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Brainsport Times Jan. 23, 2019

Runners registering for any Saskatchewan Marathon event this year will once again have the option of adding a donation to their race fee to support the Meewasin Valley Authority (MVA). The MVA is a non-profit organization that does conservation work along the South Saskatchewan River Basin and maintains and upgrades of the Meewasin Valley trail system. “We’re using it so much. Let’s put back, let’s give back,” says Peter Goode, president of the Saskatoon Road Runners Association (SRRA), which organizes the Saskatchewan Marathon. SRRA President Peter Goode with dog Willie on a run along the Meewasin Valley trails. The MVA has been the Saskatchewan Marathon’s charity of choice since 2010.  In the past, the MVA has netted between $7,000 and $10,000 each year from runners who donate while registering for Saskatchewan Marathon events.  Last year, people gave roughly $7,500 to the organization when registering and the SRRA matched that amount, for...Jan23 19 1
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Brainsport Times Jan. 16, 2019

When Saskatoon Road Runners Association (SRRA) President Peter Goode heard that the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival was planning to build a permanent site for its performances, he knew it was a perfect project for the city’s running community to help out with. Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan leases land from the city on the west bank of the South Saskatchewan River near the Prairie Lily riverboat dock and former Mendel Art Gallery building. The organization spends weeks erecting a main stage every spring and then takes it down at the end of each summer once performances are over. When shows are not being performed, the site is locked. Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan is now in the midst of a fundraising campaign to create a permanent base for its festival. In addition to building an amphitheatre, the organization has plans to convert the nearby seasonal washrooms to year-round facilities with an indoor...Jan16 19 1
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Brainsport Times Jan. 9, 2019

When first-time runners look at winter running gear, they are often amazed by how thin and lightweight it is, says Brainsport fit specialist Colin Federow. “They say ‘How is that going to keep you warm?’ Well we’re forgetting the factor that we’re generating heat,” Federow says. “Whatever the temperature is outside, add 10C to it and that’s what it’s going to feel like when you’re running … If you dress for -20C because that’s the temperature, you’re going to be too hot by the time you get running because it’s going to feel more like -10C.” Federow spoke with the Brainsport Times to share some tips about how to dress for winter running. Layering For both pants and tops, layering is key. Federow recommends people wear one to three layers on their legs and torsos depending on the temperature and whether they tend to feel hot or cold when outside. On...Jan9 19 1
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Brainsport Times Jan. 2, 2019

very winter, Colin Federow hears the same question over and over again: How can I run without slipping on ice? The Brainsport fit specialist says there’s no one-size-fits-all solution that works for every runner, but Brainsport carries a variety of shoes and accessories that people can choose from so they can keep moving even when snow and ice cover their favorite running paths. He sat down with the Brainsport Times to lay out the three most popular options. Pull-on grips Products like the Due North Everyday G3 Ice Snow Traction Aid ($26) and Nordic Grip running traction aid ($40) fit over your favorite shoes to provide grip. “The reason I like that is that you can be out running and if you feel that it’s icy you can slip it on quick and away you go,” Federow says. Pull-on grips allow you to turn your favorite shoes into winter runners so...Jan2 19 1
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Brainsport Times Dec. 26, 2018

Each year Brainsport presents the Ric Hanna Award to a runner who demonstrates leadership and makes running more meaningful for fellow run club members. This year’s Ric Hanna Award winner is Don Cochrane, who has been a part of Brainsport’s run clubs since the run club’s first meeting in July 1991.  Prior to accepting the award on Dec. 22, Cochrane spoke with the Brainsport Times about his journey in running and what the Brainsport run club has meant to him. Don Cochrane’s fascination with running began in his early teens. He remembers growing up in Ontario and being captivated by stories of the great athletes who raced the Boston Marathon. “I thought ‘Nobody in their right mind could ever run 26 miles,’ ” recalls Cochrane, now 78. “This just caught the imagination of a 13 year old. But way down deep, I said ‘One day, one day I’m going to do...Dec16 18 1
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Brainsport Times Dec. 18, 2018

