Sunday Runday, and my morning run (though short) was a fast, local race. Too often I discount and downplay the value of lacing up for a cause that isn’t just another tick on the tally of my own personal achievements. Yet a five kilometer fundraiser race, as far removed as it is from the epic half marathons and ultra trail races that seem to consume my training calendar these days, is a heartwarming reminder of my sports more enduring legacy in the modern running landscape. Some backstory may be relevant here. I often write and talk about my ”little run club” but the truth is that prior to the pandemic we were a crew that was often forty or fifty…

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It’s been nearly a year and a whole long winter of impassable trails through the river valley since I posted an update about the work being done to turn a small bit of land with a big local history into a small provincial park. The last time we thought about that effort on this site, a small group of us had gone off on a short adventure run to test our prospects of finding a runnable trail between my house and the bit of natural space clinging to the edge of the river. What we found instead was a dead end. And a furthering of the mystery behind this bit of future park where it seemed our odds of future…

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While volunteering as a course marshal at a local trail race yesterday, I stood in the same spot in the woods for nearly three and a half hours. Much of that time was spent clapping and cheering and directing racers away from a detour where the path had naturally washed out near the river bank. But a lot of the rest of that time was me incidentally and casually investigating the condition of the local trails. The Inspiration A few weeks ago I watched a mini-documentary video by Beau Miles called Run the Rock, wherein the filmmaker stepped out his front door in his running kit, loaded his wheelbarrow up with tools, and ran about ten klicks out to a…

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I may have written earlier this year about how I’ve spent each of the last two summers devising a weekly run outing for my running crew. Each week over about fourteen weeks of summer we would meet at a location I’d disclosed earlier in the day for a six to eight klick run. It could be through a neighbourhood. It could start in a bedroom community outside the city. It might wind through the river valley in an interesting place. It just had to be somewhere interesting, new or both. What adventure from 2021 will be forever etched upon your memory. In mid-June I summoned the runners to a location on the far east side of the city in a…

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