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 and toques for their family Christmas boxes. My husband Ken and I, plus a group of friends thought this would be a great way to help bring warmth to the heads and hands of the families there. This is also a donation that keeps on being needed throughout the Winter season.
Tara: What was it about the Bridge on 20th that caught your attention?
Jan: The Bridge on 20th provides meals and a warm, safe place for people on the streets of Saskatoon. We are one of several groups that help to provide meals for the Kids Club at The Bridge. As the winter season sets in, the need for warmth for the head and hands is very obvious.
A box like this sits outside Jan's house - ready for your donations. Photo supplied
Tara: For those wanting to donate - what should they keep in mind - and where do they make the donation?
Jan: Donations may be dropped off at Brainsport in the blue bin marked “mitts” up until December 15. Donations are also welcome at our house (122 Wickenden Crescent) in the blue box marked “mitts” on the doorstep. These items should be new and can be for all ages. Gloves, mitts, toques and scarves would be very welcome!
Another blue box is at Brainsport - also ready for your donations. Photo supplied
Tara:What is your hope for Warm Up the Bridge Christmas in terms of the impact it will have on people's lives?
Jan: Our hope for Warm up The Bridge for Christmas and the Season is to raise awareness of one of the many centres in Saskatoon for people in need and to provide something that can actually warm up hands and heads this season.
Brainsport Lunchtime Run
December is coming. It sounds like a great time for a run!
Meet Harvey for a lunchtime run every Thursday from November 29 to Dec. 27 for a special downtown edition of Run Club. This informal workout is suitable for all levels of runners. Meet at the clocktower, across from the Sheraton Hotel, on Thursdays at 12:08 p.m. for a 30-minute run. No charge, no sign-up, just bring a friend and come ready to run!
Brainsport Running Academy
Back by popular demand, the 2018/19 installation of the PatTrick run clinic will start on November 27th. Coach Pat will help focus your training and drive you towards your race goals in 2019! This clinic will be on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. at Brainsport. There are currently two ways to participate in this clinic with additional options coming in 2019.
PatTrick - 41 weeks
This clinic will run continuously for 41 weeks preparing you for the Brainfreeze (March), the SK Marathon (May), and the Queen City Marathon (September). Signing up for the full 41 weeks is also the best deal: save 25% on the clinic fees by signing up for the41 week option.
PatTrick - 14 weeks
If you are looking for a smaller commitment, there is also a 14-week option. Same great coach, same great training! This 14-week program will run until February 26 and prepare you for the Brainfreeze in March.
Follow the links on the Brainsport website https://brainsport.ca/events/, or register at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/19786/brainsport-run-academy-2018.
Breath Move Be Yoga for Athletes
6th Annual Lighten Up Fun Run
Get out your bells, and battery-op l.e.d. lights. On Dec. 16, decorate yourself for a fun run at the start of winter. Hot beverages and dainties post-run will once again be provided by D'lish.
There's no fee, no registration - just come out and have some fun! Bikes, well-behaved dogs, strollers welcome. For more information click here.
Transition Sport & Fitness Triathlon Training
Transition's Fall Triathlon Training program runs from November 6 to December 22. The program includes three coached group workouts a week, as well as weekly coach's emails, monthly clinics on topics such as equipment, clothing, nutrition and injury prevention, a guaranteed spot in the winter tri-program, and a super supportive environment for newbies and experienced triathletes alike. Limited spots left. To learn more go to www.transitionsportandfitness.ca
Product of the Week
Brooks Ugly Holiday Sweater Gear
What better way to stay warm this season than with Brooks limited edition ugly holiday sweater merch! The collection features a shirt, beanie, socks, and one of our favourite Brooks shoes; the Levitate. Perfect for getting you, or someone else you know, in the holiday spirit. Come check out the collection in the store while you're out and about!
Thanks for reading the Times this week.