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ARE YOU READY TO RUN OTTAWA?! THIS IS IT. CANADA’S BIGGEST MARATHON IN CANADA’S 150TH YEAR. It all starts on Thursday May 25th with the opening of the Health and Fitness Expo. And it doesn’t stop until Sunday afternoon with festivities on the Celebration Stage. We’re counting down to the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.
THE FESTIVITIES This is a weekend for celebrating finish lines crossed: first time races, personal bests, Boston Qualifiers and fundraising goals met.
THE EXPO Canada’s largest running expo runs from Thursday at 4 p.m. to Saturday afternoon. Pick up your Race Kit, see the latest gear, and soak up the atmosphere!
KICK-OFF CONCERT WITH CHANTAL KREVIAZUK SCOTIABANK CHARITY CHALLENGE SPARKS STREET PARTY LIVE MUSIC ON THE CELEBRATION STAGE Funding provided by the Government of Ontario
THE CITY Visit Inspiration Village, take a trip to Le Nordik, or join the crowds at the famous Great Glebe Garage Sale–there is so much to do before and after your race.
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The 150 people assembled here chose a variety of reasons: to feel free; to fight for their health; to set an example for their children. Of course, with this being Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary, the 150 number was easy to come up with. But we could’ve chosen 1,500 or 15,000 runners from the more than 6 million Canadians who run. Because every runner has a story. At some step, every runner fell in love. Although we lied about our 150. This issue is dedicated to Ed Whitlock, who died on March 13, 2017, and who broke more records than anyone else in the world. Ed was a runner in the truest sense: he always had time for a fellow runner; a smile on his face and a glint in his eye as he took off, resilient and humble, for his next starting line. We miss you, Ed. You’re our number 150—may even just a little bit of what you had wind up on the rest of us.
CELEBRATE 20 YEARS RUNNING
2015 Montreal’s Mayor Denis Coderre starts the 25th running of the marathon on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and high-fives participants as they cross the starting line.
The Montreal Marathon becomes the Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon & 1/2 Marathon and is announced as the second international Rock ‘n’ Roll event in the marathon series. The first Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal race weekend takes place in September 2012.
Canadian rock legends Our Lady Peace perform the headliner concert to a packed crowd.
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JODIE HUTCHINSON 34, TORONTO » I
was always the cheerleader at runs. I just decided one day: I can do this. I gave up the excuses in my head that someone over 300lbs couldn’t run or be accepted as a runner at the back of the pack. After all these years I continue to set goals and quietly crush them. It’s not my legs that get me across a finish line but my heart.
2 MARIE BODINE 49, Toronto » My story includes the wonderful team at RunTOBeer I run with here in Toronto. I appreciate the growing relationship between Toronto runners and Ontario Craft Brewers. I really want to set an example for younger people that fitness and clean living is enough and nobody needs to run to the cosmetic surgeon to look good and feel great about themselves.
6 ADAM CHAIM 42, Thornhill » As a 35-year-old athlete with heart disease and a tumour on my kidney, the doctors told me I would not live past the age of 40. I embraced a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle and started to run, and it changed my life. After a year, to my doctor’s amazement, my tumour shrunk and my arteries cleared up. I have completed marathons, two Ironman races, and a 50-mile trail run as a plant-based athlete.
8 DAYNA TALSMA 46, Bethany » When I was little, l was hit by a pickup truck. I had to learn to walk again and I was told by doctors that I would need to use a wheelchair. By the time I was in high school, I’d had 52 surgeries. I found that when I kept moving, my body hurt less. I took up running and never stopped. I currently try to run three or four half marathons a year because I can and it feels great every time I finish.
3 ALEXANDRE FAUCHER 37, Verdun » My story started after my heart got broken. I moved to a small island near the city, unpacked my stuff and jumped into my running shoes. This new love story is taking me to Boston this spring, and on a journey to do an Ironman. Anything is possible with the love running brings into my life every day.
9 TRACY SHOULDICE 53, Ottawa » I run to help others. I estimate that over the last six years, my fundraisingrunning teammates and I have raised over $120,000 for people who need a little help and support. And I’ve met many great friends along the way. I’m privileged and grateful to be able to run, and it makes me feel good to use running as a vehicle for giving back to the community.
10 JODIE-LEE 7 EVAN WALLMAN 29, Toronto » I made a promise to work on my mind and body 4 KAYLA HUNT 29, Ottawa » In August 2015 I was inspired to start a run crew. We call ourselves Ott City Run Club, and we have worked alongside RunOttawa and many others. In May, 24 of us will be heading to Niagara for the Ragnar Relay, to run over 300 kilometres. This crew has shown me what community is all about, and that the running community transcends the pathways and roads of Ottawa.
5 JP HERNANDEZ 41, Toronto » I run races dressed as Batman. In the spring of 2014, the Justice League Runners joined me, and together we raise funds for charities like the SickKids Foundation and Skylark Children.
every day and I will forever be the hero of my story. Running has given me incredible life experiences and friendships. I created a group called the Toronto Trail Runners this year, and now running is giving me a new sense of community.
PRIMEAU 33, Deep River » As a trial lawyer, I traded health for my career. When I discovered triathlon, I had to focus on my health in order to excel. Five years later, I have first-place medals under my belt, competed at Nationals and qualified to represent Canada at the World Championships in Rotterdam, 2017. Health and self-care give you an “edge” in sport and in life. I’m a better triathlete for it, and even better lawyer.
11 SUE SPENCE 47, Brantford » I was one of the featured runners in last year’s 100 Runners issue and I’m still running. I love it so much that I now teach others to run by holding free running clinics so that everyone has a chance to learn. Running has added so much to my life that I would like others to experience that happiness.
13 JOHN AND RYAN FARRELL 58 and 31, Ottawa » I run with my son Ryan, and we are both diabetic; we started when Ryan was first diagnosed in 2006. Ryan is Type 1 and insulin dependent. I treat my Type 2 with medication. Since joining Team Diabetes Canada we have become part of a caring community. So far, we’ve competed in more than 40 races. We can be seen in many Ottawa races wearing our distinctive Team D race singlets. We love to run!
14 SHANNON DOUBLEDAY 40, Kentville » Running has taught me to find peace in myself. This trickled into perhaps the most shocking realization. Over the first 8 years of my running journey I would often “run with” my husband; recently I have learned to “be with” my husband as we run together—to be present, aware, confident, and thankful.
12 JULIE PELLETIER 32, Montreal » I started running two years ago. I was going through a divorce and suffering from depression. Today I am strong and confident, in better shape than ever, enjoying every sunny day and heading for my first full 42K this April. Running got me through rough times and helped to avoid medication, but most of all, my two girls are proud of me.
