Nutrience Oakville Half Marathon

On the shores of Lake Ontario, the sun rises on a calm, brisk September morning. A certain energy falls over Coronation Park in 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 12th annual Nutrience Oakville Half Marathon on September 29-30, 2018. The horn goes off and participants set off on their 21.1K journey through the streets of beautiful Oakville. Continue reading “Nutrience Oakville Half Marathon”

Marathon of Hope

by Jessie Macdonald

Terry Fox’s generosity and perseverance to raise money for cancer research was nothing short of extraordinary. When Terry began the Marathon of Hope 38 years ago, he ran approximately a marathon every single day. He achieved this with a prosthetic leg not designed for running, and wore a simple cotton T-shirt, fleece shorts, socks, and a pair of shoes.

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Laura’s 50th Marathon

by Ed Wagner

At this year’s Marathon of Hope Celebration in Edmonton, Laura Weir ran her 50th marathon. The full marathon distance of 42.2 kilometres is a long road for anyone, but Laura’s journey was particularly challenging after experiencing life-threatening injuries in a car accident 23 years ago. After six weeks in a coma and a year in a wheelchair, Laura had to re-learn how to walk and speak. During her rehabilitation, she set a goal to run a marathon, and now she has completed 50 of them. Continue reading “Laura’s 50th Marathon”

Running Room Indoor Games

by Jessie Macdonald

For 40 years, the Indoor Games have given young athletes a chance to feel like Olympians running on the Butterdome track, hearing the cheers, watching competitors from older age groups and hoping to become that fast someday. Over 300 schools, from at least a 100 kilometre radius around Edmonton, competed in the Running Room Indoor Games this year. We would be unable to host without the dedication of our officials and volunteers—thank you all.

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Full Circle

by Matt Diederichs

Thirty-five years ago, I was in grade six and preparing with my school team for the5th annual Edmonton Journal Indoor Games. Mr. Ewasiuk would be there to let us in early and run in the hallways before school started. After the preliminary races, my 8 x 200 metre relay team made it to the finals. We went on to win the relay competition by two-tenths of a second. My first gold medal! Continue reading “Full Circle”

Hypothermic Half Marathon

by Jessie Macdonald

The Hypothermic Half Marathon was another hit this year. With races in 19 Canadian cities and 2 American locations, a diverse array of weather was seen, from mild temperatures above 0°C, to an abominable -37°C with wind chill in Edmonton. One of the most celebrated parts of this event was after the finish line. A delicious  brunch was ready for all race participants, which tasted extremely good after the huge challenge that was the Hypo Half. There were also 5K and 10K races in select locations, and a first-ever full marathon event in Calgary this year. Continue reading “Hypothermic Half Marathon”

Resolution Run

by Jessie Macdonald

The 33rd Annual Resolution Run witnessed over 12,000 participants in 52 locations across Canada and the United States brave the relatively chilly to extremely cold temperatures this year. St. John’s overcame snow flurries, Toronto’s event staff shoveled 700 metres of a side loop to clear the way, and Abbotsford came together and sanded an alternate route after a treacherous ice storm. In a great show of perseverance, participants battled the elements together and crossed the finish line with frosty faces and high spirits. This year, a 1K race was added so that eager young children could run a race of their own. Continue reading “Resolution Run”