Brainsport Times

Weekly updates on running news in and around Saskatoon and Saskatchewan.
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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 Feb. 10, 2016

Over the past few weeks there has been a great deal of discussion across the country about the school shooting in La Loche. Through the analysis, questions, and theorizing about why it happened, and how to prevent it from happening again, mental health has emerged as a primary focus of discussion.  It's very timely this week to have the opportunity to talk about mental health and physical activity with Sgt. Wade Bourassa of the Saskatoon Police Service. Sgt. Bourassa is currently in his 17th year of service with the Saskatoon Police Service. The father of two is also a big time runner, with 10 marathons behind him. His service to the city has been recognized publicly numerous times. He is the recipient of the Governor Generals Award for Bravery, has received the M.D. Ambulance lifesavers award and the Chiefs award for community service.  Q&A with Sgt. Wade Bourassa Tara: What impact has...feb10 16 1
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Brainsport Times Feb. 3, 2016

Welcome to February everyone! Hopefully you all have been enjoying the warmer weather — and getting out for some nice runs! In this week's Times we're speaking to photographer Steve Gibb. Most of you are already familiar with his work, but may not realize it. Steve is responsible for taking the Times' stunning front-page photo. With a keen eye for capturing the beauty of Saskatoon's historic buildings, it's no surprise Brainsport caught his attention. Steve will be posting his photos of the store on his website gibbart.com in the next week or so. In the meantime let's get to know him! Q&A with Steve Gibb Tara: Let's start with a little bit of your photography background. Would you mind telling us more about yourself?   Steve: I retired in 2010 after 40 years in the newspaper business, with 35 of those in various editing roles, including the last 17 years as...feb3 16 1
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Brainsport Times Jan. 27, 2016

It's been a very busy time at Brainsport with our 25th Anniversary Sale last week. We had fun keeping up with all the action. Thank you to everyone who came out and kept us super busy!In this week's Q&A we're speaking with Mike McDonald, who's coaching the Brainsport Running Academy Half-Marathon course. We're very excited about all the courses being offered this year by the academy — be sure to check them all out on our website. There's also more information below in "Upcoming Events."Q&A with Mike McDonaldTara: We’ve been getting some background on the Brainsport Running Academy coaches over the past few weeks. Now it's your turn. Would you mind telling us about your experiences as a runner and coach? Mike: Well, to be honest, the reason I got into running was because of my mom. She has run for almost my whole life and has completed many marathons, half-marathons and 10K runs. I...Jan27 16 1
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Brainsport Times Jan. 21, 2016

Tonight's Run Club is going to be huge! You may have heard Brian is announcing a contest that will "rock you." Coach, Jason Warick will also be making an exciting announcement about a special training opportunity with the Brainsport Running Academy. And, coach Tobi Rempel will be there to answer any questions you may have about her upcoming Beginner/Recreational Marathon course. In addition to all of this, Run Club alumni Ian and Selinda will also be dropping by! The store is going to be open until 9 p.m. with refreshments served after the running is done. It's a perfect evening to bring along some new people to Run Club. And, to take advantage of our 25th Anniversary Sale! In this week's Q&A we're talking to Jason Warick about the Performance Marathon course he's coaching at the Running Academy starting on January 28th. He also gives a tease about the big Running...jan21 16 1
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Brainsport Times Dec. 30, 2015

This is the last Times of 2015. Happy New Year everyone!  There's a lot to look forward to in 2016, as we celebrate Brainsport's 25th anniversary. As we enter this exciting new year, Brainsport continues to evolve, while still staying true to its founding principals. With  new ventures such as the Brainsport Running Academy, we're positive 2016 is going to be a great year! In this week's Q&A Brian is taking a look back at Brainsport over the years, as well as looking ahead at what's to come in 2016.   Brian Michasiw: Tara: What does it mean to you to be closing in on the 25th anniversary of Brainsport? Brian: It's a huge milestone. Two and half decades! It's especially meaningful because about half that time in business I didn't think we'd make it. There were lots of times when things were very challenging; and I didn't know if we would be able...dec 30 15 1
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Brainsport Times Dec. 23, 2015

