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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Race Giving

Race: The Secret Marathon 3K
Amount Raised: Over $8,500.00

The Secret Marathon film team and Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan partnered with Running Room for the first annual Secret Marathon 3K. On the eve of International Women’s Day, runners gathered across Canada and beyond to celebrate everyone’s right to feel safe to run or walk in their community. Continue reading “Race Giving”

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”

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”

Race Giving

Race: Santa Shuffle 5K Fun Run and 1K Elf Walk
Amount : $131,054.72
Learn more at santashuffle.ca

For the past 27 years, the Salvation Army and Running Room have partnered to present the annual Santa Shuffle 5K Fun Run and 1K Elf Walk. The Santa Shuffle has grown from a single event in Edmonton to a large-scale initiative with over 16,000 participants in 41 locations across Canada. Continue reading “Race Giving”

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”