iRun magazine is a Canadian institution dedicated to spotlighting as many inspiring Canadian running stories as possible. We publish daily stories and produce beautiful covers and reach out to as many extraordinary people as we can, highlighting their adventures in running shoes. Krista DuChene is a columnist. The magazine is available at the Running Room. We’re owned by Sportstats!! And yet … we’re just not that big.
It’s a small operation and we’re based in Ottawa and Toronto and, well, this spring there’s two of us that want to go to the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, but there’s only the budget to send one. And oh, the Calgary Marathon is sweet. Canada’s longest running marathon, it’s got 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, 50K relay and 50K events, of which no other major Canadian race can boast. Plus it’s in Calgary, Alberta, and who doesn’t want to go there? There’s a great after-party, stuff for the kids, Jugo Juice all over and probably the coolest guy in running, Trevor Hofbauer, calls it his home race. (Trevor qualified for the Olympics in Toronto without wearing a watch). This is how much fun people there have:
So, yeah—the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is calling. But at iRun, only either Ben Kaplan or Sabrina Young will get the chance to answer the bell. Over the next few weeks, Ben and Sabrina will make their pitch to you—Sportstats and iRun readers—appealing to you directly to choose them to make the trip to YYC. As for the rest of you, it goes without saying: we think you should run Scotiabank Calgary. Go for the food, go for the fun, go for the adventure. But before you do, please vote for either Ben or Sabrina.
Tune in next week when Ben Kaplan uses his children to make a personal appeal.