Announcing the Elite Field for the 2024 Vancouver Half Marathon

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Women’s Start List – Half Marathon

First Name Last Name City Province
Natasha Wodak North Vancouver BC
Dayna Pidhoresky Vancouver BC
Emily Andrews Vancouver BC
Andrea  Lee North Vancouver BC
Ellen Pennock Vancouver BC
Jamie Hennessey Burnaby BC
Catrin  Jones Victoria  BC
Sabrina Wilkie Surrey BC
Christine Bant Victoria  BC
Nadine Robinson Vancouver BC
Olivia Law Vancouver BC
Katrina Lim Burnaby BC
Eriko Soma Vancouver BC
Moeko  Sanada  Vancouver  BC

Men’s Start List – Half Marathon

First Name Last Name City Province
Justin Kent Burnaby BC
Derek Scott Vancouver BC
Thibault Mouchart Vancouver BC
David Morrissey Vancouver BC
Drew Nicholson Surrey BC
Carlos Lesser Vancouver BC
Rob Watson Vancouver BC
Sam Wensink Langley BC
Patrick  Sperling Edmonton AB
Jeremiah Ziak Vancouver BC
Gus Amundson Vancouver BC
David Tapia Vancouver, BC
Luis Benitez Vancouver BC 

 

Start List – 5K

First Name Last Name City Province
Ally Ginther Vancouver BC
Jouen Chang Vancouver BC
Lissa Zimmer Vancouver BC
Katherine Watson Vancouver BC
Marley Beckett North Vancouver BC
Ria  Gill Delta BC
First Name Last Name City Province
Nathan Dehghan Vancouver BC
Kyle Kimura Vancouver AB
Caleb Graham Chilliwack BC
Matt Melnick Vancouver BC
Conor Dunne Vancouver BC

JP Flavin and Erin Mawhinney Victorious at 2024 Under Armour Toronto 10K

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By Paul Gains

JP Flavin rang up Under Armour Toronto 10K organizers last week and asked if there was a place in the event for him. His eleventh-hour plea came just before the race limit of 7,500 was reached. Lucky for him.

The 25 year old New Jersey native showed his gratitude by front running his way to a victory in 29:20 and in the process pulling top Canadian Andrew Davies to a new personal best of 29:25. Third place overall went to Lee Wesselius in 29:49 and the third Canadian was Rob Kanko in 30 minutes flat.

“I am very thankful they let me in the race,” said Flavin, a member of the Brooks Hanson Project based in Rochester Hills, Michigan. “I did really well. I kept 4:40 miles throughout, which was my plan. It was fun.”

Midway through the race – the lead pack of seven runners reached 5K in 14:32 – he went to the front with the objective of breaking pre-race favourite Andrew Davies.

The Sarnia native has been training in Vancouver, where he is a law student at the University of British Columbia. Earlier this year, he ran a personal best 10,000m on the track (28:34.63) and also finished 2nd in the NAIA (collegiate) national championships in that event, which caught the attention of his peers.

“I knew if I stayed with Andrew to the last two kilometres, odds are he would outkick me,” Flavin added. “So a little before 5K, I started picking it up. I wanted to use that long hill [at the Canadian Legion] to come hard off it.”

“When I made my move and started feeling bad at mile five, I could hear from the crowd; they were screaming his name a little bit. So I knew I had to pay attention, stay on it, and not let up too much. I was able to grind and finish off strong.”

Davies was satisfied with his personal best. When Flavin made his move, he made an effort to maintain contact but could never close the gap.

“I was trying to cover it as best I could without risking blowing up at the end,” he revealed. “I couldn’t quite cover it. I stayed pretty close. I couldn’t catch him over the last two kilometres. He held that gap the whole way.”

Despite his earlier 10,000m success in the spring, Davies admitted he has lately been focusing on the 5,000m, the event he will race at the Canadian Olympic trials June 26-30 in Montreal.

While the men’s race had its drama, the women’s race saw the same podium finishers as in 2023, although Erin Mawhinney’s title defence was emphatic. The 28-year-old Hamilton,

Ontario, nursing consultant won by 25 seconds over Salome Nyirarukundo.

