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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 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 iEat Sherry Maligaspe , British Columbia

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

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

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 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

Photo Galleries

2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

More than 25,000 elite and everyday runners from over 60 countries took part in the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. The event saw a number of new Canadian records established, notably the Canadian Women's Marathon record, by Lanni Marchant with a time of 2:28:00 and Krista DuChene with 2:28:32. Ed Whitlock also broke the single age record of 3:41:58 at 82. Photos by Sandra Laurin

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2013 Canada Army Run

It was another record-breaking year as over 22,000 runners took to the streets of Ottawa for the sixth annual Canada Army Run. Photos by Justin Van Leeuwen

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2013 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend Marathon and Half Marathon

Terrific weather and thousands of cheering fans greeted the almost-20,000 runners in the half marathon, marathon, and Y Kids' Marathon on Sunday morning. Photos by Justin Van Leeuwen

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2013 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2K/5K/10K

Over 24,000 runners were registered for the 2K, 5K and 10K events on Saturday, and countless spectators lined the course. Photos by Ian Murchison

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2013 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend TORCH RELAY

The Marathon Flame is lit every November, one day before the Athens Classic Marathon, during a special ritual in the birthplace of the marathon race. This year, Ottawa was proud to host the Marathon Flame in a torch relay to kick off Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Photos by Ted Simpson

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2013 Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon

Photos by Layton Reid

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2013 GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon

Photos by Jonathan Dubsky

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2013 Spring Style Guide

Don the bright colours of spring and get to the start (and finish) line for every 5K, half marathon or trail race on your calendar. Photos by Ian Murchison; text by Diane Hart

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iRun for moments like these: 2012 in photos

In no particular order, here are 18 moments from 2012 that made us smile.

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10 Unique Medals

Story by Jeremy Power Photos by Justin Van Leeuwen How do you decide which marathons you will run each year? With over 65 marathons held in Canada, choosing your next one can be a daunting task. The right race depends on what type of marathoner you are: First time marathoners can rest assured their day will be memorable, no matter which event they choose. Time chasing marathoners, who are targeting a new personal best or the elusive Boston Qualifying time, want their races to be flat and fast. Landscape loving marathoners look for scenic courses, and they don’t mind running up a hill as long as there is an amazing view at the top. Finally, there are the Bling marathoners who are always searching for the next amazing medal to add to their collection. With the Bling marathoners in mind, we searched the country looking for Canada’s Top Ten Marathon medals. We found medals that spin, a medal made of rock, and even a medal that lights up. Prepare to fill your calendar with race dates as we present ten of the country’s most unique medals. You may even wear one of these medals for your next night on the town.

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Put a cap on it and shrug off winter!

2012 Fall Style! Photos by Justin Van Leeuwen

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2012 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Photos by Ian Murchison

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2012 Canada Army Run

Photos by Nathan Kwok

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2012 Victoria Marathon

Photos by Lisa Georges

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2012 Manitoba Marathon

Photos by David Lipnowski

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2012 Ottawa 2K

Photos by Ian Murchison

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2012 Ottawa 5K

Photos by Ian Murchison

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2012 Ottawa 10K

Photos by Ian Murchison

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2012 Ottawa Half and Full Marathon

Photos by Ian Murchison

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2012 Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon

Photos by Ian Murchison

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Spring into Style

Spring 2012 iRun Style Guide photos by Justin Van Leeuwen

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Running Around for the Holidays

Photos of festive runs from across iRunNation!

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Runner Makeover 2011

You followed their transformation through their blogs, now see the "after" pictures of Chrystal Fuller, Brock Skywalker, and Aleks Spalvins! Photos by Ian Murchison (Toronto), Aaron McKenzie Fraser (Halifax), Mark Holleron (Ottawa)

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Ottawa Race Weekend 2011

Runners turned out in record numbers to brave heat, humidity, and rain on the way to victory at Ottawa Race Weekend, May 28-29, 2011. New routes for the 10K, half marathon and marathon took participants on a tour of many of the city's beautiful neighbourhoods. Photos by Mark Holleron

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Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon

There was no shortage of smiles as runners took to the streets once again for the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon, conquering those infamous hills. Photos by Aaron McKenzie Fraser

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First Place Fans

They stand outside for hours in harsh sun, cold rain, and wicked winds. They clap until their hands are numb, clang cowbells until their ears ring, and holler themselves hoarse for us. Where would we be without our fans? Photos by Ian Murchison (Toronto), Aaron McKenzie Fraser (Halifax), Zoomphoto.ca (Ottawa)

