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Strong Kids 5K, 10K & Family Fun Run

Registration is Still Open!

Space is still available to join in the fun and get your run on. 
This year join 2014 Calgary Marathon winner, Maria Zambrano!


Participate with your family and friends in the Strong Kids 5/10k and Family Fun Run! Sign-up as a team,support the YMCA and enjoy a fun and healthy event along the bank sof the Bow River. All proceeds help children and youth reach their potential!


Eau Claire YMCA | Saturday, May 2, 2015
5K and 10K Race 9:00am
1.5K Family Fun Run 10:30am

Adults $35 ($30 before March 1)
Youth (8Y –17Y) $20 ($15 before March 1)
Kids (7Y & under) $10 (includes t-shirt & medal)

Register Online Now!


MEGATHON at the Saddletowne YMCA

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Stop by the Saddletowne YMCA today and take part in our MEGATHON fundraising event!  Raise donations by climbing, swimming, walking, running or cycling- all proceeds go to our Strong Kids fund, allowing children from your community to get active, have fun and be healthy at the YMCA!

Donate to Strong Kids today; not all superheroes wear capes!

YSurvive is Coming in February

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Keep your motivation going after the New Year with some friendly and healthy competition.

Yes YSurvive is back for its sixth year! This is a great way to meet new people, try new activities, shake up your routine and stick with fitness goals.

All YMCA Calgary members, volunteers and staff are welcome to join this fun event. Just stop by Member Services to register, get your t-shirt and be placed on a tribe with a captain. The tribe that earns the MOST points during the competition wins bragging rights and special recognition on the YSurvive Cup!

To earn points you can run, swim, lift weights, climb, shoot basketball, play badminton or participate in yoga and fitness classes. There will also be special challenges, themes and prizes!

Don’t miss out on all the fun! Registration starts in January and the competition runs February 2 through March 9. Watch for details in displays at all locations.

Run for your Life at the Eau Claire YMCA

Whether you are brand new to running or are a seasoned competitor wanting to improve performance – this is the program for you.

Join Gord Hobbins from Gord’s Running Store every Thursday night, 5:30-7:00pm for this group training experience. Interval, speed, endurance, technique work are all part of this 14 week program.

Program Starts September 12th

For more information or to register, please call 403-269-6701

A body in motion is always headed in the right direction.

6th Annual Family Fun Run at Camp Chief Hector YMCA – Jun 2

Bring the whole family to enjoy our Family Fun Run in a beautiful mountain setting followed by a BBQ lunch! All proceeds support Camp Chief Hector YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

6th Annual Family Fun Run
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Camp Chief Hector YMCA in Exshaw, AB

1 km run/walk
5 km run
10 km run
BBQ lunch included

Spots still available! Register at 9AM on day of event at Camp Chief Hector YMCA. See you then!

6th Annual Family Fun Run at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Save the date!

Our annual Fun Run at Camp Chief Hector YMCA takes place on Sunday, June 2, 2013. Proceeds go to Camp Chief Hector YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

1 km run/walk | 10am
5 km run | 10:20am
10 km run | 10:20am

BBQ lunch is included.

Registration information available soon. Please check back.

Buying New Sports Shoes

In the market for a new pair of athletic shoes? Wanna get a little info before heading to the shops and sifting thru the tons of options out there?

Check out an article on the Real Simple website that has loads of tips to help you out:

“You’re just steps away from a better workout. Here’s how to pick a pair of shoes geared toward your routine and body.”

Read How to Choose Athletic Shoes on the Real Simple website.

Fitness Destinations- Looking for Meaning, in All The Right Places

Written by Volunteer: Rita Gore

Travel destinations that combine health and fitness and let people collect cultural experiences, are popping up everywhere.

“Adventure, adrenalin and accomplishment” is the focus on these aptly named “fitness destinations,” claims Monika Zuroski in a recent Calgary Herald article.

She says they “take priority over scenery, sightseeing and fruity drinks served in coconut shells.” But is there a destination where runners can have a run and a rum punch, too she wonders?

Apparently there is. It can be found in the Cook Islands in the form of the Round Rarotonga Road Race. Rarotonga is the largest of the Cook Islands.

Zuroski points out in her November 30 article titled, “Running Around Rarotonga” that while participating in the run, athletes are treated to views of picture perfect beaches, lovely lagoons and gentle hills covered in a carpet of lush vegetation.”

Having just completed his first Round Rarotonga Road Race in September 2012, Jason Webb owner of Downunder Travel, in Calgary, can support these claims.

“The race itself is also pretty special,” says Webb, noting the course takes runners around the perimeter of the entire island of Rarotonga. He also says he’s noticed the popularity of destination runs growing over the years.

“It’s becoming bigger and bigger,” says Webb. “People are looking for more in their vacation experience, more than just going somewhere. It <a vacation> is not just to say, ‘I’ve been there, but … I’ve been there and done something meaningful.”

Based on a my research, some of these meaningful experience can range from completing a destination run, to taking a class in a foreign country, hiking the Camino or International dragon boat racing.

