Instructor Profile/Alexander Molnar–Kingston, ON

by J.B. O’Reilly

The bad winter weather of 2018-2019 made life challenging for many Canadians, including those enrolled in the Half Marathon training program at the Running Room location in Kingston, Ontario.

Despite the crazy weather conditions we encountered week after week, the good-natured personality of instructor Alexander Molnar made our clinic an enjoyable experience. Continue reading “Instructor Profile/Alexander Molnar–Kingston, ON”

Saucony | Running Room 5K Program: Michelle Carlesimo

Common Ground: A Running Room 5K Program Story

When the Ottawa Race Weekend descends on our capital city at the end of May, many runners will step to the start line of the 5K for the first time, adding an exciting new chapter to their running story. The stories will vary, but they will no doubt share some plot points with the journey of Michelle Carlesimo, a 5K program leader at our Slater Street store, and an Ottawa 5K veteran. In fact, it’s that unique bond between new runners that drives Michelle’s coaching, and sees her athletes to the finish line at the end of their ten weeks together. Continue reading “Saucony | Running Room 5K Program: Michelle Carlesimo”

Instructor Profile/Des Kappel–Kenaston/Winnipeg, MB

The main reason I return to the Running Room year after year is the people I meet. I have made (and continue to make) many great friendships through the sport. I ran my first marathon in 1980 with no training or knowledge of what I was doing. I began training and running more seriously in 1999. Since that time, I have completed dozens of races at all distances, ranging from 5Ks to marathons. Continue reading “Instructor Profile/Des Kappel–Kenaston/Winnipeg, MB”

Saucony | Running Room 5K Program: Nancy Brooks

Student Becomes the Teacher: A Saucony 5K Training Program Story

Accomplishing your first 5K is a true milestone in any runner’s life, worthy of celebration. Yet, as those that have gotten there through the 5K Training Program can tell you, there is some truth in the old adage about the journey over the destination. For some runners even, like program leader Nancy Brooks, it can be a life-changing experience. Continue reading “Saucony | Running Room 5K Program: Nancy Brooks”

Instructor Profile/Paula Humphries–Kelowna, BC

by Caroline Raine and Deb Stanley

We would like to introduce Paula Humphries, an enthusiastic Running Room training program instructor. Eight years ago, Paula joined a training program at the Kelowna Running Room, for guidance on running and avoiding injury. She became a group leader three years ago and was encouraged to become a full-fledged instructor last year. Over the years, Paula has formed many positive, long-lasting relationships with her fellow runners. Continue reading “Instructor Profile/Paula Humphries–Kelowna, BC”

Instructor Profile / Sandy Leblanc – High Park, Toronto, ON

by Andy Bentley

The Running Room training programs are a brilliant concept that have helped many Canadians start their running journey. Many start with the Learn to Run program and work their way up through the distances, pursuing one goal and then the next. One thing that can make all the difference in sticking with your training is having a great instructor: someone who is experienced, knowledgeable and caring. Sandy LeBlanc is one of those coaches! Continue reading “Instructor Profile / Sandy Leblanc – High Park, Toronto, ON”

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”