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Ottawa Race Weekend 2010 - Full and Half Marathon

The streets of the Nation's Capital came alive on May 29th and 30th for yet another Ottawa Race Weekend. Saturday evening saw one of the strongest Canadian 10K fields ever assembled duke it out along the Rideau Canal. A remarkable 39 runners broke 35:00, led by Lelisa Desisa's 28:08. Boston Marathon legend Dire Tune led the women with a 32:11. With just under 8500 finishers, the 10K was the third largest race in Ontario so far this year. The evenings 5K hosted another 7500 finishers, with nearly 2700 in the 2K as well.

Sunday's half marathon had 9757 finishers, led by Lawton Redman (1:10:11) and Karine Lefebvre (1:20:10). Japan's Arata Fujiwara captured the marathon championship with a 2:09:33, breaking from a tight 30km pack to break the tape. Ethiopia's Merima Mohammed (2:28:19) escaped countrywoman Radiya Adlo for the women's win.

Congratulations to all the racers - and the residents of the capital region as a whole - for again being part of one of North America's premier running festivals.

Photos by Victor Turco
www.victorturco.com

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Ottawa Race Weekend 2010 - Full and Half - part 2

Photos by Victor Turco
www.victorturco.com

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Ottawa Race Weekend 2010 - 10K

Photos by Victor Turco
www.victorturco.com

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Ottawa Race Weekend 2010 - 5K

Photos by Victor Turco
www.victorturco.com

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Scotiabank Blue Nose 2010

On May 23rd, Halifax once again played host to Atlantic Canada's largest running weekend. The hilly Bluenose Marathon's 294 finishers were led by Greg Wieczorek's 2:39:03 and Kinue Taga's 3:26:23. Over 1800 runners completed the half marathon, with another 2321 in the 10K and 1405 in the 5K.

Congratulations to everyone, and don't forget to print your customized finisher certificate at www.eventsonline.ca/fc/bluenose.html.

Photos by Aaron McKenzie Fraser
http://www.amfraser.com/

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Mississauga Marathon 2010

Despite warm conditions, the 2010 Mississauga Marathon course's net downhill billing lived up to the hype, yielding a men's median time of 3:59 and a women's median time of 4:28... both over 20 minutes below the North American average! Daniel Njenga moved up in more ways than one, going from third in last year's half marathon to first in this year's marathon.

Jhon Sanchez and Mary Davies both ran away and hid in the half marathon, each leading virtually the whole way. Equally impressive were Josephat Ongeri and Lucy Muhami in Saturday's 10K, breaking 30 minutes and 36 minutes respectively.

A cool new feature at Sportstats.ca is the ability to view both your race photos and your finishline video next to your race results. Check it out! Congratulations to all the weekend racers.

Photos by Sandra Laurin

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Winterman 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010
Photos by Ian Murchison

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Olympic Hopefuls Run to 2010

They shoot. They ski. They skate. They run. Dashing through the snow with our 2010 Winter Olympians.

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Faces at the Finish

Toronto-based photographer Sandra Laurin, captured these faces at the finish of Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

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What’s the best thing about training in the summer?

Karen Meelker asked runners at Hillside Beach, MB on Saturday, July 25th, 2009: What’s the best thing about training in the summer?

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Run Ottawa 2009

Ottawa photographer Ian Murchison arrived earl on the Sunday of Ottawa Race Weekend, capturing the set-up and warm-up of the big event.

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What inspired you to register for this women-only event?

Sonia Mendes asked the question of women runners at the Emilie Mondor Memorial 5k Race for Women Saturday, June 19, 2009.
Photos by Ian Murchison

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HSBC Calgary Marathon

From the Expo through the Race, photographer John Rajic captures the character of this new-dated long standing tradition.

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Mississauga Marathon 2009

Behind the Scenes at the Mississauga Marathon.
Photographed by Sandra Laurin.

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Impossible2Possible in Antarctica

For iRun Runner-in-Chief Ray Zahab, the next big challenge was to become the first person ever to travel on foot from Hercules Inlet, at the edge of Antarctica, to the South Pole. Zahab and fellow Canadian adventurers Kevin Vallely and Richard Weber, who journeyed on skis, completed the 1,100-kilometre unsupported expedition in a world-record time of 33 days, 23 hours and 55 minutes.
Photos courtesy of Ray Zahab

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