SILVERSTONE 51, Toronto » I started running when I was 15, inspired by watching the ‘Rocky’ training montage. 35 years later, I rediscovered running and ran a halfmarathon in Arizona, an Xman, a Spartan Super and qualified for the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships at 50 years old. Why do I run? I know I can do better. Run faster, run longer. Bonus: good tunes and sgood scenery gets me outside.
16 PHIL TROYER 37, Grand Prairie » This year, I’m going to complete my first full marathon in Calgary at the end of May, while training for the 3-day Golden Ultra Marathon at the end of September. Without the group of runners at work, my running coach and nutritionist, these goals would truly be unattainable. Running appears to be a solo sport, but success is largely dependent on having a GREAT support team!!
17 SUE DUJMOVIC 33, Toronto » When I went back to work after maternity leave, I quickly realized
DUNLEAVEY 42, London » In 2011 I was diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer and told I would most likely not live the year. In spite of many setbacks, I started running in 2013, and ran my first marathon in 2015. Then I thought, why not try for Boston? I entered as a mobility-impaired athlete and ran last April with my friend Mike as my guide. Never lose hope, friends, cancer didn’t win!
how little time there is in a day. To prepare for my first marathon, I was either getting up at 4:45 a.m. or going out after the kids were asleep. I hated it at times and even thought about switching my entry to the half marathon instead. But I stuck with it, and with the support of my husband, finished in 4:00:17. Next up: sub-4 hours!
21 KEVIN MARCHMENT 40, Pembroke » Back in 2015, I ran my first half marathon. I felt
18 CAROLE LEVESQUE 53, Ottawa » This year I am checking off some must-do races and getting ready to run my first marathon in 2018 in Ottawa. After that, the plan is to run a half marathon in every Canadian province. I feel awesome. I am not a fast runner but I have endurance!
great and looked forward to a long love affair with distance running. But through it all I had a terrible secret. I was an alcoholic. Things began to spiral out of control, and I was admitted to hospital in September 2016. I had lost a significant amount of muscle mass and had to use a walker, and later a cane. I entered a treatment facility later that month. One day in treatment I looked at a picture of myself from one of my races and didn’t recognize that strong runner I saw anymore. I made a commitment that day that running was going to be a major part of my recovery plan. While I’m nowhere near to 21.1K (yet) I’m back running, and have 6 months of sobriety under my belt. One day at a time, one kilometre at a time.
19 CHRISTOPHER VAUTOUR 47, Guelph » While out on an early morning run in Tanzania, where I was volunteering for Right to Play, I was joined by a multitude of children on their way to school. It reminded me of the simplicity of the act of running, as well as the joy it brings. When I run races, I run for underprivileged children around the world.
20 PATRICIA HOOBIN 70,Kingston » I got started in running over 30 years ago after the turmoil and stress of undergoing a double mastectomy. I needed an outlet and running became that outlet; it literally saved my life. I run because it gives me my “joie de vivre.”
24 ANTHONY HUNTER 29, Montreal » I started running with my girlfriend. We thought running our first 10K race was a big accomplishment! Five years later, we’re married and still running together. We run because we love it, and what motivates us is each other. We are currently training for our first marathon in Toronto and we’ll cross the finish line together. I couldn’t imagine running with anyone else.
25 IAN CALLAN 47, Cornwall » Ian is an elementary phys-ed teacher with a giant heart. In 2015, he ran 100 kilometres from the Longue Sault Public School, where he teaches, to the Terry Fox statue in Ottawa to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation. This past fall he coordinated a longer route to the statue and raised a tremendous amount of money for the foundation. But he’s not finished yet! Ian is spearheading a group project for Canada’s 150th! Plans are still in the works. I’m sure it will be amazing. Submitted by Kathleen Hay.
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JULIE GAGNON 38, Ottawa » Being a healthy mother and a good example to my kids is a priority for me. I want to run fast, but I’ve discovered that the key to success as a runner with Crohn’s disease is not getting caught up in the speed of the races, but rather challenging myself on completing longer distances, such as the Dopey Challenge my husband and I completed in January of this year.
DEARLOVE 51,Mississauga » Last year I ran 163 kilometres from Mississauga to Buffalo in four days and ran the Buffalo marathon. Now I’m in training to run the 97 kilometres from Mississauga to Waterloo in one day and run the Waterloo marathon. So far I’ve raised over $113,000 for Ratanak International and their programs that bring healing to young Cambodian women rescued from trafficking.
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31 CLAUDIA TABOADA 48, Beaconsfield » My oldest son, Nicolas, is on the autism
27 HAROLD FUDGE 40, Ottawa » I started running in early 2015 to get fit, enjoy something that got me outside year-round, and to develop a hobby that challenged me to do better. Running has given me a sense of place, purpose, and happiness. I’ve joined clubs, made friends, and run in races that only a short time ago seemed like a thing other people did.
spectrum and he is my main motivation for training and running marathons. I find that training for a marathon is a metaphor for parenting a special needs child. It takes patience, dedication, resilience, perseverance… because at the beginning of the journey when the diagnosis hits you in the face you are SO overwhelmed that you just feel like giving up—but you don’t. I run races in honour of Nicolas and to bring awareness to the plight of all special needs parents.
33 SAM BUCKLEY 20, Halifax » Historians will agree, my inaugural run more closely resembled an interpretive dance. It was the most grueling, exasperating, seemingly unending mile of my life. I began to suspect running was just a scheme to sell spandex. This sport is a true test of mental and physical endurance, a trial I’ll admit has brought me to tears! Nevertheless, it’s incredibly rewarding. I couldn’t be more grateful for those that brought me into the fold.
34 ALLEN CHRISTOFFERSEN 51, Winchester » As a father of four, I run to set an example for my children. I tell them “exercise is the catalyst to eating healthy.” By having these two ingredients in their life, it will give them balance. In addition, running will allow me to live my life as long as I can with my beautiful wife.
28 SYLVIE MICHAUD 56, Laval » At 40 years old, I smoked, drank wine almost every night, ate way too much, suffered from chronic pain, had high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. I started running a minute at a time, and in 2015, at the age of 54, I ran the Boston marathon in 3:40:14! I made a miracle happen by working hard and never giving up.
29 NATASHA LEWIS 38, Ottawa » I was a new mom when I started running six years ago on an island called Trinidad and Tobago. We had a Savanah near our home surrounded by coconut trees and hot weather. What a great start! After two more babies, in January 2016 I committed myself to do a half marathon in September, 2016 and to lose 80 pounds in one year. I felt on top of the world!
30 RON LARIVIERE 66, Hamilton » Having been a runner for 40 years, I am running low on things to add to my bucket list. Check: 1500m track, trail 100 miler, Boston, even a race on my wedding day with my then wife-to-be. I am still hoping to run faster Beer Miles. All of this has been possible thanks to my job as a letter carrier for over 30 years.
