Thursday, November 6, 2008

End Of Season Party Chez Isabelle

Slip on your power shoes, wear your best smile and scoot over to the Capital Roadrunner's annual Christmas celebration of the good stuff.

Where: (send us a note capital.roadrunners at

Date: Saturday December 13, 2008
Time: 6 p.m. onwards

Bring: a savoury OR sweet dish to share (no need to register, it is pot luck authentique) plus your favourite beverage. House will provide a veggie chili.

Friends and sweeties welcome. Be prepared to see the transformation of your runner's feet to a dancing sensation!

Questions: capital.roadrunners at

The 2nd Annual Frosty 5K Fun Run (Organized by the Capital RoadRunners)

When: Saturday, December 13, 2008 @ 10:30 am (registration 9:30am)

Why: To support the Ottawa Food Bank

Meeting Place: South Building, Lisgar Colegiate Institute, 29 Lisgar Street, Ottawa

Route: 5 km loop around the canal (Pretoria and Wellington Bridges)

Request: Help those less fortunate! Bring a non-perishable food item*, which will be donated to the Ottawa Food Bank.

Guess your 5 k run time: Register your predicted 5k time at Lisgar Collegiate Institute before the race. No watches allowed during the race. The three people who are closest to their predicted run times will each win a prize.

Festive attire: Why not wear something red or festive to celebrate the start of the Winter and the Holiday Season. There will be a prize for the best (funniest?) dressed!

Questions/RSVP: Send your e-mail questions/rsvp to Bill Ridley capital.roadrunners at

* Examples: soup, juice boxes, macaroni & cheese, cereal, canned tuna, canned vegetables or fruit, dry pasta & sauce, condiments or baby supplies (diapers, baby food, formula).

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Canoe Camping and Outdoor Yoga, Frontenac Park 22-24 Aug 2008

We are calling for canoeists to join us for another yoga trip with late-summer breeze and sunshine filtered through the leaves. Yoga in the outdoors for YCCC (YM/WCA Canoe Camping Club, has been an annual event since 2001. Just imagine the gentle guidance of a soothing voice easing you into a healing pose as loon calls echo on the lake.

Rest and recreation are the aims. Experience in yoga is not necessary. An experienced yoga instructor will lead the practices. A short easy paddle gets you to the picturesque campsites, where we will stay from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. There will be no portage. Two rocky beaches are by the campsites. Hiking trails connect the campsitesto the rest of the park interior. Yoga, swimming, hiking, trail running, or just relaxing with a good book are on the agenda. Come to rejuvenate and enjoy healthy, tasty, gourmet meals and good-company. Fasting option is also available.

Sound good? Then join us for yoga/canoe/camping weekend in Frontenac Park August 22-24, 2008 (leaving Ottawa Friday afternoon) Frontenac Provincial Park is North of Kingston, Ontario. Deposit of $15 will reserve a spot for you on this popular trip for about 10 participants. Reply by e-mail Cedric or give me a ring at 613-761-1020. The planning meeting will be on Tuesdays August 19. <>

Friday, May 30, 2008

End-of-season Barbeque Invitation, 30 May 2008

Hello Capital Roadrunners,

Thank you all for a great season and your part in making the year end party a success. There was great food, conversation and many laughs. We look forward to many more. Thank you, Suzanne for hosting the event.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Pub night – Fri 28 Mar, Jason Dunkerley

Hi All,

Loving the snow and the winter :-)? One of my friends’ 6 yrs old kid Jacob was asked recently: “Do you think the winter will ever end?” “It has to,” Jacob replied, “or I will never be 7.” His birthday is in the summer :-)!

Hope everyone is doing well!

I’m away for the next few runs (Sun 9 Mar, Wed 12 Mar, and Sun 23 Mar). Suzanne will be leading the workouts. Thanks Suzanne!

