This Week – Dec. 11th

Great Bender Christmas get together last Friday. Good people, good food, good time had. Nice to see so many Benders! Feel free to send your pictures to Mike B and we’ll share them on the website. Thanks to Michelle B for organizing.

Sunday saw many Benders up in Terra Cotta for the Egg Nog Jog, many Benders running and cheering (Thanks for the bell ringing Karyn and Grace – near the end when we were getting exhausted). That warm tent and soup at the end were much appreciated. Be sure to check out the pics here.

Looks like it’s time to break out the winter spikes. Lots of snow expected in the forecast, bundle up stay warm. Dress in bright colours and be seen.

This week:

  • Tuesday – 6:30 – Christmas lights run from the Tims parking lot at Shoppers World – 6K
    Also, if you want some core fitness, we have Maria’s workout at St. Rita school at 6:30 . Last time this year.
  • Wednesday – 6:30 – Running Room Bramalea – Ann promises to be there. Come and say hi to her! followed by various run distances.
  • Sunday – To be determined, probably 10 to 12k

Egg Nog Jog – Recap

Weather definitely got the memo for this year’s Egg Nog Jog. As if on cue there was a dusting of snow that set the mood for the 10.8K loop around the Terra Cotta Conservation Area. Celebrating it’s 35th year with a sold out race, 18 Benders towed the starting line. Cheered on by those who either waited too long to sign up or were nursing an injury. Participants scored a fantastic medal and personalized bath towel as well as enjoyed a great post race celebration.

Be sure to sign up early next year to avoid disappointment as this race always sells out.

*photo credits – Gallery and header – Carlo, medal – Sue Sitki

 

This Week – Nov. 13

Great conditions at Terra Cotta doing the Egg Nog Jog course. A good turnout – 20 Benders. We enjoyed the 10.8K Egg Nog Jog route and the tail gate and treats afterwards. We’re going to do this run again soon, in preparation for the Race in December.

In Vegas, hope to hear soon about Jackie, Yasmin and Belinda’s trip from the Instagram posts it looks like it was a blast. 

Tom has found a 5 k race you may be interested in: www.teamunbreakable.ca Tom saw it at the gym he goes to. It is a 5k on December 2 at 9:00 am Heart Lake Secondary school. It is in support of youth mental health.

Bender Christmas get-together. Mark it down – Fri Dec 8. More details to come from Michelle B.

Bender Store, make sure you get your orders in by Wed.. If you need assistance navigating the site, check the tutorial prepared by Karyn or contact her by email.

Egg Nog Jog coming up Dec 10. Its sold out now. 18 Benders are registered. If you missed out, come on out anyway and cheer!

This week:

  • Tuesday – 6:30 – Tim’s at Shoppers World  –  easy 6k 
  • Wednesday – 6:30 – Bramalea RR – 8 to 10 km
  • Sunday – TBD….either the Etobicoke creek trail or Terra Cotta

This Week – Oct. 23rd

Congratulations to all the Benders who participated in the Scotia Waterfront races. Especially Ariellia – a new PB in the Half – 1:52, Kevin 1:48, Dave 1:38, Walter, a PB 2:01, Samantha, Lorraine you beat your goal. Alain, heard you had some issues near the end, hope all is well.

Next week, Tony is headed for Dublin and the Marathon…Good luck to you!

Two weeks till the Hamilton Marathon, half and 10!

Chicago Marathon – registration is opening this week for next years race. A great event.

This week: Tapering for Hamilton

  • Tuesday – 6:30 – Tims Shoppers world – 6K
  • Wednesday – 6:30 – RR Bramalea – 10K
  • Thursday – Chris Gibson – 8 to 10K
  • Sunday – TBD

Run For the Cure – 2017

Run For The Cure was this past Sunday, a nation wide event with 56 cities participating raising funds and awareness for breast cancer. Since being diagnosed and overcoming breast cancer in 2009 / 2010 Michelle has participated in the Run For The Cure every year being joined with an ever increasing group of fellow Benders. Is it because this a fantastic event that’s hard to say no to or is it getting “pinked up” head-to-toe and running a 5k like a travelling street party? It’s hard to say. One thing that is for certain is that it’s always a ton of fun and for a great cause.

