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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Final price increase for ACURA Toronto 10 miler & 5K, plus OASIS ZooRun, midnight Monday 27th. ENTER today!

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Headline News

  • WIN a $25 Running Room Gift Certificate! Final draw to be made on Tuesday 28th June at 12 noon, from everyone entered in Acura Toronto 10 miler & 5K, up until that time. Not entered yet? There's still time!
  • Acura neoprene armband gift
  • Check out the super Finishers' MEDALS and tech T-shirts for this year's ACURA Toronto 10 miler & 5k.
  • ACURA neoprene armband “gift” to all entrants in Acura Toronto 10 miler & 5K! Enter today to claim your extra swag!
  • Exciting NEWS! CRS Foundation Launched, with “Show Us Your Toonies & Cinquos” campaign for 2011! New not-for-profit Foundation of Canada Running Series set up with independent Board to build fundraising around 2 goals: to support grass-roots, community-based fitness/running/healthy-lifestyle programs [especially amongst kids]; and to support and encourage the pursuit of excellence in Canadian Distance Running, to support developing Canadian heroes and role models. PLEASE help us give back to the community — next time you register for any CRS event, ADD a toonie or a cinquo [$5], and together we'll make a difference! Read more »
  • NEW for CRS2011. iTab MEDAL ENGRAVING feature, from ALWAYS ADVANCING, for all of you who want your CRS2011 Finishers' Medals professionally and personally ENGRAVED! You can either select the option during registration or if you have already registered, and want to add the option, simply go to: Pre-order your engraved ACURA 10 miler medal TODAY at

Alan's Journal

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Spring's OVER! Onto SVHM, Acura, Zoo and STWM!

Dear Fellow-runners:

A couple of days back in the office and I've almost forgotten my 2.5 week, amazing trip to Ecuador! But what an amazing experience it was – both at the ALCAR Conference with Race Directors from all over Latin America and the Ultimas Noticias 15K in Quito; then a remarkable week's vacation in the Galapagos Islands. As I wrote to Charlotte, it was a cross between Jurassic Park and boot-camp! If you have a moment, please check out my blog and the links to some of the photos and videos. As we start to look to Toronto 2015, we will build more ties with our friends and fellow-runners from Latin America – and we can certainly learn a thing or two from them about race organization and race “experience”.

And while I was on the Equator, many of you have been crossing another “great divide”, from Spring into the Summer/Fall season. STWM Launch Night on June 6th was a HUGE success with Alex Hutchinson, Reid Coolsaet, Matt Loiselle and our other Experts on the Panel. That has nicely led into world-famous Running Room Clinics beginning EVERYWHERE for STWM. Along the way, there's Beaches Jazz Tune Up Training Run, Acura Toronto 10 miler & 5K and OASIS ZooRun. While we've only just crossed into the first day of summer, don't delay! Beaches Jazz has already Sold Out; and the next price increases for Acura and Oasis ZooRun events are this Monday at midnight. STWM follows shortly after with the next increase July 31st. Don't delay! This year's Acura 10 miler & 5K are particularly rich in rewards, starting to rival Harry's Spring Run Off for great swag! MP3 player armbands for everyone, Running Room Gift Certificate draw prizes, great-looking medals and tech tees.

No sooner have I caught my breath, coming down from Quito at 2,850m altitude, than I'm dashing off to Vancouver for Scotia Vancouver Half this weekend, where we have record numbers registered, and a great Canadian elite race. Remember Kip Kangogo battling Reid Coolsaet and Eric Gillis in the Sporting Life Toronto 10K on May 1st? On Sunday, Kip will need to battle Dylan Wykes [with his 62:14 from the NYC Half in March], and Matt Loiselle and Rejean Chaisson from the Brooks Canada Marathon Project, Speed River's Rob Watson, and Montreal's Bagdad Rachem. Last year's women's champ Lisa Harvey [Calgary] and 2010 CRS Champ Josiane Aboungono [Toronto] will likewise have their hands full with major challenges from BCs Natasha Wodak, Toronto's Jane Cullis, and Newfoundland's Kate Vaughan. Truly a coast-to-coast CRS race! I'm also anticipating a FABULOUS contest between Vancouver's Kevin O'Connor and Ottawa's Rich Minichiello for the Men's Masters title. It will be super to see Marilyn Arsenault back on the roads after her serious illness last Fall, going after the Women's Masters crown, being chased not just by Lisa Harvey but by our own CRS webmaster, Teresa Nightingale from Halfmoon Bay! I'm looking forward to seeing many of our BC friends, and a bunch of YOU up at the Expo with Coach Jenny on Friday & Saturday, or up at the Start line at UBC on Sunday morning. We still have a few places left for you to sign up at the Expo if you're not “in” already.

As usual, I'll be tweeting updates over the weekend, and splits from the Lead ACURA Vehicle. Keep in touch, fellow peeps and tweeps! Gotta run,

Alan [aka]


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Sun Jun 26
Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k presented by Asics

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Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon
Jul 24
The Beaches Jazz Tune-Up 20k, 10k and 5k Training Run & Walk*

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The Beaches Jazz Tune-Up
Aug 14
Acura Toronto 10-Miler & 5K at The Distillery

Race info & Registration

Acura Toronto Ten-Miler
Sat Sep 24
Oasis ZooRun 10k Run, 5k Run/Walk & Cub Run

Race info & Registration

Oasis ZooRun
Sun Oct 16
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5k (STWM)

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Other Recommended non-CRS Runs

  • 6:30pm Tuesday, June 28th. Tim Horton's Peachbud 10k and Cold Stone 5k & 1k. Nice evening out to Niagara Peninsula; excellent, well-organized event!
  • 10am Saturday, July 2nd. Pride and Remembrance Run. “The race with the best post-race food!”
  • Wondering what happened to the Night Crawler Race? It's been renamed, relocated, re-routed, upgraded! Dawn at the Don Run 8k & 5k. Sunday, July 17, 8am + at Wilket Creek Park.

Canada Running Series

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