Mahwinney’s 33:40 time was a pleasant surprise after she learned earlier in the year she was iron deficient.

“This was the first race since February that I haven’t felt dizzy, so this is the first one in a while that has felt like that,” says Mawhinney, who was greeted at the finish by her coach, two time Canadian Olympic marathoner, Reid Coolsaet.

Respect for her competitors was evident in her further comments.

“At no point was I confident of winning,” she declared. “Salome is so talented, and I knew there was a good chance she would come flying by but someone yelled at me with a kilometre to go that I had a good gap.

To run in the 33s, especially today, it’s hotter and windier than last year, to run the same time as last year off much less training is great.”

Mawhinney also credited Toronto running coach Paddy Birch for helping her through the windy stretches along Lake Shore Boulevard.

“I owe my life to Paddy Birch. He was sort of breaking some of the wind and pacing up to about 8K, so I didn’t have to think quite as hard about it,” she added. “He is much faster than me, but I think he was going for an easy run. He was (pacing me) on purpose when he was talking to me.”

Nyirarukundo, who competed for Rwanda at the 2016 Olympics, now lives in Ottawa. She complained about having an upset stomach last night and into the race morning.

“I was a little bit tired. This morning I had a problem with stomach. Even now, I have it,” she said with a smile, “so I was struggling even to finish, but because I am a fighter, I just tried to finish. It was not bad.”

“I appreciate the organisers; they are very, very good to the elites. It is really good and I enjoy the people (on the course) who are cheering.”

Rachel Hannah, now recovered from her 3rd place finish in the Ottawa Marathon, was 3rd in today’s race. Her time of 34:10, almost a minute faster than her 2023 finish, pleased her.

Once again, the Under Armour Toronto 10K served as the Canadian Masters’ championships, with Toronto’s Allison Drynan crossing the line first in the 45-49 age bracket, recording a time of 38:46. She finished just 8 seconds ahead of Miriam Zittel (40-44).

In the men’s master’s race, Bryan Rusche earned top honours with his 33:37 performance, and Brian Byrne of London, Ontario, finished next in 33:51.

Race director Alan Brookes was delighted with the sold-out event and pointed out that runners from nine provinces, two territories (the Yukon and the Northwest Territories), eighteen American states, and twenty countries enjoyed the day.

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CANADA RUNNING SERIES TO HOST UNDER ARMOUR TORONTO 10K ALONG BEAUTIFUL LAKESHORE THIS WEEKEND

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CANADA RUNNING SERIES TO HOST UNDER ARMOUR TORONTO 10K ALONG BEAUTIFUL LAKESHORE THIS WEEKEND

TORONTO, ON (JUNE 12, 2024) – Canada Running Series (CRS) is excited to announce that the annual Under Armour Toronto 10K will take place on Saturday, June 15th along the scenic Toronto Lakeshore, one of the signature events of Canada’s road running calendar. 

The Toronto waterfront is the perfect backdrop for this Father’s Day weekend event, offering an inspired experience for amateur and competitive runners, walkers and adaptive racers alike. A sold out crowd of over 7,500 participants ages 8 through 80 will toe the start line on Lakeshore Boulevard from Ellis Avenue to Remembrance Drive and back. They will represent 11 Canadian provinces and territories, 18 American states and 20 countries. 

What makes the Under Armour Toronto 10K unique is its expert course layout and event planning, designed by feedback from the local Toronto running community and run clubs. Many of those clubs will be supporting participants across eight cheer sites hosted by Black Runners of the GTA, Frontrunners, Chix Run the Six, We Run North York, Rogue Runners, Culture, Kardia and Midnight Runners. Cheers will be even louder for those running to raise $35,000 for KidSport Canada, a not-for-profit organization that helps remove financial barriers that prevent kids from playing sport by providing assistance for registration fees and sport equipment to children aged 18 and under.

