cross Cancer Institute. The event was organized by volunteers from the Myeloma Alberta Support Society (MASS) while Running Room staff provided event-day equipment and a website to handle all online registrations and donations. Continue reading “Race Giving”

Jason Oltrop/ Pembina – Winnipeg, MB

by Shelley Borschawa

On our Run Club and training group outings earlier this year, I noticed that Jason Oltrop was always willing to run any pace or distance with anyone who needed it. When I asked Jason if he would be interested in becoming a Running Room instructor, he said yes. He gladly agreed to teach new runners about running in a combined Learn to Run, 5K and 10K training program. Thanks to Jason, the participants received great information about nutrition, interval training and how to use their electronics. Continue reading “Jason Oltrop/ Pembina – Winnipeg, MB”

Canada Army Run

photos and story by Phil Marsh

Once again, Canada’s Capital Region welcomed over 20,000 runners and walkers to the annual Canada Army Run. This year brought unique challenges to the weekend festivities as three tornadoes touched down in the region, causing massive damage and power outages. As Canadians do in times of trouble, folks responded by setting up fundraising pages and donating money, clothes, furniture and food to those affected. Continue reading “Canada Army Run”