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.

This Week – Sept. 4th

Hope you all had a great Labour Day weekend. And now it’s September….already?? Vacations have come to an end, back to school, back to work.

Don’t forget The Don Doan Dash this coming Sunday! If your friends or family haven’t already signed up registration closes Thursday at midnight. We’re almost at maximum numbers for T-shirts. Don’t wait till race day cause there might not be any shirts left.

This Week:

  • Tuesday – 6:45 at Tim’s in Shopper’s World parking lot
  • Wednesday – 6:30 – Bramalea Running Room – Speed work
  • Thursday – 6:45 Chris Gibson Rec Centre
  • Sunday – Not sure how we’re going to work this out, because most of us will be at The Don Doan Dash in the morning but our Long slow run requirement this weekend – Marathoners – up to 32k and Halfers up to 18k. Check the emails, we’ll will figure it out later in the week.

This Week – Aug 28th

Congratulations to Carlo, Maria, Tony, Teresa, Firmo and all the other Mud Heroes out there. Back to back OCR races for Firmo, he’s putting the washing machine to work with all that mud. Anyone looking to do one of these obstacle races talk to these guys. Their Mud Hero group seems to be growing every year!

Only 12 days before the Don Doan Dash. Lots of work going on in preparation for this race. If you haven’t already, please sign up and get your family and friends to come also.

Still need some volunteers too. Contact “Get Fit with Maria”

We had a great turnout last sunday – 22 Benders at Second Cup.

This week:

  • Tues – 6:45 – Tim Horton – Shoppers world for 6 k
  • Wed – 6:30 – Running Room – we start speed work – 4 x 800 repeats. Terry Fox track in Ching Park. Hopefully we’ll be able to use the track.
  • Thurs – 6:45 – Heading to Vegas!! oops! I mean, meet at Chris Gibson Rec Centre to run 6 to 8 k
  • Sun – 8:30 – Long run, back up to 29 for the Marathoners and 18 for the halfers.

Tough Benders

Eight courageous Benders dressed in black… Seven courageous Benders dressed in black and one navy blue arrived at Mount Saint Louis Moonstone to face Tough Mudder 2017. There was a mixture of experienced obstacle course racers in the group. Many having done the always popular Mud Hero. Others had Warrior Dash on their resume as well as couple Spartans mixed in. Surprisingly though no one in the group had done the Tough Mudder.

After passing the multi-tiered registration process which moved surprisingly quick the group found their way to the starting corral. Going off in the first wave of the day, the warm up in corral was pretty standard with the hype man getting every one pumped while making sure everyone stayed safe and looked out for one another. One thing that stuck out in particular was that Tough Mudder was NOT A RACE. It was an experience, it was about team work. I didn’t think much of this line until the gun went off and the crowd started moving.


The start of the Tough Mudder began with a climb straight up the ski hill. In every race I’ve been in the past there’s always people that burst out of the gate and gun it full out regardless of terrain or their ability. Surprising true to what the hype man said, Tough Mudder was not a race. The crowd almost leisurely made their way up the mountain. A growing line of Mudders assembled up the mountain giving each others encouraging high fives as they made their way up. This was going to be a team experience!

Tough Mudder boasts 20 obstacles spaced over 18kms. We were met with the first obstacle after cresting the mountain. Mud! Getting everyone dirty right off the bat. From there it was obstacle after obstacle with only breaks to climb mountains or descending them. Laughs, cheers and high fives as the group made their way through the course. 

There were challenges to be found too, whether it be tight spaces, cold dark water, heights or electrocution every Bender faced something out of their comfort zone. Teamwork provided the extra bit of encouragement that some needed when confronted with that challenge that seemed too daunting. A few obstacles offered two choices, one for newbies and one for Legionnaires (veterans). The Legionaries options offered a more challenging twist to the obstacle. Even though we were all first timers the Legionnaire route was what we tackled with glee.  That is all but one obstacle.

The final obstacle offered up this choice but there was something different about this obstacle. Legionnaires to the right for Kong, everyone else to the left, Electroshock Therapy. If anyone has heard one thing about Tough Mudder, it’s about this obstacle. The name isn’t just a clever title. THERE IS ACTUAL ELECTRICAL SHOCKS!!  10,000 volts worth of shocks!

Watching a few brave Mudders run the gauntlet and face the sharp sting of the dozens of live electrical wires suspended above a pit of mud and water it was our turn. One by one we made our way through the final obstacle. Some carefully and calculated, other wildly and quickly, regardless of the strategy there was just too many live wires. Zap! Zap! Zap! go the Benders, one by one we all fell to the 10,000 volts!  But we all made through to the other side earning the free beer that had been strapped to our wrists all day. Cleaning up and hitting the beer garden we relaxed and enjoyed our free beer to the yelps of fellow Mudders getting zapped.

