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Thursday, April 19, 2012

IMPORTANT Toronto Yonge Street 10K updates.  Run with Reid Coolsaet or John Stanton (literally!); join in the Charity Challenge!

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Upcoming Dates and Deadlines


  • You can STILL ENTER Toronto Yonge Street 10K, in-person, this Friday & Saturday at our Mini-EXPO (~ 1,000 places left) at the Sheraton Centre Toronto (Civic Ballroom, 2nd Floor)  – with Running Room, PowerBar & more… Packet Pick Up & Last-minute sign-up deets at
  • Saturday, April 21st, 9:30am. 3K FREE Running Room Friendship Run for Toronto Yonge Street 10K, with John STANTON, Reid COOLSAET & Kip KANGOGO, from EXPO at Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, opposite Nathan Phillips Square. Easy jog, followed by Q & A, refreshments with John & Reid, plus Dayna Pidhoresky. Everything you need to get set for Sunday’s #TYS10K!
  • Toronto 10-miler at The Distillery, Sunday, August 12th. Registration to OPEN May 1st, with super OPENING BLITZ deals. Stay tuned to
  • powerbarPowerBar Pre-Race Tip. “Don’t try anything new on race day! When it comes time to implement your sports nutrition game plan on the day of the event, you don’t want any surprises. Practice your sports nutrition regimen during workouts, and use trial and error when training, to refine your sports nutrition regimen. On race day, stick to what you’ve practiced!” For more great Tips and Sports Nutrition info see

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Fundraising Features

  • It’s not too late to JOIN IN the new CHARITY CHALLENGE, including “Best Costume” contest to WIN $$ for your favourite charity at Toronto Yonge Street 10K! TEN great charities – A Perfect 10! Make a difference and look your best, it’s a win-win!  
  • OWN Reid Coolsaet’s ORIGINAL, engraved Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2011 Finishers’ Medal! Get a CHANCE with every $25 you pledge on Reid at Toronto Yonge Street 10K, towards supporting his, Eric’s and the Canadian Marathon Team’s preparation for London Olympics (ie. donate $100 and get 4 chances in the draw). YOU could be sitting back on August 12th cheering for OUR Canadians, with Reid’s medal on your TV!
  • karenCouncillors Karen Stintz & Jaye Robinson to be our Honourary Starters again for TYS10K on Sunday. Councillors Stintz, Mike Layton and Mary Fragedakis will all join in the RUN down Yonge. Wards 16 & 25 to Ward 19 – join them in the journey!


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Alan's Journal

alan brookes

"The 8 days that shook the Marathon (and Canadian Distance Running) World!

Dear Fellow Runners,

I wrote a BLOG last week about the upcoming “8 Days that shook the Marathon (& Canadian Distance Running) World”, and so it is turning out to be – with the weather kicking in as the major factor it is with road running and marathons.

The story, of course was on the potential for records, drama and huge excitement for what we do, from April 15th to 22nd, with Rotterdam Marathon (15th), Boston Marathon (16th), London Marathon (22nd) and Toronto Yonge Street 10K at home (22nd).

And while the weather has played a major role with winds in Holland and heat in Massachusetts, what thrills we’ve had so far, and how important our Canadian component is in all of it.

Things started early on Sunday in Rotterdam. On his third attempt at the Canadian Olympic standard (2:11:29), Kingston & Vancouver’s Dylan Wykes had a massive PB of 2:10:47, punching his ticket to London on August 12th. He now joins Reid Coolsaet and Eric Gillis who qualified at STWM 2011. This will be the first time Canada has sent a full complement of 3 men to an Oly Marathon since 1996. We’ve only sent ONE person since then, Bruce Deacon in 2000!!! London’s Rob Watson came up shy of the standard in his Rotterdam run, but his 2:13:35 was another HUGE PB and puts him in striking distance of our top guys. Not to be outdone, our women SHONE in Rotterdam. Forever, our Women’s marathoning standards have been in the doldrums, MIA… But on Sunday London’s Lanni Marchant and Brantford’s Krista DuChene changed all that in 2.5 hours and gave us a core Women’s squad to build around. “Massive” and “huge” don’t adequately describe the breakthrough performance of Lanni’s 2:31:52 and Krista’s 2:32:08 (read Krista’s “Pleased, Very Pleased.” ).

BRAVO! Go Canada Go!