And it is not just elite athletes or the young and the restless who are signing on. You might be surprised just whose participating.

Margaret Crighton a sixty-something Calgarian, departed last week with her daughter on a trip to south-east Asia. She’s given permission to share a bit of her Christmas email:

“The Asia plan is a bit vague but I am very hopeful it will be good… we are playing it by ear but have a number of ideas of amusing bits- a bit of easy trekking with teahouses in Nepal, batik and cooking classes in Java, boating down the Mekong in Vietnam, hiking in Taiwan and a pilgrimage trail in Japan.”

Well then Margaret! Keep Calm and Carry on. Apparently you’re part of a wave.

“These are huge trends within the travel industry,” reports Webb. “It’s the way many people are thinking about vacations.”

Canadian author, Jane Christmas has not only thought about such a vacation, she’s done it and written a book about the experience.

Christmas, opted to join fourteen other women, only 2 of whom she knew well, to hike the Camino, a centuries-old pilgrimage route stretching 800 kilometers from southwestern France across the Pyrenees almost to the northwestern shore of Spain.

In the introduction to her book titled, “What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim–A Midlife Misadventure on Spain’s Camino de Santiago de Compostela”, she notes that:

“The Camino is an ancient Spanish pilgrim route that has become immensely popular in the last decade with those who like their vacations with a side order of adventure and exercise. What could be better than walking with like-minded women?”

What indeed?

Described as a wickedly funny account of a woman’s pilgrimage of self-discovery on the infamous “Camino”, it looks like it might be required reading for Cochrane resident, Vanessa Fishbuch who also plans to mark her 50th birthday by doing the route next year.

She will meet up with 2 of her sisters in Spain next September; together they’ll spend the several weeks it takes to hike the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. When asked why they have picked this way of celebrating her milestone, Fishbuch grins:

“My sisters and I don’t get together very often (they live in New Zealand) so the chance to share an “adventure” with them is exciting. I like the idea of exploring a country by walking, seeing new places and being active at the same time.”

Still, she might do well to pick up a copy of Jane Christmas’s book first.

Those searching for another kind of opportunity that combines competition and adventure with teamwork and a travel option, might want to consider dragonboat racing.

Take Calgary’s Sistership Dragonboat Team for example. It’s a team who happens to be made up of women (but also open to men) who have had breast cancer.

Vancouver sports medicine physician, Dr.Don McKenzie first tested out the theory that participating in strenuous upper body workout required for dragonboat racing, was a good thing for women who had breast cancer. Established in 1999, Calgary’s Sistership became one of the first Canadian teams and it’s been going strong ever since.

Sistership’s dry land training takes place at YMCA’s throughout Calgary during the winter months. As soon as the ice melts on Glenmore Dam they’re back on the water. Each year Sistership not only competes in the local Calgary Dragonboat festival but journeys to at least 3 other venues annually.

Sometimes its local weekend jaunts to Lethbridge or Edmonton; but the team has competed in Cape Breton, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Victoria too.

Some Sistership members journeyed even further when they joined up with the Canadian National Dragonboat team, Canadian’s Abreast. Together with breast cancer survivors from across all Canada this national team has competed in international races as far away as Israel, Singapore and Australia and New Zealand. It’s after the racings done that team members spend a few weeks exploring the host country.

YMCA Calgary promotes Sistership Calgary’s health and wellness goals by providing fitness membership to every fulltime active Sistership paddler. In return, team members pay it forward by raising funds every year for YMCA Strong Kids. Talk about a winning combination!

So as 2012 comes to a close, instead of grinding out the usual list of goals and New Years work-out resolutions; take a tip from the people featured here.  Figure out what motivates you or would be a meaningful experience and then get to work training for it.

Do some research; recruit a few friends, even better, talk to someone who’s been there. Use the excitement that’s generated, to kick-start your 2013 fitness program. Combine it with a fitness destination, be it far or close to home that appeals and is affordable for you. We’d love to hear your ideas.


Applications are being accepted now for Sistership Calgary for the 2013 year. An information session will be held January 12, 2013 @ Parkdale United Church. Email: info@sistershipcalgary.com.

For men or women interested in checking out other local dragonboat teams the contact is Shane Martin at the Calgary Dragon Boat Society at dragonboat@chinatowncalgary.com

Burning Calories: Short Bursts of Exercise vs. Long Workouts

Check out this article written by Alex Hutchinson and published on The Globe & Mail website entitled What Burns More Exercise: Short Bursts of Energy or Longer Workouts.

Here’s a snippet from the piece:

“If you’re trying to burn calories by running, a kilometre is a kilometre. Doesn’t matter how fast or slow you go, because you have to move the same mass (you) over the same distance.

Or at least that’s been the conventional wisdom. But with all the debate these days about the relative merits of long, slow workouts versus short, sharp ones, it’s worth a closer look at that claim. It turns out that, if you’re willing to push hard enough to go anaerobic, you’ll get extra energy burn during and after the workout.”

View the full article on The Globe & Mail website.