Edmonton 10k

Edmonton’s Addition to Canada Running Series Attracts Strong Field

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by Paul Gains

A sold-out crowd of five thousand runners will descend upon Alberta’s Legislature grounds (‘The Ledge’) July 22nd for the inaugural running of the Edmonton 10k – the newest addition to the Canada Running Series.

The lululemon title-sponsored race has brought excitement and new sense of fun to running in the provincial capital and judging by the strength of the field – and the fact the race sold out in 13 hours – it is destined to be one of western Canada’s most popular races.

Two-time Canadian Olympic marathoner, Reid Coolsaet, leads an excellent group of racers and expects a battle with fellow Speed River Track Club member Evan Esselink and Calgary’s Trevor Hofbauer.

“Trevor and Evan will be tough to beat,” Coolsaet, 39, concedes. “Evan is running well, he just (finished 2ndin the 10,000m at nationals). I definitely want to compete and go for the win. It would be nice to run a fast pace but Edmonton is a little bit higher (elevation). I am not too concerned about the pace although 30 minutes is the cutoff for the prize money deduction.”

First place is worth $2,000 but if the winning time is slower than 30 minutes there is a 25% penalty. As Coolsaet duly notes, it is wise to keep an eye on the pace.

Hofbauer, who recently left the Speed River Track Club in Guelph, Ontario after missing family and friends in Calgary, won the 2018 Canadian Half Marathon Championship in his hometown on May 27th by almost a minute over Kip Kangogo. However, he reveals he has scaled back his training since then just running ‘easy miles’ with no high expectations.

The course is described as flat, fast and scenic, thanks to the City of Edmonton Civic Events Department agreeing to close the signature High Level Bridge which spans the North Saskatchewan River. 

Reid Coolsaet winning the 2018 Toronto Waterfront 10k. Photo Credit: Todd Fraser/Canada Running Series

Coolsaet, a 39-year-old Hamilton, Ontario resident has taken his time returning to hard training after his 9th place finish at the Boston Marathon. A victory at the Toronto Waterfront 10k on June 16th confirmed he was on the right path although he has been especially cautious since he and his wife Marie welcomed their baby girl into their home.

“The Toronto Waterfront 10k itself sparked something,” he admits. “Since then the workouts have gone much better. I have actually been on the track once a week since that race that has made a difference and I have been able to run at a much faster pace in intervals the past four weeks.”

A strong group of women will battle for the $2,000 first place prize money and the 30 CRS points on offer.

Sasha Gollish of Toronto, the 2015 Pan Am Games 1,500m bronze medalist has been on a tear over the longer distances lately. She won the Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal and also the Canadian Half Marathon title over Vancouver’s Dayna Pidhoresky. But four weeks later the positions were reversed when Pidhoresky beat her rival by two minutes at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon. Coming home third in Vancouver was Cold Lake’s Emily Setlack who represented Canada at the World Half-marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain in March and will carry Alberta’s hopes for a local champion on the women’s side. 

Emily Setlack of Cold Lake, Alberta will challenge at the Edmonton 10k. Photo Credit: Inge Johnson/Canada Running Series.

Their rivalry in the Canada Running Series has brought excitement to the contest worth $3000 to the overall winner. Gollish currently leads the Canada Running Series standings over Pidhoresky 144 points to 89, but the British Columbian has a race in hand.  

The men’s current overall CRS leader, Tristan Woodfine – 90 points thanks to his victories at the Spring Run Off and the Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal –  is recovering from his recent Canadian marathon championship victory so Coolsaet (60) can overtake him with a good race in Edmonton and stake a claim for the $3000 overall prize.

The arrival of a Canada Running Series race in town also provides a great opportunity for Alberta’s top regional athletes to go toe-to-toe with some of Canada’s very best road racers. The local running community are hoping for a few upsets as local heroes such as Kieran McDonald and Michael Nishiyama on the men’s side or Morgan Lawley in the women’s race take on the high-flying circuit leaders.

The addition of the Edmonton 10k to the Canada Running Series brings the total of CRS races to eight now and nobody could be happier than Race Director, Alan Brookes.

“The excitement, the anticipation about this new race is palpable,” says Brookes. “In an era where many are asking if running is in decline, where we have not seen a major, new road race on the Canadian scene for some time, two world-class Canadian organizations have come together to create a leading-edge experience in the new running movement — an outstandingly fun experience that brings the sport into the modern era. The fact that the event sold out in 13 hours 27 minutes underscores how ready Edmonton, and Canada is. Let’s do this!”    