32 TERRY REA 33, Ottawa » Running gets into your blood. It pushes you to be better. Running is my escape, my time to breathe. I am now a 33-year-old father of three and I ran a BQ of 3:04 in my fourth marathon. My kids talk about running and sign up for races now too. I AM A RUNNER. I am proud to say it!
35 SOLE SISTERS 50s and 60s, Pickering » It is not often you meet 5 other women in your late 40s that you instantly bond with. One common friend realized that we all loved to run suggested a “meet up” at our local trail—the rest is history. We run, laugh, and cry together. We are now in our 50s and 60s and it seems life can only get more special and exciting when you share it with friends.
36 NANCY GIRARD 36, Gatineau » After being paralyzed to my bed for almost half a year and feeling hopeless, my acupuncturist looked at me and said that I will recover one day and that I will be running a marathon. Well, here I am five years later running half marathons and training for a marathon. Running is essential in my life. Never give up!
38 JON YOUNG 62, Elliot Lake » Running has given me a healthy, bonding activity that I can do with my family. Recently, my wife and I competed in the Canadian National Snowshoe Championships. I felt like a kid again, racing down the Niagara Escarpment! As a retired teacher, I now help coach our high school cross-country team— something I never imagined doing while teaching in a classroom for 37 years!
39 SUSAN HARVEY 68, Calgary » I first started running in the early 1970s, then got away from it because there never seemed to be enough time. Then a dear friend died from breast cancer. My daughter and I thought we would run the next Run for the Cure in her memory. That was in 2003. Now I feel like I am in withdrawal if I can’t get out for a run.
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37 WENDI MOORE 49, Calgary » When I was 44, I decided to enter a race I’d driven my husband to one day, and with absolutely no proper gear other than a half-decent pair of running shoes, I took on the 5K. I finished in 49 minutes and thought I was going to pass out. Since then, I’ve completed multiple races of all distances and am training to finish two 50K ultras—one on the road and one on the trails— before I turn 50 this year.
66, Ottawa » When I ran cross-country in high school, most of the people I run with now weren’t even born. My first race after high school was almost exactly 40 years later, in 2007. How things had changed! Running is no longer a young person’s sport; there were high-schoolers, parents, and some other greying retirees. In May, I will be running my 17th marathon, and my three teenaged granddaughters will run shorter distances. Oh, it’s a great life!
41 JOHN TEGANO 55, Ottawa » It started in 2005 when l lost a sister to a heart attack. I saw my doctor, and he told me to eat healthy and walk 10 minutes a day. I chose to run instead. Once around the block—huffing and puffing. Since then I have qualified for Boston 12 times, New York once…and I no longer have high cholesterol.
BY THE NUMBERS 68% PERCENTAGE OF THE 150 RUNNERS THAT ARE FEMALE / 44.083 AVERAGE AGE OF THE GROUP / 2 NUMBER OF 150 RUNNERS WHO CLOCK IN AT 70 YEARS OLD / 13 YOUNGEST PERSON TO APPEAR ON OUR LIST / 16 NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO RUN FOR THEIR KIDS / 3 NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO RUN FOR THEIR GRANDKIDS / 1 NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO STARTED RUNNING AT THE BEHEST OF THEIR MOTHERIN-LAW / 26 NUMBER OF YEARS JOHN MOE SMOKED, BEFORE RUNNING / 0 NUMBER OF CIGARETTES JOHN HAS SMOKED SINCE / 2:46 AT 44, TIME THAT JOHN COMPLETED HIS FIRST POST-CIGARETTE MARATHON IN / 8 NUMBER OF CANCER SURVIVORS ON OUR 150 RUNNER LIST THAT ARE STILL RUNNING / 465 HOW MUCH, IN POUNDS, STEPHEN LAST WEIGHED FIVE YEARS AGO, BEFORE RUNNING / 250 WHAT STEPHEN WEIGHS NOW / 11 NUMBER OF RUNNERS WHO USE RACES TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY / $536,000 COMBINED AMOUNT THAT JUST FIVE OF THEM HAS RAISED / 1.1 TIME, IN SECONDS, DAVID FREAKE CAME WITHIN WINNING LAST YEAR’S GOODLIFE FITNESS TORONTO HALF MARATHON / 1 PLACE FREAKE FINISHED IN HIS NEXT HALF MARATHON, ON FOGO ISLAND, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR / 61 AGE OF LEE ANNE COHEN WHEN SHE BROKE CANADA’S 100-MILE RECORD FOR HER AGE CATEGORY / 42 COHEN’S AGE WHEN SHE STARTED TO RUN / 150 IF ALL GOES WELL, NUMBER OF MARATHONS WENDELL LAFAVE WILL HAVE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, IN HONOUR OF CANADA’S BIRTHDAY.
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42 COLLEEN MAHONEY 22, Ottawa » Running is a vital tool in combating my generalized anxiety disorder, proving to myself that the lies my anxiety tells me day after day aren’t true. It has become a way for me to build myself back up when my mind tries to tear me down. Crossing that finish line means so much more than just another race finished; that medal is one more victory against my mental illness and one step closer to taking my life back once and for all!
43 ÈVE NANTEL 36, Quebec City » My boyfriend and I decided to sign up for Ironman Mont Tremblant 2013—almost exactly a year Breathable Mesh
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44 ANGIE SPIERENBURG 36, Toronto » When I was fifteen, I was diagnosed with psoriasis, and later, psoriatic arthritis. In 2015 I completed my first 5K race, and since then, I’ve competed in 25 races worldwide, ranging in distance from 5K to half marathons. I’ve lost 70 pounds, and I run, teach, and volunteer at local races.
45 LOUIS LIM 46, Toronto » I got into running after advice from a doctor that I needed to exercise and hydrate to prevent a recurrence of painful kidney stones. Who would have thought kidney stones would change my life for the better! Now I run full and ultramarathons, and my goal is to complete 100 full and ultra-marathons. By the end of 2017, I will be halfway there.
46 JESSICA BURNS 40, Newmarket » When I got married, my focus shifted from my hobbies to my family and career as an Aircraft
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47MARK EDWARDS 60, Kanata » In 2002, I had cancer. I was lucky— it was treatable, but the long term impact of the chemotherapy was that my lungs didn’t work as well as they used to. About 10 years later, a friend talked about doing the Army Run, so I signed up for the 5K. Now I am training for the Boston Marathon which I qualified for last year.
