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Brainsport Times Aug 16, 2017

Before we know it we're all going to be settling into our fall routines. Some of you may be interested or know someone interested, in adding some more running into this year's routine, and we may just be able to help out with that! The Brainsport Running Academy is offering a Learn to Run course perfect for those looking to challenge themselves, learn a lot, and have fun with other people also new to running. Our upcoming Learn to Run course is being coached by Brainsport's Kim Galus - Kim has a ton to offer, and great energy to bring to newcomers. In this week's Q&A we're speaking with Kim to learn more about her background and what her hopes are for the participants of the Learn to Run course. Kim Galus Tara:  Let's start by learning more about you, as a runner. What kind of experiences are you bringing to participants of this...Aug16 17 2
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Brainsport Times Aug 9, 2017

Hopefully, everyone enjoyed the long weekend and is now staying safe through the stormy weather! In this week's Times, we're shifting gears a bit to hear from longtime Brainsport employee Colin Federow. Colin recently wrote about an experience he had fitting a man with a pair of gently-used shoes that very much represents the spirit of the Brainsport Shoe Donation Program and Brainsport as a whole.  So, in lieu of a Q&A this week we thought it would fitting to share Colin's piece of writing, which he originally posted on Facebook. So, let's get to it! A "fitting" reflection: by Colin Federow  Have you ever wondered if the shoes you donate at Brainsport are put to good use? I had a gentleman come into the store today. At first glance, he was not the typical customer, but I went over and asked him if he needed a hand. In a very timid voice, he...Aug2 17 1
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Brainsport Times Aug 2, 2017

In this week's Times we're "shining a light" on the YWCA. This year the organization is hosting its first annual Shine a Light Run to bring about more awareness of all the YWCA does in the community, as well as to raise funds for their ever-important programs.  The run gets underway at sunset on September 15, and has a few distance options to choose from, which we'll learn about - and much more - in this week's Q&A with event committee member, Ashley Gedir.  Q&A with Ashley Gedir Tara: The YWCA plays an important role in our community in many different ways. Can you expand on this - and why it's important to bring about more awareness of the YWCA? Ashley: The YWCA is a non-profit organization that benefits the community in various ways. At the YWCA, one can access our Fitness Center, Childcare Services, Employment and Learning and the Crisis Shelter and Residence....Aug2 17 1
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Brainsport Times July 26, 2017

A big congratulation to all of Team Saskatchewan for a solid showing at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games held in Toronto last week! In this week's Times were going to check back in with Jaira Cross Child, who we spoke with a couple weeks ago, and get the scoop on her first Games. Jaira brought home five gold medals, but as you will read - her performance was only one part of the memorable experience.  Q&A with Jaira Cross Child Tara: Let's start by getting your thoughts on what it felt like to represent Saskatchewan for the first time in your running career. Was it everything you expected and hoped it would be? Jaira: It was such an honor to represent the communities and people of Saskatchewan. While I was wearing my team Sask gear, I was proud of my home. It was more than I expected - the team spirit,...July26 17 1
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Brainsport Times July 19, 2017

While there's no doubt Saskatchewan offers some great road races throughout the summer season, the road is only one way to experience the joys of running. There are trails to be discovered all throughout the province - it's just a matter of connecting yourself with people in the know - and then going for it!  At the end of August there's an opportunity to experience some fantastic trail running in Wapiti Valley at the Wapiti Bush Run. In this week's Q&A we speak with race director, Harvey Weber to learn more about this event.  Q&A with Harvey Weber Tara: Let's start off by learning a bit more about the Wapiti Bush Trail, itself. Describe for us what makes this a destination trail for runners out there looking to experience more of what this province has to offer in terms of beautiful trails to explore. Harvey: The Wapiti Bush Run is held...July19 17 1
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Brainsport Times July 12, 2017

