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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

Team of 18 Women Are in Pursuit of the Fastest Known Time on Ontario’s Bruce Trail

June 27th, 2016

Some are ultra marathoners, some are 10K road racers, and all 18 are women who together will take on the challenging 800 kilometre distance along Ontario’s Bruce Trail. With less than a week to go we connected with one of the 18 members of Wild Bruce Chase, Natalie Wright for more on this epic all-female pursuit of the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on Ontario’s longest and oldest trail.

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iRun: Tell us about Wild Bruce Chase.

Natalie Wright: We’re beginning Friday morning, on Canada Day starting at 5am in Tobermory with the 18 of us. It’s a trail relay, so the distances we’re all running vary from 7 kilometres to 25 kilometres and we’ll run continuously for 24-hours with the goal of ending in Niagara Falls in four days. The Fastest Known Time (FTK) for a group of women was set earlier this year at five days, 17 hours and 56 minutes and we’re aiming to beat it.

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iRun: Tell mehow did this group come together?

NW: Erin Dasher, the race director for 5 Peaks Trail Running Series contacted me, and the other women who may be interested in doing this. We’re a group of strong, competitive women who compete in races so this is a challenge that would really appeal to all of us.

iRun: Tell me about your running. 

NW: In high school, I was a 100- and 200-metre sprinter and I liked that burst of energy. I live in Muskoka, so when I got a dog it was fun to run with her here on the trails. Then I ended up getting injured and the ground on the trials was softer for running, and so my focus really became on the trails.

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iRun: How is the trail running experience different, in particular when it’s a relay?

NW: There’s something about being on the trails that makes me wonder why everyone wouldn’t want to do this. There’s so much great scenery, plus the fresh air and on days when it’s hot, and your sweaty, you fin a lake and jump in. A number of these women all live in the city, so with trail running, you don’t have to deal with people on the sidewalks, the noise and traffic on the roads. This is also a group of women getting together, having a challenge in front of them and succeeding at 894 kilometres!

iRun: What are you looking forward to with this experience?

NW: For me, I’ve done short night runs on the trails and it’s a really different sensations. You hear things you normally wouldn’t hear. Really we’re just a group of women with this one goal in mind, and I think there’s often a lot of misconceptions among when when it comes to fitness and leading an active lifestyle.  Sometimes simply talking about your goals can send a message to other women, especially when it’s something of this magnitude.

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iRun: Why would you suggest that other women challenge themselves more when it comes to fitness?

NW: Whatever goal you set, there is a great sense of accomplishment. It doesn’t have to be a huge goal to have an impact on your life and there’s no greater feeling. With running it really, you just have to want to do it, all you need are some shoes. Often I think women feel like they have to be fit, or look a certain way before they start running but it doesn’t matter your ability. I think we really need to support women overall, more in this way.

Follow the women of the Wild Bruce Chase on Instagram  or Twitter in pursuit of the Fastest Known Time (FKT) running Ontario’s Bruce Trail. 

 

 

Canadian Olympians bring it at the Toronto Waterfront 10K

June 25th, 2016

Heading to 2016 Rio Olympics later this summer, Canada’s marathoners put themselves to the test and got a boost of confidence with the temperatures quickly rising at the Toronto Waterfront 10. The newest addition to the Canada Running Series race lineup, the inaugural event attracted some 6,000 runners.

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In the men’s field, Speed River Track Club’s Eric Gillis lead the pack from the start wrapping up the first 5K in 14:44, with his training partner Reid Coolsaet hanging on, crossing the line a mere two seconds behind Gillis who finished at 29:23. Also from Speed River, Tristin Woodfine is certainly one to watch as he held his own rounding out the top three at 29:54.

pushed the pace from the start leading a pack of five through the first 5km in 14:44 but only his fellow Olympian and Speed River Track Club partner, Reid Coolsaet could hang on. As the temperature soared into the mid 20’s Celsius it was Gillis crossing the line first in 29:23, with Coolsaet just two seconds behind.