52 CHRIS HARRISON 56, Winnipeg » I won the 1-mile run in grade 6, then I didn’t
48 SIMON ONG 28, Calgary » I see running as a metaphor to life. Life can take me to extraordinary heights, if I’m willing to put in the work, battle through adversity, and learn from setbacks. More importantly, I’ve made many lifelong running friends who are willing to support me in every race I do.
run again until I was forced to when I joined the RCMP in 1987. In my mid-forties, I was diagnosed as “pre-diabetic,” so I ran while my son was at karate lessons. Now I love it. My blood sugar levels have been stabilized. I run year round, -30 or +30. I like waving to others as I run past, and I thinking about how others watching me are thinking: “That guy must be nuts!”
54 JESSICA LANDRY 31, WInnipeg » I run for my mental health, to clear my head, to enjoy my surroundings. I run for my physical health, to challenge myself, to learn what I’m capable of. Running can turn a bad day around. I keep running because no matter where you are, there’s always a strong running community to find and get to know.
55 WENDELL LAFAVE 67, Wiiliamstown » My goal this year is to complete ten more marathons to reach 150 for Canada’s 150th birthday. This spring will be my 40th year of running, and I’ve become a member of the 50 States Marathon Club, the 100 Marathon Club, the Official Seven Continents Club and the Marathon Globetrotters Club. Running has taken me on a journey of discovery whether it be new places, new landscapes, or new friends.
49 KYLE THOMAS 26, Yewllowknife » I love the cold. Six months ago I could barely go for a long walk without gassing myself. Now I’m running nine kilometres in 45 minutes outside in -35ºC and I love it. Once you’re out there you can’t stop or you risk getting a chill. It’s also surreal to run in complete darkness, across a frozen lake, by yourself.
50 MIKE LEVY 70, Thornhill » The races I treasure most are those I’ve done with my grandson. Last October we ran the Niagara Falls Half-Marathon in under 2 hours. Josh, age 14, was 2 minutes ahead of me, one day before my 70th birthday. He will be there to cheer me on in April when I run Boston for the first time. It won’t even matter whether I finish, the memories of these times together are priceless and enduring.
51 VIDA BARKER 56, Toronto » Last year, I ran the Ottawa marathon. Little did I know that my daughter Allison, who is a member of the RCMP, had volunteered on race day. She surprised us at 6:30 a.m. in our starting corral wearing her full uniform. Hours later, still in full uniform despite the extreme heat, she ran me in! I heard the announcer say that I wasn’t being arrested, but it was mother and daughter crossing the finish line. I will never forget that day and how it felt to share it with Allison.
53 JESSICA MCBRIDE 26, Edson » Running saved my life. I spent years morbidly obese and struggling to control my OCD. When I found running, I was able to find a modicum of control that I had never before experienced. I am currently preparing for a busy marathon and ultra-season when only a year ago, walking was a challenge. The miles may be what makes me a long distance runner, but being a runner has made me a whole person.
56 JAYME RAE 31, Ottawa » My mom, avid runner, encouraged me to run. Running is no longer just about staying in shape, but enjoying the process and embracing the daily challenge. I’m motivated because running makes me strong mentally and physically. I train hard, so that I know come race day I am ready. The early morning runs, the hours spent outdoors, never quitting. This is why I run.
57 ELIZABETH ELIAS 45, Langley » I had been on a break for months and couldn’t seem to get going. Enter the badass mother-in-law visiting over the holidays. I went running with her on a whim. I think she tried to go easy on me, but it was so exhilarating...to run outside in the snow with someone else and no excuses. I don’t know what happened but something clicked…and we ran further than I ever had before.
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59 TRACIE FARRELL 36, Edmonton » I changed my lifestyle and lost over 100 pounds. One day I decided to run and haven’t stopped. I’m constantly proving to myself that I’m capable of so much more than I ever thought I was. It’s an essential part of my life, and my daughters love running with me now, which is the best feeling in the world.
60 MICHELLE FROESE 36, Carman » One of my friends started running a year ago and I decided to join her. From that first run I knew we were meant to be running partners and best friends. We’ve run two half marathons with many more to come. I never thought I would run that distance. I run to inspire my kids, to build friendships, to feel empowered.
58 CHARITY FICK 36, Surrey » I run to keep myself healthy, strong, and to push myself beyond my own doubts in myself. My running has inspired others and I get messages from friends about how they look up to me and started running. Running changed my life; I am mentally and physically stronger. I’m in training for my second full this year and an ultra is my next big goal.
STATHAM 33, Okotoks » The reason I run isn’t flashy or exciting; I have yet to complete a marathon. Instead, I run for one simple reason: it brings me joy. Now I get to share it with my daughter, and we run with matching grins. I am so eager to watch her passion grow for the sport that I hold so dearly in my heart.
62 JANE CLEROUX 23, Ottawa » I never understood what “runner’s high” meant until I completed my first run. I realized how capable I am and how much inner strength I have. Running is not just a form of exercise; it’s a form of therapy. Whenever I feel as though my world is falling apart, I simply tie up my runners and outrun those negative thoughts!
67 BARB PRUD’HOMME 35, Newmarket » My running time is sacred—it brings a sense
63 CASEY KIDSON 28, Kingston » I have a neurological condition called Myoclonus Dystonia. This year
of balance to my life. Yes, it can take monumental willpower to put my shoes on for a 15 kilometre training run in January, but I feel more stressed when I skip a run. I started running to get fitter, but now I keep running because it makes me happy.
I started a campaign called ‘Dyfying Dystonia,’ and partnered with the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada to dedicate my 2017 running and triathlon season to raising support for DMRF Canada. A journey is never going to follow a straight road, it’s going to be full of bumps and turns. But if you push forward and only look back to see how far you’ve come, you will reach your finish line.
55, Walkerton » I hated running until my husband encouraged me to try interval training on our treadmill. I was hooked! Call me run drunk! I started entering 5Ks and half marathons, and will be entering my first marathon late spring. F.E.A.R. Forget Everything And Run...words I live by.
48, Calgary » My mantra? Have fun—no matter what you do! I may not be the fastest runner, but running has taught me that perseverance matters. It’s got me back on track to a healthy lifestyle and roads, paths and trails have helped me find strength, self-esteem and confidence.
68, Gananoque Lake » I started jogging with my dogs for seasonal depression. Over the years I’ve had knee surgery, multiple foot problems, hip problems, and a host of other injuries. Optimistic, I signed up for the 10K at Ottawa Race Weekend, joined KRRA and Ontario Masters for 2017. I’ve started core exercises, and will run a 5K in Kingston leading up to Ottawa. At 68 my story is still unfolding.
66 CINDY GUNDRUM 52, Chilliwack » I started running a year ago at the age of 51. I lost 80 pounds, and all my health ailments. My husband and I made a complete lifestyle change, that included diet and running. I have run four 5Ks and one half marathon so far. Now I am training for my first triathlon, and started trail running.