This year’s Under Armour Toronto 10K race will also serve as the Canadian Masters Athletics (CMA) 10K Championships, with medals for the top 3 male and female CMA finishers. Up front, it promises a thrilling men’s race with British Columbia’s Andrew Davies taking on Ontario’s Lee Wesselius, Phil Parrot-Migas and Kyle Grieve, plus JP Flavin from Michigan’s Hansons Project, all of whom are hovering at or below 29-minute personal bests for the 10K distance.  The women’s contest will be no less exciting with all 3 of last year’s top finishers returning to battle it out again: defending champion Erin Mawhinney from Hamillton, Ottawa’s Salome Nyirarukundo, and Huron County’s Rachel Hannah.   

Whether it’s your first race, or you’re a racing veteran, the Under Armour Toronto 10K offers a beautiful, scenic, and accessible course. Much more than just a race, it underscores Canada Running Series’ commitment to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. There will be a dedicated Adaptive Athlete start at 7:25 a.m. for wheelchair participants before the mass start at 7:30 a.m., which will include a non-binary category as well as male and female gender choices. There will also be a separate 800m Kids Race for children aged 2-10, and new this year is the Green Bib program where participants choose not to receive a t-shirt and finishers’ medal in return for a portion of their entry fee being donated to a sustainability charity.

With a beautiful course and picturesque scenery, the Under Armour Toronto 10K is the event for everyone and promises to be an unforgettable experience. 

 

Details of the race day schedule are as follows:

Media Check-in & Availability

Located at the VIP tent in “Race Central” (Parking Lot 852 in Exhibition Place)

Open as of 6:50 a.m. 

Photos and brief interviews are available at the finish line for the media. If you are interested in setting up an interview, please email media@canadarunningseries.com.

 

Race and Event Times

7:25 a.m. 10K Adaptive Athlete Start 

(Start Line located on Lake Shore Blvd. W, west of Ontario Dr.)

7:30 a.m. 10K start 

(Start line located on Lake Shore Blvd. W, west of Ontario Dr.)

8:45 a.m.         Podium ceremony announcing race winners and top fundraisers 

(Main stage located in Race Central, Parking Lot 852 in Exhibition Place )

9:10 a.m. 10K final finish 

(Finish line located on Lake Shore Blvd. W, west of Newfoundland Rd.)

9:45 a.m. Kids Race start 

(Start line located on Lake Shore Blvd. W, west of Ontario Dr.)

The following area of Lakeshore Blvd. W will be closed temporarily to accommodate the Under Armour Toronto 10K on Saturday, June 15, 2024 between 4:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.:

  • Lake Shore Blvd. West from Windermere Ave. to Bathurst St.
  • Strachan Ave. from Lake Shore Blvd. West to Fleet St.
  • Fort York Blvd. from Lake Shore Blvd. West to Fleet St.

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ABOUT CANADA RUNNING SERIES (CRS) 

Canada Running Series is the nation’s premier running circuit with 7 events, 4 in Toronto, 2 in Vancouver and 1 in Montreal. It annually attracts over 70,000 participants and raises more than $6 million for some 320 Canadian and local charities. The Under Armour Toronto 10K is the second Toronto race of the Series, which concludes with the World Athletics Elite Label TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and the Athletics Canada National Marathon Championships. Since 1999, CRS has gained international recognition for innovation and organization. To learn more about CRS, visit https://canadarunningseries.com/.

 

Media Contact

Emma Hunt, Sutherland Corp. 

media@canadarunningseries.com

416-708-9612

MAHWINNEY AND DAVIES LEAD ELITES AT UNDER ARMOUR TORONTO 10K 

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By Paul Gains 

Erin Mawhinney will defend her Under Armour Toronto 10K title Saturday June 15th the next stop on the 2024 Canada Running Series. 

A year ago, the Hamilton resident won the race, which traces Toronto’s scenic Lake Shore Boulevard, in a personal best of 33 minutes 34 seconds. The result was a pleasant surprise and confirmed her arrival as one of Canada’s elite road racers. 

“I would like to take a stab at defending my title I know there are some fast girls running,” the 27 year old says before adding, ”Truthfully I have struggled with some low iron the past couple of weeks. But being able to defend the win would be great. Running close to 33 minutes flat would also be great at this time. 

Despite the medical hiccup – which is now behind her – Mawhinney has followed coach Reid Coolsaet’s training program closely and has gradually increased her training volume. Indeed, she has had weeks where she has run as much as 160km while working full-time as a nursing consultant. 

