Bob Thompson / Ottawa, ON

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. 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”

Baldish Toor / Whitby, ON

by Annie Tiffin

Baldish Toor started with the Whitby Running Room in 1999, joining the Learn to Run program primarily to impress a runner she had her eye on dating. She fell in love with him, and after tackling the impossible task and unbearable pain of one minute of running, she fell in love with running. She still detests the first few kilometres of every run, but once she settles in, she can keep putting one foot in front of the other for, as it turns out, a very long time. Continue reading “Baldish Toor / Whitby, ON”