Can I Return to Running After My Hip Replacement?

by Dr. Richard Beauchamp, M.D., FRCSC

Joint replacement surgery, particularly of the hip and knee, has become one of the most frequently performed operations around the world. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over 300,000 total hip replacements (THR) are completed in the United States every year, and the number of knee replacements is even higher. Continue reading “Can I Return to Running After My Hip Replacement?”

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”

Race Giving

Race: SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women
Amount Raised: $2,300,000

Living with mental health challenges is hard, but we can come together to make a difference. The SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women has helped thousands of women manage the challenges that come with mental health illnesses like depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-partum depression. In 2018, over $2,300,000 was raised nationally and went to support women’s mental health initiatives at local charities across the country. Continue reading “Race Giving”

Solstice 5K

by Ally Wilson

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 their inaugural race.

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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”

The Science of Muscle Strengthening

by Dr Reed Ferber, Ph. D. CAT(C)

Dating back to 2005, research from our laboratory and others from around the world has focused on how improving muscle strength can help runners. For example, we published a study on runners with patellofemoral pain (PFP), often called “runner’s knee” and identified by pain under the kneecap. The runners in the study performed two simple hip-muscle strengthening exercises every day for three weeks. At the end of the three-week program, runners had a 43% reduction in pain and a 30% increase in muscle strength. In such a short period of time, improvements in strength are largely attributable to changes in neuromuscular activation of muscles and not to changes in muscle fibre composition. In other words, the nervous system was better activated and caused more muscle fibres to contract, but there were no changes to the muscle composition itself. Continue reading “The Science of Muscle Strengthening”