In less than a week the North American Indigenous Games will get underway in Toronto. More than 5000 young athletes will be competing in events ranging from athletics to baseball, wrestling, soccer and more - from July 16 to July 23. All of Canada's provinces and territories will be represented, along with athletes from 13 regions from within the United States. Saskatonians will have a hometown runner to keep an eye. Jaira Cross Child is competing in the 1200 metre and 2000 metre track events, along with the 3 kilometre cross country event. In this week's Q&A we're speaking with Jaira about her first appearance at the North American Indigenous Games!   Q&A with Jaira Cross Child Tara: Before we jump into some more of the details about the North American Indigenous Games, let's get to know a bit more about your background for readers who aren’t familiar. Would you tell us about how you...July12 17 1
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Brainsport Times July 5, 2017

With the passing of Canada Day over the weekend we're now into the full swing of summer, which means beautiful early-morning runs and warm (sometimes hot, but still beautiful evening runs).  Summer running in Saskatoon is second to none, and a great time of year to gear up for a race. The Queen City Marathon is the last major local road race of the season in Saskatchewan. For many it is a goal race with a personal best targeted For others it's simply a high-quality racing event to take part in.  Wherever you may fall on this spectrum, the Queen City Marathon offers a nice opportunity to put your summer training to the test and enjoy a race before the weather turns colder. In this week's Q&A we're speaking with race director, Shawn Weimer to learn more about the 2017 Queen City Marathon. Q&A with Shawn Weimer Tara: As running continues to grow in...July5 17 1
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Brainsport Times June 28, 2017

Happy (almost) Canada Day to everyone! Being the next publication of the Times falls on July 3rd this is the only chance we have to wish you all a wonderful day of celebrating Canada's 150th Anniversary!  In this week's Times we're looking a bit further into the month of July at the EY River Run Classic. This is one of the province's premier road races, so let's get to learn more about this year's event in our Q&A with race committee member Neil Mackay. Q&A with Neil Mackay Tara: What makes the EY River Run Classic one the most reputable road races in Saskatchewan? Neil: There is something for everyone, as there are a variety of race distances - a 5K walk/run, a 10K and a half marathon. This year, the 10K will be part of the Saskatchewan Athletics Road Race Series. We have had the same experienced race committee (Neil...June28 17 1
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Brainsport Times June 21, 2017

Congratulations to all the kids who rocked the Brainsport Kids of Steel Triathlon last weekend!  This week we're keeping the focus on the triathlon with an interview with young and upcoming triathlete here in Saskatoon - Kaycee Schroeder. Kaycee moved to Saskatoon two years ago from Dundurn. She's been competing in triathlon for 10 years, along with track and cross country.  Let's get to know more about Kaycee and hear some of her insights on the triathlon scene here in Saskatoon and surrounding area.  Q&A with Kaycee Schroeder Tara: As we saw again with the success of this year's Brainsport Kids of Steel Triathlon- along with the increasing interest in the sport from adults, triathlon is alive and well in Saskatoon and the surrounding area. As a young woman competing in the sport, what do you think makes for such a strong triathlon scene here? Kaycee: We have a strong triathlon community in Saskatoon that is...June21 17 1
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Brainsport Times June 14, 2017

First off, thank you to everyone who took part in the Mimosa Run over the weekend! Your support will go a long way in helping out the Lasers' Para Swim Program. What a fun event, and such a fabulous turnout - we hope you all enjoyed your special drinks!   This week we're keeping the focus on children with a closer look at the Brainsport Kids of Steel Triathlon. This event has been growing in popularity, yet is still unknown to many who would likely be excited to take part or volunteer. So, to learn more we're speaking with the event's volunteer coordinator, Michelle Lefranc, in this week's Q&A. Q&A with Michelle Lefranc Tara: The Kids of Steel Triathlon is a unique event in that it's aimed at providing a positive experience for young people wanting to be involved with the sport. How is this event organized to ensure it's attractive for children? Michelle:...June14 17 1
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Brainsport Times June 7, 2017

