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Saucony- Supplier of the Month

At Saucony, we exist for runners. Runners inspire us, bring us new ideas, force us to be better. They drive our design and engineering. They keep us competitive. They keep us hungry. They keep us honest.

Whether it’s in a conference room or out on a lunchtime run, we’re constantly talking about and arguing about our sport, runners and the products that fuel them. We love our products and we run in everything we make.

This focus and passion fuels us as we strive to create the best running shows and apparel on the planet. We leave work each day knowing we’ve done everything to make runners’ lives just a little bit better.

At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run.
A great day is when we inspire someone else to run.

LadySport Celebrates 30 Years

Check out the link below to see Running Insight’s article featuring LadySport:

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Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon Course Preview

Brooks – August Supplier of the Month

Brooks Running Company makes men’s and women’s high-performance running shoes, apparel, and accessories that meet the needs of runners of all levels. Entirely focused on the run, Brooks is dedicated to inspiring people to run and be active. Brooks creates innovative equipment that keeps you running longer, farther and faster—and with more enjoyment of the run.

We’re not just a shoe company or an apparel company; we are a running company. It’s all we do. To us, Run Happy® is a celebration of the spiritual essence that make running the most addictive sport the world has ever known—an activity fueled by motivations that are as varied as its participants. Whether young or old, fast or slow, male or female, master or newbie, runners share a passion we live 24×7 at work and at play.

Brooks works each and every day to ensure that all of our footwear products meet the biomechanical needs of runners, enhance comfort, and aid in the prevention of running-related injury. Our award-winning apparel line fuses function with fashion by using lightweight, moisture-moving fabrics, and adding details every runner can appreciate.

Moving Comfort – August Supplier of the Month

We started when there were no women’s workout clothes. We know, it sounds like a faraway land and time, but really it was March 13, 1977 in Arlington, Virginia. Our two founders were women in their 20s who loved to run but hated the strange-fitting men’s shorts they had to run in.

In the 30 years since, we haven’t strayed once from our original trail. We’re proud to say that every stitch we’ve ever sewn was intended for a woman.

We’ve learned a lot in the last decades about how to make clothes even better, especially when it comes to fabric technologies. Now other brands make women’s specific clothing, of course, but no other company participates in every aspect of research, design and production — from pattern room to running path — like we do.

In the last 30 years, we’ve also become obsessed with thigh rubbing, armpit chafing, cinching and pinching, which is how we created a four-part philosophy that inspires everything we do.

The Great Running Shoe Debate: are you a minimalist or maximalist?

Born to Run author Christopher McDougall in minimalist shoes

Born to Run author Christopher McDougall in minimalist shoes

The start of our shoe odyssey began when I decided to cheap out on runners for Alexander. The kid needed shoes for Sun Run training, but with his springy knees I thought I could slip a pair of bargain-rack sneakers past him.
After all, what would he know about foot strike, vertical load rates, or minimalist versus maximalist soles? Probably about as much as me, which is very little.
I’m a casual runner, a jogger at best. All the marketing around gel cushioning, air-filled mid-soles and impact-resistance always seemed like just another way to separate me from more money than I have to spend.
So I hit Winners, found a pair of swish name-brand red and black shoes with red laces labelled “men’s running.” Perfect for the Alexander.
He examined them enthusiastically, ripped the tags off and off we went to our training clinic.
The run was torture, for both of us. He clunked through nine splits of 3 minute runs and one minute walks like he had a couple of giant futons strapped to his feet. Everything hurt, he said, it burned: his Achilles, his arches, his toenails, his calves, his back.
Once we got home, he hopped online, typed in the name of the shoe and started pulling up specs and reader reviews.
I had a sinking feeling the truth about my cheaping out on him was about to be uncovered.
The shoe, he informed me, had no arch support and averaged customer reviews of between one and two stars out of five. The shoe was a beater, not a Ferrari.
Even worse, the advertised price online was well below the supposedly cut-rate price I had paid at Winners.
I felt like I’d been had.
“Lets give them to grandma,” he suggested, brightening.
The next day at work, while mulling all this over, I talked shoes with a colleague.
Did it really matter for casual joggers like us?
Turns out my friend had already injured out of his Sun Run training after a few weeks and all because of his shoes.
Shoes, he said, were critical, although his issues were different than ours. The shoes weren’t too bulky. They were too light.
He’d been training in the trendy new lightweight minimalist shoes intended to mimic the feel of bare feet.
“Born to Run is bull—-,” he said, referencing the bestselling book by Christopher McDougall that is credited with spreading the minimalist shoe gospel. My friend was going to have to take a week off to recover from his heel injury and switch to a shoe with more support.
He had been terribly inspired by the book, which he now tossed at me with disdain.
“Blow the lid off it,” he suggested.
At home I buried myself in Born to Run. The book, subtitled “A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen,” is a fantastic read, in which elite ultramarathoners travel deep into the Copper Canyon to uncover the secrets of the world’s fastest sandal-clad runners, the Tarahumara Indians.
Published 3 years ago, the book ignited a craze for running barefoot or in barely-there shoes.
So what kind of shoe should I get for my son? I decided to consult an expert.
“The Tarahumara were these incredible runners, capable of running for days over rocky terrain in what was the equivalent of flip flops,” acknowledged Peter Butler, owner of Forerunners on West 4th, an avid marathoner and Olympian in the 10,000 metres.
Butler is well versed in the debate and has seen some runners who love the minimalist shoes, and plenty that have had injuries after suddenly doffing their spongy-soled shoes for something more spare.
“We’re not raised running in bare feet like the Tarahumara or some of the Kenyans. If you want to run in minimalist shoes you have to step down gradually and build up the strength to do so. Otherwise, you’re risking an injury.”
Minimalist shoes are intended to simulate barefoot running (the popular Nike free is a “barefoot shoe”); some runners choose a program of graduated change that allows their physiology to adapt to lighter-weight shoes with a lower heel-toe drop (some of the cushioned shoes have so much support around the heel, it’s almost like running on wedges). Other enthusiasts even saw or shave down their shoes millimetre by millimetre to customize their own step-down regimen.
The idea is that the foot is a complex mechanism made for running; if we learn to run without cushioning or bracing it, our feet will naturally develop the musculature required, and our bodies will adopt a shorter, lighter stride, lessening injuries.
But in our culture, shod since birth, we aren’t “born to run”, at least not barefoot.
Butler’s suggestion: proceed with caution. The walls in his store are covered in literally hundreds of shoes, with minimalist shoes in a section all their own.
For us, he suggested a mid-weight.
Butler worked with Alexander to fit him with a shoe that, for a beginning young runner, would be comfortable. After a flurry of try-owns and test runs down the street, he selected a pair of mid-weight Brooks with some arch support and good cushioning.
Our next training run was a breeze.
The shoes I wear (lime green and I don’t even know the brand) were selected using my personal criteria of colour (bright) and cost (low), but I may have to break down and buy some properly fitted shoes too.
Once I’ve paid off Alexander’s.