Following Brainsport's free Saturday morning run club this weekend, Brainsport will present the Ric Hanna Award to an athlete who has demonstrated leadership and made running more meaningful for fellow run club members. The presentation will take place in Brainsport's community room at 10 a.m. as part of a holiday celebration. Brainsport will provide some coffee and tea. Runners — please bring some dainties to share!  In other good news: Six-year-old Lucy Olynick loves her new shoes. The Gr. 1 student has been showing them off to her classmates since she bought them at Brainsport last month. The shoes are sparkly, which Lucy thinks is awesome. But what makes them really special is they have a zipper that allows the shoes to completely open up so Lucy can slide her feet in easily even though she wears ankle-foot orthotics (AFOs). Lucy was born with club feet and used to wear casts...Dec 18 18 1
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Brainsport Times Dec. 12, 2018

This week the Brainsport Times bids farewell to outgoing editor Tara Campbell, who has put out this weekly newsletter since the spring of 2015. Back then, Campbell had just left a job in daily news in Saskatoon when Brainsport owner Brian Michasiw asked her if she would take over the weekly newsletter. "The timing worked out well for me," Campbell recalls. "When Brian approached me about writing the Times, I thought it would be a great fit. I love to write and I love to run — it was an easy decision." Campbell now lives in Omaha, Nebraska and recently started a new reporting gig for the local NBC affiliate. "Life has become a whole lot busier," she said. "Simply put, it’s time to let go of the Times." This newsletter is now being edited by myself, Andrea Hill, in the moments when I'm not running or writing for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. I talked...Dec12 18 1
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Brainsport Times Dec. 5, 2018

A new display installed at the University of Saskatchewan’s Physical Activity Complex (PAC) this fall is honouring the accomplishments of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous athletes. Stories and artifacts from nine Indigenous athletes who have been inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame are now featured in the second-floor display case and on a digital kiosk. Chad London, dean of the university’s College of Kinesiology, said the display answers one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, which calls on relevant organizations to provide public education that tells the national story of Indigenous athletes in history. One of the athletes honoured is Paul Acoose, from Sakimay First Nation in southeast Saskatchewan. He is best known for defeating Tom Longboat, who was then the world’s best marathon runner, in a 12-mile (19-kilometre) race in Toronto in 1910 that was dubbed the Redskin Running Championship of the World. Though Acoose was presented with...Dec5 18 1
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Brainsport Times Nov. 28, 2018

We all know winters in Saskatoon can be painfully cold. Imagine not having the proper clothing to keep you warm - it's a tough thought to hold onto comfortably. In this week's Times we're going to bring some attention to a way you can help make those people in need a little warmer this season. Jan Stirling is here to tell us about the donation program she's set up this year. So let's get right to it! Q&A with Jan Stirling  Tara: Tell us a bit about how you got started in collecting socks for those in need, and how you've now transitioned over to other warm must-haves this year? Jan: The sock collection started last year with an appeal from the Lighthouse stating that socks were the number one clothing need for the homeless. This year The Bridge Fellowship on 20th Street, was asking for donations of mitts, scarves, gloves...Nov28 18 1
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Brainsport Times Nov. 21, 201

In this week's Times we have an exclusive interview with the Gingerbread Man from this year's Gingerbread Run 5K! In real life his name is Graham Wilson - and for a long time, he's dreamt about donning the Gingerbread Man suit. This year he got his chance - and he ran with it - upholding the Gingerbread Man's winning streak. There's lots to hear about from Graham, so let's get right to it!  Q&A with Graham Wilson Tara:  What did it feel like to get the call asking you to be the Gingerbread Man for this year's 5K distance at the Gingerbread Run? Graham: I was extremely excited to be asked to run as the Gingerbread Man.  I'm friends with a few of the previous Gingerbread Men, and it's always been a goal of mine to qualify for this role myself.  I've just recently finished my season of cross country running with the...Nov21 18 1
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Brainsport Times Nov. 14, 2018