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Despite not having a time goal in mind, Krista DuChene took the the lead over Vancouver’s Dayna Pidhoresky at the 8 kilometre mark, widening the gap and finishing at 33:50. Feeling comfortable in the first half of the race, Pidhoreskey, admitted she lost her focus and was never able to regain concentration crossing the line at 34:01, while Cleo Boyd finished a strong third in 34:09.

Following the race Toronto Mayor John Tory, MP Peter Fonseca, who ran for Canada in the 1996 Olympic marathon, and Ms. Ana Lelia Beninca Beltrame the Consul General of Brazil paid tribute to the Rio bound trio.

 

New gear alert: WINNERS x Olympian Sarah Wells  

June 24th, 2016

Believe.

As runners, we all know how tough that mental game can be. For me, in nearly every marathon I’ve run, it’s at the 34k mark that I really need to work hard to push past those nagging thoughts that there’s not a chance I can run another 8.2k to get to the finish line.

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So I think it’s fair to say the word “believe” probably means a lot to many athletes. Believing in our training and in ourselves that we can do what we may sometimes think and feel is impossible.

The word is also a key component of the new line from WINNERS created in partnership with Canadian Olympic hurdler Sarah Wells. Now in stores, the collection features a mix of solids (black and some bright pops of colour) and eye-catching graphics—these shorts and sports bra are two of my fave pieces in the line. Woven into the various pieces is the word “believe” and Well also has it tattooed on her wrist. She got the tattoo to remind herself that she could make it, after experiencing a stress fracture in her left femur, which sidelined her for nine months in 2011. Despite the injury, and with only eight months until the London Games, Well was able to persevere to run the Olympic standard, win the Canadian championships and was named to the 2012 Canadian Olympic team.

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Wells soon takes on the Olympic stage again in Rio this summer, and we’ll be watching and rooting, and, yes, believing!

Karen Kwan is a regular iRun fashion and travel contributor, and you’ll find her running fashion posts every Friday on Instagram. She contributes to a number of publications and you can also follow her travel and running adventures at Health & Swellness.

Lanni Marchant’s Mother Speaks Out

June 24th, 2016

Despite qualifying for both the 10,000 metres and marathon, Lanni Marchant will only be representing Canada in 10,000 metres at the Rio Olympics. Here’s how her mom encourages her daughter to dig deep, stay focus and keep on making history.

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Dear Canada,

This letter speaks about my daughter , Lanni Marchant.

May I take a moment to say, that all of the Marchant children are great. They grew up with a mom and dad, but sometimes, mostly a mom.

No regrets , no blame. Just love  and finally, understanding .

Even with adversities and tightened belts, they grew up free. Free to work hard, laugh, love, and finally to fight .

Fight for a place, fight for strength, fight to get better, and fight to never give up.

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Lanni, as your siblings know: Never give up. And, now, in this moment that you will never forget, the first week of June 2016. You won the 10k National Championship title in Ottawa, yet again. You then stepped off of that finish line, in tremendous scorching heat, and proceeded with a 46 hour simulation for the Marathon.

Ice baths, (your sisters helped you with that, remember?) physio, carb loading, three to five pound weight gain in preparation for the 30k simulation at Marathon pace. You did it all. Your pacer dropped off at 8k, and yet a friend came along on a bicycle to pace you and give you fluids.  Once again in the tremendous heat, you killed it!

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Your plan to prove your fitness and ability to double in the 10k and the Marathon, to proudly represent our country of Canada, and you killed it!

I was so proud of you, your siblings, your family of friends and the whole running community, we were so proud of you!

Then two days later, your dreams were dashed with one phone call.

At that moment , you made a decision to fight for what is right.

The moment of that phone call, and what has transpired since, will indeed put you in the history books.

No matter what transpires on July 11, 2016, you will make sport history .

For Canada , for women, and for long distance runners, across the country.

The books will read

She fought: Not once, but twice.

For the right to represent and run the Marathon for her country.

Fastest Female in the Marathon, in the History of our Country.

#letlannirun #youdontknowlanni #letlannirepresent

Either way, my little girl, you will be in the history books. I love you.