Happy Global Running Day everyone!  This evening we're excited to be helping Brooks launch its Big Endorsement campaign, which we'll learn more about in this week's Q&A. To get in on the action come a little early to Run Club (5:45 p.m.) and stay a little later. Now, let's jump right into our conversation with Brooks Retail Marketing Manager, Lilian Yamasaki to learn more! Q&A with Lilian   Tara: The Big Endorsement campaign invites runners of all levels to sign a contract with Brooks. Would you explain more about with this means for runners, and more details of this exciting campaign? Lilian: This is a campaign that is inclusive. We want to send a message that this sport is not just about celebrities and fast runners (even though Hugh Jackman and Nick Simmonds wear our products), it’s about every single runner: fast, slow, 800m, 5K, marathoners, trail, road, male, female, running for a cause, no...June7 17 1
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Brainsport Times May 31, 2017

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Saskatchewan Marathon event last weekend - what a great day!  In this week's Times we're keeping the focus on the marathon - the Abbott World Marathon Majors - to be specific. For those not familiar with the six World Marathon Majors they are the Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City Marathons.  One of the most renowned accomplishments in the sport of running is completing all six of these majors. In the past 10 years, only about 600 people have accomplished this, and one of them is Saskatoon's, Reita MacDonald. In this week's Q&A we're speaking with Rita to learn about her extraordinary achievement, which she completed at the London Marathon last month. Q&A with Reita MacDonald Tara: Let’s start by learning more about your running background; how long you've been running? What got you started? Reita: I ran my first marathon on September 3, 2000, a month...May31 17 1
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Brainsport Times May 24, 2017

This is a big weekend for the local running community, and beyond, with the running of the Saskatchewan Marathon; all the best to everyone participating! There's such a celebratory atmosphere at this event over the course of the weekend - we hope you all soak it up and are proud of the hard work you've put in to get there.  Speaking of hard work, for those of you looking to keep up with your training over the summer months the Brainsport Running Academy kicks off its Summer Tune-Up Course on June 6. Coach Pat Somerville will be guiding participants through 14 weeks of training in preparation for races ranging from 10K to full marathon distances. In this week's Times we speak with Pat to learn more about this course and what makes it a great option for summer training.  Q&A with Pat Somerville Tara: You've coached countless running courses at Brainsport over the...May24 17 1
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Brainsport Times May 17, 2017

Brainsport has announced a new fun run is coming to the city this summer! The Mimosa Run will be held on June 11 in support of the Lasers Swim Club Para Swim Program. This event means a great deal to Brainsport's founder/owner Brian Michasiw, who's daughter Harriet has a rare genetic condition called Congenital Hyperinsulinism. Damage done to Harriet's nervous system as a result of the condition means she does a physical activity a bit differently than other children - which makes her a great fit for the Lasers Swim Club Para Swim Program. Having witnessed the positive impact the program has had on his daughter and other children, Brian felt it was a great idea to get involved in supporting the program with a fun run. In this week's Q&A we're speaking with Laurel Scherr and Rochelle Anthony who started the Lasers Swim Club Para Swim Program four years ago; and who are now also co-directors of the...May16 17 1
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Brainsport Times May 10, 2017

We're only 17 days away from hundreds of runners lining up at the start of the Saskatchewan Marathon. Some will be taking on the full marathon distance, some the half marathon, and others will be looking to achieve their goals in the 5K and 10K races.  It's always a pleasure to watch this event, as runners of all levels take to the streets. In this week's Times we're going to speak with a beginner runner who's been participating in the Brainsport Running Academy 10K Course. Michael Baars started out on what he would have once considered an unlikely journey back in February with coach Tarrant Cross Child. Over the past few months Michael has transformed himself into a runner who will proudly pin on a Saskatchewan Marathon race bib on May 28. Let's learn more about Michael's story in this week's Q&A!  Q&A with Michael Baars Tara: You've made great strides at the Brainsport Running Academy 10K...May10 17 1
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Brainsport Times May 3, 2017

