This Week – Oct. 9th

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend. For Mid October, the weather was fine. Now its time to lose those extra pounds from the weekends meals.

Fun fact. 1 slice of Pumpkin Pie – 350 calories
The average runner burns 100 calories per kilometer.


First of the big fall races were this weekend. Congratulations to our Chicago Marathoners – Grace, Firmo, and Rob…his first
Congratulations also to Michelle on her half in Boston.
And congratulations to any other racers this weekend that I missed.

To everyone else, training continues. Toronto, Niagara and Hamilton are still ahead.

This Week:

  • Tuesday – 6:30 – 6 km Tim’s (Shoppers World)…Note the time change.
  • Wednesday – 6:30 – RR, for a 10 km run or Track work
  • Thursday – 6:30 –  8 km at Chris Gibson
  • Saturday – Details to follow
  • Sunday – Details to follow Check your email.

Busy Race Weekend – WSER100, IRONMAN and BAA10

It was a busy race weekend with Benders racing all over the North America. California, Boston, Quebec and Toronto.

This weekend saw Steve along with Carol and Randall out in sunshine filled California. Lake Tahoe specifically where The Western States Endurance Run was taking place. The Western States Endurance Run is the granddaddy of the all ultra-marathon races. First 100 Miler in North America. Find more info here .

Steve who has been working tirelessly to qualify (multiple 100 mile qualifying races) and with the hope of being selected for this race for the past 5 years. His ticket was finally drawn from the lottery in December along with 368 other people (only 1 of 9 Canadians) to toe the line this past weekend. 

Conditions looked tough even for your most seasoned 100 miler with the first part of the course being still snow covered (It starts at Squaw Valley, which is still open with over 100″ of snow!!) and into the canyons where temperatures were over 40 degrees! Rising temps and rapidly melting snow left the course very muddy and not very runnable. 

Unfortunately Steve did not meet the cutoff timeline after the 30 mile aid-station and was forced to drop from the race. 30 Miles!! Did anyone else manage to run that far this weekend? Amazing work Steve, I’m sure you’ll be back there to get your buckle!


Lorraine and crew headed to Quebec to compete in The Mount Tremblant IRONMAN. As is the tradition it was Lorraine vs. Robert showdown. Lorraine coming out on top this year with 7:50 vs. 8:05. (those times are in hours! wow!)  Talk about a competitive family. Awesome work guys and way to keep it fun.  

After completing the 5k in Boston in April, Michelle B. returned this weekend to compete in the B.A.A 10K. Judging by the post race celebrations it looks like there was a different drink for every kilometer. Now that’s how you celebrate a race! Will she be back in October for the half marathon to complete the trifecta? That’s going to take some serious training…that’s over 21 celebratory drinks! Awesome work Michelle!

Anupam was out crushing another MEC race. This time it was the half. The MEC series are a great series of low-key races with various distances with minimal entry fee all over southern Ontario. A great way to checkout your fitness level. Well done sir!

Did we miss anyone? Be sure to reach out and share your race stories.

Race Season is Upon Us

We have finally got some good weather and today was a beauty.  It is about time! It seemed the winter would never end but alas it is only April so we know it will get colder before it gets hotter.  That is ok though because that fresh spring weather is perfect for running.  That fresh spring weather is what we hope for for all our Bender runners participating in one of several races coming up.

First up we have 2 races tomorrow.  We have the Toronto Yonge St. 10K. A fast downhill course in, you guessed it, Toronto.  We also have the Run4Hope right here in Brampton.  This is a nice small race that is always lots of fun.

Of course we can not forget to mention the Boston Marathon.   The race so many marathon runners aim to qualify for.  We have 5 Benders down for the race this year.  This year Randall, Todd, Ivar, Amanda and Beth will be running the race.  For those wondering how to get live race coverage, you can check out this link.  What an exciting race this must be.

We wish everyone racing the best of luck and the best weather. Have a great race all!

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Peel Runners Reflect on the Boston Marathon

Sharing a link to last Thursday’s article in the Brampton Guardian which features a quote from our very own Ivar.

“You see it in the news and you hear it on the radio, but I’m not listening to that,” said Gaizauskas, who had already received his medal for finishing last year when the bombings occurred.

“To me, (the attack) was an aberration — something went wrong. It’s not like now, all of a sudden, we have to worry about all these terrorists at every race,” he said. “It’s (going to be) my fifth time. It’s a great run with all the crowds and everything.”



Remembering Boston

It is with a heavy heart that we remember the tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon just one short year ago.  I realize the dates were different but the event remains the same.  We were all shocked and saddened to hear of the bombings and how many lives were forever changed, especially for those that lost their lives – Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier.  Dear World has made a nice tribute to some of the survivors and remembers those that passed.  Check it out here. It is quite moving.

On a positive note, we do have some of our members returning this year to participate in the Boston Marathon and we would like to wish a great race to Ivar, Elaine and Steve.