Brainsport Times

Weekly updates on running news in and around Saskatchewan.
Brainsport provides a weekly update of running news from the local running world. They are a leading running supplier in Saskatoon and provide numerous training and educational classes.

Brainsport Times Oct. 17,

In this week's Times we're pleased to be speaking with Chelsea Guebert of Summit Sport and Health. As a physical therapist, Chelsea has seen her fair share of runners who neglect strength work and she has some great insights, and tips to share with us today about staying strong and healthy. So, let's get right to it!Q&A with Chelsea Guebert  Tara:  With the colder weather hitting hard, a lot of runners will be cutting back their miles over the winter making it an excellent time to get into a strength training routine. Before we get into the details of this, can you explain why strength training is important for runners? Chelsea:  Strength training is critical for runners to balance out muscle groups that are otherwise not addressed through the linear mechanics of their sport. Building strength around joints and surrounding ligaments not only plays a huge roll in the prevention of injury, but can also help to increase the overall efficiency of your...Oct17 18 1
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Brainsport Times Oct. 10, 2018

Access to Justice Week gets underway on October 22 at the U of S College of Law. You may ask, what does this have to do with the running community? Well, this year Just Rights, a student-led fundraising group at the College of Law, is putting on a 5K run to raise awareness and access to justice issues facing the legal community in the province. All the proceeds from the event will go to CLASSIC (Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc.); making this event an opportunity for everyone who enjoys running or walking, to take part in influencing the local justice system. Michelle Brandsma, from the College of Law, is here to tell us all about the Run for Justice in this week's Q&A!Q&A with Michelle Brandsma Tara:  Before we get talking about the event itself, tell us about the Justice Rights group, which is hosting the race. Michelle:  Just Rights is a social...Oct10 18 1
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Brainsport Times Oct. 4, 2018

We have a fun and informative event coming up this weekend at Brainsport! On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. we're hosting Brooks Run Signature Day. This is an opportunity to have your individual running style assessed using the Brooks Signature Run app. Here to tell us all about this event is Brainsport's Colin Federow, so let's get right to it! Q&A with Colin Federow Tara:  Brooks is committed to making shoes that work for each individual runner, and getting each individual into the proper shoe. Tell us about how Brooks approaches the categorization of their shoes, and how that helps ensure the right fit for people. Colin:  One of the core beliefs at Brooks is that they “make the best running gear in the world.” And boy do they deliver! Our friends that are walkers might argue they make the best walking gear in the world too! Brooks has four main...Sept4 18 1
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Brainsport Times Sept 5, 2018

Welcome to September, everyone! Hopefully all of you are getting settled in nicely to the shift in pace after the long weekend.In this week's Q&A we're learning about a unique run in the area that many of you will likely be interested in getting in on. The Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) is hosting a 10K run on September 15 called the SREDA Regional Race. Ths race will take runners (or walkers) from Martensville to Warman, ending with a community brunch.Kristen Johannesson from SREDA is here to tell us all about it, so let's get to it!   Q&A with Kristen Johannesson Tara:  Before we start talking about the race, for those who aren't familiar with what the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority is, would you mind sharing what it's about?   Kristen:  The Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) helps strengthen and grow the local economy through six pillars: business attraction, business expansion, entrepreneurship,...Sept5 18 1
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Brainsport Times Aug 29, 2018

The fall racing season is just around the corner! Locally, one of the premier events is the EY River Run Classic. Along with a change in date this year, there are some exciting bonuses to take note of. In this week's Q&A we're going to get the scoop on it all from race director, Kim Ali. So let's get right to it!Q&A with Kim Ali Tara:  The EY River Run Classic is a go-to race for many runners each year; it's a well-organized and takes place on a beautiful course. Why did the race date change? Kim:  The SRRA determined that there was a gap in the Saskatoon fall race schedule and looked at ways to introduce a family run in conjunction with one of their races. They determined that the River Run needed a new date as July was consistently so hot for runners. So, the race changed seasons and...Aug29 18 1
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Brainsport Times Aug 22, 2018