As Dylan concluded his post-Rotterdam Blog:

“With 500m to go you turn onto the Coolsingel (the main street in Rotterdam) and there are thousands of fans going crazy. It’s pretty freaking cool. I checked my watch with 400m to go and knew there was no way I wasn’t going to get under the standard. I sprinted hard the next 200m and then the last 200m, well let’s just say I enjoyed that bit — numerous fist pumps. I looked at the finish line clock as I crossed under it — 2:10:46. I thought ‘wow, I didn’t just get under the standard, I killed it!’
Congrats to Rob, Lanni, and Krista who all ran PB’s and truly impressed out there on the streets of Rotterdam on Sunday. Exciting futures in the sport for all of them.
So many people to thank I’m not sure its worth trying on here. I hope to be in touch with as many people as possible over the next little while. But obviously huge thanks to my family for the unwavering support. And to my coach Rich Lee and his family for everything they’ve done for me the past few years.”
(read the whole Blog at ).

If that wasn’t enough, I was in Boston on Monday to personally witness our STWM 2010 Women’s Champ, Sharon Cherop of Marakwet, Kenya become our first Boston Champion! (And the woman who was 2nd to Sharon at STWM 2010, Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene, won Paris Marathon on Sunday in a Course Record 2:31:39. STWM IMPACT!!) 

And the new Men’s Boston Champ? None other than Wesley Korir, husband of Tarah McKay-Korir, Women’s winner of Harry’s Spring Run Off Toronto 8K and favourite to win Toronto Yonge Street 10K this Sunday. They currently spend winters in Kenya, and summers (nowadays) living at Tarah’s parents’ home in Waterloo County. On Friday, Wesley told me he LOVES training on the country roads there, and some days races the Mennonite buggies! This Sunday, it’s Wesley’s turn to provide support, as he’s confirmed that he’ll be out at TYS10K, holding their daughter Mckayla and cheering for Tarah. Tarah will be racing Kate Van Buskirk, and both of them plan to return to the track after Sunday, to try for the Olympic standards at 5,000m and 1500m, respectively. On the men’s side, London-bound Reid Coolsaet will be racing to defend his title, with our other London “Marathon Man”, Eric Gillis on cheering duty and along with Wesley, helping us at the Awards Ceremony (10:40am).

Combined, there is SOoooo much to cheer and get excited about in Canadian road running right now – AND, most importantly, to be PART OF right here with Canada Running Series. These are undoubtedly “Glory Days” as phrased it. And we are all very much players in these halcyon days “Where BIG DREAMS Come True,” as this year’s slogan for STWM exclaims.

I’m looking forward to mixing and mingling with Canada’s internationally-competitive stars on Sunday, and mixing and mingling with ALL of you! Whether you’re running 3 minute kilometers, 6-minute kilometers with John Stanton, or 10 minute kilometers on Sunday, YOU/WE are all part of the sport, TOGETHER-- as Dylan wrote in a recent story, “Running side-by-side” ( Photo in this story on whether elites and recreational runners can co-exist, is of Dylan with Kip KANGOGO, who will also be racing TYS10K on Sunday). That’s the marvelous thing about our sport. The way it brings us all together.

And that leaves me with a final THANK YOU to all of you who are coming out on Sunday for Toronto Yonge Street 10K.  Including Shawn Brady’s Electric Blood Band, we are going to rock Yonge Street and have a BLAST! I can’t deny that it’s been a rough past year with the Sporting Life saga. I think you know where our heart lies at CRS – in the sport, its inclusiveness, as THE most-democratic enterprise around. And at our CRS core for almost 30 years has been a strenuous commitment to organization, innovation, and technical excellence. We were the first to accurately measure our courses; to introduce electronic Chip Timing; Corrals and Wave Starts; and to bring the highly-successful “Charity Challenge” format to Canada from the London Marathon. Every year, you can guarantee we’ll be here for you. It’s our mutual lifestyle. So a special shout-out to those of you supporting TYS10K this weekend, from first to last. You can count on us for great races. It’s great to feel the love from you!

Have a GREAT time this weekend (Expo, Running Room Friendship Run with John Stanton & Reid, as well as TYS10K)! And now I think we’ll have to change the “8 Days” to “15 Days”, as Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal promises to be another terrific, almost Sold Out show next weekend, and a fitting GRAND FINALE to the inaugural “Run Canada Month”! (42 places left in the 21K as of today).    

… PLEASE keep in regular contact via Facebook and Twitter,

Alan [aka]

Ps. By popular request, please note the announcement above in “Upcoming Deadlines”, of one more year at The Distillery for TORONTO TEN MILER & 5K, on London Olympics Marathon Day, August 12th. WHAT a day that will be for us all to celebrate together by sharing our running. Registration OPENING BLITZ May 1st….

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