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: 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”
For over 25 years, Lorraine Mansbridge from Edmonton’s Global TV has promoted charitable causes and community events. She started her media career in Winnipeg as Canada’s first female rock DJ before moving to Edmonton as a Global TV anchor and producer for their live on-location features. Continue reading “Saluting Lorraine Mansbridge”
For the past four years, family and friends from across Canada have joined together at the annual Three Fathers Memorial Run in Moncton. The race was started by the running buddies of RCMP constables Doug Larche, Dave Ross and Fabrice Gevaudan, who were killed in the line of duty in 2014. Continue reading “Three Fathers Memorial Run”
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 this inaugural race. Continue reading “Solstice 5K”
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”
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”
by John Stanton
Just in time for back-to-school season, here is a review of the three main components of your running program.
In our Running Room training programs, the primary emphasis is on building an endurance base. Base training prepares the cardiovascular system to better handle the demands of exercise and will train the specific muscles involved to go the distance. The heart will become stronger and more efficient at delivering oxygenated blood to the muscles; in turn, the muscles will be more efficient at utilizing oxygen for energy and have better resistance to muscular fatigue. These training adaptations lead to enhanced aerobic fitness. Continue reading “Back to Basics”
by Stefanie Novakowski
I love running. During a regular week, I run for a total of three or four hours, even after a few years of marathon training and intensive hiking forced me to ease off for the sake of my knees. But if you told this to anyone who knew me in high school or even in the first few years of university, they’d be shocked. I was the student who dropped Phys.Ed. after grade 10 because it was lowering my average. So, how did I go from avoiding exercise at all costs to running a marathon? It all comes down to why I run. Continue reading “Why I Run”
by John Stanton
Running, at any age and any pace, can have a dramatic and positive effect on multiple areas of your life. Consider this my sales pitch for running.
Physical and Health Benefits
It is well known that running makes your body healthier, enhancing your overall fitness, wellness and longevity. Running improves endurance while building stronger muscles, bones and joints. Appropriately challenging your cardiovascular system will result in better heart health and a lower risk of many health problems. Running can help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight, as it burns fat and raises your metabolic rate. Following a running program can also lead to making healthier food choices, as you begin to perceive yourself as an athlete who needs top-quality fuel.
Continue reading “Why Run?”