Mawhinney completed her Master of Nursing degree last year after spending six years nursing in the intensive care unit at Hamilton’s St Joseph’s Hospital. Combining long, demanding shifts with her training program was challenging but she credits Coolsaet, a two-time Canadian Olympian, with providing a flexible plan. 

“I did straight night shifts and I found that sticking on straight nights was a little bit easier for running,” she remembers. “I found the flipping back and forth between days and night was sort of chaotic. 

“I would let Reid know and he was great with being flexible. I worked a lot of overtime during Covid because we were overwhelmed in the ICU during that time. There would be some days where I was too tired to double. There were even times when I had to sleep at the hospital between shifts because there was a risk of exposure in my apartment building.” 

In addition to winning the 2023 Under Armour Toronto 10K Mawhinney captured first place in the 2023 TCS Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon last October (1:13:50). Now she and Coolsaet are targeting a possible marathon debut this coming fall. 

“We are thinking TCS Toronto Waterfront in the fall will be my marathon debut so that is the main focus for the rest of the year,” she reveals. 

Recently Mawhinney’s concerns for the homeless crisis in the Hamilton neighbourhood she has called home the past seven years resulted in her penning an essay on her observations. Her advocacy is paying off. 

“A big win recently was having City Housing Hamilton approve a new public health nurse role I proposed to them,” she adds. “(It is) to help those in higher social-need subsidized housing keep their tenancy and avoid needing to use the emergency room.” 

Among those lining up against her Saturday are 2015 Pan Am Games marathon bronze medalist, Rachel Hannah, who was 3rd in the 2024 Ottawa Marathon last month and, most significantly, was 3rd in the Under Armour Toronto 10K last year and last year’s runner-up, Salome Nyirarukundo the 26 year-old Rwandan who has made Ottawa her home. 

The men’s field is led by Andrew Davies, a second-year law student at the University of British Columbia. Although his 10k best is 29:32 last month he ran a superb 10,000m on the track recording 28:34.63. 

“If you get one of the really fast road courses I definitely feel you can be just as fast, maybe even faster, on the roads (than on the track) with the new shoes,” he declares. 

The 23-year-old Davies claims, however, he will focus more on the competition than on recording a fast time. 

“I am not really going to focus on the time too much,” Davies, who hails from Sarnia, Ontario, says. “I have been transitioning now to focus on the 5,000m leading to the track Nationals at the end of the month. I will focus on racing whoever else is (at the Toronto 10k). I am not going in with a time goal. 

“My 5,000m PB (13:37.39) is three years old and I would like to lower that into the (low) 13:30’s and run Nationals and then in the fall I’d like to run as well as I can in the Canadian cross country championships. I was 4th there this past year. If I could medal there that would be awesome.” 

The fastest performer in the men’s field is Lee Wesselius whose personal best 29:13 earned him 7th in the 2021 Canadian 10k Championships held on a slightly modified Toronto Waterfront course. Also racing is Rob Kanko who was 3rd in the 2023 Under Armour Toronto 10K in a personal best of 30:02. 

The race will once again serve as the Canadian Masters 10k championships. Baghdad Rachem will defend the title he won a year ago on this same course. The Verdun, Quebec resident won that day in 32:05 beating 44-year-old Reid Coolsaet by 13 seconds. 

Edmonton’s Jay Smith finished 3rd in 2023 in 39:23 and leads the female master’s division entries. 

Une nouvelle ère pour le 21K de Montréal avec Courons MTL/A New Era for the 21K de Montréal with Courons MTL

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Montréal, le 10 juin 2024 – Une nouvelle ère pour le 21K de Montréal avec Courons MTL

C’est avec enthousiasme que Canada Running Series annonce la cession du prestigieux 21K de Montréal à Courons MTL, producteur du Marathon Beneva de Montréal. Cette passation symbolise bien plus qu’une transaction : elle marque le début d’une nouvelle ère pour cet événement phare de la course à pied au Canada.

Les familles Brookes et Arsenault partagent depuis plusieurs décennies un riche héritage dans la promotion et le développement de la course à pied sur route, tant au niveau national qu’international. 