Back-to-school time has arrived! This is always a busy and exciting time of the year as the anticipation of new beginnings settles in. This year we're proud to be featuring New Balance Days; a promotion is aimed at getting everyone - including those not heading back to school - ready for a new season.New Balance Days got underway on Monday and will run through this Saturday, August 25.  In this week's Q&A Brian is here to give us the scoop on what to expect at New Balance Days! Q&A with Brian Michasiw  Tara:  Back-to-school time for parents and children. An event such as this is going to serve well in preparing them to get back to school. What makes New Balance the right fit as the featured company for this promotion? Brian:  As a parent of three kids ages 6, 10 and 13 I understand the challenges of ensuring kids have proper footwear. Kids...Aug22 18 1
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Brainsport Times Aug 14, 2018

We're just days away from the Teen Challenge Freedom Run! This is going to be a fun event, with proceeds going towards the Prairie Hope Women's Centre. If you haven't already registered to be sure to check out the "Upcoming Events" section to learn more. In this week's Q&A we're talking yoga! More specifically, we're learning more about how all you yoga instructors out there can up your game. Shirley Berthelet of Breath Move Be is here to talk about two upcoming yoga training courses that will take your skills to another level. And, for those of you who have experienced the many benefits of yoga and are interested in taking the first steps towards becoming an instructor, Breath Move Be is a great place to start, which we'll also talk to Shirley about. So, let's get right to our conversation! Q&A with Shirley Berthelet Tara:  The training course you have coming up is for...Aug14 18 1
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Brainsport Times Aug 8, 2018

The ability to rise each morning and head out the door for a run is a privilege. Today we're reminded of this in our Q&A with Tammy Powder. Tammy and her daughter Ella both have a condition called Chiari Malformation. The condition has caused a great deal of pain in her life, but she found a way to work through it and improve her quality of life - and running has played a major role in that. In September Tammy will debut a community run dedicated to raising funds for the Canadian Chiari Association. In our Q&A with Tammy, we're going to learn more about her journey and the run she is organizing.    Q&A with Tammy Powder Tara:  Chiari Malformation is not a very well-known disorder. Would you mind explaining what it is and how it impacts your life and the life of your daughter?  Tammy:  Chiari Malformation is a rare neurological disorder that is...Aug8 18 1

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Brainsport Times Aug 1, 2018

Welcome into August everyone! May a beautiful month of summer running lie ahead! As we get closer to nearing the end of the summer season there are some local races coming up. In today's Times we're going to learn more about the Race Against Racism, which is being held on  September 22 . Here to tell us all about the event is Saskatoon Police Service Indigenous Relations Consultant, Angela Daigneault.So, let's get to it!Q&A with Angela Daigneault Tara:  Now going into its eighth year, the Race Against Racism has become a staple event in the community. What was the motivation for setting up this event all those years ago? Angela:  The Race Against Racism started in 2011 with a goal of providing a positive environment for people of all ages, cultures, religions and ethnic backgrounds to gather and promote an active healthy lifestyle while encouraging positive police community relations. All funds raised would go back to...Aug1 18 1
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Brainsport Times July 25, 2018

We're talking nutrition and hydration in this week's Times! Yes, it deserves an exclamation point because this topic, or aspect of the sport of running, can be tricky and overwhelming. Where does one start? There are so many products, so many brands, and so many different bodies reacting in so many different ways. To help make sense of it all we're speaking with Brainsport's Lisette Schermann. You may recall Lisette touched on this topic in an interview a while back. In fact, that interview sparked the idea to do another interview with her solely about nutrition/hydration. Lisette has a ton of valuable knowledge and insights for us, so let's get right to it! Q&A with Lisette Schermann Tara:  Trying to figure out proper nutrition/hydration for race day can be one of the trickier pieces to the race-day puzzle. There are so many product options out there. Where do you recommend a person starts if they have...July25 18 1
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Brainsport Times July 18, 2018