The great thing about this event is that it’s right as the fall weather starts to come in which is the perfect excuse to layer up. Everyone knows that there’s no better way to fight the chill of a brisk fall morning than with a pink tutu! The twenty plus group of Benders showed their support by pinking up. Local news took note and featured the Benders heavily in their write up. Check out the Brampton Guardian coverage of the event.

Congratulations to all who supported this event whether through generous donations and / or participating. Also congrats go out to Alain who finished first!

A big congratulations and thanks to Michelle who setup/hosted the pre and post run festivities and makes this event so much fun. If you haven’t had a chance to donate but still wish to, there’s still time. Click here .

Wine Run – 2017

The annual fall tradition of The Wine Run was this past weekend and in attempt to keep things fresh it was decided to hold this year’s event on the sun!!  Traditionally this run is the perfect way many Benders close out the summer. But this year summer weather was a little hard to come by and it turns out that Sept. 24th was one of the nicest days of summer (…yes I’m aware it’s actually fall!)

Benders assembled at the ever gracious DeMelo House for a fancy breakfast before making their way across the city trying to find shade wherever they could and stopping at other Bender houses that were generous enough to host the brave souls who decided wine, long runs and hot sun (near 40 with humidex) sounded like the perfect way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Thanks to every one who hosted a pit stop, provided supplies and participated…oh and of course organized! This event continues to embody the Benders spirit – running, friends, fun and booze!

This Week – Sept. 18th

Wow, the summer weather continues. Love it.

Well done, all the Ottawa Army Run participants. We had a great time. Such a nice city to visit. The race day temperatures were very hot, and made for tough running, but we did it.

There was also a handful of Benders out on the trails this weekend. Specifically 5 Peaks at Heart Lake Conservation Area. Entering both the Sport (6K) and Enduro (11K) distances. Well done all. Quick shout out to Lorraine who had a bit of a run in with some roots and rocks. 

Next Sunday, hope you come to the Bender Wine run. Plans are in the works right now, Michelle will send out more info shortly.

This week:

  • Tuesday – 6:45 – Tim Horton, Shoppers world, for about 6 km
  • Wednesday – 6:30 – Bramalea Running Room – Speed work continues.
  • Thursday – 6:45 – Chris Gibson Rec Centre for 6 to 8 km
  • Saturday – Possible long run substitution day – check emails for details
  • Sunday – Wine Run – Lots of fun! be a part of it!

A Letter of Thanks – from Don Doan

Sharing a fantastic letter from Don Doan about the Don Doan Dash.

Email from Don Doan – Sept 11, 2017

This Week – Sept. 11th

Thank you all again for helping us put on a great race on Sunday. We needed help in many areas to make the event work, and we got so many helpful and enthusiastic volunteers.

And a thank you to Samantha from The Benders, for taking on the task of race director, “Job well done!” The tireless planning and organizing of our team over the last several months.

So glad to see Don and Pam too!

Well done, congratulations to Steve on his completion of the 100 miler in Woodstock Michigan. Yes, another 100 miles. He’s a machine.

And congratulations to Mike B. and his team. They participated in the Ragnar relay Friday all night till Saturday morning, and he still managed to get to our race in time to help organize volunteers.

Looks like the weather will be good this week. Here is the plan:

This Week:

  • Monday – 6:00- Liz, Michelle and I will be running on the Etobicoke Trail starting behind the old Running Room. Join us if you’re interested.
  • Tuesday – 6:45 – Tim’s parking lot at Shoppers World about 6 km
  • Wednesday – 6:30 – Bramalea Running Room – 6 to 8 repeats of 800 metres (2 laps = 800 meters) both the marathoners and the half marathoners. Other distance runners come join us too.
  • Thursday – 6:45 – Chris Gibson Rec Center – 6 to 8 km
  • Sunday – 23 km long slow run for the marathoners, 18 km for the halfers. Location to be determined.