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Canadian Running Trail Special 2019

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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Exercises: Time to Get Trail Strong JON-ERIK KAWAMOTO, MSc, CSCS is a strength and conditioning specialist, freelance fitness writer and owner of a personal training studio in St. John’s, N.L. He used to compete in the local road race scene with 15:13 and 32:15 bests in the 5K and 10K respectively. With his background in running and strength training, he specializes in developing strong, resilient and fast runners. Find out more at Canada’s Toughest Trail Races An award-winning former newspaper reporter, DAN DAKIN is a freelance journalist based in Ontario’s Niagara region. He is the founding editor of Canadian Cycling Magazine, but now spends more time running on trails. In 2017, he was the crew chief as his wife ran the Bruce Trail in three weeks, fundraising for cystic fibrosis. The Science of…

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trail running

Trail running continues to gain steam in North America and Europe. In the U.S., the number of trail runners doubled from 2006 to the end of 2017, according to statistics, market research and business intelligence portal Statista. Unfortunately, no such long-term analytics are readily available concerning trail running’s popularity in Canada, but the uptick in trail-race participation strongly suggests that it is, especially in our cities and mountains. Several race organizers, such as Mountain Equipment Co-op, have reported a 50 per cent increase in trail-racing participation in the last few years at their events across Canada. Further myriad ultra races now thrive across the nation from the mountains of Western Canada to the Bromont Ultra in Quebec (read Dan Dakin’s report on the nation’s toughest ones.) For the more casual runner,…

3 min.
the warm-up

Trail Runners Excelling on the Roads When The North Face 50-mile Championship was cancelled due to smoke from the wildfires that have plagued California in Fall 2018, Anne-Marie Madden considered the alternatives. The Canadian is completing a Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Stanford Hospital, so she decided to race The California International Marathon (cim) two weeks later. On December 2, 2018, Madden woke up at 2 a.m. and headed to the start line. She crossed the finish line in 2:42:18, meeting the standard for theusaOlympic marathon trials. Considering she’s Canadian, Madden isn’t actually eligible to qualify, but it’s still an accomplishment to meet the standard. “tnfwas going to be a seven to eight-hour effort, whereas a marathon is under three hours,” she said. Madden is no stranger to pushing limits. She trains and…

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what's new

AfterShokz TREKZ AIR $190 AfterShokz’ Trekz Air open-ear wireless headphones let you listen to music while running, so you can focus on your pace and less on getting hit by a bus. The New York-based company employs bone conduction in the Trekz Air, which sends audio waves to your inner ears via your skull, thus bypassing your eardrums. They rest on the upper end of your cheekbones, leaving your ear canals open, so you can hear noises around you, pretty much as you would if you were running without headphones or earbuds. The AfterShokz Trekz Air comes IP55 certified as well, meaning they should provide high-quality audio throughout your most sweat-inducing runs. In terms of fit, their flexible, lightweight titanium wraparound frames also make the Trekz Air barely noticeable if it weren’t for the audio…

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greg grenzke

North Vancouver-based Arc’teryx Equipment’s reputation for making high-quality rock climbing gear dates back to the late ’80s when founders David Lane and Jeremy Guard founded the company. So it’s not surprising that the company has set the same high standards in their relatively recent venture into the trail-running shoe industry. Tasked with leading the creation of the company’s trail-shoe products is Greg Grenzke, design director of outdoor product. Canadian Running caught up with Grenzke for an inside look at what goes into creating a trail shoe from the ground up. What are the first steps you took when creating the Norvan VT, your first trail shoe? We have the capability to prototype in Vancouver. We’ll start with the shoe concept here, including myself and one of the design developers. We always start with…

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from trotting to racing 100-milers

Sherri Donohue never considered herself a runner when she toed the line at her first race. At 50 years old, Donohue didn’t choose to run an urban 5K. Instead, she chose Leg 5 (24K) of The 2014 Canadian Death Race in Grande Cache, Alberta. As the last leg, Donohue secretly thought she wouldn’t have to run it. By the time her teammate arrived at the checkpoint, it was nighttime. Donohue had no choice but to keep her commitment and get to the finish line. It was dark, the distance was scary, and Donohue wasn’t a runner. When Donohue saw the 78-year-old Canadian Death Racer legend Dag Aabye, she felt inspired to trot along as well. “I knew I just had to move forward,” Donohue says. From trotting (a lively, steady pace…