We're happy to be featuring another first-time event in this week's edition of the Times. AIESEC Saskatoon is hosting its first-ever community run this August; with a distance for everyone! For those of you not familiar, AIESEC is the world's largest non-profit youth-run organization. It provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships, and volunteer exchange experiences across the world.This summer AIESEC Saskatoon is introducing a cross-country-like race to the city with distances ranging from the mile to 10K.To learn more about this event we're speaking with AIESEC's Courtney Hufsmith in this week's Q&A. This U of S Huskie is likely a familiar name to many of you, as she became the provincial record holder in the 1500m this month (4:11:83). So, let's get to our interview with Courtney to learn more! Q&A with Courtney Hufsmith   Tara:  This is AIESEC's first-ever charity run. Why was Saskatoon chosen as the city to host the...July18 18 1
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Brainsport Times July 11, 2018

We have a cool opportunity coming up at the Brainsport Running Academy; our next Learn to Run Course is going to be held at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. If you're not familiar with this park it's well worth your time to get out there to enjoy the history and beauty it provides. Jill and Gisele George will be coaching our 7-week long Learn to Run course out there starting on  August 11  in preparation for the Race Against Racism being held on  October 22 . To learn more about this unique course we're speaking with Jill and Gisele in this week's Q&A!Q&A with Jill and Gisele George Tara:  Let's start off by learning more about your running and coaching backgrounds? What do you as a duo bring to participants? Gisele:  I have coached track and field at the North American Indigenous games in both Regina in 2014 and Toronto in 2017. I like coaching because...July11 18 1
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Brainsport Times July 4, 2018

We're talking CrossFit in today's Times. The Voodoo Fitness Festival takes place in September here in Saskatoon; and Brainsport is sponsoring the run portion of the event. The Voodoo Fitness Festival will draw more than 500 athletes from across Canada into Saskatoon for a weekend of competition.To get the scoop on this event we're speaking with organizing committee member and CrossFit Games athlete Laurie Meschishnick.So, let's get right to it! Q&A with Laurie Meschishnick Tara:  Some of our readers may be familiar with the Voodoo Fitness Festival, while others likely aren't. Tell us about the basic premise of this event? Laurie:  The Voodoo Fitness Festival is in its ninth year (formerly the Bridge City Beatdown). It is the largest fitness festival in Canada being host to more than 500 athletes from all across Canada. Many of the attending athletes have competed at the regional level of CrossFit which is the last step to the Crossfit...July4 18 1
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Brainsport Times June. 27, 2018

With summer now underway it's time to start thinking about fall races. In Saskatchewan, we're fortunate to have a premier road racing event in both the spring and fall - the Saskatchewan Marathon in May and the Queen City Marathon in September.  When it comes to fall racing the Queen City Marathon in Regina is a top-notch event for those looking to stay close to home. In this week's Q&A we're going to talk the Queen City Marathon Race Director Shawn Weimer to learn all about what's on deck this year. For those of you planning a fall marathon, it's never too early to start practising race-day nutrition. Be sure to check out our "Product of the Week" featuring Tailwind Nutrition. It may just be the right formula for you! Before we get to our Q&A, it's worth noting we have another Learn to Run Course set to get underway at...June17 18 1
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Brainsport Times June. 20, 2018

We're coming into a few exciting days of events at the store, starting with the launch of On's Cloudace tomorrow evening! Then on Saturday morning, we have the Brainsport Coach's Summit, followed by the Broadway Fit Fest in the afternoon. Check out the details for Saturday's happenings in the "Upcoming Events" section of the Times!  Our Q&A this week is with On's Chris Bilick. Chris is going to give us the scoop on the launch of the Cloudace and how you can take part in On's Global Relay Run! Chris Bilick Tara: On Thursday evening Brainsport will be taking part in the launch of On's latest innovation - the Cloudace, which is being launched in a unique fashion with On's Global Relay Run. Would you tell us more about what the Global Relay Run is and how it works? Chris: In just under years, On has become a truly global...June20 18 1
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Brainsport Times June. 13, 2018