#makeourhistoryright #bethevoice #marathon #women #wehavetheright #believe #nevergiveup #righttorepresent #marchantsforwardmarch

Proudly Lanni’s Mom,

Mary Lou Marchant

Scotiabank raises $50-million for charity through the Charity Challenge

June 24th, 2016

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Scotiabank has been working with races across the country since 2003, and has surpassed $50-million through their six races to support leading charities. These races are Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal, Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax, Tamarack Ottawa Marathon, Scotiabank Calgary, Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon and 5K, and the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

The $50-million has been reached thus far, and will increase with donations at their races this fall.

“We launched the Scotiabank Charity Challenge in response to runners who told us that they wanted to make their race more meaningful,” said Jacquie Ryan, Vice President, Sponsorships at Scotiabank. “It has been an honour to witness the commitment and dedication of all participants – both on the course and off – as we have grown this fundraising program together.”

Charities and running have a long, storied history, with races in the US earning as much as a US$1.2-billion in 2012 alone, according to a report in Runner’s World. It’s a theme that we’ve hammered home in many issues, including this one dedicated entirely to charities and charity runners, and our current issue—which pays tributes to the everyday runners supporting our sport.

“If you’re not running for something, you’re just chasing the wind,” said Wesley Korir, the Boston Marathon winner who went on to serve Parliament in his native Kenya. Scotiabank has helped many runners give their races meaning. We applaud them for their efforts and congratulate them on reaching $50-million. Let’s get it to $100-million for next year.

To find a charity supported by the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, click here.

Life in the Fast Lane with Saucony

June 23rd, 2016

The other day Saucony held an event in downtown Toronto to demo their Ride 9 and offer some media types the chance to try on their summer gear. I was very, very impressed. Much like the waves New Balance has made in terms of updating their look—it’s one thing to be a cult favourite and something else entirely to conquer the more popular middle ground of sportswear—Saucony has updated their sartorial game and now makes clothing that could be confused at first glance with Lululemon.

(Indeed, after the event was finished and I’d run all over town, I then wore my Saucony outfit to my wife’s beach volleyball game where young movers and shakers sport the latest and greatest in hip activewear and tattoos. In my black-on-black-on-black ensemble, a la Karen Kwan, I fit right in).

Now, about those Ride 9’s. They’re light, well arched, good toe support and a nice, quick neutral marathon training shoe. The “ride,” no pun intended, is smooth and fast and it has the right amount of heel support that a heel-striking barbarian like myself needs on a long run. In fact, my old friend Lindsay Scott from the Runner’s Academy was in attendance to help curious, would-be runners work on their gait. Brace yourself—this is what I look like on a treadmill:

In conclusion, both the Ride 9 and the summer clothing from Saucony are both stellar. Neither reinvents a wheel that needs no reinventing, but rather make smart, subtle updates on products that both elite runners and normal human beings both need.

Now I know what I’ll wear on Saturday’s Toronto Waterfront 10.

 

When to Tough Out a Race, or DNS or DNF Instead

June 20th, 2016

A few weeks ago, JP Bedard wrote about the issue of DNF (Did Not Finish) which resonates with a lot with runners. This week, he writes about something that has become rather timely in his life—DNS (Did Not Start).

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The stress, and the feelings of inadequacy that comes along with not being able to finish something that we set out to do can be overwhelming. Many of you shared your own experiences with having to drop out of a race, but I should also point out that although difficult at the time, most of you seem to think it was an important part in the growing pains of becoming a more well-rounded athlete. As someone who spends a lot of time on social media, I’m usually quite open about my upcoming races and events, always quick to post pictures and updates right after my races.

As many of you know, I am currently training for a quadruple Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon later this fall. That’s 168.8 km in one day. Whenever you prepare for an endurance event such as this, it’s always a difficult process trying to strike a balance between getting in the right number of long and taxing training runs, while trying not to tip the balance into overtraining and potential injury. This past weekend I had planned to run the 100km race at the Niagara Ultra Marathon held in picturesque Niagara on the Lake. As race day drew near, I began to get more concerned about the forecast for brutally hot conditions on race day.

I was also aware that there were quite a few people who were expecting to touch base with me out in Niagara on that day, not to mention, I always like to support this race put on by two of my close friends Di and Henri. For those of you who haven’t done this race before, I highly recommend it. The beautiful course follows the Niagara River Trail, with the turnaround at the majestic Falls.

