Lynne Chisholm After instructing and running numerous 5k, 10k and Marathon Clinics/Races, a co-worker sent me in the direction of a 5 Peaks Trail Race. I have to say that was the beginning of the end for me. The end of road running, and the beginning of trail running (solo and on teams) –Canadian Death Race, Sinister 7 Ultra, Blackfoot Ultra, Grizzly Ultra, Lost Soul 100, Meet Your Maker, 5 Peaks Trail Running Series (North and South).
There is no such thing as zoning out while running on the trails, you must be aware at all times. Listen to nature's soundtrack, the experience is beyond words!
RWA is a group of trail runners that is second to none; we share in ALL goals, big or small, tears of frustration and leaps of joy. I am very proud to be a member of the ever growing Runners With Attitude.
Rob Bienvenu What began as an 8 km run has turned into a lifestyle change and a passion for the sport of trail running. Not only has running become part of my life, it is a component of my weekly routine and RWA is the vehicle that drives my passion.
Having participated in many sanctioned running events either solo, or on an RWA team, I have experienced and shared many gratifying moments with the RWA family: Sinister 7, The Canadian Death Race, The Blackfoot Ultra, Iron Legs, Grizzly Ultra, 5 Peaks Northern Alberta and many road races in Alberta and British Columbia.
RWA is a great way to meet new friends, experience new highs, challenge your personal limits and reward yourself in a way like you have never experienced before!
Rita Astalosch After running 8 marathons and countless half marathons on the road, I was persuaded to join a team for the Iron Legs trail race in Bragg Creek. This was the start of many amazing adventures on the trails, and I am so thankful for the guidance, support and friendship of the RWA team along the way. I look forward to running with RWA during group runs, as well as showing my RWA attitude during trail races.
Oh… and I am looking forward to potluck… how could I forget the potluck after long runs!!
Andy Bienvenu A few years ago I learned through a work medical exam that I had gained 12 lbs in my first 2 years of working. Alarmed, I decided to do something about it before I weighed 300 lbs. The rest is history. Unlike most trail runners, I did not start out as a road runner, I joined RWA and learned running on the trails.
I have run Sinister 7, Grizzly Ultra, Iron Legs, the Canadian Death Race and many of the 5 Peaks races. I have added the Blackfoot 50 km Ultra to the list for the upcoming year.
In being a member of the RWA family I can tell you that you will not find a more supportive group of friends.
Kevin Blatz I have been running for 16 years and in that time I have run 14 ultra marathons, 2 full marathons, 15 1/2 marathons and numerous 5 and 10K runs. One ultra was 100k and the other two were the 2012 and 2013 Dedmonton where I ran 111k for both.
I have been running with RWA for the past 5 years and really enjoy trail running with this group. I have been a team lead twice before and I am back again. I enjoy meeting new people and sharing trail stories with others, so if you have any questions please feel free to ask the team leads and we will get you an answer. It might not be the right one but it's an answer. Yes... I am kidding! The team leads have run a lot of races, we've tried many running products out, so just ask us.
Hope to see you on the trails!
Dawn Kowal I have been running for a few years and running with RWA for most of them. I really enjoy trail running. I like the terrain (technical&dirty) and the energy (focused but not so serious). I like that you can just go along for the ride and enjoy your surroundings and I totally love to get muddy! The RWA crew is a fun, knowledgable , energetic group who are always welcoming and helpful. I look forward to running with and meeting new runners.
Rene Pelletier I have been running with RWA since 2011. It started out a way to get out and run for fun. I quickly got drawn into the group’s passion for racing. Within a couple of years I was tackling my first ultra-marathon and ran the 50km race at Blackfoot. I have also run on teams in Iron Horse, Sinister 7 and I have been a regular racer in the 5 Peaks series.
Denise Schmigelski I have been running since July 2006, in the spring of 2007 I ran my first trail event and I never looked back. That's not to say I am opposed to a 'little' road now and then. I just love to run and XC-ski and bike and I may even start to love swimming, I just love to move under my body's own power.
My strength lies in motivation not in a sense of direction (you can listen to me unless I say to turn left). Knowing this I decided to get my personal trainer certification which I completed this year through Canfitpro. I continue to add to my knowledge with other Canfitpro courses and all the reading materials I can make time for.
2015 saw me on my bike through the whole season as I was recovering from an overuse injury; that was a long year. I am not in any way immune to the things that affect most runners. In ten years of running it seems like I have experienced all the highs and lows possible but I know there are more to come and that there is always more to learn. 2014 was a highlight for me with a successful completion solo Canadian Death Race. I have been involved with RWA since its inception; I even had the honour of creating the RWA logo.
I take my own training seriously and have become a huge believer in cross training. Each year for me seems to be about pushing a little harder and this year is no exception. This year's plans include soloing The Canadian Death Race, hiking The West Coast Trail and running the Lost Souls 100 miler. 2016 should be a banner year, with new friends to meet, more growth as an athlete, I might even try a very small tri. 2017 is already tempting me with more trails, more adventures and more self-propelled activity.
See you on the trails!
Cam Toner According to my Mom, I started walking at 9 months and was running the next day. I’ve been a runner all my life - it's been the one sport that fuelled many other dalliances and the one I always return to. Like most, I’m a recent convert from road running, including 5 marathons, numerous half’s and countless 10 miler’s, 10 Ks and 5 Ks. As a Trail Runner, I’ve competed in the 5 Peaks series and the Grizzly Ultra Marathon. Trail running reminded me what is was like to run for fun. No staring down the asphalt peering for the aid station in the distance, trail running is worrying less about the stopwatch and more about the adventure… Where does this trail lead to? What’s over that hill? Where to place my foot? Where did I park my car?
I’ve a varied athletic background, having competed in and enjoyed several other sports over the years. If you’re unfortunate enough to ask, I’m more than happy to bore you with stories about the glory days on future long runs. If you really want an earful, ask about Cross Country Skiing. As a certified instructor, I can yap on that topic for hours!
I enjoy running with RWA, as to me it means hanging out with friends: Ones that you’ve known for a while and new ones you may have just met that day!