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!
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
Congratulations to the Hamilton and New York Runners!
Hope you ran well in New York Shana, looking forward to your stories. And Hamilton…..brutal! Pouring and driving rain at the start, and what about that hard 20 km wind! It sure wore you down, but we finished.
Now a brief lull between the big races.
We have the Egg Nog Jog coming up Dec 10. Guess what, it’s SOLD OUT. We do have 18 Benders registered. Way to go! We can all still enjoy the event, either as Runners or Cheering Section.
Be sure to come out to the Running Room in Bramalea this Wednesday for a group run as we will be presenting ALS Canada with the cheque of the funds raised from the Don Doan Dash 5K in September. Wear your Don Doan shirts!
Tuesday – 6:30 – Tim’s at Shoppers World – 6K
Wednesday – 6:30 – Running Room Bramalea – 6-8K
Thursday – 6:30 – Chris Gibson 8K – or join in with Maria’s Fitness class at 6:30 at St.Rita school.
Sunday – It’s time to go to Terra Cotta, for the practice run and bring some treats for afterwards.
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 .
The Don Doan Dash page has been updated to include pictures and results from race day. A full blog post about the race will follow shortly. Thanks to everyone for their support in making this event an incredible success!
Summer is drawing to a close, kids are back in school and the Don Doan Dash is almost here!
Thank you for registering and supporting this event. The Don Doan Dash presented by The Brampton Benders is a few short days away, below are the details to help you get to the event ready and with as less stress as possible.
Race Day – Sept. 10th
Location – Professors Lake Rec. Centre – 1660 North Park Road
Pre-race warm-up – 8:45am
Start time – 9:00 am
Five things you need to know to make sure you have the best possible experience at the Don Doan Dash:
1. Race Kit Pick up
If you can please pick up your race kit before race day. This will help alleviate congestion and rushing on race day morning.
Race Kit Pick up location and time:
Friday September 8th, 2017 Bramalea Running Room
Bramalea City Centre, Peel Centre Dr, Brampton, ON L6T 3R5
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday September 9th, 2017 Bramalea Running Room
Bramalea City Centre, Peel Centre Dr, Brampton, ON L6T 3R5
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Race Day Kit Pick Up Professor’s Lake Recreation Centre
1660 North Park Road Brampton, Ontario L6S 4B4
7:30 am to 8:30 am
2. Getting There / Parking
Parking is available at the Professor’s Lake parking lot (approx. 80 spaces). Overflow parking will be at St. John Bosco school west of Professor’s Lake. Parking attendants will be on site directing people to available spaces. Nearby street parking is also available. We ask that you please do not park at either of the Baptist Church and Kingdom Hall parking lots. Carpool if you can, because it’s always more fun.
3. At the Race / Pre-Race
It is encouraged to arrive at least an hour before the start of the race to ensure that you’re at the starting line ready to run before the gun goes off.
Race day kit pick up for those who were not able to pick up prior to race day can do so inside the Rec Centre. Washrooms / change rooms inside the rec center are open. If you have a bag or other items you’d like to leave in a safe spot during the race, a bag check is available in the rec center.
Pre-race warm up and race announcements will begin at 8:45.
Please follow the route markings and obey all volunteers. Stay inside designated race boundaries for your own safety. Police and volunteers will be on the course re-routing traffic. There will be a water station and first aid present on the course. If at any point you need assistance ask the nearest volunteer wearing a safety vest. Run hard and have fun!
5. Post Race
You’ve done it! You’ve finished the inaugural Don Doan Dash 5k! Congratulations! Grab a post race drink and snack. Sit back, relax and cheer everyone else coming in. Awards will be presented to top finishers! There are prizes so be sure to stick around.
Thank you again for help making this event a huge success. We look forward to seeing you out there on the race course having a great time. Please visit the Don Doan Dash Race Page for further details.
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.
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.
The traveling party known as The Brampton Benders hit the Night Nation Run at Woodbine racetrack on Saturday night to throw down a quick 5k before partying it up. Unfortunately from the reports of those who participated the crowd was more interested in partying and less so in the running portion. Overpriced beers and an abundance of weed in the air was a turnoff for the group. Looks like this event is going to be placed firmly in the “one and done” category.
Sunday saw a pair of Benders at Blue Mountain in Collingwood to take part of in the North Face Endurance Challenge. Anupam arrived early and volunteered Saturday and saw first hand some ultra marathoners completing the 50K and 50Mile distances. On Sunday the longest distance was the half marathon. This event in the past few years has seen some hot days, with aid stations 7K apart it makes for a tough race. There’s also the part where you run up and down Blue Mountain several times over the course of 21K. Weather was slightly more forgiving this year as it wasn’t scorching hot. It did however make up for this with a particularly soggy and muddy course due to high amount of rain seen earlier in the week. Both racers had a great time and will definitely be back next year.
1. Register – The easiest thing you can you do is register for the race. Click here...and you’re done. That was easy! Thanks for helping us make this a success.
2. Register a friend – Ever run a race by yourself…nope didn’t think so. Why start now. Get your friends to register for the race. It’s going to be a fun time. It’s also going to make it less awkward when you show up wearing your sweet technical race shirt and finishers medal and they don’t have one.
3. Share – Help spread the word. Social media has far reaching affects and I’m not just talking about sharing pictures of cats. There’s so many platforms and all of them all full of people that love to run and haven’t heard of our race. There’s an event poster available for sharing. Know a bulletin board that would love to find out about the race (sports stores, rec centers, coffee shops, schools, libraries). Just remember to please ask before posting. Follow race related sites – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
4. Facebook – Have you liked the Don Doan Dash page? Have you selected “yes” that you’re attending the race on Sept. 10th. No? Why not? I know you’re on Facebook. Two billion people on Facebook and only 39 likes for the race page. Let’s close that gap. Like the page, like the posts, share the posts, invite your friends.
5. Wear your Bender gear – Wear your Bender gear to races and out on training runs. Don’t be shy when someone asks you, “What’s a Bender?” and don’t forget to tell them about the Don Doan Dash. Don’t forget to tell them to “come run with us”.
6. #Hashtags – Hashtag your social media posts. Training runs, races, social gatherings. We’ve got #bendersrc#dddash and #dddash4ALS. These hashtags go a long way to help build the buzz and sense of community as everyone gets ready for the race.7. Check the website – Bramptonbenders.com has risen from the ashes. Weekly updates concerning all things Benders are going up. Be sure to check out what’s going on with the club. Want to contribute or have something special to share? Reach out and let us know.
8. Instagram – You’re out there taking selfies, I’ve seen you. Follow @dondoandash on instagram and use the #hashtags to create the buzz! We’ll follow you back! Showcase our area and why running with us is so much fun.
9. Volunteer – Want to do more than just run the race? Volunteer! We’ll take all the help we can get. Help us give back to the community that’s given so much. Volunteer page with details will be coming soon to the race page.
10. Go for a Run – Most importantly, don’t forget to run! I mean there’s a race coming up, it would be awfully embarrassing to show up not having trained.