August Newsletter

Race Discounts, Save the Santa Run & Fall Training Articles

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Featured Fall Runs

23rd Annual Canmore Rocky Mountain Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Sunday, September 9, 2018 in Canmore, Alberta

There’s nothing more Canadian than the Rocky Mountains and the Canmore Rocky Mountain Half Marathon offers a stunning opportunity to experience the mountains up close and personal. Starting in beautiful Canmore, Alberta, runners embark on a journey that takes them through woodlands, beside mountain streams, and through a historic mine site, with stunning views of mountain scenery. It’s a perk-filled race with bonuses like BUFFs in all race kits and a gorgeous finisher medal made from recycled glass.

And if the views weren’t reason enough to sign up, funds raised through this event support CAUSE Canada. CAUSE Canada's programs that support mothers and their children in hard-to-reach villages in Guatemala and Honduras. CAUSE Canada’s Maternal and Child Health Program educates rural communities about risks during pregnancy and delivery, promotes breastfeeding and improved nutrition through counseling, malnutrition screening, and prenatal care.
Registration is still available!

Bellingham Bay Marathon, Half, 10K, 5K and Relay
Sunday, September 30, 2018 in Bellingham Bay, Washington, U.S.A.

And in the world of S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G marathons, today we’re talking about the Bellingham Bay Marathon in Bellingham Bay, Washington. With spectacular views of Bellingham Bay, the San Juan islands and North Cascade mountains, this Boston qualifier is often referred to as the most beautiful marathon in the Pacific Northwest. Aside from the selfie-worthy views, this event features fantastic volunteer support, on course entertainment and finish line festivities (including a beer garden)! Each participating gets a quality tech shirt, commemorative medal for marathon and half marathon finishers, commemorative ribbon for 10K and 5K finishers. All net proceeds support local youth non-profits! Run day is September 30! 

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Watch promo video here

Race Discounts

🍺 The Famous Canadian Beer Run
Saturday, September 15 at Ontario Place, Toronto
***Use discount code GOT5 to save an additional $5!***

Who doesn’t love a beer at the finish line? At the Famous Canadian Beer Run you get two – not to mention a custom beer stein, a “This Run is Making Me Thirsty” shirt that you’ll actually wear after run day and one hell of an afterparty. The scenic closed-to-traffic course takes runners through Ontario Place, offering views of Lake Ontario, the CN Tower and city skyline (don’t forget to stop at the designated selfie spots on course – speed is an afterthought at this run). Cross the finish line into the heart of the post-run festival featuring live music (two stages), craft beer vendors from across Ontario, food trucks (think Asian-inspired tacos, British hand pies, farm-to-truck fare and more) and Muskoka chairs to soak it all in. We love this run for its laid-back vibe, costumed runners (many don lederhosen, dirndls and other beer-themed paraphernalia) and of course, quality craft beer at the finish. There’s also a Festival Only pass, which allows non-runners to participate in all the fun, without the run. If you’re on the fence, get off…the first three waves of this race are already sold out and the next scheduled price bump is August 31st at midnight. Use discount code GOT5 to save an additional $5!

Watch Get Out There Magazine Race Review

🎃 Trek or Treat Night Trail Run & Creepy Mile
Friday, October 26 at St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, Oakville
***Use discount code GOT5 to save an additional $5!***

If you’ve got kids or just really love fall (sweater weather and pumpkin lattes and fall leaves, oh my!), the Trek or Treat Night Trail Run in Oakville, Ontario is part Halloween party, part run. Hundreds of runners and walkers dress in costume to take on the spooky 5K (mostly hard-packed trails) or the family-friendly Creepy Mile. The night-time event requires all participants to carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp, which along with glowing pumpkin kilometre markers and reflective course markers, light the way. The highlight of the on-course fun is a mid-point candy station (think water station, but WAY better) and the massive Halloween inflatables that glow brightly in the October night. Free professional photos in front of a gorgeous fall backdrop, face painting, balloon animals, magic shows, candy, hot chocolate and pizza for all registered participants make this run an “event”! Plan to arrive early and stay late to enjoy the festivities. Runners registered in the 5K can participate in the Creepy Mile with their kids at no additional cost, but BEWARE…this race sells out ahead of race day! The Creepy Mile is already 80% sold out and the 5K is 50% sold out. Register before the August 31 price bump. Use discount code GOT5 to save an additional $5!

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🎅🏻 Help Save the Santa Burlington 5K
It is one of the most anticipated local races of the winter and the unofficial kick off to the holiday season for many. The Santa Burlington 5K, put on by race directors Kelly and Mark Arnott of VR Pro, is Canada’s original and largest Santa run, attracting thousands of Santa-suit clad runners each year. The event attracts runners to Burlington, Ontario’s quaint downtown core and participants enjoy all the perks associated with VR Pro’s professionally run events.

This year, however, organizers are in a battle to save the event from a scheduling change proposed by one of their local councillors. The proposed move to November risks reduced participation numbers, as experienced by the race in 2016 (the date was shifted that year to accommodate the needs of a sponsor and saw a reduction of 18%). You can read the race directors’ full description of the situation here.

We encourage those of you who have participated in this or any VR Pro events to please make your position known and support the efforts to keep the Santa Burlington 5K run on a Saturday in December. Make your voice heard here.

Watch Get Out There Magazine Race Review

🍂 Fall Training Articles
Prepping for Cyclocross Season
Fall Recipes to Fuel Your Training
Your Perfect Fall Marathon Taper Plan
Wind Down with Fall Cross Training
Wilderness First Aid 101


Race Reviews

Race reports from running races, triathlons, duathlons, adventure races, obstacles runs, bike races and more!


10 Nutritional Rules For Newbies

10 tips to help you get your nutrition on the right track keeping you healthy and happy


You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that in order to get into better shape you need to primarily do two things; move your body and eat/drink smart.

Here are 10 things to remember when it comes to fueling your machine.

  1. For a reality check, consider keeping a food log for several days a few times a year. Be honest and take a long hard look at areas where you can improve.
  2. Eat carbs every day, especially before and after workouts.
  3. Load up on fruits and veggies. This can all too often be the first thing to slip from your diet when things get busy. Don’t let this happen.
  4. Set realistic goals regarding weight loss. Don’t be infatuated with the numbers on the scale. Pay attention to how you feel and your energy levels. Avoid gimmicks and quick fixes. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. 
  5. Recover right. Consume some carbs and protein within an hour after finishing exercise. Chocolate milk works wonders here.
  6. Plan healthy snacks. A few minutes in the kitchen in the morning can save unwanted calories creeping in from vending machines, supermarket aisles, or cafeterias. 
  7. Always have a water bottle nearby. It’s amazing how much more water you consume if it’s readily accessible. And that’s a good thing.
  8. Follow the 10 % rule. Allow 10% of your daily calories to come from treats such as a small piece of dark chocolate, a little portion of ice-cream, or a mini glass of wine. Enjoy them guilt-free!
  9. If you’re planning on competing in an event, on race day be sure to eat a hearty breakfast at least 2-3 hours before you start racing. This provides energy and allows enough time for proper digestion. 
  10. On race eve and morning, avoid foods high in fat and fibre to keep your stomach happy while on course. 

Be smart about your diet and the benefits will have a positive impact on all aspects of your life. It’s like dropping a pebble into water and watching the circular waves - of health and overall body fitness -expand. By: Kerry Hale