We're pleased to announce the PatTrick course is returning to the Brainsport Running Academy starting later this month. This unique course is led by longtime coach Pat Somerville, who is here to talk to us today about it. Before we get to our conversation with Pat, all the best to everyone participating in the Gingerbread Run this weekend - good luck catching that speedy Gingerbread Man! Q&A with Pat Somerville Tara: A lot of our readers will be familiar with your coaching, but for those who aren't can you tell us about yourself? Pat: For those who don’t know my coaching style; sign up...you will be shocked by how you progress. They will also be able to find themselves surrounded by a group of like-minded athletes that love not only the sport; but athletes that want to persevere and improve as well as share their knowledge and love of the sport. Tara: ...Nov14 18 1
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Brainsport Times Nov. 7, 2018

This past weekend was a big one for local runners taking part in the New York City Marathon. Over the past two weeks, we've talked to a couple these local runners as they made final preparations for New York.  In this week's Q&A we're going to wrap up our coverage of the New York City Marathon with local runner Penny Bourassa. Penny is here to give us the scoop on her experience in New York, so let's get to it! Q&A with Penny Bourassa Tara: Before we get into hearing about your experience running the New York City Marathon, tell us about what brought you to this place in your running journey? Penny: My husband, Wade, and I used to train for and run marathons as a way to feel good, train/spend time together and travel to new places. We have taken a bit of a break from running marathons to...Nov7 18 1
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Brainsport Times Oct. 31, 2018

Happy Haloween to everyone! Here's to a fun day of costumes, treats, and even some tricks! In this week'sTimes we're speaking with another local runner heading off to the New York City Marathon. This weekend Brian Pierce will lineup along with thousands of other runners to take to the streets of the city's five boroughs. We're going to catch with Brian next week when he returns to hear about his experience in New York, but first let's get to our conversation with him today! Q&A with Brian Pierce Tara: To start off, tell us what led to you taking up running. Brian: I took up running shortly before my 50th birthday. I had recently finished hiking the West Coast Trail with my 18-year-old daughter and was looking for another challenge. The ideas of running a marathon struck me as an equally challenging goal so I signed up for a training program....Oct31 18 1
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Brainsport Times Oct. 24, 2018

f you're a runner in Saskatoon, you know there are some very inspiring stories to be found among those who weave the fabric of the community. In this week's Times we're speaking with one of those runners as he prepares to run the New York City Marathon on November 4.  Dennis Furniss turned his health, and his life around by way of becoming a runner. He has a remarkable story and this week we get to hear some of it in our Q&A! Q&A with Dennis Furniss Tara:  Let's start by getting some background on your journey as a runner. You've been candid about being overweight and the role running played in bringing you to a healthy place. What got you started on your running journey? Dennis:  My beautiful wife is my inspiration for running. I would take her to different races and thought it might be nice to join her on a 5K...Oct24 18 1
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Brainsport Times Oct. 17, 2018

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 running...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 justice...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 categories...Sept4 18 1
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Brainsport Times Sept 12, 2018

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Queen City Marathon over this past weekend! Hopefully, you're all encouraged to keep lacing up those running shoes as we move into this colder weather. In this week's Q&A we're shifting gears a bit to learn more about the Special Olympics Canada youth programs here in Saskatoon. Jana Bassingthwaite is a local volunteer with the Special Olympics and she's here to tell us all about the youth programs offered in Saskatoon! Q&A with Jana Bassingthwaite Tara: Let's start with a little a brief overview of what Special Olympics Canada offers through its youth programs. What can you tell us about the programs? Jana: Special Olympics Canada offers child and youth programs to help young athletes with diverse abilities develop basic motor skills and sport skills through fun and positive movement experiences. Special Olympics youth programs promote opportunities for children, who might require additional supports,...Sept12 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, economic...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 we...Aug29 18 1
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