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iRun because I cannot say no to a second slice of chocolate cakeEmily Shandruk , Vancouver, BC

iRun to stay fit and release those running endorphinsLiliana Plava , Calgary, AB

iRun because I want to qualify for Boston and raise money for charities near and dear to my heartChristine Gracel , Calgary, AB

iRun because it makes me feel good, allows me to spend time with my friends and gives me a feeling of accomplishmentHelen Kolodziejzyk , Calgary, AB

iRun but not enoughMichael Shaw , New Westminister, BC

iRun because I never thought I would be able toGary Morris , Winnipeg, MB

iRun to challenge myself, physically and mentallyKathleen Keenan , Brampton, ON

iRun because people around me inspire mePina Bevilacqua , Caledon, ON

iRun therefore I amDuncan Walsh , Nottingham, UK

iRun because I liveGeorges Schneller , Laval, QC

iRun to be free and enjoy our beautiful countryCheryl Carter , Clearwater , BC

iRun for overall wellbeingTrish McCourt , Halifax, NS

iRun because it makes me a better person, a better wife, a better mother and a better friendNathalie Joncas-Caissie , St-Antoine, NB

iRun because it makes me feel powerfulCarlene Paquette , Carp, ON

iRun because pecan pie, french fries and beer are chasing meTeresa Sterling , Ottawa , ON

iRun because it’s in meMichael Foley , Stittsville, ON

iRun because it reminds me that I am capable of so much more than I have doneJames Sauve , Ottawa, ON

iRun for meKiza Francis , Ottawa,ON

iRun to prove to myself I canLesley McGougan , Brampton, ON

iRun because all the ladies are chasing my sexy runner’s bodyChris Baker , Etobicoke, ON

iRun because I can and I’m gratefulTerry SanCartier , Gatineau, QC

iRun because when I run I feel most aliveMeghan Lynch , Ottawa, ON

iRun to unleash my inner athleteAdelle Densham , Avonmore, ON

iRun because it cleans up my life, because I drink more water, sleep better and eat healthier foodsRobin McIntyre , Ottawa, ON

iRun because of the peace and strength it brings meMichelle Jordan , Ottawa, ON

iRun because I need it to soothe the soul, keep me in shape and for overall wellbeingBeth Neil , Lombardy, ON

iRun because it is my tonic and my salvation Georgia Ioannou , British Columbia

iRun for relaxation and to motivate my two sonsKeith Bradbury , Newfoundland

iRun because endorphins are freeCassandra Chouinard , Ontario

iRun because somebody once told me I couldn’t Heidi Abbey-Der , Saskatchewan

iRun because couch potatoes die young Cathy Andrew , Ontario

iRun because it’s cheaper than therapy Leah Boulter , Alberta

iRun because I like buying running clothes Pamela Blaikie , Ontario

iRun slowly!Jason Hoffman , Manitoba

iRun because it gives me freedom to relax my brainMarie-Claude Gregoire , Nova Scotia

iRun because I learn more about who I am with every kmSteph Mansell , Quebec

iRun because iEat Sherry Maligaspe , British Columbia

iRun and run, and run, and run, and nobody can stop me Andrei Lucaciu , Ontario

iRun because the wall is meant to be broken Jonathan Bird , Ontario

iRun because it has saved my life John Marshall , Alberta

iRun for the challenge to go faster and farther Steven Matejka , Alberta

iRun to my happy place and some days it’s very Doreen May , Alberta

iRun because food tastes better afterwards Patrick Houston , Alberta

iRun because I can’t dance Mario Javier , Ontario

iRun so I don’t say never ever again Linda Klaric , Manitoba

iRun because it makes me whole Denis Ladouceur , Quebec

iRun because it gets my husband out there Tricia LaLonde , Alberta

iRun away from the negative and towards the positive Teri Lepard , Alberta

iRun because running is like breathing to Stephanie McEvoy , Ontario

iRun because I love the solitude Janene Tailleur , British Columbia

iRun for the moment when both feet are off the ground Catherine Anderson , British Columbia

iRun to someday win the race Lindy Dunlop , Yukon

iRun to stay ahead of the weight gainMyra Abstreiter , Alberta

iRun because otherwise I’m grumpy Alexandre Charest , Quebec

iRun because I get foot rubs afterward Kate Howerton , British Columbia

iRun because iLoves my man Beverly Huang , Alberta

iRun because not everyone can Olivia Harvey , New Brunswick

iRun to get to know myself, my strength and my spirit Lisa Groulx , Ontario

iRun whenever I feel the need to escape Iona Hillis , Ontario

iRun because it’s like flying, only lower Glenn Johnson , Ontario

iRun because it makes me feel powerful Sarah Kallaghan , Alberta

iRun because I’ve lost 80 lbs and running has become fun Cheryl Kelly , Ontario

iRun because there is no finish line Claire Kilgour , Ontario

iRun so my daughters know that they can, too Shelley Kirkpatrick , New Brunswick

iRun because it reminds me of how strong I can be Monique Lavoie , Ontario

iRun because it’s a great way to see the world Sherry Mahoney , British Columbia

iRun because my heart tells me to William Martin , Manitoba

iRun to prove to them that iCan Catherine Smith , Manitoba

iRun because it’s fun when it’s done Sue Matte , Ontario

iRun because I am not as clumsy I thought I was Hanna Baer , Quebec

iRun see where my feet will take me todayMegan Dolinskas , New York

iRun for the cool t-shirts! Pina Bevilacqua , Ontario

iRun because I want to be a role model for our six kids Catherine Empey , British Columbia

