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”

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”

Some Runs are Timed. Other Runs are Timeless.

by Executive Director Britt Andersen

Terry Fox said, “It’s got to keep going without me.” And this year once again, Canadians from across the country have done just that.

This September marked the 38th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. The longevity of the Run and the cancer research legacy inspired by Terry’s run is a remarkable reflection of Canada’s respect for a man who gave us an indelible example of what it means to persevere. With over 10,000 fundraising events taking place nationwide, it is clear that Canadians have every intention of seeing Terry’s dream through to fulfillment. Continue reading “Some Runs are Timed. Other Runs are Timeless.”

Servus Edmonton Marathon

Air quality concerns from the B.C. forest fires had organizers and runners concerned for this year’s running of the Servus Edmonton Marathon. Over 5000 participants enjoyed the weekend of activities, including young runners in the the Kids’ Run, which was moved to Sunday.

On Sunday morning, the runners were greeted with ideal running conditions and clear skies. The winners of the marathon were Lucas McAneney (with a time of 2:26:14) and Leanne Klassen (in 3:00:03). The men’s half marathon winner was Evan Esselink, and the top three runners in the women’s half marathon were Anteneh Emebet, Rachel Cliff and Dayna Pidhoresky. All finishers were presented with Servus Marathon Medals by members of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment. Continue reading “Servus Edmonton Marathon”

The Reward of the TCS New York City Marathon

by Stephen Price

For most of us, running started out as a passive hobby. It was something to do to burn a few extra calories, to maintain a particular level of fitness, or, to ward off an upcoming birthday. Our goals were to run for 10 minutes straight or perhaps finish a local 5K race. But then, something amazing happened.

It’s easy enough to discredit the next stage of our running as simply getting the “running bug”, or perhaps discovering our competitive edge. But it was truly more than that; what happened was that we discovered something deep inside. We discovered that we are extremely capable, our bodies very adaptive, and that there is an athlete inside every one of us. Continue reading “The Reward of the TCS New York City Marathon”

Solstice 5K

They came, they ran, they beat the sun! Our first annual Solstice 5K race took place in 19 cities on June 21, the date of the summer solstice. Picture this: you and your fellow runners cross the finish line together, perfectly timed as the sun goes down on the longest day of the year. That, combined with an awesome swag bag ($100 value) and post-race party, has to qualify the Solstice 5K as the race of the summer!

Congratulations to the 2565 participants who joined us for this inaugural race. Continue reading “Solstice 5K”

Canada Day Run

by Scott Eldridge

On July 1st, over 2300 participants celebrated Canada Day by running and walking in seven different cities: Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Barrie, Moncton, Charlottetown and St. John’s. All participants received a beautiful red and gold finisher’s medal. Continue reading “Canada Day Run”

20 Minute Challenge

by Ally Wilson

With over 15,000 runners and walkers participating across Canada and the United States, the 34th annual 20 Minute Challenge was a huge success. Kids, parents, grandparents and dogs (hey, they’re part of the family too!) embraced being active and helped us achieve our goal of getting families moving together. The Stanton family took part in the festivities at Edmonton’s 109 Street location along with a record-breaking number of Run Club members. All participants received a free running cap, so a sea of yellow hats took over the streets. Thanks for celebrating with us and we can’t wait to see you at next year’s 20 Minute Challenge! Continue reading “20 Minute Challenge”