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 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 first? And, why was a...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 GeorgeTara: 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 it lets me stay involved in a sport that...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 MeschishnickTara: 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 Games. This year's Voodoo Fitness...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 the...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 BilickTara: 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 brand. With a...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 JohnsonTara: 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 running after...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 MasonTara: 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 annual event is about kids coming out to have fun,...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 Jason Warick Tara:...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 SnyderTara: 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 is Teen Challenge?...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 SchermannTara: 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 until they start...SaskMarathon
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Brainsport Times May. 9, 2018

In this week's edition of the Brainsport Times we want to share with you a story about a pair of very special mocassins - and the evening surrounding the presentation of these mocassins to the owner of one of the largest shoe company's in the world. New Balance owner Jim Davis made his first-ever trip to Saskatchewan, along with a handful of other folks from the company, last month. Brian saw this as an opportunity to create a memorable and informative experience, with a focus on Saskatchewan's aboriginal community.  After a presentation featuring guest speakers, Jason Warick and Tarrant Cross Child, a smudge was lead by Derek Rope and a song and dance wasperformed by Marc Okihcihtaw. It was all capped off with the gifting of a pair of mocassins to Jim Davis, crafted by Cree artist Katelyn Paskemin - complete with the New Balance logo.Brian's here for this week's Q&A to talk to us more about the evening, so let's get to...May9 18 1
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Brainsport Times May. 2, 2018

Welcome to May everyone - the month of the Saskatchewan Marathon! One of the things that make the Saskatchewan Marathon such a fantastic event is everyone has the opportunity to participate - you don't have to be a marathoner to be a part of the Saskatchewan Marathon. Whether you're a volunteer, a sponsor, a fan cheering along the sidelines, or you're running in one of the many distance options - there's something for everyone! In today's Q&A we're going to learn more about the Saskatchewan Marathon Marafun; a program aimed at getting children active and interested in running. Here to tell us all about is Team New Balance's Tarrant Cross Child. This is Tarrant's second year serving as Marafun ambassador.Q&A with Tarrant Cross ChildTara: Tell us, what drew you to become a part of the Saskatchewan Marathon's Marafun?Tarrant: My sons ran in this event back in 2015 and 2016. I was able to see their...May2 18 1

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Brainsport Times Apr. 25, 2018

Just a little more than a week ago Olympian Krista Duchene captured the attention of the nation when she finished third at the Boston Marathon! At the age of 41, Krista is proving to still be one of the country's best distance runners. She also happens to be the guest speaker at this year's Saskatchewan Marathon Pasta Dinner, very cool!   In the spirit of masters athletes, we're going to speak with local masters athlete, Amanda Stalwick in this week's Q&A. Amanda is training for the 2018 World Masters Athletics Championships, being held in Malaga, Spain. Let's get right to our conversation with Amanda!  Q&A with Amanda StalwickTara: Tell us a bit about your running background. What brought you to this place of training for the World Masters Athletics Championships 2018?Amanda: I've actually come full circle in my running career. I ran high-performance track for five years in my youth competing at national and...Apr25 18 1
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Brainsport Times Apr. 18, 2018

It's been a long winter, but rest assured those spring-like temperatures will eventually make their way to Saskatoon! In the spirit of the soon-to-come warmer weather, we're featuring the Spring Run Off in this week's edition of the Times.Just picture yourself running alongside beautiful Diefenbaker Lake with the warm sun touching down - it's a nice thought, right? Well, on May 12 the Spring Run Off is set to provide a wonderful experience for runners of all levels in Elbow, SK.There's a lot to look forward to at this year's Spring Run Off, so we're getting all the details from event organizer Carlie Letts in this week's Q&A.But we for we get to that, we're excited about the On Cloud Edge Launch Party happening tomorrow night at the store. This is going to be a fun evening with the chance to get in on On's latest in running shoe innovation, so be sure to check out the details...Apr18 18 1
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Brainsport Times Apr. 11, 2018

Here at Brainsport we're pretty pumped On has selected us as one of only a handful of retail stores across the world to help launch their latest innovation in running shoes - the Cloud Edge! On April 19 you'll have the opportunity to be among the first to get your hands on this highly-anticipated shoe. In this week's Q&A we're getting the scoop on the Cloud Edge from On's National Director of Sales, Chris Bilick. Let's get right to it!  Q&A with Chris BilickTara: On is a fairly new company on the running scene here in Canada. For those who aren't familiar with the company would you mind talking a bit about what makes it a unique company?Chris: On is a Swiss company which has taken a new approach to running shoes. Engineering a unique cushioning system (Cloudtec) which addresses not only the vertical impact of running but also the horizontal force that the body...Apr11 18 1
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Brainsport Times Apr. 4, 2018