iRun to inspire my kids to tryGlen Johnston , Nunavut

iRun so I can eat ice cream Sandy Bolan , Ontario

iRun because I want to live to be 100! Colette DeJean , Ontario

iRun for health, i Run for life Pat Cheung , British Columbia

iRun because it gives my day a boost of energy Sara Campbell , Nova Scotia

iRun because it’s better than almost everything else Nathan Carey , Ontario

iRun at 50 years old because at 43 I couldn’t Peter Cicalo , Ontario

iRun because it's better than almost everything else Nathan Carey , Ontario

iRun at 50 years old because at 43 I couldn't Peter Cicalo , Ontario

iRun because it is my tonic and my salvation Georgia Ioannou , British Columbia

iRun for relaxation and to motivate my two sons Keith Bradbury , Newfoundland

iRun because endorphins are free Cassandra Chouinard , Ontario

iRun because somebody once told me I couldn't Heidi Abbey-Der , Saskatchewan

iRun because couch potatoes die young Cathy Andrew , Ontario

iRun because it's cheaper than therapy Leah Boulter , Alberta

iRun because I like buying running clothes Pamela Blaikie , Ontario

iRun slowly! Jason Hoffman , Manitoba

iRun because it gives me freedom to relax my brain Marie-Claude Gregoire , Nova Scotia

iRun because I learn more about who I am with every km Steph Mansell , Quebec

iRun because iEat Sherry Maligaspe , British Columbia

iRun for my heart, so it runs for me! Cathy Brzoza , British Columbia

iRun to inspire my children! Wendy Bowen , Manitoba

iRun because it sure beats the bus Robin Robbins , Alberta

iRun for the challenge and to remember to fully live Pascale Synnott , Québec

iRun to kickstart my day Sharon Strueby , Saskatchewan

iRun for me! Judi Wearing , Saskatchewan

iRun because it's a great stress release Brooke McKenzie , Yukon

iRun because i love to Mirella Petriello , Ontario

iRun because it helps me see things more clearly Jennifer Pitts , Ontario

iRun to eat Maureen Tritscher , Alberta

iRun to correct years of sedentary living! Mike Scott , Ontario

iRun away from the abyss Charlene Thomas , Ontario

iRun all the livelong day Pierre Saint-Laurent , Québec

iRun to challenge my perceived limitations Cassandra Williams , Ontario

iRun to maintain a strong physical and mental state Tammy Rainville , Ontario

iRun so that I can live longer and stronger Derek MacPhail , Ontario

iRun to feel great Kathryn Rachar , Saskatchewan

iRun because I like to be healthy Melanie Oickle , New Brunswick

iRun to eat more, especially sweet potatoe fries Joanna Skomra , Ontario

iRun for the fresh air and adrenalin Charlyn McGregor , Saskatchewan

iRun for the individual pursuit Robert Pelletier , New Brunswick

iRun to satisfy the irresistible urge Tim Nixon , British Columbia

iRun because I love the sense of accomplishment Amber Moase , Nova Scotia

iRun to challenge my mind, body and soul Sonia Mendes , Ontario

iRun because walking is too slow Barry Knapp , Ontario

Lanni Marchant Teams Up With Under Armour

May 25th, 2017

She holds records as the fastest Canadian marathon and half marathon female, now  Canadian elite distance runner Lanni Marchant has joined Under Armour’s roster of athletes.

Along with gearing up in Under Armour apparel, footwear and accessories, the multi-year partnership means she will be a part of the brand’s upcoming marketing campaigns and events. As the first Canadian elite runner to join the brand’s athlete roster, Marchant says she looks forward to her collaborations and working with the entire Under Armour team as it builds its following among the road running contingent. According to Shana Ferguson, Under Armour Canada’s Director of Marketing, Marchant’s fearless spirit and pursuit of women’s equality in sport makes her an impeccable fit for the cutting-edge brand. Marhant joins other Canadian athletes including Carey Price, Drew Doughty, Janine Beckie and Mandy Bujold.

 

150 Runners – Wendy Tokeson

May 24th, 2017

Wendy Tokeson

59, Guelph

Wendy Tokeson

How can one person tell you in a sentence or two why they run? For me, it’s not just for the love of the sport, it’s for the love of the people. We talk. We laugh. We cry. They have seen me at my best and at my worst. If it wasn’t for my Clinic Leaders, fellow participants, the friends I made along the way, I would not have continued running.

150 Runners – Gabi Luttmann

May 24th, 2017

Gabi Luttmann

54, Guelph

Gabi Luttmann

As women, we often forget to look after ourselves. When I run, I know that I am taking care of my own wellbeing. It makes me a better person. This year I was excited to help launch a running and reading program, Start2Finish, at Westwood Public School in Guelph, Ont. I am passionate about encouraging disadvantaged children in our community so they may be empowered to become strong and successful people.