Merry Christmas everyone! This is our last edition of the Times before Christmas Day, so you all get an early greeting. This week we're speaking with Oliver Eaton, the 2015 recipient of the Ric Hanna Leadership Award. This award is inspired by a man who made a tremendously positive impact on the Saskatoon running community.Ric was an outstanding runner, who organized numerous running events throughout the years. He was also a long-time member of the Brainsport Run Club, who was always willing to step up to lead a group.In a display of his commitment, determination, and love of running, Ric managed to make it out to Run Club while battling through Huntington's Disease.Ric, number 28, in his glory days of racing.By 2007, the neurological disease had taken its toll, and Ric could no longer lead any of Run Club's groups. However, he didn't allow the disease to deter him from the club. He...

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Brainsport Times Dec. 16, 2015

Christmas is nine days away! It's tough believe, being the weather has felt more like March than mid-December. Nonetheless, Christmas is certainly coming!  It's most likely many of you are still getting some of your final holiday baking and gift shopping done. Unfortunately, there's not much we can do to help you with the baking, but we may be helpful on the shopping front! In place of a Q&A this week, check out some of our Staff Holiday Gift Picks. And, don't forget we're open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve! Staff Holiday Gift Picks Lisette's pick this year is Ultimate Direction's Ultra Vesta because it holds lots of stuff, doesn't bounce around, and it's sized for women! Harvey's pick is the Salomon Spikecross. It keeps him feeling safe and secure on the ice. It's also very comfortable! Jaimie is going with the Saucony Run Mitt. Primarily, because it has...dec16 2015 1
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Brainsport Times Dec. 10, 2015

As the new year fast approaches many of you, along with friends, family and co-workers, are setting your sights on 2016 running goals. We're super excited to be presenting a ton of new running courses in 2016 to help you reach these goals. In this week's Q&A we speak with Ben Rempel, who's been busy organizing these courses, which will become better known as Brainsport Running Academy.Q&A with Ben RempelTara: There is a lot coming up in the new year for those looking to get into some organized training. Let's start with the 6 Week Tune Up course. What can you tell us about this particular course?Ben: The 6 Week Tune Up course is coached by Pat Somerville. It's aimed at runners who are wanting to fine tune their form for the 2016 Brainsport Brainfreeze. It can be tough getting back to form after a busy holiday season and this is sure to be a...
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Brainsport Times Dec. 02, 2015

While most of us are fortunate enough to have fantastic footwear, for many people in Saskatoon this is not a reality. In fact, many don't even have the bare necessities when it comes shoes. This time of year we can only imagine what it would feel like to be outside in these frigid temperatures without proper footwear. This is part of why we're so proud to, again, be presenting Free Shoe Day! In this week's Q&A we speak with Mike McDonald, the Founder and Executive Director of Recess Guardians, and long-time volunteer/organizer of Free Shoe Day.Before we get to our chat with Mike, a quick sidenote: We are still gathering as many pairs of gently-used, or new shoes as possible by the end of today (Wednesday, December 2). So please swing by the store and drop off your donations by 6 p.m. We'll also be asking people to volunteer after Run Club...dec2 15 1
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Brainsport Times Nov. 25, 2015

The winter weather has arrived, and quite convincingly! As the colder weather hits we're seeing more-and-more people coming into the store to get suited up for winter running. We're also seeing a lot of people interested our uksi skirts.If you follow us on social media you may have seen a fun photo of the designer, and founder of uksi skirts, Elizabeth Michasiw, posing with Brett Wilson, from CBC's Dragons' Den.  We often hear "it's such smart idea," and "who makes these?". So, today we're going to talk to Elizabeth and learn more about how the uksi skirt came to be, and much more.  Q&A with Elizabeth Michasiw Tara: The uksi skirt is such a smart and unique idea. How did you come up with it and, ultimately, create the skirt as we now know it?   Elizabeth: I feel like I can’t take a lot of credit for coming up with a really creative idea because it just kind of...nov25 2015 1
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Brainsport Times Nov. 18, 2015