LOYER 13, Vancouver Island » I’m small. I play sports. I love them, but I get told often, “You’re too small!” My mom started putting me in kids’ races and I’ve found that I’m good. I don’t have to be tall, I put on my runners and run! I’m 13 and running 10Ks; my goal is to do my first half by 15. My mom says go out there and prove them wrong and that’s what me and my running shoes are going to do!
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68 MIKE HOLLIDAY 44, Toronto » After breaking my pelvis over 20 years ago, no one knew if I’d ever walk properly again. For the past few years, I’ve been walking 5Ks and half marathons. Over this past winter, I mentioned I couldn’t run to one of my circle of friends. “Have you tried?” was the response. This winter I completed my first half as a runner. Look beyond your limits; you may surprise yourself!
71 RIVKA CYMBALIST 60, Montreal » I run to feel good. I run to get peace. I run to age gracefully. I started running a few years ago and ran my second half marathon on my 60th birthday. Life keeps me busy—I own a café, run a charity and catch babies on the side, and running keeps me going!
72 JENNIFER CHUTTER 42, Vancouver » I run because sometimes the weight of the world, the unfulfilled longings of my heart, and the struggle to make a living are too much to bear, and I need to feel like I can fly away from it all. As my feet pound pavement, my mind gains a quiet stillness and I realize that I am strong enough.
73 CHARLOTTE FLEWELLING 34, Moncton » 71 days post-surgery, I started to run to get healthy. It’s the friends I’ve made along the way that keep me going!
74 ANDREW TITUS 47, Fredricton » At 47, perhaps I’m an average runner, a father of three, and a teacher. But I assure you that there is nothing ‘average’ about life as a runner—up at 5am or out way past dark, in blizzards and scorching heat, rainstorms and hail and in the mountains and through the woods, this life is nothing short of EXTRA-ordinary!
75 CASSANDRA WILSON 31, Ottawa » Training for my first half was derailed when I had a run in with a public transit bus while standing on the street. Every bad run, I remember how satisfying it felt when I was strong enough to put one foot in front of the other. This year I’m running two halfs and throwing in a tri. I run to prove to myself how strong I actually am.
76 ELYSIA VAN ZEYL 37, Ottawa » I run with my partner, Dave, and we’ve been fortunate to be able to travel to some remarkable places. We’ve run several big city marathons, and down the isolated dirt roads of an Australian island. We have run on trails tracing the cliffs of Santorini as the morning sun rises beyond the caldera. Running is an opportunity to explore, to learn and to embrace life to the fullest.
RUNNING SAVED MY LIFE I WILL FOREVER BE THE HERO OF MY STORY / NOBODY NEEDS TO RUN TO THE COSMETIC SURGEON / IT FEELS GREAT EVERY TIME THAT I FINISH / TO MY DOCTOR’S AMAZEMENT, MY TUMOR SHRUNK / I BEGAN TO SUSPECT THAT RUNNING WAS JUST A SCHEME TO SELL SPANDEX / ONE DAY AT A TIME ONE KILOMETRE AT A TIME / AT 47, I’M JUST STARTING / NOT MY LEGS THAT GET ME ACROSS THE FINISH, BUT MY HEART / WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT THAT KIDNEY STONES WOULD HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE FOR THE BETTER? / ONE DAY I DECIDED TO RUN AND I HAVEN’T STOPPED / MY RUNNING TIME IS SACRED / THE JOURNEY MAKES ME A BETTER PERSON / I NEED TO FEEL LIKE I CAN FLY AWAY FROM IT ALL / MY BODY IS CAPABLE OF FAR MORE THAN I HAD EVER IMAGINED / IF SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME THEN THAT I’D BE RUNNING HALF MARATHONS, I WOULD HAVE TOLD THEM THEY WERE CRAZY! / YOU DON’T STOP RUNNING BECAUSE YOU GET OLD, YOU GET OLD BECAUSE YOU STOP RUNNING / TWO STROKES, ONE HEART REPAIR, AND A BROKEN VERTEBRAE LATER, I STILL LOVE TO RUN / RUNNING HAS GIVEN ME THE GIFT OF CONNECTION / I HAVE RAISED OVER $120,000 FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED A LITTLE HELP AND SUPPORT / I LOVE IT SO MUCH THAT I NOW TEACH OTHERS / I TOOK UP RUNNING AND NEVER STOPPED / THE DOCTORS TOLD ME I WOULD NOT LIVE PAST THE AGE OF 40; I HAVE COMPLETED MARATHONS, TWO IRONMAN RACES, AND A 50-MILE TRAIL RUN / WE RUN TOGETHER; TO BE PRESENT, AWARE, CONFIDENT, AND THANKFUL / MY TWO GIRLS ARE PROUD / I RUN FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD THEN I THOUGHT, WHY NOT TRY FOR BOSTON?
78 DOMINIQUE NARCISSE 49, Montreal » I remember being unable to run seven laps around the park when my son Ali would train me. On my 46th birthday, Ali was murdered—it was January 11, 2014. That September, I ran my first half marathon in his memory. Running has been my therapy—it has saved my life.
79 STEPHEN LAST 39, Cornwall » Five years ago, I was 465 pounds with high blood pressure. Two years ago this May I had reached 290 pounds and was walking 10-15 kilometres a day. I caught the running bug from a friend, and by April the following year I ran a half marathon. Something I never fathomed I would be capable of is now something I love.
80 AL 77 LINDA DIX-COOPER 32, Montreal » When I run... / My dominant leaping leopard, free flying saucy minx comes out to play. / With each intentionally placed silky sole strike, darting past lush BC moss and short sharp stumps, I grow stronger, more free, more alive. / I’m on fire (and not just my calves!) / Always looking ahead strategically to the next bend, keeping on my toes joyfully—I’ll take an opportunity that presents itself, or I will make a bold facetious move myself! / The trails treat me like one of their own, a forest nymph. / In their shadows and up and downs, is where this strong heart grows. / For days afterward, the cool, clear, sparkling river flows. Where will it take me? Nobody knows.
THOMPSON 62, Ottawa » Running is not fun. That’s why I joined the Ottawa Hash House Harriers 17 years ago. We are a drinking club with a running problem, which we indulge in Ottawa every Monday evening at 7:00 p.m., every second Thursday, and on full moons. Our big event is always on July 1st and this year we are hosting 150 runners for our annual Red Dress Run. If you happen to be in Ottawa on Canada Day and see 150 men and women running through the streets in red dresses, don’t be afraid to say hi.
81 CODY CALLON 34, Vancouver » Running has given me the gift of connection. It has helped me to develop a healthy connection with my body, close connections with the friends I regularly run with, connection to an inspiring and supportive run community through Fraser Street Run Club, and connection to my city and nature as I explore the streets and trails around Vancouver.
