It was a unique scene on November 19 at the Eau Claire Running Room in Calgary. Instead of the usual crowd of adult runners, the store was packed with Girl Guides. The energy was palpable as marathon running legend Martin Parnell and award-winning filmmaker Kate McKenzie announced that Girl Guides of Canada will be the new charity partner for The Secret 3K annual run/walk. The run takes place during the week of International Women’s Day and celebrates gender equality as well as creating safe spaces to be active. This year’s event will take place on March 4, 2020. Continue reading “Girl Guides Join the Secret 3K Run”
by Trish Slipp
On July 10th, runners and walkers across Canada and the United States helped celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Running Room with the 20 Minute Challenge. This event dates back to 2004, when John Stanton invited everyone to mark the company’s 20th anniversary by visiting a Running Room location and getting active for just 20 minutes.
John says that when he created the Running Room, his vision was that “no one would ever have to run alone.” His vision has definitely become a reality, as 245 participants joined John and his family at Edmonton’s 109 Street location, and over 11,000 runners and walkers participated across Canada and the United States. All participants received a free cap and for this special anniversary, dressed up in their best 80s gear to pay tribute to 1984, the inaugural year of the Running Room. Continue reading “20 Minute Challenge”
The 2019 SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women program raised $2.5 million for 17 women’s mental health initiatives across Canada. These programs have helped thousands of women manage the challenges that come with mental health illnesses such as depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and post-partum depression. It takes a lot of heart to care for your mind. Thank you to the over 26,000 who participated, who donated, and who came out to cheer on the all the runners and walkers. We would also like thank our Run for Women sponsor Shoppers Drug Mart® for donating $10 per registrant and raising the majority of funds through events in your stores. We hope that more Canadians will use exercise as a great way to manage mental health. We look forward to seeing you all again next year! Continue reading “Here’s to Strong Women!”
by Phil Marsh
The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend continued its status as a double IAAF Gold Label event, along with both the marathon and 10K events serving as the Canadian Championships. Over 32,000 participants from around the world ran, walked and rolled to the finish line in events including 2K, 5K, 10K, 21.1K and the sold-out 42.2K.
It was the final race as Race Director for John Halvorsen, who is leaving Run Ottawa to return to the high-tech world. A former two-time Olympic finalist in the 10,000 metre event, John was honoured at the President’s Reception for his work to build this weekend into a world-class race. John will soon be inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder and an Athlete, both richly deserved honours. Continue reading “Tamarack Ottawa Marathon”
On the shores of Lake Ontario, the sun rises on a calm, brisk fall morning. A certain energy falls over the streets of Oakville, where runners and walkers take their place in the Start Line chute. They are waiting to put their summer training to the test at the 13th annual Nutrience Oakville Half Marathon on October 5-6, 2019. The horn goes off and participants set off on their 21.1K journey through the streets of beautiful Oakville.
This fall must-run event will take participants through the most scenic areas of Oakville, with a brand-new route that begins and ends at Shell Park. The new route presents runners with the opportunity for new personal bests, with sights including Coronation Park, the Lake Ontario waterfront and Bronte Harbour. When surveyed, 90% of participants said they will run the event again, and we look forward to welcoming them back this year. Continue reading “2019 Nutrience Oakville Half Marathon”
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”
This St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17th, was the first annual Jack Astor’s Shamrockin’ 5K run in downtown St. John’s in support of Nevaeh’s Lemonade Stand. Continue reading “Jack Astor’s Shamrockin’ 5K–St. John’s, NL”
The Mississauga Marathon celebrated 15 years in 2018 with record numbers taking part in seven different race distances. Fast forward one year and organizers are looking to extend the celebration with course enhancements, a sharp new website, interactive race maps and awesome finishers’ medals. Canada’s sixth largest city comes alive at Mississauga Marathon time, which also aligns perfectly with kick starting a great season of races. Continue reading “The Mississauga Marathon”
The 34th Annual Resolution Run was held across Canada and the United States on December 31st and January 1st.
Brave-hearted and high-spirited, runners faced snowstorms in Moncton; high winds and ice pellets in Halifax and mild temperatures and green grass in Abbotsford and Langley.
With the satisfaction of the 5K complete, and wearing their hard-won Resolution Run jackets and medals, finishers celebrated together over hot drinks and warm food.
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by Tara Melville
Kelowna’s premier running event attracted over 2300 participants from eight countries over Thanksgiving weekend for the 24th annual SunRype Okanagan Marathon. Cool temperatures and a bit of drizzle made for perfect running conditions on Sunday.
The weekend’s events included the 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon, as well as the popular Running Room Friendship Run. Participants enjoyed the scenic course that navigates along Lake Okanagan and meanders through residential streets before returning to City Park. It’s one of Western Canada’s flattest and fastest Boston qualifying courses. Continue reading “SunRype Okanagan Marathon”