It's tough to beat late spring/summer running in Saskatoon; the Bridge City really does have it all! And there's no better time to delve deeper into the sport, or pick it up as a beginner, than this time of year.  To help you get off on the right foot the Brainsport Running Academy is offering a Learn to Run Course this summer designed to get you ready for the Teen Challenge Freedom Run on August 19. Rilla Johnson and Tarrant Cross Child are coaching this course, which is sure to be a fun and informative time!  In this week's Q&A we're learning all about it in a conversation with Rilla, so let's get right to it! Rilla Johnson Tara: Before we get into talking about the Learn to Run Course itself, would you mind telling us a bit about your background as a runner and coach? Rilla: I only started...Jun13 18 1
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Brainsport Times June. 6, 2018

With the sun shining and warmer temperatures arriving now is a great time to explore the local triathlon scene. For those of you who have been curious about the sport and want to give it a try, the Saskatoon Triathlon Club is the place to start. In this week's Q&A we're going to focus on young triathletes in a conversation with Brainsport Kids of Steel Race Director, Tabetha Mason. There's still time to register for this event, which takes on  June 16 . Information for registration and volunteering is below in the Upcoming Events section of the Times. Now, let's get to it! Q&A with Tabetha Mason Tara:  Let's start with some basics about the Brainsport Kids of Steel Triathlon for those who aren't familiar with the event. What ages are welcome to participate in the triathlon? What are the distances for the swim, bike, and run? Do children need to have prior experience racing? Tabetha:  This...June6 18 1
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Brainsport Times May. 30, 2018

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Saskatchewan Marathon over the past weekend!  In this week'sTimes we're excited to be talking about our first-ever Brainsport Coach's Summit, which is being led by Jason Warick. Many of you are familiar with Jason both as a coach and runner, but for those of you who aren't so familiar - here's a brief bio:   Jason is a proud dad of young athletes Annie, 12, and Taras, 9. He began running at St. Augustine Elementary School and became the Sask. marathon record holder (2hrs19min), representing Canada in competitions around the world. Jason now coaches beginners and experienced athletes of all ages, including his kids’ X-country, relay and Marafun squads at Ecole Victoria. His priorities for all athletes, in order of importance, are health, fun, skill development and performance. Now, let's get to our Q&A with Jason and learn more about the summit!   Q&A with...May30 18 1
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Brainsport Times May. 23, 2018

All the best to everyone taking part in the Saskatchewan Marathon this weekend! We hope everyone has a great day, whether you're racing, volunteering, or cheering along the sidelines.  In this week's Q&A we're speaking the Cary Snyder. Cary is the race director of a new fun run in the city called the Teen Challenge Freedom Run happening on August 19. This event is a great opportunity to get out with family and friends in support of an important cause, which Cary is going to tell us about!  Q&A with Cary Snyder Tara: What was the motivation behind starting the Teen Challenge Freedom Run? Cary: Teen Challenge is always interested in finding different ways to reach our community and spread the word about Teen Challenge. The Freedom Run is a fun way to bring people together to raise awareness & funds for Teen Challenge. Tara: For those not familiar, what...May23 18 1
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Brainsport Times May. 16, 2018

We're less than two weeks away from the Saskatchewan Marathon! On May 27 many of you will be taking to the streets to show your stuff after months of training.  In this week's Q&A we're talking to Brainsport Manager Lisette Schereman to get some advice on everything from nutrition to gear before the big day. So, let's get right to it!   Q&A with Lisette Schermann Tara: As the Saskatchewan Marathon fast approaches the store gets busy with runners making final preparations for the big day. One of the primary questions people have is around fueling. With so many different options out there, can you help break some it down? Lisette: It takes training to know how to eat and drink on the run. Hopefully, racers in the full and half marathon events have been incorporating it into their long runs for some time now. But, sometimes runners don’t think about nutrition...SaskMarathon
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