82 LEWIS KENT 22, London » I run to challenge myself to be the best I can be. There is no better feeling than running a personal best after months of discipline and hard work! It’s also a great way to clear your mind and get the blood pumping.
86 ANGELA MACIOCIA 41, Beaconsfield
» I’ve been a runner my whole life, but after a year off due to injury, I had to start all over again. I think that Kara Goucher said it best: “Nothing in my life has ever broken my heart the way running has. And yet I cannot breathe without it.” I am so grateful to show my boys that anything is possible if you work hard enough, and never are embarrassed to dream big!
CLOUTIER 50, Wainwright » Andre is my running role model. He has served for 22 years in the Armed Forces in the elite Airborne division, where I’m sure running became second nature! He has run a marathon in every Canadian province and territory, and in several US states. He is truly a selfless person and makes running an experience, taking time to chat with volunteers, other runners, and he even thanks the spectators. Andre is also has such a wealth of knowledge and has taught me so much about running. He is my hero. Submitted by Gail Reid.
83 ANDRÉE-ANNE OUELLET 27, Ottawa » I have been a runner all my life, but in the fall of 2015, I stopped running due to injury. I then isolated myself, fell into a severe clinical depression and had to be hospitalized for a month. The hospital had access to a gym, and there I met a man who would change my life. Alain Charlebois believed in me right from the start. I joined his elite triathlon team, Les Taureaux de Gatineau. His amazing positive attitude and belief in me liberated me from the dark thoughts, led me to believe in myself again and beat depression. Only four months later, I competed in my first Olympic triathlon, and I won! Sometimes in life angels are hidden in the places you would least expect. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Alain!
84 MENA WESTHAVER 46, Victoria » What started as a physical activity to fill the void of spending hours on the ice as a professional figure skater turned into my vehicle to fulfill all dimensions of my overall wellness! Running helped me process the emotions of the death of my brother, through 3.5 years of cancer treatment for one of our boys, and continues to inspire me.
85 MURDOCK HISCOCK 74, Fortune » I was running the Cape to Cabot race when I had a heart attack. Four months later I was told I could go back running and it was the beginning of a banner year for me. I finished first in my age group at the CHCM 10K and had two more top place finishes after that.
89 PAIGE NICHOLS 26, Toronto » Running changed my life! Through running I decided to go back to school and help others through exercise. Without running I would not be the person I am today, I would not have the confidence to overcome the obstacles that I have. Thank you, running!
87 MIKE HSIAO 23, Burnaby » In high school, I went through many troubles, at home, at school, and with my health. I devoted my time to volunteering to help me cope. I started volunteering for many events such as the Canada Running Series events and Vancouver Sun Run. At the same time, I founded a non-profit that coordinates volunteers for running events. As for my own running, I cured myself of fatty liver disease and lost a quarter of my body weight. After I did my 10th race, I set a goal to do 100 races before my 25th birthday to raise awareness of the hundreds of liver diseases that exist.
90 ROCH COURCY 32, Gatineau » Until the beginning of 2014, I wasn’t a runner at all, I was 60 pounds heavier and I hated running so much. After losing a lot of weight, I registered for a 10K at the Ottawa Race Weekend. What a journey! Since that day, I was hooked and now I keep running for me and my daughter.
91 COLIN FEWER 39, Paradise » Running has been the navigational beacon in life! It’s my paint brush, my chisel, my pen, my conscience, my rock. Racing and training has challenged me in so many ways to know myself and has attracted to me some of the most important people in my life.
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93 RACHELLE DUVAL 37, Gatineau » During the Ottawa Race Weekend 5K in 2013, I struggled to keep up with a 4-year-old running with his dad. My oldest was 4 at the time. This event awoke a beast in me… the next May, I was running the marathon. In 2015, I qualified for Boston and in 2016, I ran it. What’s next...?
94 JULIE DRURY 45, Ottawa » #iRuntostaystrong. I started running in 2009 as a means to cope with the stress of caring for my medically complex daughter who had a rare form of mitochondrial disease. I’ve since run Boston three times, led Team MitoCanada charity fundraising team for the past 6 years, and started trail running. My beautiful daughter died November 30, 2015. I run now to remember her and to cope with the intense grief of her loss.
92 DAVID FREAKE 29, St. John’s » 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.
BLANCHETTE 50, Burnaby » Running makes me feel both physically and mentally fit. I especially enjoy the feeling after the run. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and confidence in that I can achieve anything. With Canada’s 150, let’s celebrate the sport of running. When I am not running, I am hosting my show, Run With It!
96 JOHN MOE 62, Burnaby » While trying to quit a 26year smoking habit, I decided it was time to run again. Within five months, I’d lost 50 pounds and finally quit smoking in September 1997—this time for good. Two years later, I ran my first marathon in Victoria in 2:46. I ran the Boston Marathon in 2001 and again in 2005, finishing second in the men’s 50-59 age grouping. I run now for the freedom and the confidence it brings.
101 KIMBERLEY HIRSCH 31, Edmonton » I’ve run since I was really small (I ran a race at three years old with a chunk of steak tucked chipmunk-style in my cheek, finished the run, and returned to chewing my dinner), and it is always has been my stress relief. Bad day at work? Run. Fight with loved one? Run. Running clarifies, calms, and centres me.
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SIERS 56, Orleans » I had surgery for prostate cancer in February…that sort of cut into my running! But I’m recovering well and will be running the half at the Ottawa Race Weekend, raising money for the Ottawa Cancer Centre. I might not run a personal best, but I will run; oh yes, I will run!
98 SANDHYA GAMAGE 53, Burnaby » I started running about two years ago when I had to give up soccer due to an ankle fracture and two surgeries. Running was safer, since only contact was between me and the ground. I have run three half marathons, a few 10Ks, and am training for a marathon. Running keeps my diabetes under control and gives me an abundance of energy.
YZKI 46, Wilsonville » I run to stay healthy, meet new people, see new places and raise money for great causes. It’s therapy for me and it soothes my soul. It allows me to try to better myself and gives me healthy competition against others. I was born running and will continue to do so as long as I am able.
100 CRAIG PIKE 48, Paradise » My husband Craig has inspired many people to start running. His first question when he meets someone new is, “Want to join our running club?” He’s good too; he won the 2015 Senior Athlete of the Year in our town (our son won the Junior Athlete of the Year the same year!). Each day he inspires me to be a better runner. Submitted by Lisa Pike
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SPEERS 47, Oakville » On Christmas day 2012, my brother-in-law Chris suggested we run the Tough Mudder. So on January 2nd I started training. Half a kilometre later, I walked home. Since then, I’ve run over 4,000km, including road races, two Spartan Ultra Beasts, and the Rim-2-Rim-2-Rim at the Grand Canyon. At 47, I feel I’m still just starting and can’t wait for my next challenge.
