Friday, February 23, 2007

Outdoor Adventure Show

This weekend is the Outdoor Adventure Show at the International Centre from February 23-25.

Don't miss Canada's largest outdoor adventure & travel show! With over 300 exhibitors from a wide variety of recreational pursuits, this show has something for everyone. For those who like to get their feet wet there will be a variety of paddle sports and scuba diving options to explore. Or if you prefer to stand on solid ground visit our comprehensive camping showcase and travel destinations pavilion.

This well established event combines a retail shopping experience with simulated outdoor, interactive features and education. The end result - an awesome day out, the chance to expand your knowledge of outdoor adventure and travel pursuits, while upgrading your equipment to ensure you are well equipped for the 2007 season.

For more Details click here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

SickKids Spring Beginners Program

Looking for information on the SickKids Spring Beginners Program?

All the information on the SickKids Healthy Workplaces program can be found at

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

5Peaks Race Series Volunteer Opportunity

The 5Peaks Race Series is looking for Volunteers. There are many roles/duties that need to be filled ... all of them contributing to a great trail running experience. One aspect of this year's events that will require many volunteers is course support. This includes aid station staff and course marshals. This is a great way to interact with the runners and be part of the action. Of course, there are lots of different ways to help out at the races.

And remember, if you volunteer at a race, you get to race another for free! Another perk is the awesome BBQ after every event that is exclusively for you.

Here is a rundown of the season.
April 28 - Albion Hills
June 9 - Durham Forest
July 14 - Rattlesnake Point
August 11 - Mono Cliffs
September 22 - Horseshoe Resort

There is also a recreational night trail run on August 24 - Cold Creek, Nobleton. Since this is not part of the series but rather a fun run, the need for volunteers will not be as high.

Full details of the races are now posted online at If you have any specific questions or concerns, feel free to contact John Klich directly.

John Klich
5Peaks Adventures
2007 Ontario Race Director

Ottawa Marathon Price Increase

If you're thinking of signing up for any of the events at the Ottawa Marathon do it soon!

The price increases as of February 15th. The next price increase is due April 30th. For more details on this event click here.

Friday, February 09, 2007

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Trainers Needed

Hit the Road...Running is expanding and we're looking for certified trainers with an interest in running to work part time with our clients and training groups.

Applicants must be PTS or FIS certified and be available for regular scheduled training sessions and have group run training experience. Positions are available in the downtown Toronto area with possible expansion to the whole GTA in the future.

This would be an excellent position for independent trainers looking for regular income. Income would be based on experience level and paid by hourly rate.

Interested parties should send resumes to

We thank you for your interest but only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Monday, February 05, 2007

SALTYDOG group trail run - Durham Forest

Don't forget the SALTYDOG group trail run this Saturday in Durham Forest in Uxbridge.

Join SALTYDOG for a 7.5K run or snowshoe through the trails of Durham Forest this Saturday at 9am. For more information, click here.

Running in snow and ice

There are a few important things to remember when running in snowy and icy conditions. Here are a few simple rules to help you avoid slipping and falling.

  • Only do one of these things at a time: accelerating, decelerating and turning. Trying to turn while changing your speed can be disastrous and make you lose traction so slow down BEFORE you corner.
  • Try to shorten your stride. This will help you recover if you do slip and also keeps your centre of balance over your planted foot. Another benefit is that taking faster steps can help to improve your VO2 Max and make you faster in the long run.
  • Snow has more traction than ice so you're better to run in an inch of snow than not.
  • If your neighbourhood tends not to clear it's sidewalk, find an area where the city maintains the walkways. Usually main non-residential roads are cleared by the city so at least the sidewalk is consistent.
  • Go for a run in the country. There's usually a lot less traffic so it could be safe to run in the road as long as you're facing traffic and are prepared to dive into a snowbank if needed.
  • If you live in an area with a lot of snow, try snowshoeing.
  • Slow down. It's not worth doing your speed work in icy conditions. A broken leg will put you out for the whole season so use the winter to work on your base mileage, do some strength training or do your speed work indoors.

Most important is to use common sense but get out there and enjoy the cold. You'll be glad you did.

Friday, February 02, 2007


Here's something I thought some of out traveling Hit The Road members may be interested in......

Frontier Adventure Racing and Esprit Rafting are teaming up to bring you an intensive week of adventure race training in the coastal mountains near Veracruz, Mexico on March 10-18 2007. This week long extravaganza focuses on the skills and knowledge required to complete your first adventure race and/or take you to the next level in competitiveness.

This "Mexventure" skills development week will feature workshops and certifications on navigation, ropes, wilderness first aid, flat water and whitewater paddling techniques, swift water rescue, mountain biking and more!

For more information contact
Joshua Dias
Marketing Coordinator

Frontier Adventure Racing