150 Runners – Andy Fong

May 24th, 2017

Andy Fong

54, Ottawa

Andy Fong

Not that long ago, I was running and racing at will, logging more than 60 to 100K per week during peak marathon training. I may have taken running for granted and over the past four months I have been sidelined with injuries. This spring, I celebrated my 54th birthday with getting back on the treadmill, one minute at a time, learning to run again.

150 Runners – David Freake

May 24th, 2017

David Freake

29, St. John’s

David Freake

I took up running after I had gained a little weight in university and fell instantly in love with it. Since then I’ve had some memorable finishes, like coming 4th at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half marathon in 1:08 and a photo finish at last year’s Toronto Goodlife Half Marathon – 1.1 seconds away from the win during 40km/h winds and rain. I know I’m just scratching the surface and it’s been a super fun journey.

150 Runners – Lindsey Coyle

May 24th, 2017

Lindsey Coyle

40, Airdrie

Lindsey Coyle

I want to love running, but it’s more a love-hate relationship. Sometimes, I am not as nice to me as I’d like. When I break through the wall I make up with myself and start preparing for the last 100M.. It’s a great honour to be able to call myself a runner so I persist.

150 Runners – Walter Faion

May 24th, 2017

Walter Faion

56, Oakville

Walter Faion

Running is magical. My mind wanders to my own special world; no one can reach or touch me – it’s pure commitment to myself. Running gives me the chance to overcome obstacles, to never give up, and to inspire others. I have met so many lovely people though running. My special memory was coming from behind to win the Sudbury Marathon. It was so magical!

Team Awesome: Why David Daze Enjoys #RunOttawa

May 23rd, 2017

Ottawa native David Daze has been running the Ottawa Marathon for 17 consecutive years and this weekend, he’ll run his 26th marathon at Ottawa Race Weekend.

For Daze running in his home town not only means the ease and convenience of rolling out of bed but also having your friends and family cheering you on that last 5K and calling your name that really gets you across the finish line. With a strong running community in Ottawa, we spoke to Daze for his tips and trick for making race day count, along with his hometown recommendations for your post-race meal.

iRun: What makes Ottawa Race Weekend so incredible?
David Daze: I think Ottawa has done a great job of galvanizing people, there’s
a lot of great crowd support. Part of it is running past Parliament Hill, the Govener General’s residence and of course 24 Sussex. When you are running through people’s neighbourhoods, around Rock Cliff Park, there are children handing out Freezies. The community as a whole really gets behind this event.

iRun: Tell me about how and why you got involved with Team Awesome.

David Daze: I’ve been involved with Team Awesome for 3 years. For me, it’s about telling the story of the race and giving tips for the weekend, where to park, what to wear. One of the big benefits, for me it has gotten me connected with a large group of runners. I have become friends on social media with people across Canada and Ontario.

iRun: Tell us what’s your favourite part of the course?
David Daze: I really enjoy the homestretch, from Pretoria Bridge in. The crowds are super there and even by the Governor General’s residence, hearing the crowd really galvanizes you. Once you are over the bridge it’s 2 K left and because of the way the race is split over the canal, you can hear the finish line where people are being called out that gets you through to the finish.

iRun: As a teacher you’ve been involved with training children for the Kid’s Marathon. Why do you think the kids marathon is so important?
David Daze: I love that it’s just for kids and there are about 100 children that run every year. In training they compile 41.1KM and then they run 1.1 kilometre on Sunday. If you do any type of physical activity from swimming to cycling it counts towards the kilometers completed too which is a great way to encourage children to be active. And the medal for the kids marathon is almost an identical medal to the marathoners.

iRun: How do you keep yourself challenged when you’ve run this course a few times?

David Daze: For this year, I’m doing something different. Its 150 Canada, I’m 56 and I’m retiring this year, so I’m also doing the Lumberjack challenge. That means, I’m running the 2K, 5K, and 10K and then on Sunday I’m running the marathon. I’ve never done this before. Every other Saturday for the past 17 years, I make sure I’m resting, so this year it’ll be a little different.

iRun: Where should you celebrate after you cross the line?

David Daze: Get onto Elgin Street, lots of places. I have a running joke with my wife, I park at the south end of Elgin, when you get your medal you have to walk a few blocks and it’s great because you get a chance to see people and be congratulated.

 

150 Runners – Fabrice Paquet

May 22nd, 2017

Fabrice Paquet

40, Sacré-Coeur

Fabrice Paquet

Reaching another level is not easy; with help, effort, sacrifice and motivation, it can be done. There are moments of joy, but also solitude. I do it for me, to prove myself, and because endurance sport is my outlet.

150 Runners – Cynthia Sperry

May 22nd, 2017

Cynthia Sperry

39, Airdrie

Cynthia Sperry

I run for the sense of pride when I push myself beyond my limits. To show myself that no matter what, anything is possible if you just put one foot in front of the other. Running brought me connections with new and old friends and even my sister and I are closer for it.

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