City Park Runners

I wasn’t a runner.  I wanted to open a Bed & Breakfast.  I love getting to know people and I love to bake. All that aside, here I am as a partner in our independent run store with my husband Erick, running 1/2 marathons and teaching learn to run clinics.  I love the fact that I now have the best of both worlds…. meeting lovely people (runners) from all walks of life, creating and enjoying yummy treats on Saturday mornings, AND no dirty linens to launder!!

Here are a few of the treats that our run club enjoys after their Saturday morning runs! Enjoy, and feel free to visit our website for more !

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars

OH! So Decadent Nutella Brownies

Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Global Running Community Deeply Saddened but spirit strengthened

The global running community was struck a major blow on April 15th , by the tragic and shocking events that occurred in Boston. It is our belief that the tenacity of runners, that strong mind, body and spirit that marathoners are known for is what will now serve the running community best, and this is the very spirit for which Bostonians have become known.

Shad Ali, IRRC Executive Director had this to say today:  “The Independent Running Retailers of Canada sends our deepest regards to the Boston Athletic Association and the Boston Marathon Organizing Committee – let it not be mistaken that it is any deficiency on their part that led to the events and its impacts of the past two days. This is an amazing organization with a stellar record of accomplishment and leadership.”

Ali Continued to say: “Our thoughts and prayers go to the families who have lost loved ones and to those who have been injured we wish a speedy recovery and safe return home to their families wherever they may live. While this event is held in Boston and carries a Bostonian birthmark, this event is now a global event with participants, volunteers and spectators from around the world, this is now a World event hosted by Bostonians and we thank them for that long service.”

The relationship between independent running retailers and runners is a very unique one indeed. Whether it is someone starting out on their first run or a seasoned and competitive runner, independent running retailers are deeply involved in the lives of these runners and walkers. They become trusted advisers and confidants, coaches and mentors and in most cases extended family. As a result the effects of this tragic incident are felt deeply by the owners and their staff across the nation.

“As tragic as the events of yesterday are, we know that in the long run it is the Bostonian Spirit that will be remembered most and longest”, said Shad Ali, “It is that spirit of tenacity – strong mind, strong body – the will, determination and discipline – that goes along with preparing for and completing something like the Boston Marathon, that is what will be remembered most and longest” continued Ali.


Brainsport’s Shoe Donation

They’ve been around for years. Running shoes, since the dawn of the modern running world, we have been running in a pair of shoes of some sort. I, for one, have started to forget how fantastic running shoes truly are. I also started to forget that shoes aren’t a common thing in the world. This is a story about my experience in a third world country, where shoes aren’t a thing you just have, but first a little background.

My name is Jason Goertzen, I have worked at Brainsport in Saskatoon since I was thirteen. Knowing the owner, Brian Michasiw, all of my life, it just made sense to start working for him. After about three years of working at Brainsport, I had the opportunity of going to Santa Cruz Bolivia, and was encouraged to bring items to donate to those in need.

Brainsport for years have run a shoe donation. People would bring in their old gently used shoes, and we would find them a good home. So I decided to take over 50 pounds worth of shoes with me. (I can’t remember how many pairs, I just remember the amount of weight I was allowed on a checked bag)

Eighteen hours, and several stops through security in the states, I landed in Santa Cruz, and thankfully my contact was there ready to pick me up from the airport. Ken Switzer has been living in Bolivia for years, and runs a house for ex-street kids and gives them the opportunity to get an university education.

The drive to the house I was staying at was an eye opener for sure. Seeing the poverty and everything around me, and a large majority of people didn’t have any shoes what so ever. After a day of settling in, and sorting everything I had brought, we went to a drug rehab centre, and got to play some soccer (or football as it were) and hang out with the guys there.

Before leaving the rehab centre we gave the person in charge of the centre a huge bag of the donation shoes from Saskatoon. The line the man said that has stuck with me since being there in 2010 is “Good shoes here are scarce and don’t really exist. These are worth more than gold to us.” That really hit me, because all of my life I have had good shoes, and just took them for granted.

The next day, I was shuttled off to a children’s home where shoes were also scarce. After playing with the kids, we got them set up with good shoes as well. I don’t think I have ever seen a child so excited about getting something. It was fantastic!

Brainsport has been doing things like this for years. We don’t just send shoes out to other countries either. Every year we have a shoe give away day in Saskatoon, where we set up in a inner city school’s gym and give shoes away to anyone that needs them. If someone needs shoes, Brainsport will get them sorted out.

Thanks for reading.