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Hill » I ran the Boston Marathon in 2015, 21 days after my first of four chemotherapy treatments, contrary to the advice from my oncologist; this speaks courage. I ran again in 2016, 5 weeks after having broken my foot. I completed an Ironman in August 2016, one year post cancer treatment. Running gives me a strength inside and out—a force so powerful it is hard to describe.
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102 ELAINE FUNG 40, Vancouver » I run for connection: to my body, to the natural world, and to those around me. From the most inward sensations of breath and heartbeat, to feeling my feet connect with the earth and the elements. And to share miles and peaks with those who love it as much as I do.
AMY REDMAN 32, Calgary » After nearly dying of excessive and extensive bilateral pulmonary embolisms, I was sidelined from running for a while— at the age of 30, I was in danger of having a stroke. Today I have a clean bill of health. And if I get frustrated at a bad run, I remind myself that running is a gift.
106 MICK CHAWNER 70, Ottawa » Two years ago, I was diagnosed with arthritis in both knees, and the doctors felt I should hang up my running shoes. So I consulted an athletic physiotherapist who felt there was a lot I could do to mitigate the pain. It took a while, but I got back to running and cross-training. I ran my first race as an over 70 last October winning my age group—and yes there were other runners in it.
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108 BRYAN COGAN 50, Burnaby » Running is my temporary escape from life’s struggles. It helps me to find my strong and prove that I can do whatever I put my mind to; it is my inner peace! Mentoring others is my passion and my way to give back to a very supportive running community.
109 STEPHANIE MAGGS 50, Orangeville » Dream BIG and make it happen! Ten years ago I first heard about Team Diabetes, and since then I’ve raised over $65,000 to help find a cure while completing a marathon on five continents. I am doing my 6th (Africa) in 2018, and hope to do Antarctica in 2019 for a target of $100,000 to be raised overall.
107GRACE HIOM 40, Kamloops » Last year Grace was sidelined with a nasty back injury—all of a sudden could barely stand. Just over a year later, she is back and building towards ultramarathons again. She is an incredibly strong woman. During her recovery, she continued to work on our business, Dirty Feet Trail Races, putting on events and inspiring others to achieve their best. Submitted by Phil Hiom
ALLAIN 53, Dieppe » I lost my mom after two massive heart attacks. I decided to take action and had a specific goal in mind—to go from 0 to 5K in 90 days. But a funny thing happened along the way. I ran two 10K races and finished my 90th day by running a 15K. What a feeling! I am currently on a quest to run at least a half marathon in each Canadian province by age 60 (seven years and six provinces to go). If you are reading this—keep running for yourself.
111 KAREN MCCULLOUGH 49, Vancouver » I’ve been running for over 20 years. I’ve never been fast, but was never slow—I was a mid-pack runner. However, after losing 20 pounds last year, I’ve gotten faster and my love of running has been reignited. Last fall, I surprised myself by placing 3rd in my age category in a 5K race!
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50 YEARS SPENT THRIVING WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES George Sutton is a 55-year-old runner with Team Diabetes (Team D) who has run marathons from Ireland to Iceland while living with type 1 diabetes for the past 50 years. Sutton recently launched the site T1DiabetesWin.com to chronicle his adventures, which include duathlons with his partner and running races with his two daughters. We asked Sutton about working with a team in support of the 11 million Canadians living with prediabetes or diabetes. iRUN: You were a volunteer with Diabetes Canada before you began to run. What happened? SUTTON: Felt like it was time to stop running around and saying I wanted to be a good role model and do something significant. That was 2004. iRUN: After 13 years of running with Team D, what have you learned? SUTTON: There’s no reason the disease should limit a person. I don’t survive type 1 diabetes, I thrive and there’s lots of people like me. iRUN: Who do you think needs to hear that message? SUTTON: Parents with a child who’s been recently diagnosed; anyone with type 1 diabetes looking to make a change; people who want to motivate a loved one or anyone who wants to work with a great group and help millions of Canadians while running and having fun. iRUN: What do you want to say to iRun readers? SUTTON: Having type 1 diabetes doesn’t prevent you from doing anything.
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iRUN: Tell me about your crew. What has it meant to run with Team D? SUTTON: It’s like what you find in small communities, the same support and relationships, but on a national level in hundreds of locations across Canada. Team D elevates the running experience and, for a runner, heightens our sense of belonging. iRUN: Last question: who do you think is a good candidate to run with Team D? SUTTON: Anyone who wants to set an example of healthy living—and get the chance to run at home or around the world. Whether you’re just starting out, or have been active for years, Team D is for everyone.
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116 JANE WALLACE 54, Englehart » When my husband died of cancer at the age of 48, my sister suggested we run a half marathon to commemorate his passing. I didn’t run again for five years, despite this niggling thought that I could go faster. Long story short: I qualified for Boston in my first marathon in Toronto in October 2016! I run for my husband and my motto is “Life is good.” Never say die!
112 ANNIE LAPERLE 39, Candiac » Annie is the model of perseverance. She finds her inspiration in
64, Ottawa » About three years ago, I was sitting in my very comfortable leather chair, watching TV and feeling down on myself for the way I looked and felt. I decided that I wanted to be around for four wonderful children and three adorable grandchildren for as long as I could. If someone had told me then that I’d be running half marathons, I would have told them they were crazy. Regardless of age or the kind of shape you’re in—you can do it!
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114 CHERYL STEWART 42, Winnipeg » I run because of my son. When he was young and I was a single parent, I ran to manage stress so I could be the best mom I could, mentally and physically. I got serious after my father passed away from cancer. I knew I had to start thinking about my own health if I wanted to be around to see my son grow up.
115 PIERRE MARCOUX 58, Creemore » I started running in 1973 to strengthen my knee after surgery. In 2003 I tried a 50K trail race and have been running ultras since. I directed the Creemore Vertical Challenge for 10 years and now coordinate the Ontario Ultra and Trail Series (OUTRace). You don’t stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running.
Sherbrooke » I moved to Sherbrooke in 2015 not knowing a word of French. I joined a running club to meet people and practice my French. Not only did I learn a language, but my running got exponentially better!
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the challenges she faces, and a little competition in races pushes her to do better. Annie will never stop running. Pregnant, sick or sad, in the snow or ice, her legs will keep moving her wherever her heart wants to go. Submitted by Chantal Crevier.
LEY 31, Edmonton » When you have a disability you may have limitations, but the hard part for me was understanding the true limitations for my body, versus those I put on myself. Becoming a runner has meant discovering that my body is capable of far more than I’d ever imagined. Running has meant giving my best self to the people I love.
