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”

Shaleena Theophilus / Liberty Village – Toronto, ON

by Shane Dixon

One of the many great things about the Running Room is that we offer a warm, open and comfortable environment for people who are learning to run. We recognize that it can be very tough at the beginning, which is why we offer our popular Learn to Run training program. Of course, the key to any successful program is the quality of the instructors leading it. We’re very proud to have some of the best instructors in Toronto, and Shaleena Theophilus is absolutely one of the best! Continue reading “Shaleena Theophilus / Liberty Village – Toronto, ON”

Bob Thompson / Ottawa, ON

by Shelley Moody-Wright

Bob Thompson is our one-of-a-kind 5K coach extraordinaire. He has led 32 consecutive clinics with loads of enthusiasm and grace… well, sometimes when he’s running he’s not that graceful, but he is always full of enthusiasm!

He has brought people from the depths of “Oh, please don’t make me run,” to a point where they are saying “Wow, running is so much fun! I can’t wait to see what Bob has in store for us next!” He is our rock, our inspiration, our mentor, our coach, and most importantly, our friend.

There aren’t enough pages in the magazine to describe this incredibly amazing person we call “5K Bob,” so we asked his training program participants (past and present) to share their views. Continue reading “Bob Thompson / Ottawa, ON”

Jonah Istifan / Waterloo, ON

On February 27, 2017, I decided to quit smoking and signed up for a Running Room program called Walk or Run to Quit. The program continues to revolutionize the way people quit smoking while helping them become physically active for life. Since the pilot project began in 2013, hundreds of participants have signed on for the 10-week training program, which assists them in quitting smoking by teaching them to walk and/or run 5K. Continue reading “Jonah Istifan / Waterloo, ON”

Charlottetown Instructors / Charlottetown, PEI

by Brittany Wright

Run Club participants here in Charlottetown tell us regularly that there’s just something special about our group compared to other groups they’ve run with. I believe this has a lot to do with our awesome training program instructors. We have a fantastic group that have led numerous programs for us over the past few months (or years!) and we want to give them a shout out. Rather than profile one instructor, we’d like to profile them all. Continue reading “Charlottetown Instructors / Charlottetown, PEI”

Elizabeth Moss / St. John’s, NL

by Shawn D. Corbett

Elizabeth Moss leads the Learn to Run program at the St. John’s Running Room. Elizabeth is a dedicated, kind and supportive motivator for all members of the group. She is proactive in ensuring that all members are comfortable. She provides tips to improve one’s running and is genuinely interested in the progress of each participant. Elizabeth takes the time to know the participants’ goals personally, and she is eager to give encouraging advice based on her many years of experience. She is a true coach and leader. Continue reading “Elizabeth Moss / St. John’s, NL”

Karen Lacey / St. John’s, NL

I never thought I would be a runner, let alone a running coach! I was diagnosed at age 18 with Crohn’s Disease and didn’t think running was something I would be able to do. In 2006, my mother (who is also a Running Room instructor) ran her first marathon in Ireland and inspired me to start running. In the beginning, I struggled to run for a minute then walk for a minute, but I thought if she could do it, I could do it. The following year I ran my first race, the Tely 10, and I haven’t looked back. Continue reading “Karen Lacey / St. John’s, NL”