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Introducing the Edmonton 10k Elite Field

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If you are planning to cheer on the runners at the Edmonton 10k race on July 22nd, here are some of the names and bib numbers to watch out for! Toronto’s Sasha Gollish and Hamilton’s Reid Coolsaet will be looking to defend their 10K titles earned in the Toronto 10K on June 16th. With some pretty tough competition coming from local Alberta runners and runners from across the country, it will be a race to watch!

2018 EDMONTON 10K – Men’s Elite Field

Bib First Name Last Name City Prov
1 Reid Coolsaet Hamilton ON
2 Evan Esselink Guelph ON
3 Trevor Hofbauer Calgary AB
6 Kieran McDonald Edmonton AB
8 Michael Nishiyama Edmonton AB
9 Matt Setlack Cold Lake AB
10 Michael Stewart Edmonton AB
11 Charly Allan Edmonton AB
13 Richard Reid Edmonton AB
14 Matthew Hope Red Deer AB
15 Dejene Gulitat Edmonton AB
16 Andrew Cassidy Edmonton AB
17 Logan Roots Kingston ON
18 Benard Onsare Calgary AB
19 Trevor MacLean Edmonton AB
20 Simon Stewart Edmonton AB
21 Craig Odermatt Victoria BC
22 Brian Torrance Edmonton AB
23 Marty Robertson Edmonton AB
24 Brian Yorke Edmonton AB

2018 EDMONTON 10K – Women’s Elite Field

Bib First Name Last Name City Prov
F1 Sasha Gollish Toronto ON
F2 Dayna Pidhoresky Vancouver BC
F4 Leslie Sexton London ON
F5 Emily Setlack Cold Lake AB
F6 Morgan Lawley Edmonton AB
F10 Alecia Kallos Edmonton AB
F11 Emma Cook-Clarke Calgary AB
F12 Melissa Kalyn Calgary AB
F13 Taylor Carlin Edmonton AB
F14 Jodi Nesbitt Red Deer AB
F16 Rachel Humphreys Edmonton AB
F17 Madeleine Cummings Edmonton AB
F18 Kimberley Doerksen Roberts Creek BC
F19 Lisa Flemming Edmonton AB
F21 Katherine Moore Vancouver BC
F23 America Aznar Edmonton AB
F24 Anushree Patel Edmonton AB


Meet Nuun Hydration

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Nuun will be our hydration partner for this year’s Toronto Waterfront 10k & Edmonton 10k. We will be serving Nuun Hydration products on the day of, and encourage all of our participants to train with what will be on course!

Who/What is Nuun Hydration?

Nuun stands for Nutrition Uncompromised. We have chosen to partner with them because their product is designed and formulated by athletes, for athletes. All Nuun products are vegan, gluten-free, and low calorie. This means that when you hydrate with Nuun, your body reaps all of the hydration benefits without consuming any extra junk and artificial ingredients.

Hydration is rad!

Hydration is important whether you’re running a marathon, or a marathon of errands! A consistent intake of water throughout the day is the easiest way to start living a healthier lifestyle. Hydrating correctly can lead to increased energy levels, support healthy body function, and ensures your body is absorbing all of the nutrients from the food you consume every day.

Water + Nuun = Hydration Bliss

Make your water count! Did you know that there is better way to hydrate than with just water alone? Nuun products have been designed based on the science of fluid absorption. The right blend of electrolytes facilitates optimal water absorption. Nuun Hydration’s propriety blend of electrolytes + water replenishes what your body craves after your workouts.

To learn more about Nuun Hydration, visit their website at

How Does Running Lift You Up?

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Running lifts people up in many different ways and we want to know how it lifts you up. Here at Canada Running Series, running helps lift us up in so many ways, including knowing the impact we – as a running community – can have on cities we race in. In September, thousands of runners will join the Under Armour Eastside 10K to run in, for, and with the Eastside. We are lifted up by knowing  we’ve been able to support an area of Vancouver that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. In addition to bringing the Eastside community together, we have been able to raise $17,000 to support three fantastic charities: Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, Greater Vancouver Foodbank and PHS Community Services Society.

The title partner for the Eastside 10K, Under Armour, has recently launched UA HOVR, the brand’s latest innovation in footwear cushioning technology.  Dave Dombrow, Under Armour’s Chief Design Officer says that when designing UA HOVR, the company set out to create the perfect combination of cushioning plus responsiveness and energy return – to essentially lift you up.  The new cushioning system was created to provide not only a cushioned ride but also energy return. “The development of UA HOVR was inspired by the insight that every step a runner takes has the impact of 2-4x their body weight, holding them down,” said Dombrow.   If you’re in the market for a new pair of running shoes this spring, UA HOVR  may be something you want to try.