I’ve just confirmed the date Fri 28 Mar with our next guest speaker Jason Dunkerley. As mentioned Jason is an inspirational runner. Being completely blind, Jason can run 1500m in 4min7s! Jason’s list of achievements is impressive. In a decade of running for Canada , he has competed in three Paralympic Summer Games, medaling in the 1,500 metres at the 1996 Games in Atlanta , and in the 800 metres at the 2000 and 2004 Games in Sydney and Athens respectively. Jason will share with us how he finds freedom in running, how he does his training, and how he came back from a serious pedestrian – car accident (Jason was the pedestrian).

Looking forward to see you at the pub night!

What: pub night and guess speaker Jason Dunkerley:
Where: Royal Oak at Pretoria Bridge ( 221 Echo Dr .)
When: Fri 28 Mar, 6pm dinner, 7pm presentation on the second floor. You can join us for dinner or just come later for the presentation.
Who: everyone (your friends and spouses are also welcome)
Cost: $1.00 per person. This will pay for a small gift and the guess speaker's dinner.
RSVP: by email truong_long at

Jason Dunkerley:

“Jason was born blind with a condition affecting the way the optic nerve is attached to the brain. He grew up in Northern Ireland before immigrating to Canada with his family in 1991 at the age of 13.

Jason discovered a passion for middle distance running in high school in Brantford , Ont. At the University of Guelph , where he studied international development and Spanish, Jason met a runner named Greg Dailey who became his main guide running partner. This was the genesis of a running relationship which is in its 10th year and has brought Greg and Jason two Paralympic silver medals in 2000 and 2004, four world championship appearances, and four Pan American titles.

Greg and Jason are coming off their best season ever in which they captured gold in both the 800m and 1500m races at the Para Pan American Games held in Rio de Janeiro, establishing new Canadian and Para Pan American records in both events and coming within 0.41 seconds of surpassing the longstanding 800m world record for blind athletes. Greg and Jason hope to use this breakthrough as a springboard in preparing them to be at the top of their competitive game going into the Paralympic year in 2008.

Jason currently trains in Ottawa where he lives with his wife Colleen. When not training, he enjoys playing the guitar.”

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Feb. 2 Next pub night @ The Royal Oak!

Our next guest speaker is Bruce Barteaux, an ultra-marathoner, for Feb 2. Bruce is 53 years old and still representing Canada at the World 100km championship. There’re few sports that you can race competitively at this age! Bruce will share with us and show photos of some of his interesting running and cultural experiences from various parts the world. As well he will give us some tips on how to stay motivated in running, minimize injuries, and balance between family life and a demanding profession. I also want to note that Bruce has raised almost $40,000 for The Terry Fox Cancer Foundation from his running races!

Because of many interests from the club, I will also do a brief talk on the Canadian Death Race and the fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society that I did last summer.

So come out our club social pub night for drinks and listen to Bruce’s presentation (and mine too :-)!

WHAT: pub night and guess speaker Bruce Barteaux
WHERE: Royal Oak at Pretoria Bridge (221 Echo Dr.)
WHEN: Fri 2 Feb, 6pm dinner, 7pm presentation on the second floor. You can join us for dinner or just come later for the presentation. My talk will be around 20min and Bruce’s ~ 1-1.5hrs, so we’ll finish around 9pm.
WHO: everyone (your friends and spouses are also welcome)
COST: $1.00 per person. This will pay for a small gift and the guess speaker's dinner.
RSVP: by email
truong_long at

Bruce Barteaux’s running highlights:

“Bruce Barteaux was born to run – run fast, run long and run hard. His achievements in the sport of distance running are nothing short of legendary. He has competed in some of the most gruelling and demanding races in the world. From the “Hurtin’ Hamstring Hundred” and the “Canadian Death Race” to the “Rum Runners Ultra” and numerous other elite, international races including six consecutive years representing Canada at the World Cup 100 km, this super fit, superstar of distance running has raced more than 67 marathons. He has won seven of them and placed second to fourth overall in another five races. While some runners might consider running an ultra marathon as the capstone of their running careers, Bruce has run 27 of these races, the majority of those being at least 100 km in distance. Of those 27, he won a total of seven and placed second to fourth overall in another seven.”