Before we jump into this week's Q&A, a reminder to check out the Upcoming Events section of the Times for a few new events, including two very cool events happening in-store over the next couple of months!In this week's Q&A we're speaking with Marsha Crossman, a race director for the Canada Goose Ultra, being held next month in Regina. This is a 24-hour timed event that also serves as the Canadian 24-hour Championship. But don't let the championship title intimidate you, this event is suitable for all levels of runners.Marsha's going to fill us in on all the details. So let's get to it!Q&A with Marsha CrossmanTara: The Canada Goose Ultra is a unique racing opportunity where participants run for a designated amount of time, rather than distance. Tell us what's the draw of an event like this?Marsha: Being timed, as opposed to the more common distance race, provides a unique opportunity for participants to choose their own...Apr4 18 1
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Brainsport Times Mar. 28, 2018

T-minus 60 days until the running of the 40th Annual Saskatchewan Marathon! For some, this may still be enough time to get prepared for the full marathon event; for others, there's still plenty of time to get ready to run the 5K, 10K, or half-marathon. It's a big year for the Saskatchewan Marathon as it celebrates its 40th year putting on one of the premier road races in the country. In this week's Q&A we're speaking with Saskatchewan Marathon Race Director, Kim Ali to get the scoop on all the excitement surrounding this year's event!Q&A with Kim AliTara: This is an exciting year as the Saskatchewan Marathon marks its 40th year of existence. What does this milestone mean to the SRRA, and will there be any special celebrations at the event this year?Kim: Yes!  We’re planning “A Run Down Memory Lane” at the Race Expo. You can check out paraphernalia from past years and maybe even...Mar28 18 1
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Brainsport Times Mar. 21, 2018

Welcome to spring everyone! Though we still have some time to wait until those warm late-spring mornings start welcoming us onto the streets and trails, one can dream a little, right? So, this week we're going to allow our minds to slip ahead to late spring to learn more about an opportunity to hit the streets with a bunch of fellow runners on June 10 at the Second Annual SIGA Good Food Run.  This event is held by the SIGA Long Runners to raise funds CHEP Good Food. For those not familiar with CHEP, its mission is to work with children, families and communities to improve access to good food and promote food security. In this week's Q&A we're speaking with Shannon Josdal, the president of SIGA Long Runners, to learn more. So, let's get to it! Q&A with Shannon Josdal Tara: This is the second year the Siga Runners Fitness Group is hosting...Mar21 18 1
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Brainsport Times Mar. 14, 2018

Imagine, for a moment, running a marathon in full police uniform - that's not an easy undertaking. But for Weyburn Police Service Constable Jeff Bartsch, it's a way to help raise awareness and funds for mental health. The Saskatoon native is no stranger to Brainsport. While living here he was a regular participant of our Run Club and took part in the Brainsport Running Academy. He's now found a unique way to use his passion for running to help others. In this week's Q&A we're going to learn more about Cst. Bartsch's endeavours, including how he plans on representing Brainsport next month in a race in Los Angeles.  Q&A with Cst. BartschTara: You’ve run more than 130 kilometres in full police uniform to raise awareness and funds for mental health. To date, you've raised more than $6,000. What motivates you to run for this cause?Cst. Bartsch: I run in police uniform to...Mar14 18 1
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Brainsport Times Mar. 7, 2018

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Brainsport Brainfreeze over the weekend, and to all those who competed and volunteered at the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Track and Field Championship! In this week's Times we're going to be learning about an upcoming Brainsport Running Academy Course that is sure to help you, or perhaps someone you know, get well on their way to reaching their running goals. Kim Galus is coaching the Learn To Run course starting in April. This course will prepare you for the 5K event at the Saskatchewan Marathon on May 27, and also serves as a launching point for your future running goals, whether it be to race, or simply get out to run for fun and fitness. We're excited about what this course has to offer, so let's get right to our Q&A with Kim to learn more!Q&A with Kim GalusTara: Let's start off by addressing some of the fears people may...Mar7 18 1

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