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How to Fuel Your Training Runs

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By Kim Doerkson

Regardless of whether you’re training for a road or a trail race, if you’re racing for over an hour, it is worth looking into how to fuel your training runs.  It may seem counterintuitive to eat during a run, especially if one of your goals is weight loss.  When the time spent running increases, it’s beneficial to have some kind of fuel to keep energy levels up.  Think of it like driving a car: if the tank is full, there’s no risk or fear of the vehicle breaking down; on the other hand, if the gas level gets low, it could damage the engine and leave you stranded on the side of the road.  The same is true for running.

So what is the best thing to eat during a run to avoid hitting the wall / bonking?  Like anything, it’s personal, but there these are a few go-to’s for runners:

  • Gels. These are widely available at any running or outdoor sports store and are the most common sources of fuel during races.  Essentially just little packets of sugary goo, gels are an easily digestible sugar source that can also include electrolytes and / or caffeine depending on the type.  There is a large selection of flavours, and they’re conveniently pocket-sized, making them the most runner-friendly.
  • Chews / Chomps: Exactly like they sound, chews are the runner’s version of gummy candy.  Much like gels, they are made with sugar and can have electrolytes and / or caffeine to help boost your energy levels during a run.  Unlike gels, chews require a bit more work: they needed to be chewed (hence the name), and more of them need to be consumed to match the caloric intake of a gel.  Typically 4 chews are equivalent to 1 gel; this is great if you prefer to eat throughout the run, and not just in bursts like you would with gels.  Just make sure to try a number of types are some get stuck in your teeth more than others!
  • Candy: Sugar-highs in children after eating sugar is the result runners are looking for; but maybe not to the extreme of the sugar-crash and crying after.  Most people have a favourite candy, so it’s a good start to fueling during the run.  Bringing wine gums, or any gummy candy keeps blood sugars up if they start to falter, and taste good at the same time.  Their only downfall is that they’re straight-up sugar.  Chews and gels will have a mix of electrolytes in them too which helps to keep electrolyte balance in check when sweating out salts on a run.
  • Dried fruit: Simple and natural. Taking a ziplock bag of dried dates, figs, raisins etc. is a great option while out for a long run.  Natural fruit sugars are readily accepted by most stomachs as an easily digestible fuel source.
  • Energy balls: These are most common during big train runs as there is more opportunity for slower paces while trekking up hill, and typically take longer than a road run due to technical terrain and elevation changes. Easy to make at home, energy balls consist of a mixture of dried fruit, nut butters, chocolate, coconut, and various seeds.  All natural ingredients with good fats, sugars, and a little protein goes a long way when out for a long time!

For all of these options, practice goes a long way.  Don’t show up to race day and decide to take a gel or eat during the race if you haven’t practiced in training.  It takes time to get your body used to fuelling while running, so include it into your training plan.  Also be sure to research what in-race fuel is available and if it’s not what you’re used to, make sure to pack what your need before getting onto the start line.

What can proper coaching do for you?

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In a world where everything is available right at your fingertips, it seems normal to consult the internet for a training plan to prepare for an upcoming race.  However, these programs are cookie cutter methods based on norms that don’t take into consideration the uniqueness of the individuals that use them.  So what does proper coaching offer that a run-of-the-mill program doesn’t?

“With proper coaching, an athlete just might discover the best version of themselves, or they might start to let go of all those heavy expectations that they carry around. And through this process they will learn more about themselves. Proper coaching allows an athlete to make clear choices and carve out a path to where they want to go. Proper coaching builds the bridge between who the athlete is today, and who they will be. Proper coaching filters and flows into every area of an athlete’s life so that all of the practicing, resting, recovering, training, racing, and dreaming is purposeful. With proper coaching, we grow and get better.” – Kate Gustafson, Mile2Marathon Coaching.

Not only do coaches provide one-on-one coaching, they usually form a group of athletes that can train together.  This not only ensures that the athletes are provided guidance, but they’re also supplied with a team that gives a team-like dynamic in a very solo sport.  This community supports, pushes, and enhances those who are involved.

The words of Coach Kate from Mile2Marathon in Vancouver eloquently explains the benefit of having a coach that can guide an athlete on their running journey.  Having someone understand the ebbs and flows of the athlete’s life, commitments, vices, and dreams is crucial.  Accountability to a coach, to one’s own goals, and to the betterment of one’s skills, is something that a generalized program from the internet won’t offer.  A coach can help make the solitude of training become a camaraderie, through the rapport a coach-athlete relationship cultivates.