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

iRun to inspire my children! Wendy Bowen, Manitoba

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

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

iRun because I canít dance Mario Javier, Ontario

iRun for meKiza Francis, Ottawa,ON

iRun because itís cheaper than therapy Leah Boulter, Alberta

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

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

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

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

iRun because food tastes better afterwards Patrick Houston, Alberta

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

iRun because I like buying running clothes Pamela Blaikie, Ontario

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

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

iRun to feel great Kathryn Rachar, Saskatchewan

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

iRun to my happy place and some days itís very Doreen May, Alberta

iRun because couch potatoes die young Cathy Andrew, Ontario

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

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

iRun for the individual pursuit Robert Pelletier, New Brunswick

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

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

iRun to eat Maureen Tritscher, Alberta

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

iRun for overall wellbeingTrish McCourt, Halifax, NS

iRun to someday win the race Lindy Dunlop, Yukon

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

iRun to inspire my kids to tryGlen Johnston, Nunavut

iRun all the livelong day Pierre Saint-Laurent, Quťbec

iRun slowly! Jason Hoffman, Manitoba

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

iRun because otherwise Iím grumpy Alexandre Charest, Quebec

iRun away from the abyss Charlene Thomas, Ontario

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

iRun because I liveGeorges Schneller, Laval, QC

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

iRun because iLoves my man Beverly Huang, Alberta

iRun to satisfy the irresistible urge Tim Nixon, British Columbia

iRun because it makes me whole Denis Ladouceur, Quebec

iRun because itís fun when itís done Sue Matte, Ontario

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

iRun because iEat Sherry Maligaspe, British Columbia

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

iRun because I love the solitude Janene Tailleur, British Columbia

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

iRun to stay ahead of the weight gainMyra Abstreiter, Alberta

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

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

iRun because itís better than almost everything else Nathan Carey, Ontario

iRun because it makes me feel powerful Sarah Kallaghan, Alberta

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

iRun therefore I amDuncan Walsh, Nottingham, UK

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

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

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

iRun because i love to Mirella Petriello, Ontario

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

iRun slowly!Jason Hoffman, Manitoba

iRun because there is no finish line Claire Kilgour, Ontario

iRun to kickstart my day Sharon Strueby, Saskatchewan

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

iRun to challenge my perceived limitations Cassandra Williams, Ontario

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 my heart tells me to William Martin, Manitoba

iRun but not enoughMichael Shaw, New Westminister, BC

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

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

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

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

iRun because endorphins are free Cassandra Chouinard, Ontario

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

iRun to unleash my inner athleteAdelle Densham, Avonmore, ON

iRun because running is like breathing to Stephanie McEvoy, Ontario

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

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

iRun because iEat Sherry Maligaspe, British Columbia

iRun to prove to them that iCan Catherine Smith, Manitoba

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

iRun because walking is too slow Barry Knapp, Ontario

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

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

iRun because it has saved my life John Marshall, Alberta

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

iRun because itís a great way to see the world Sherry Mahoney, British Columbia

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

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

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

iRun so I can eat ice cream Sandy Bolan, Ontario

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 because it sure beats the bus Robin Robbins, Alberta

iRun because itís like flying, only lower Glenn Johnson, Ontario

iRun at 50 years old because at 43 I couldnít Peter Cicalo, Ontario

iRun because couch potatoes die young Cathy Andrew, Ontario

iRun because I like buying running clothes Pamela Blaikie, Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

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

iRun for me! Judi Wearing, Saskatchewan

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

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

iRun for the fresh air and adrenalin Charlyn McGregor, Saskatchewan

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

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

iRun because somebody once told me I couldnít Heidi Abbey-Der, Saskatchewan

iRun so I donít say never ever again Linda Klaric, Manitoba

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

iRun because not everyone can Olivia Harvey, New Brunswick

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

iRun because endorphins are freeCassandra Chouinard, Ontario

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

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

iRun because Iíve lost 80 lbs and running has become fun Cheryl Kelly, Ontario

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Tracy Moore

iRun because it makes me feel strong

Tracy Moore says she became a runner out of necessity. The charismatic, energetic, multi-tasking host of the popular talk show CityLine (weekdays at 9:00 on Citytv) says she was a “gym fanatic” before she gave birth to her first child three years ago. She took exercise classes and worked out on the treadmill and elliptical trainer. But when her son was born, everything changed.

“I thought I could pack him into the stroller and go for my workout,” she says. “But I brought him to the gym and he had a total and complete meltdown.” The child care workers at the gym, Moore says, would have to interrupt her workout because her son was inconsolable.

“He would be screaming, with one sock on and one sock off, snot streaming out of his nose,” says Moore. “It was just too traumatic for me.” So, Moore became a runner. She started putting her son in a jogging stroller or getting up and running before anyone else in the house had woken up.

“That started my love of outdoor running,” she says. “I had been treadmill runner since about 2000. But there is something about running outdoors that is so liberating. You feel good because you’ve been outside and you’ve pounded pavement.”

Now a mother of two (she also has a one-year-old daughter), Moore says running has helped her lose weight and keep up with demands in a busy household. “In terms of weight loss after having two kids, there isn’t anything that’s going to shave off the pounds or burn off the fat as quickly as running,” she says. “And for fitness I find it really ups my energy. I live in a three-story house and going up and down those stairs with my kids in my arms, I need to be in shape.”

In a typical week, Moore runs five times, usually early in the morning, always alone and listening to music; her iPod has a mix of hip-hop and R&B. “I run by myself and I like it like that,” she says. “I don’t talk when I run. I just love doing something that’s all about myself. I think of it as really self-indulgent.”

“It’s mommy time. My son will say, ‘Mommy, you are sweaty, did you go for a run?’ And I say, ‘Yeah, I did. That was my time for me.’

“It’s just me and I can go through things in my mind or shut things off and listen to the music.”

When she travels, her running shoes are always in her suitcase. “It’s the absolute best way to get to know a city,” says Moore. “I’ve run in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Paris and in Kingston, Jamaica.

“Paris was by far my best running experience. We went there when my son was nine months old. He was a terrible sleeper, and there weren’t a lot of places to go when he was up early. So I would run up and down the Champs Elysees. It was an incredible experience.”

Moore has run two 5k races, the CIBC Run for the Cure and at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

“I decided to join the Run for the Cure a week before the race,” she says. “My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was the absolute least I could do at that moment.

“I was a little bit nervous, because I’d never done an organized race before. But it was filled with people who aren’t regular runners and just want to support the cause. That was a good vibe for me.”

Moore has plans to run a 10K, but no aspirations to train for a marathon, at least not yet.

“Maybe that will change five years from now,” she says, “but it’s not a goal right now.”
Beyond physical fitness, Moore says running has become central to her overall well-being. “In terms of mental health, running is it for me,” she says.“It’s become my release. I’m addicted now.

“All you need is running shoes and a sidewalk and off you go.”

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