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117 LEE ANNE COHEN 63, Creemore » At 42, I decided to start running to lose weight and reduce stress. In 2002, I ran my first 50K. In 2015, I broke the Canadian 100-mile record for my age category. Running is my playground, community, and meditation. I encourage people to try running. With a bit of grit and determination, you will be rewarded.
VÉRONIQUE HAMELIN 41, St. Constant » I admire Véronique for her strength. She uses her body to carry her emotions and is always smiling. She’s a one-woman army; seeing her performances inspires me to surpass myself. And for all this, she has all my admiration. Submitted by Chantal Crevier.
121 TED MICHAELS 62, Hamilton » I run for mental health. As the afternoon news anchor on AM900 CHML, I created and hosted an award-winning series called “Wellness Wednesdays.” I teach beginner running classes to help people who battle self-confidence issues, and in seven years as captain of Team CHML for the Around the Bay Road Race, the team has raised almost $78,000 for St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation.
126 GABI LUTTMANN 54, Guelph » 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, ON. I am passionate about encouraging disadvantaged children in our community so they may be empowered to become strong and successful people.
KEARSEY 39, Mount Pearl » I started running a little over six years ago, and it was always about how fast I could go. Honestly, that took some of the enjoyment out of it. Nowadays I run for me, to enjoy the experience, rather than to better my times. I’m training to do my first marathon as part as the RunDisney Dopey Challenge a couple months after my 40th birthday.
group and met so many wonderful people that I eventually couldn’t imagine not running. Last fall I ran my first half marathon and the Cape to Cabot, which is the hardest race I’ve ever done. It’s an amazing feeling crossing a finish line to the cheers of your running buddies.
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124 WENDY TOKESON 59, Guelph » 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.
125 PHIL HIOM 42, Kamloops » From hours at the gym and on the trails, to sacrifices in the kitchen and to my social life, I run to create a better me. Regardless of the outcome of the events, the journey makes me a better person in many ways: strength, health, and wisdom.
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ERS 41, Beamsville » Running is part of my identity, even though it took me years to consider myself a “runner.” Even when I’m not actively training for anything, I always come back to running. I am fortunate to have a heart, lungs and legs that can carry me (sometimes with much difficulty) over kilometers of road or trail. I just enjoy the ride.
122 SHELLEY GOSSE 40, Paradise » When I first started out, I hated running. But I found a great running
29, Halifax » The running community is amazing. I have been fortunate to surround myself with supportive, hardworking individuals, who are leaders and role models in Halifax. As a coach I find it very rewarding to see people work hard and achieve their goals, and continue to be supportive of everyone regardless of their ability.
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127 FABRICE PAQUET 40, Sacré-Coeur » 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.
130 RYAN COLLINS 32, St. John’s » In October 2014, I had a massive heart attack. I was 29. That night, I promised myself that I would do everything I could to ensure it never happens again. So upon medical clearance, I ran, and I haven’t stopped since. Flash forward to now and I’m in the best shape of my life, and it’s all because of running.
131 WALTER FAION 56, Oakville » 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!
136 LINDA LAFRANCE 56, Ottawa » Through running and the outlet it gives me, I’ve been able to figure things out and keep my life balanced through a very difficult personal situation. I have three grown children and a grandson, I own three businesses, work part time as a Nurse Practitioner and make time for friends. It all works because running gives me the stamina I need.
132 CARLEY TOYE 35, Airdrie » Somewhere along countless miles and many races, I found myself. I have
CONTANT 64, Airdrie » As a volunteer at Ironman Canada for many years I was inspired by the amazing athletes I met and helped. On my 55th birthday I signed up for a Learn to Run clinic, and of the 38 that started I was the only one that attended every week until the end. I learned commitment and determination! Running has enriched my life in many ways and certainly made me feel more ALIVE!
133 ANDY FONG 54, Ottawa » 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.
56, Saskatoon » Running helped me lose weight and get healthy, but more importantly, it has become my passion. My running journey has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people from around the world who share the same passion as me. Last January I joined Team Diabetes and this October I am off to run a half marathon in Lisbon, Portugal.
COYLE 40, Airdrie » 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.
a safe place when my thoughts go dark so I’m always able to find my way to the light. Long runs provide time to work through the negative thoughts of depression while sprints offer a quick endorphin rush when I am overwhelmed. I’ve found myself.
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137 KELSEY DAVIDSON 32, Airdrie » I started to run in 2008 not knowing some of my best conversations would happen with runners on. Not knowing some my most vulnerable moments would be supported with runners on. Not knowing my running friends would soon become my best friends. It’s not all about “pounding the pavement”—it’s about appreciating and experiencing every moment.
CYNTHIA SPERRY 39, Airdrie » 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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37, Moffat » I started running to increase my cardio for soccer, and I hated it. But then something unexpected happened and I fell in love with the sport! Thanks to my running friends, I ran five half marathons in the last 10 months! Now I’m looking forward to running for the pure joy of it, but I’m sure the race bug will bite me again.
54, Ottawa » I am a four-year pancreatic cancer survivor. After two surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation I’ve been able to return to running. I finished an Ironman while on chemo, ran Boston again, and raised $160,000 for cancer research. I believe in hope, gratitude, and the absolute power of mindset. I live life to the fullest, six months at a time!
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142-149 THE RUNNING WORKS RUN CREW BEGINNER CLINIC pictured in the order their stories appear KATTINA CHARBONNEAU 28, Guelph » I joined the clinic to get back into a regular running routine; I need the accountability to stick with it! GAIL MACMILLAN 53, Guelph » I joined a running group to get proper training and tips from a running coach. THERESA BABIC 35, Guelph » I’ve always believed that my body is weak. Running is helping me prove otherwise and move into a place of strength and empowerment. KATY WANKA 26, Guelph » This is a true Couch to 5K for me as I’ve never trained with a group before. I have done some running in the past, but never really knew how to push myself to the next level. I joined this group to help get some guidance. My goal is to be able to enter a 5K race at some point—even if it’s just for fun! MARIE-FRANCE KENYON 52, Guelph » I live on my horse farm, and I got into running to get back in the saddle after an equestrian accident. I just bought a new horse and wanted to get fit and stronger. As it happened, I met an awesome group of ladies, a great coach, and I am always looking forward to my run. MARIA SHAW 30, Guelph » I have two boys, ages 8 and 3, and we do the Run for the Cure and Terry Fox Run, annually. Running is great because it’s something you can do socially or independently. I hope to set short-term goals this year with my running, as well as future goals.
SARAH LANSDOWN 52, Guelph » I took up running to fill the void left by divorce, and like all runners I have had setbacks. Two strokes, one heart repair, and a broken vertebrae later, I still love it.
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SCOTT SHAFER 39, Guelph » I started running to deal with the loss of a loved one and continued because nothing else challenges me like running. I love coaching my clinic!
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