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Canadian Running Trail Issue 2017

Dedicated to getting runners the tools they need to succeed, Canadian Running gives professional advice and inspiration on everything you need to be faster, fitter and healthier. The magazine provides the latest on training, gear reviews, nutrition information and recipes, tips on the best places to run and race, and the inside story on the elite running scene.

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10 questions with… dean karnazes

Dean Karnazes could be considered one of the godfathers of modern ultrarunning. Along with Scott Jurek, the American brought ultra-endurance running into the mainstream. He is most well known for running 50 marathons in 50 states in just 50 days back in 2006. Karnazes has been profiled on 60 Minutes, appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and has won an espy award. 1 What would you say are your defining characteristics as a runner? Longevity. I’ve raced and competed on all seven continents, twice now, and have no intentions of slowing down. 2 What do you admire most in another runner? Grit. Persistence. Humility. Passion. And a good sense of humour. 3 What is your idea of happiness? A pair of shoes and an endless trail. 4 Who are your athletic heroes? Pheidippides, the ancient messenger…

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the art of trail running

From what I can tell, road running tends to attract those who are decidedly A-type. I know runners who won’t run if their Garmin isn’t charged up and on their wrist – because after all, if it doesn’t end up on Strava, it didn’t happen, right? When trail running, pace is deceptive, and your watch is basically useless. Sure, you can extrapolate all sorts of fun data with an advanced gps watch, such as the devices we feature as ‘Gear Essentials’ on p.66, or by measuring your output as power with Stryd, which we rigorously tested in this issue (p.64). But I would argue that the trails are best experienced with nothing more than a decent pair of trail shoes (p.68) and a good sense of direction. While many trail runners wear…

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Caribou Legs p.60 RHIANNON RUSSELL has lived (and run) in Toronto, Saint John, N.B., Montreal and Whitehorse. Now she works as a freelance journalist in Hamilton, and runs the trails in Dundas Valley. One Workout p.30 EMILY AND MATT SETLACK: Emily is the reigning Canadian half-marathon champion. She’s coached by Matt Clout and supported by Saucony. Matt is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces national running team and the Canadian mountain running team. Matt is coached by Steve Boyd and supported by the Running Room. They live in Cold Lake, Alta Cover Photo, My Style, Destination Race Cover, p.16, p.40 BRICE FERRE is a well-established adventure photographer, based in Vancouver. He loves mountains and most of his time is spent either on trails or travelling the globe looking for his next adventure. briceferre.com Barkley Mad p.46 SHARON CROWTHER is a…

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InstaRuns THEPACINGLIFE “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” #robertfrost MEGLEWISSCHNEIDER Calmness. My Zen is always amplified in nature. Love taking time out to explore, noticing the things I normally wouldn’t in my go-go-go fast-paced lifestyle. #rechargeyoursoul UBCTRACK Vancouver’s weather is s(no)w problem for the @UBCTRACK squad, who showed up in full force early this morning with our shovels and spikes. Ready to go Photographer @MITCHELLHUBBLE bumped into past cover athlete Jessica Shaw running on the Ontario trails. mitchellhubble.com NIKI.GRACE.HURST You have to have a lot of passion for what you do, because any rational person would give up. It is so hard, and it is done over a sustained period of time that you…

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cross-country championship in crisis

Not so long ago, the iaaf World Cross-Country Championships was an annual event in which the world’s best runners clashed in what was considered the toughest footrace on the planet. Kenenisa Bekele, Paul Tergat and Paula Radcliffe all won multiple world titles and went on to become world record beaters in the same year they won this race. Sadly, the event’s lustre has faded. World Cross is now held every two years. Few European nations send complete teams and the sport’s superstars regularly skip this fixture. The situation in Canada is no different. Missing from the Canadian squad bound for this year’s edition in Kampala, Uganda will be the formidable trio of Mohammed Ahmed (4th in the Olympic 5,000m) and two national record holders, Matt Hughes (3,000m steeplechase) and Cam Levins (10,000m). “We totally…

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what's new

Saxx KINETIC RUN SHORT $78 NB x J.Crew COLLECTION $80–$158 The last few years, Saxx have surged to the front of the increasingly competitive performance men’s underwear market. Saxx was started by Kelowna, B.C.’s Trent Kitsch after he got fed up with discomfort while being active. He designed a simple yet brilliant fix – a vented pouch for your package. The Kinetic Run short is the natural extension of that concept, taken to outerwear and specifically for runners. After hearing that athletes were cutting out the mesh liner from their running shorts, Saxx have stitched in a pair of their excellent Kinetic boxer-briefs into a stretch woven short. The result is an extremely comfortable garment that looks great and prevents chaffing. Last fall, running brand New Balance teamed up with preppy apparel retailer J.Crew for a women’s line…