One of the most important pieces of advice I’ve received over the years came from a friend of mine who has had a long, relatively injury-free running career. His philosophy has always been, “If you are not going to win the race, you might as well enjoy every moment of the preparation for the event and your time on the course the day of the race. And the only way to do that is to listen to your body, and be prepared to step back when it requires extra care and attention.” Going into the race this past weekend, I had been battling chronic anemia, something that has visited me on and off over the past four to five years. When I saw that the temperature on race day was expected to be in the mid 30s, I knew that my body would not respond well to those extreme conditions—and so, with somewhat of a heavy heart, I made the decision not to race the 100km on Saturday.

On its own, this is not that unusual a story for runners. But I wanted to point out how I have matured as a runner when it comes to dealing with ups and downs like this. There was a time not too long ago, when I would have buried my head, engaged in a two-day pity parade, and avoided social media at all costs—Who wants to see all the finishing pictures and pre-race selfies of the runners who decided to go to the race!   But that is exactly what I did not do!

I’ve grown to realize if I want to have longevity in my running career, it’s important to feel part of a community, and that means supporting others even when I can’t run. So that’s what I did. On Saturday I messaged my friends down at the race to wish them luck and then tracked their progress throughout the day on social media. The surest antidote to avoiding the plague known as the pity parade, is to turn your attention toward someone else, someone who is facing his or her own battle, joy, or adversity.

The other thing I did on Saturday was to enjoy my time with my wife, Mary-Anne. Initially, she was planning on getting up at 3 AM on race morning, and driving out to the start of the Niagara 100km race. She was also planning on waiting around for 9 or 10 hours while I ran just so she could drive me home safely after the race. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, there is no way I would be able to do what I do were it not for the incredible support of my wife, who I affectionately call the world’s best running Sherpa!

My weekend didn’t work out the way that my schedule had planned, but it worked out the way my body needed it to. I spent Saturday morning enjoying the warm weather, and that included going out for brunch with my lovely wife. And as far as training is concerned, I set my alarm for 4 AM Sunday morning, and got in a 60km training run. So what’s the lesson in all of this? Don’t treat yourself too seriously… Always keep the big picture in mind. And when in doubt, reach out to those in your community who always look to your support.

Send your advice and questions to JP runjprun@gmail.com. Want more tips, tricks and practical advice from JP Bedard? Check out his previous posts with questions from elite and everyday athletes.

Half Marathons for Mental Health

June 17th, 2016

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iRun: Jacob, tell us about your quest.

A) We’re doing a campaign called Run to Wellness. I’ll run 10 half marathons in 10 Canadian cities over the span of a month in support of Mental Health awareness and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). I’m someone who lives with depression and anxiety and was in a bad place last year but over a year now, I’ve found that running was something that could keep my mental health in check and give me balance—at first accomplishing small feats and now taking on a huge physical challenge.

iRun: And how much money do you think you will raise?

A) We already raised $8,000 to cover the project cost and now we kicked things off, we ran the first stop of the journey in Toronto and flew to Vancouver yesterday and are excited to get it going tomorrow. All of our fundraising now, from social media to the partnerships we’re fostering to the media we’re producing, is directed at raising money for CAMH, but we don’t want to focus solely on the numbers—we want to change the narrative around mental health. We want to connect with people who are uncomfortable talking about mental health in an uplifting and positive way.

iRun: Tell me about your running.

A) Half marathons are something I’ve done several of. I very rarely compete in actual races, it’s really the community around running that I enjoy. I’ve never done ten of them in a month, though, so we’re going to see how that goes.

iRun: Have you always run?

A) I was never a runner before I started using it as my main strategy with dealing with my mental health. I drew from not being able to do a 5K to running a half marathon in the span of a little over a year and it’s so inspiring. I just turned 26.

iRun: How is the Westin involved?

A) They came on early in the campaign and from the start have been an outstanding partner and not only in providing accommodation, but are big time advocates for mental and physical health and their run concierge program is great — it gets guests from the hotel and community out running.

iRun: What is the run concierge program?