Alan Brookes, figure emblématique de la course à pied au Canada, a joué un rôle déterminant dans la réorganisation du Marathon de Toronto en tant que co-directeur de course entre 1986 et 1988. En 1990, il se lance dans une aventure qui allait devenir la Canada Running Series. Sous sa direction, la série est devenue le circuit de course sur route le plus prestigieux du Canada. 

Le 21K de Montréal, initialement introduit dans le cadre du Canada Running Series, a su évoluer, passant d’un 10K en 1999 à un demi-marathon en 2003 accompagné de courses de 5K et 10K, reflétant ainsi le dynamisme et la croissance de la communauté de coureurs. 

Pour sa part, le Marathon de Montréal est le premier marathon d’importance de calibre international à avoir vu le jour au pays et plus grand événement de course à pied au Québec depuis 45 ans. Il rassemble les adeptes de tous les niveaux de performance, ainsi que le public, à la recherche d’une expérience urbaine mémorable en mettant en scène Montréal dans toute sa beauté et sa diversité. Depuis novembre 2020, l’événement est produit par Courons MTL, sous l’égide et l’expertise du groupe produisant également les Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal, et les Championnats du Monde Route UCI qui auront lieu à Montréal en 2026. 

« Notre expertise dans la production d’événements majeurs internationaux et notre engagement dans le monde de la course, qui date de 1979, sont les fondements sur lesquels nous bâtirons le futur du 21K de Montréal, » affirme Sébastien Arsenault, président-directeur général, Courons MTL. Pour en savoir plus sur l’histoire de l’organisation.

En confiant les rênes à Courons MTL, l’événement est promis à un avenir brillant.

« C’est un privilège pour notre organisation de prendre le flambeau et ainsi assurer la pérennité de ce précieux événement pour la communauté de course montréalaise, ajoute Sébastien Arsenault. Notre engagement envers les coureurs et coureuses sera ainsi rehaussé puisque nous pouvons désormais leur proposer des objectifs autant en début qu’en fin de saison, puis les accompagner tout au long de leur préparation. »

« Ce passage de témoin est très symbolique pour nous. Il représente non seulement la continuité de nos efforts, mais aussi une expansion vers de nouvelles possibilités pour le 21K de Montréal, » mentionne Charlotte Brookes, directrice de course, Canadian Running Series.

L’équipe de Canada Running Series restera impliquée le temps nécessaire afin d’assurer une transition harmonieuse, tout en continuant de développer ses autres événements à Toronto et Vancouver. Ce changement stratégique permettra une concentration accrue sur des initiatives majeures comme le TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon. 

Cette nouvelle configuration est une promesse d’innovation et de croissance pour la scène de la course à pied au Québec, bénéficiant ainsi à l’ensemble de la communauté des coureurs au Canada. 

Pour plus d’informations et suivre les développements à venir, veuillez consulter. 

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Montreal, June 10, 2024 – A New Era for the 21K de Montréal with Courons MTL

It is with great enthusiasm that Canada Running Series announces the transfer of the prestigious 21K de Montréal to Courons MTL, the producer of the Marathon Beneva de Montréal. This transition signifies much more than a transaction: it marks the beginning of a new era for this flagship running event in Canada.

The Brookes and Arsenault families have shared a rich heritage in promoting and developing road running, both nationally and internationally, for several decades.

Alan Brookes, a prominent figure in Canadian running, played a crucial role in the reorganization of the Toronto Marathon as co-race director between 1986 and 1988. In 1990, he embarked on an adventure that would become the Canada Running Series. Under his leadership, the series became Canada’s most prestigious road racing circuit.

The 21K de Montréal, initially introduced as part of the Canada Running Series, has evolved from a 10K in 1999 to a half marathon in 2003, accompanied by 5K and 10K races, reflecting the dynamism and growth of the running community.

The Montreal Marathon is the first major international-caliber marathon in Canada and has been Quebec’s largest running event for 45 years. It brings together enthusiasts of all performance levels, as well as the public, seeking a memorable urban experience, showcasing Montreal in all its beauty and diversity. Since November 2020, the event has been produced by Courons MTL, under the guidance and expertise of the group also producing the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec and de Montréal, and the UCI Road World Championships to be held in Montreal in 2026.