Each year one of the highlights of the Saskatchewan Marathon event is the pasta dinner; not only because there's tons of yummy carb loading to be done, but also because of the keynote speakers. This year two local runners will be headlining the event - Jason Warick and Tarrant Cross Child.  In his prime Jason was one of Canada's top long distance runners, captaining the Canadian National Marathon team, and owning a marathon PR of 2:19:39, which he ran in Chicago in 2006. Jason now coaches a group of competitive runners here in Saskatoon, including Tarrant Cross Child - winner of the 1998 Saskatchewan Marathon.  In this week's Q&A we're having a conversation with Jason and Tarrant about their upcoming gig at the Saskatchewan Marathon! Q&A with Jason Warick and Tarrant Cross Child Tara: You both have a lot to give in terms of sharing your running experiences with others. What motivates you to share...SaskMarathon2
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Brainsport Times Apr. 26, 2017

Runners get ready to race! The first half-marathon of the season is fast approaching. This year the The Saskatoon Police Half Marathon is being held on May 7.  This is a great opportunity for competitive runners to test out their fitness coming off the long winter season. It's also an event catered to runners of all levels, and ages, so everyone is welcome! In this week's Q&A we're speaking with Sgt. Wade Bourassa to learn more about this year's event.  Q&A with Sgt. Wade Bourassa Tara: The Saskatoon Police Half Marathon has become a go-to race for a lot of runners in and around Saskatoon. What do you think it is about the event that's made it a success? Sgt. Bourassa: For the eighth year, the Saskatoon Police Service Foundation Half Marathon has been the first timed race of the season. The course has always been as interesting as it is beautiful. We have...Apr26 17 1
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Brainsport Times Apr. 19, 2017

It's likely safe to say there's not a runner in Saskatoon who doesn't enjoy taking to the trails of Meewasin Valley. It's also likely most runners do their part to keep the trails free of trash, but there is an opportunity to do even more!  Tomorrow (Thursday, April 20) everyone is welcome to meet at Brainsport at 6 p.m. to walk the river and do some cleaning up. The plan is to clean from Victoria Bridge to the start of the woodchip trail. If you're not familiar with that area, not to worry there will be lots of supports around.  In this week's Q&A we're speaking with longtime runner David Buchner to learn more about this annual spring clean up and why it's so important.  Q&A with David Buchner Tara: One of the great pleasures of living in, or visiting Saskatoon is running the trails of Meewasin Valley. As someone who's been a longtime...April19 17 1
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Brainsport Times Apr. 12, 2017

With the Easter long weekend approaching hopefully everyone can get out and enjoy some nice spring running! Speaking of spring running, the second annual Brainsport Spring Run Off is coming up next month in Elbow. In this week's Q&A we're speaking with Natalie Letts, chairperson with the Friends of the Elbow Trail. This group has been successful in building the beautiful trail along Lake Diefenbaker in partnership with the Trans Canada Trail, which will be a highlight of this year's event.  Let's get to our chat with Natalie and learn more!  Q&A with Natalie Letts  Tara:  For those who weren’t out at last year’s inaugural event, would you mind giving some background about it and what participants can expect? Natalie:  Our trail group has partnered with Brainsport to annually put on this race, which approximately 200 people signed up for last year. We are hoping for more runners and walkers this year. It’s a family...Apr12 17 1
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Brainsport Times Apr. 5, 2017

For those of you who have frequented Brainsport over the past several years there's a good chance you ran into Trevor Hofbauer at some point. Trevor is our former New Balance rep turned elite long distance runner; and at 6'3 he's tough to miss in passing. The 24-year-old is a no-nonsense runner who isn't afraid to publicly voice his goals: to compete in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games. If his performances over the past couple of years are any indication, he's well on his way. He's a national bronze medalist in the half marathon and cross country, with personal bests of 1:04:28 half marathon, 29:28 10K and 14:33 5K. In 2016 he represented Canada at the World's Best 10K in Puerto Rico, and just last week was the first Canadian to cross the finish line at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda. Trevor's commitment to pursuing his dreams was made evident earlier this...Apr5 17 1
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