A) Something they do at their properties around the world. It’s an opportunity for guests to borrow shoes and get run maps and run with a special “run concierge” and keep up their routine on the road and see the city from a different perspective. Guests love it.

iRun: Where are you going to be running half marathons? 

A) We started in Toronto, then Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Niagara Falls and Kitchener Waterloo, my home town.

iRun: Jacob, lastly, what words of inspiration would you like to share with the running community?

A) It can be difficult to make the decision to lace up your shoes, but it’s something that’s saved my life and made it better all around.

iRun Magazine Print Issue Availability

June 17th, 2016

Looking for that old-fashion feeling of flipping through a paper magazine. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here you’ll find a list of locations carrying our latest iRun Magazine issues. Stop by your local store and pick up a FREE copy today hot off the press!

Remember, if you would like your local running shop to carry iRun, let them or us know. We’ll make it happen!

If you do prefer reading the digital issue, our magazine will always be available, here.

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Running Free
708 Denison Street
Markham, Ontario
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Runner’s Den Ltd.
860 King Street
West Hamilton, Ontario
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Sport X
11 Chambers Street
Smith Falls, Ontario
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The Running Link
160 Armstrong Street
New Liskeard, Ontario
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The Running Works
89 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario
N1H 4H6

Bushtuka
230 Richmond Road
Ottawa, Ontario
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Black Toe Running
95 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario
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The Running Factory
5480 Wyandotte St E,
Windsor, Ontario
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Runner’s Choice
56 Brock Street
Kingston, Ontario
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The North Face
151 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario
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Salomon
10 Aggie Hogg Gardens
Toronto, Ontario
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West Coast

Forerunners
3504 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Frontrunners
1200 Vancouver Street
Victoria, British Columbia
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Peach City Runners
214 Main Street
Penticton, British Columbia
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Prairies

Gord’s Running Store
919 Centre St NW
Calgary, Alberta
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City Park Runners
2091 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Strides
3558 Garrison Street, SW
Calgary, Alberta
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Running Tech
2424 4th Street
Calgary, Alberta
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Calgary Marathon
296, Station M
Calgary, Alberta
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MEC – Calgary
830 10 Ave SW,
Calgary, Alberta
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East Coast

Bay of Fundy Marathon
1977 Rte. 774
Wilson’s Beach, New Brunswick
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5 Minutes with Lolë design director and half-marathoner Andy Thê-Anh

June 17th, 2016

At every Lolë preview, design director Andy Thê-Anh and I catch up about our past season of running. This week, at the FW16 preview, I took the opportunity to talk to Thê-Anh (who’s been with Lolë since 2011) a little more about his love of running. FullSizeRender

His preferred distance is the half-marathon, which he typically races three times a year (in Lachine, Oka, and the Montreal Rock n Roll Half-marathon). “The whole 42.2, it’s too much for me, so much training,” he says of the marathon distance. He’d love to race the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-marathon, he tells me, but every year he has sales meetings that conflict with the fall race.

By Karen Kwan

When did you start running?
In 2011. I started slowly and never thought I could run. The first 20 minutes was hell! But after that I was able to pick it up, from 5k to 10k to 21.

What do you love about running?
I think it’s relaxing. When I have a stressful day, I leave the office and I go for a run; it’s helped me a lot. I’m not a person who breathes nicely, so running helps me do that because you have to breathe, make your breathing slow and regular.

Is there a design element you are particularly proud of in your designs for the Lolë running gear?
Every season I’m more a concept guy, the overall look; yes, I pay attention to detail and think about “what is this for? How this going to will this cut emphasize the body?” But it’s not about, “I have to put this on every item because it’s my trademark.”

You design women’s fitness gear, but for men’s gear, is there something you wish for in your workout clothes?
The big brands are stepping it up, printed leggings for men, for example. They’re catching up on the style side, in a masculine way, toned down colours, for example. We are in looking at starting a men’s collection, I can’t say when yet as it’s still in discussion.”

Karen Kwan is a regular iRun fashion and travel contributor, and you’ll find her running fashion posts every Friday on Instagram. She contributes to a number of publications and you can also follow her travel and running adventures at Health & Swellness.

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