“Our expertise in producing major international events and our commitment to the running world, dating back to 1979, are the foundations on which we will build the future of the 21K de Montréal,” says Sébastien Arsenault, CEO of Courons MTL. For more information about the organization’s history click here.

By entrusting the reins to Courons MTL, the event is promised a bright future.

“It is a privilege for our organization to take up the torch and thus ensure the continuity of this valuable event for the Montreal running community,” adds Sébastien Arsenault. “Our commitment to runners will be enhanced as we can now offer them goals both at the start and end of the season, and support them throughout their preparation.”

“This handover is very symbolic for us. It represents not only the continuity of our efforts but also an expansion towards new possibilities for the 21K de Montréal,” says Charlotte Brookes, Race Director of Canada Running Series.

The Canada Running Series team will remain involved as long as necessary to ensure a smooth transition while continuing to develop its other events in Toronto and Vancouver. This strategic change will allow for increased focus on major initiatives such as the TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

This new configuration promises innovation and growth for the running scene in Quebec, benefiting the entire running community in Canada.

For more information and to follow upcoming developments, please click here.

Announcing the Elite Field for the 2024 Under Armour Toronto 10K

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Women’s Start List

First Name Last Name City Province
Erin Mawhinney Hamilton ON
Rachel  Hannah Port Elgin ON
Salome Nyirarukundo Ottawa ON
Asia  Dwyer Toronto ON
Celine Ho Toronto ON
Kathleen Lawrence Toronto ON
Rachel Bowick Toronto ON
Bridget Leon Mississauga ON
Miranda Thompson Toronto  ON 
Shannen  Murray London ON
Kim Brown Toronto  ON
Lauren  Kanko Toronto ON
Teagan  Robertson  Ottawa ON
Camille Maltais-Bilodeau Sherbrooke QC
Kasey Walsh Peterborough ON
Stephanie  Ryall Hamilton ON
Ali Drynan Toronto ON
Susanne Darling Peterborough  ON
Tiffany Newell Welland ON

Men’s Start List

First Name Last Name City Province
Lee Wesselius Mountain  ON
Phil Parrot-Migas London ON
Andrew Davies Vancouver BC
Kyle Grieve toronto ON
Miles Avalos Toronto  ON
Rob Kanko Dundas ON
JP Flavin Toms River NJ
Shawn Master London ON
Robert  Kajuga  Ottawa ON
Wendimu  Adamu Toronto ON
Sergio Raez Villanueva Mississauga ON
Robert  Lawand Toronto ON
Matthew  Viveiros Etobicoke  ON
Graham Baird Pickering ON
Gizachew  Negasa Toronto  ON
Melika Ghali Toronto ON
Eric Bang Toronto ON 
Tsegaye Dissasa Scarborough  ON
Daniel Fournier Toronto ON
Mathieu Moor Hamilton ON
Nicholas Pedersen Ottawa ON
Isaac Fraser South Glengarry ON
Tyler  Hamilton Toronto ON
Marcel Mongeon Hamilton ON
Paddy  Birch Toronto ON
Tiago De Oliveira Barrie ON
Esteban Clavijo Scarborough ON
Stephen Antolin Toronto ON
Jason Skillicorn Toronto ON
Kevin Beatty Frankford ON
Robert van den Heuvel Woodbridge ON
Bernie Hogan Bancroft ON
Brian Byrne London ON
Timothy Fowler Toronto ON
Shinsuke Adachi North York ON
Kevin Smith Mississauga ON
Baghdad  Rachem Verdun QC
Jose Fuentes Hamilton ON

Expert Tips for Success at the Under Armour Toronto 10K 2024 

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The Under Armour Toronto 10K is this weekend and as race day approaches, it’s essential to fine-tune your preparation. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or tackling your first 10K, we’ve got tips from Under Armour Ambassadors Laura Sanhueza-Miller, Emily Rudow and Amanda Regnier to help you make the most of race day. 

