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Brainsport Times Dec. 7, 2016

As we settle in to the Holiday Season many memories have already been made with our families, friends, and ever-so important running pals; we need only look back a few weeks to the running of the 2016 Gingerbread Run. Not only was a ton of fun had by all, but a ton of money was also raised for The Saskatchewan Abilities Council, which will be receiving more than $10,000 as a result of the tremendous response of Saskatoon's running community. 

In this week's Q&A we're speaking with Lydia Michasiw, to get a young person's perspective on the race. This Grade 3 student is our youngest interviewee to date - it's also worth noting the Gingerbread Man she was trying to catch was her dad! 

Q&A with Lydia Michasiw


Tara: Thanks for doing this Lydia, it's exciting to be talking to you about your experience running in this year's Gingerbread Run! How does it feel to be a part of a race that raised more then $10,000 dollars for charity?

Lydia: Good, I didn’t know it raised money.

Tara: It's really neat that you enjoy running. Did your dad's running get you interested in running yourself? What is your favourite part about it?  

Lydia: Yes, My dad can run really fast.I like going to races because it’s fun. It’s fun because . . . I don’t know just I like it.

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Lydia running solo during the Gingerbread Run on November 20. Photo Supplied

Tara: It must have been pretty fun chasing the Gingerbread Man. Do you think someday you’ll be able to catch him?

Lydia: Yes, maybe.

Tara: What did you enjoy the most about racing in the Gingerbread Run?

Lydia: When I saw my dad at the end (the finish line) and he was wearing the Gingerbread costume and cheering for me. I really like the bunny hug, because it’s so fuzzy and I like it. I liked the cookies because they were really good.

Tara: Is there anything else you would like to say about your experience?

Lydia: I was scared to run by myself. And then my dad asked someone to run with me (Ken Sterling) and he just ran with me at the start. Then I felt good to run by myself!


Brainsport Christmas Social - and Ric Hanna Award Presentation

Come out and celebrate the Holidays with us on Saturday, December 10! Brainsport is hosting a social after Run Club in the Community Room starting at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is asked to bring cookies or dainties, coffee will be provided. This is a special event, as Brian will also be presenting the Ric Hanna Award to the 2016 winner! So be sure to come out to run and celebrate with us! 

The Brainsport Running Streak

Brainsport Manager Lisette Schermann has a special message for everyone! See below. 

"The Brainsport Running Streak is back to help you keep running during this holiday season. We’re challenging you to run every day for the entire month of December, even if it’s only one mile. December is dark, and cold, and busy for many of us. It can be the toughest time of year to stick to a regular running routine. The Running Streak is the cure! There are so many great opportunities to go for a run in December, that we’ve made a calendar with an event, group run or workout inspiration for every day of the month.

Go to the
Brainsport Facebook page and join our Running Streak group. It’s a great place to share your pictures and comments and encourage fellow Streakers. Our Running Streak Ambassador, Theresa, will keep you motivated with workout ideas and a few fun contests along the way." - Lis

4th Annual Lighten Up Fun Run

Looking to get into the festive spirit? Get out your bells and battery-operated i.e.d lights and decorate yourself for a fun run on December 18 at 6:30 p.m. The run starts and finishes at D'lish. Hot beverages and dainties will be be provided by D'lish. No fee, no registration, just come have fun. Bike and well behaved pets are welcome too. This is a very easy pace 2.5 mile loop. For more details visit:

Athletics Canada Road Running Survey

Athletics Canada is asking runners to take a moment to fill out the 2016 Athletics Canada Road Running Survey. These questions allow Athletics Canada to learn more about Canadian runners and provide a better experience in 2017. As a thank you, you can receive a coupon for 15% off at
http://shop.athletics.cathat is good until December 31, 2016. Click the following link to get started:


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Every week, at one of Saskatoon's community schools, volunteers and children come together for a running and reading program called Start2Finish. The program aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing ongoing educational support to Saskatoon's at-risk children. You run, read, and share a word of the day with the group of kids. Start2Finish not only allows you the opportunity to give back to the community, and gain a rewarding experience, but also allows you to help children grow in a positive way. If you are interested in giving a couple hours of your time email
 http://This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or http://This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.For more information on the program go to

Charity Challenge - Hike Machu Picchu, Peru

Hike to Machu Picchu, Peru May 13 to 20, 2017!

This is an opportunity for a great adventure, while also funding life-saving research to beat blood cancers through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Join challenge leader, Mavis Derksen at the Brainsport Run Club Wednesday's at 6 p.m. where she'll be leading a weekly walk in preparation for the hike! For more information go to:

Triathlon Training

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. 

 www.transitionsportandfitness.cafor more info on all programs.

Product of the Week

Mizuno Breath Thermo Gear

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Brainsport is now stocking Mizuno's Breath Thermo line just in time for the Christmas giving season! For all the runners in your lives this line up of warm, breathable gear may just be the perfect Christmas give, or perhaps a treat for yourself. Keep warm on those frosty mornings, and toasty on those chilly evenings, with everything from jackets to socks, to headbands and more. Come check it all out at the store! 

Thanks for reading the Times this week . .  gotta run . . .Tara
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