As this beautiful fall continues to bring us mild temperatures and wonderful running conditions, it's a reminder of how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to slip on quality running shoes and hit the trails. For those less fortunate, it's not always so simple, but we have the chance to help out. December 5 is Brainsport's Free Shoe day at King George School. If you have any gently-used or new shoes you'd like to donate, please drop them off at the store byDecember 2. In the spirit of helping out, our Q&A this week features an interview with Michelle Wray from an organization called Start2Finish.  Q&A with Michelle WrayTara: For those not familiar with Start2Finish, would you mind telling us a bit about the program?Michelle: Everyday Start2Finish help give children the building blocks to graduate. We empower children with the tools to succeed for life so they can create a "Cycle of Success."Tara: What makes Saskatoon a good fit for the program?...

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Brainsport Times Nov. 11, 2015

On this day we remember all those who have served our country — thank you. We'll be back next week with a Q&A — for this week, simply take some time to remember. A reminder, we won't be hosting Run Club this evening, but if you're interested in getting out for a fun group run, check out the SRRA's Remembrance Day Run (details below). Be sure to read all the way through the Upcoming Events — there's some pretty cool news at the end of this week's Times. Upcoming Events: SRRA's Remembrance Day Run Wednesday, November 11 at 2 p.m. Starting at Nutana Collegiate front doors. This a 90 minute easy fun/educational run, making stops at some of Saskatoon's war memorials. There's no charge for the run, so come explore and remember those who have served. Refreshments will also be served.  Lighten Up! Fun Run Get out your bells, and battery-operated l.e.d. lights. Decorate...nov11 15 1
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Brainsport Times Nov 4, 2015

It's been great to see some new faces at Run Club over the past several weeks. In last week's Times we spoke with one of the original Run Club members, Don Cochrane. This week we thought it would be fun to introduce one of the newest members, boxer, Herve Ndabaneze.. Q&A with Herve NdabanezeTara: Before we get into your boxing career and how running plays a role in your training, it would be great to learn more about your background. What brought you to Saskatoon? And, how did you discover Run Club?Herve: I moved to Saskatoon two years ago. I'm originally from Burundi in east Africa, but I have been living in Quebec for 11 years. The reason I came to Saskatoon is because I heard there were more job opportunities in the west. Especially in Saskatoon . This summer, when I was at the Blackstrap trail race somebody told me that Brainsport had a run club and that it would be a good idea for me to join .Tara: As a competitive...nov4 15 1
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Brainsport Times Oct 28, 2015

As the first snowflakes of the season start to fall, we're reminded of the Winter ahead. It's enough to make most Canadians shiver at the thought, but not Saskatonians. Our Run Club (as many of you know) goes year round. It's a great opportunity to introduce newcomers to our community, and show how beautiful the Bridge City is — even for winter running!In this week's Q&A we speak with one of the first-ever members of Run Club — the fabulous Don Cochrane. Q&A with Don CochraneTara: Let's start with how you got involved with Run Club. How did you hear about it? And, what motivated you to give it a try?Don: I coached Brian for about six months when he was in grade 12. He was so successful at the Canadian Junior Trials in June, I decided to retire with an unblemished coaching record! As a result of this first collaboration, we stayed in...Oct28 15 1
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Brainsport Times Oct 21, 2015

We have an exciting demonstration coming up this weekend at the store. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, physiotherapist, Brad Spokes is going to be taking runners through the paces with the first-ever running power meter called Stryd!In this week's Q&A Brad explains more about this new technology and what he has planned for this weekend.Q&A with Brad SpokesTara: Let's start with a bit of your background. Tell us about your experience as an athlete and physiotherapist.Brad: I am a physiotherapist and co-owner of ZONE Sports Physiotherapy here in Saskatoon. I graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004. Over the past 11 years I have gained continuing education certification in acupuncture, IMS and was certified as a strength and conditioning specialist. Currently my caseload as physiotherapist primarily focuses on endurance sports injuries, especially in the running population. Over the past five years my role as physiotherapist has grown and evolved into the...Oct21 15 1
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Brainsport Times Oct 14, 2015

Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone! Hopefully you all had a wonderful long weekend and are ready to get back at it this week.We're excited to have Leanne Parsons, co-founder of Breath Move Be, offering Yoga For Runners classes in our Community Room this month. In this week's Q&A we talk to Leanne to learn more about what the classes are all about.Q&A with Leanne ParsonsTara: Before we get into the specifics of yoga for runners, would you mind filling us in on your background in yoga and running?Leanne: Of course, I have been practicing yoga regularly since 2007, the same year I took up running. I never thought I would be a runner and when I tried it I found I loved it. I have completed a number of 5K, 10K and half marathon races. And yoga is a wonderful counterbalance to any sport.  In fact I loved it so much I started...oct14 15 1
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Brainsport Times Oct 7, 2015

One month from today our colleague Jamie Epp will be inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame. We did an interview with Jamie back when it was announced, but thought it would be fun to do another interview as the day approaches. Here's a bit of background on Jamie for those of you who may not know just how remarkable his accomplishments are. From 1999 to 2003 he dominated the CIS as a distance runner with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. In cross country and track he was named a First Team All-Canadian eight times and is a nine-time Canada West All-Star. He's a three-time winner of the CIS 1500 metres, once winner of the CIS 3,000 metres and two-time Cross Country National Champion. The list of awards Jamie received along the way is lengthy. in fact, he's already in the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame as a member of...Oct7 1
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Brainsport Times Oct 1, 2015

We have a fun event coming up next week for anyone who's interested in hitting the trails this fall and winter. The Salomon demo tour is going to be at the store on Wednesday, October 7 with a fleet of high-performance trail shoes to try out on our city's beautiful trails! We're going to have two special trail groups at Run Club that evening. Salomon representative, Scott Friesen will be available to answer questions and get everyone set up. We caught up with Scott to get some more details about the event in this week's Q&A. Q&A with Scott Friesen Tara: You're bringing the Salomon demo tour to Brainsport next Wednesday evening. Would you tell us more about the tour? Scott: The Salomon demo tour is a grassroots program we are hosting with accounts like Brainsport to have consumers try on trail running shoes and take them out for a test...oct1 15 1
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Brainsport Times Sept 23, 2015

Today is the first day of Fall — around here that means our next round of running clinics are getting underway! We woke the store up early on Tuesday morning to invite Global Morning News in to talk about our Learn To Run Clinics. Coach Stacey Mortenson-Spokes and Ben Rempel had a great time chatting with Global's Joelle Tomlinson. Check out Stacey's interview by clicking this link.  In this week's Q&A we catch up with Coach Ben to get his thoughts on the upcoming clinics. We also check in on his own training — he's had many adventures and logged many miles this year. Q&A with Ben Rempel Tara: The first class is fast approaching, and there are still spots available for anyone wanting to sign up. What are your words of encouragement to anyone who is hesitating?   Ben: I just want to let everyone know that nobody needs to feel intimidated by one...sept23 15 1
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Brainsport Times Sept 16, 2015

It's been a beautiful September so far and last Saturday was no exception — we had a gorgeous day for the Broadway Street Sale. It was great to see so many people out at our new location just off Broadway, as well as all the buzz on Broadway. Our friends at New Balance were busy, busy.You may have noticed a new business, Summit Sports and Health, has moved into the location just above the New Balance store. In this week's Q&A we talk to Clinic Director, Dr. Wade Phillips, to find out more about about this new venture and what it has to offer active Saskatonians.Q&A with Dr. Wade PhillipsTara: You recently relocated to Saskatoon from Toronto to start up this business. What motivated you to move here?Wade: My wife and I are originally from Saskatoon. I lived here for 24 years before moving to Toronto for school and so Saskatoon has always been home. Family is very important to...Sept16 1
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