Plan Ahead  

Having your running gear ready to go is key, especially if you have a busy schedule, says Laura (@ironmom.ca). Keep an extra set of running shorts and shoes in your car, by your home entrance, at the office, or even underneath your regular clothing for a quick and easy change. Bring this habit into race day so you have one less thing to worry about. 

Practise Makes Perfect 

Emily (@emilyrudow) knows training doesn’t always go as planned. “We all have those days where we fall short of our pace goals, struggle through a bad workout, or feel like we’re not making the progress we hoped for,” says Emily. Remember that practise makes perfect and trying is a small step in the right direction. Embrace your struggles to help develop resilience and grit. You’ll remember all the lessons you learned from those tough workouts and know how to improve for the big moments.   

Explore New Roads 

Staying motivated often involves finding new places to run. Amanda (@runningwithregnier) suggests planning new routes when training feels stagnant. Exploring new locations can invigorate your routine and make you feel stronger. 

Look for the Pacers 

Whether you prefer training solo or with a group, on race day, you’re never alone. Look towards your fellow racers for motivation to keep moving. If you’re racing towards a specific time, UA Ambassadors Jake Myles (@jakemyles) and Stéphane Hetherington (@coachstedotcom) will be two of your pacers during the UA Toronto 10K. Be sure to look for them to keep you on track! 

Enjoy Race Day 

At the end of the day, this is what you trained for! Enjoy the rush and let the cheering crowds boost your spirits all the way to the finish line. 

With these tips, you’ll be well-prepared for the Under Armour Toronto 10K. Embrace the journey, trust your training, and most importantly, enjoy the race.  

UA Toronto 10K x Wawanesa Insurance Partnership Announcement

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We’re thrilled to announce that Wawanesa Insurance will be joining us for the Under Armour Toronto 10K next month! Wawanesa is a Canadian-owned and operated company with a vision to build a safer, healthier, and more sustainable future – a commitment that aligns perfectly with Canada Running Series’ mission of building community through running. 

Wawanesa’s long history of helping Canadian families and businesses protect their greatest investments makes them the perfect partner to help our runners at aid stations throughout the race. 

“Wawanesa shares our dedication to fostering community, as well as collaboration and fairness,” said Charlotte Brookes, National Event Director for Canada Running Series. “Their support will ensure our aid stations are top-notch, enhancing the experience for all participants. We’re excited to work together.” 

Participants can look forward to enhanced race support, with well-stocked aid stations ready to assist you every step of the way.  

“Wawanesa is committed to supporting the communities where our members and employees live and work,” said Selena Hinds, Vice President of Communications & Marketing at Wawanesa. “As part of that ongoing commitment, we’re happy to support the Canada Running Series and lend a helpful hand at the aid stations throughout the race. On behalf of Wawanesa, I wish the best to all of our runners.” 

The Under Armour Toronto 10K is coming up June 15th at Exhibition Place. See you at the starting line! 

For more information about Wawanesa Insurance, please visit www.wawanesa.com  

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your First CRS Event

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Deciding to participate in your first Canada Running Series (CRS) event begins an exciting adventure. With events spread across the calendar year and across Canada, CRS caters to runners of all levels with various distances and unique experiences. 

This guide will help you select the perfect CRS event, considering factors like training, location, season, and personal running goals.

Understanding Canada Running Series Events

A Year Full of Running Opportunities

CRS organizes several flagship events yearly, from fun runs to marathons. Each event is set against the backdrop of Canada’s most scenic locations, from city streets to zoological parks. 

Here’s a snapshot of what’s available:

CRS East Highlights

  • Move Your Paws For The Polar Bear Cause: Kickstart your year with a winter run on February 24, 2024, supporting polar bear conservation.
  • Spring Run-Off: Celebrate the arrival of spring on April 6, 2024, with 5K and 8K races that challenge runners with the infamous Kill the Hill segment.
  • Under Armour Toronto 10K: Experience the heart of Toronto on June 15, 2024, in a 10K race known for its vibrant atmosphere and strong community spirit.
  • Oasis ZooRun: On September 14, 2024, run alongside exotic animals. There will be races for the whole family, including 5K, 10K, and Cub Run options.
  • TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon: This is the pinnacle of the CRS calendar, held on October 19 & 20, 2024. It offers a marathon, half-marathon, and 5K races along Toronto’s beautiful waterfront.