Cheers to the Tough Benders!

Also cheers to the amazing spectators who followed us throughout the course on the special spectator route snapping pics, taking videos, laughing and cheering us along all the way! Hopefully we can return the favour next year!





This Week – Aug 21st

Congrats to all those who raced in the Groovy Disco Dash and Tough Mudder.  Congrats to Jacki who placed first in her age category…on her birthday! We drop down in distance this week for those following the fall training schedule.

This Week:

  • Tues – 6 km from Tim Horton, Shopper’s world at 6:45
  • Wed – 6:30 from the RR. Hills – last time – up to 10 repeats for marathoners and 8 or 9 for halfers.
  • Thurs – 6:45 Chris Gibson – 8 km
  • Sat – Few benders are running their long run instead of Sunday. See the email list for details.
  • Sun – 8:30 at Second Cup on Hwy 10 – 23K (Full) / 12K (Half)

This Week – Aug 14th

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

First off, if you haven’t done so already, please sign up for the Don Doan Dash (Sept 10). Get your family members and friends involved also. Its only 4 weeks away. We had a sneak peak at the official race shirt yesterday and there were plenty of oohs and ahhs! Stay tuned for a special preview.

We also need volunteers. If you want to volunteer and haven’t yet, please reach out to “Get Fit Maria” or simply reply to the weekly email indicating that you’d like to volunteer and Ivar will pass it along.

This week:

  • Tuesday – 6:45, at Tim’s parking lot, Shoppers World (just north of Steeles at hwy 10), for a 6 km run
  • Wednesday – 6:30 Bramalea Running Room – we are still doing hills – up to 9 for the marathoners, and 7 for the halfers
  • Thursday – 6:45 Chris Gibson rec centre – for about 6 to 8 km
  • Sunday – Long SLOW run – 32 for the marathoners, 16 for the halfers, other distances for the 5 and 10 k runners. The plan is for Inglewood, either the trail or the road route. More info to come.



This Week – Aug 8th

Hope everyone had a great long weekend. 

Welcome to two new Benders Jeet and William. Both of whom showed up for yesterday’s run.


This Week:

  • Tuesday – 6:45 pm at the Tim Horton’s at Shopper’s World for 6k
  • Wednesday – 6:30 pm at the Bramalea City Center Running Room for hills, 8 for full 6 for half
  • Thursday – 6:45 pm at Chris Gibson for 8k
  • Sunday’s LSD – 8:30 am at Credit Meadow Park (between 401 and Britannia Rd) for the Credit River run out and back various distances. 14k for half, 29k for full.

Happy Running!!

Biking in Welland and a Post Run Pool Party

After weeks of punishing weather during the winter season Benders are making sure to take advantage of the fantastic summer weather (that’s the fantastic summer weather that occurs between all the rain). There was the AGM Pool Party and then The Bender Golf Classic.  July had another two fantastic outings.

Donovan and Andrea welcomed a peloton of 15 bikers (peloton…that’s what you call a group of bikers right? I don’t know, I just run) to take in the trails at their new home in Welland. Out cruising the canal for a brief 37K ride and then back to their place for a bbq a lovely time was had by all. Thanks to Donovan and Andrea for the great ride and hospitality.


Rob and Grace hosted a post long run pool party. Nothing sweeter than a refreshing dip after a 20+ kilometer run on crushed gravel path on the Inglewood trail on hot summer’s day. Is there anything better than having these type of friends. Generous is a word that comes to mind when you think of The Benders. Big thanks to Grace, Rob and Family for welcoming the Benders.

August is upon us and there’s likely more fun to be had. Be sure to check your emails and keep your calendars clear for more Bender socials.

Promoting Don Doan Dash 5k

The Brampton Bender promotional machine is up running. This past Wednesday saw Rob and Grace at Square One Running Room and Ivar & Sam at the Winston Churchill store. Spreading the word on the Don Doan Dash. Benders will be visiting neighboring Running Room in the coming weeks to let everyone know about the awesome race we’ve planned and hoping everyone will come out and make it a real special event.

Want to help out promoting this event?

  •  Run with another group or store? (Running Free, MEC or different Running Room)
    • Ask the manager if you can do a quick two minute pitch before the group fun run.
    • Don’t like speaking in front of groups but still want them to know about it – Contact Sam and a Bender will help
  • Post the Flyer for the run (see Sam for copies)
    • Rec Center
    • Sporting good store
    • Community Center
    • Any place runners might see and be interested.
  • Bring in it up in conversation whenever you find yourself in a group of 2 or more people
    • People never get sick of hearing about running and race stuff ????
  • If someone asks you why I should run the Don Doan Dash 5k
    • Free Technical T-Shirt
    • Finishers Medal
    • Timed Event
    • Supporting ALS
    • Supporting Brampton running community
    • Oh…and it’s going to be fun!