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 day for everyone, including their pets, to come out and enjoy the sunshine. It’s also a timed event for those runners who want to better their time, or for those who just want to get a little exercise and enjoy the company and the view of Lake Diefenbaker.
Tara: Have there been changes to the event from last year? And in what ways will it be similar?
Natalie: The biggest change that we have is that the trail is now finished and we will be running on the trail for both the 5K and 10K races. Last year the trail wasn’t complete so we raced on the golf course. There will be burgers and beers served on the back deck again this year, sponsored by Harbor Golf, along with other sponsors from the surrounding area. There is a lot of community involvement with volunteering as well.
Trail near Diefenbaker Lake in Elbow, Sask. Photo suppliedTara: How do you see this event fitting in with other races in the provinces throughout the spring and summer seasons?
Natalie: I think the Spring Run Off will be an additional annual spring race that in the future, those participants who have tried it once will keep on coming back. Burgers, beer and hopefully Tim Hortons donuts will be an attraction for most to return.Tara: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Natalie: We will be holding our opening ceremonies for the grand opening of the trail to kick off our race that morning with representation from Trans Canada Trail and hopefully a member of parliament or two would be great. Hoping for sunshine and lots of smiles on May 13.
Brainsport Spring Run Off
Come run along beautiful Diefenbaker Lake with friends, family and fellow walkers and runners. This year's Spring Run Off is being held on May 13, and features a time 5K and 10K race. Don't let the timing fool you though, this is not an event for just those serious runners. The entire day is aimed at providing a good time for everyone! For more information and to register click here.
Saskatoon Zoo Run
The Saskatoon Zoo Society presents the wildest run of the season. The 20th Annual Zoo Run, is featuring a 2.5K and 5K fun run on April 23. Come walk or run your way through the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. Entry forms are available at Brainsport or online at
https://saskatoonzoosociety.ca/event/zoorun/. Funds raised support the zoo’s environmental education programs. Entry fee includes a souvenir high quality cotton t-shirt, fresh cinnamon buns, refreshments, a chance at some cool draw prizes, and admission to the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park Zoo for the day.
The 2017 Saskatchewan Marathon event is being held on the weekend of May 28, with race distance options for all levels of runners. This premier event, put on by the SRRA, is known as one of the provinces best racing events of the year!
Jason Warick and Tarrant Crosschild will be this year's speakers at the Saskatchewan Marathon Pasta Dinner. Journey with Tarrant and his coach, Jason, through the lows and highs of their running careers, from the red dirt trails of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley to the ice- covered roads of northern Saskatchewan. Along the way, they found meaning in their running. For more information and to register click here.
EY River Run Classic
Canada Goose 150 Race
This one-time only, no-pressure distance running event is being held on June 24 and 25 in Wascana Park in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. There's something for everyone at this fun-inspired event. Choose from 150-minute run to a 150K run, with plenty of other options in between. For more information click here.
Canada 150 Ultramarathon
Celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary by taking on this unique ultra marathon traversing the Canadian Shield. The event will be held on July 1 at Falcon Lake, Manitoba (race starts at Great Falls). Run the 150 solo, or get a team together to participate in the relay! For more information go to http://canada150ultra.com/registration/,
Breath Move Be Yoga - Spring Tune Up!
200 Hour International Yoga Teacher Training
The Living Well Centers is offering 200 Hour International Yoga Teacher Training starting on April 4. Deepen your yoga knowledge and practice. Strengthen your spiritual connection. Become a yoga instructor.
Virtual Pilates and Virtual Rides
For runners looking for some great recovery, strengthening, and cross-training options, Transition is now offering pilates and cycling from the comfort of your own home. These interactive live web-streamed classes are unique in that. if you choose to have your webcam Coach Carly can see you and correct technique and interact. For those with an at-home trainer Virtual Rides take place Sundaymornings. Click the here for more information.
Brainsport Shoe Donation Progtram
The Brainsport Shoe Donation Program has received a request for basketball shoes. If you have gently-used basketball shoes please consider dropping them off at the store for donation. They will go a long way in making sure no child is left sitting on the bench because they don't have proper footwear.
Transition Sport and Fitness is offering Distance Group, or Personalized Coaching for anyone wanting to take their swim, bike, or run training to the next level.
Visit www.transitionsportandfitness.ca for more info on all programs.
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Thanks for reading the Times this week . . gotta run . . .Tara