CRS West & Montreal Highlights

  • Vancouver Half Marathon: Challenge yourself with a half marathon on June 23, 2024, featuring stunning views of Vancouver.
  • Under Armour Eastside 10K: Dive into Vancouver’s vibrant east side on September 22, 2024, in a 10K race that showcases the city’s diversity.
  • 21K de Montréal: Join the spring race fever in Montreal on April 20, 2024, with a half-marathon that weaves through the city’s iconic locations.

Community Partner Events

  • Freestyle 5K: On May 4th, 2024, enjoy a 5K run that supports a charitable cause. It is perfect for families and runners looking to give back.
  • Rev&Run: This unique event, which will take place on July 19, 2024, combines running with a post-race automotive show.
  • Scarborough 5K: On August 10, 2024, explore Scarborough’s scenic routes in a welcoming 5K event suitable for all ages and abilities.

Choosing Your Perfect CRS Event

  • Training Timeline and Seasonal Considerations

Plan your event based on how much time you have to train and your preferred running weather. Early-year events like “Move Your Paws” are significant for winter enthusiasts, while “TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon” in October allows ample time for comprehensive marathon training over the warmer months.

  • Location and Community Atmosphere

Consider whether you prefer a local event or a destination race. Events like the “Under Armour Toronto 10K” and “Oasis ZooRun” offer unique urban and zoological settings, providing memorable experiences beyond the race.

  • Setting Goals and Making the Choice

Whether aiming for a personal best or participating for the joy of running, there’s a CRS event tailored to your aspirations. For beginners, the “Freestyle 5K” or “Scarborough 5K” offer accessible distances with supportive crowds. More seasoned runners might aim for the challenge of the “Vancouver Half Marathon” or the “TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon.”

Your first CRS event can start a lifelong love affair with running. When choosing your event, consider your training preferences, location, and personal goals. Remember, every CRS race is more than just a run; it’s an experience, a community, and a chance to challenge yourself. 

Pick your race, lace up your shoes, and enjoy every step of your CRS journey.

 

Lassonde Renews Commitment to Canada Running Series & the Oasis ZooRun for a 19th Consecutive Year

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TORONTO, APRIL 30, 2024 – Canada Running Series proudly announces the renewal of its enduring partnership with Lassonde for an additional four-year term, solidifying their collaboration on the annual Oasis ZooRun and other CRS events through 2027. 

Since joining forces in 2006, Lassonde, through it’s Oasis Juice brand, has been a cornerstone of CRS’s series of races, contributing to their growth and success. This commitment marks nearly two decades of shared achievements and innovation in the Canadian running landscape. 

“We are thrilled to continue our exceptional journey with Lassonde, and are excited to celebrate our 20th year together in 2025. Their ongoing support has been instrumental in shaping the Oasis ZooRun into the premier event it is today,” said Charlotte Brookes, National Event Director at Canada Running Series. 

Lassonde has consistently aligned with the Canada Running Series vision, enhancing race day experiences for participants and supporting healthy, active families across the country. The renewed partnership ensures even more impactful experiences at the Oasis ZooRun and other Canada Running Series events. 

“We are honoured to extend our partnership with Canda Running Series for another four years. Our shared commitment to excellence continues to drive our collaboration, and we look forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the Oasis ZooRun,” said Marlène Hins, VP Marketing, at A. Lassonde inc.  

For more information and to register, visit www.candarunningseries.com 

For more information on Lassonde, visit www.lassonde.com  

For press inquiries please contact:  

Ian Cater 

ian@canadarunningseries.com 

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About Canada Running Series 

Canada Running Series is Canada’s premier road race series, offering seven annual events nationwide. Since 2017, CRS’s flagship event, the TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon, has served as the Athletics Canada National Marathon Championship race and has doubled as the Olympic trials. In 2023, CRS raised over $3.5 million for over 200 local charities through the Charity Challenge. 

Using innovation and organization as guiding principles, Canada Running Series stages great experiences for runners of all levels, from Canadian Olympians to recreational and charity runners. With a mission of “building community through the sport of running,” CRS is committed to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process.