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15. We Run North York

The We Run North York run crew may be relatively new to the Toronto community, having recently celebrated their one year anniversary, but you wouldn’t know it by the number of new runners joining their ranks and their presence on social media!

Joyce Law and Lisa Sun met when they both ran with another crew in 2017. When the leader of the run crew decided to move on, Joyce and another runner, Matthew Ma rebranded the crew as We Run North York.

I love also seeing new runners come out and how they just discover the joy of running with other people

Joyce Law

In this episode, we discuss why the crew decided to plan destination brunch runs early on and why they continued the tradition a year later. The crew now has four executive team members, Joyce, Lisa, Matthew and Chris Womg. Joyce and Lisa will also discuss how they attract new runners, give back to the Toronto running community, and keep runners safe during a pandemic.

If you’re a fan of madeleine pastries, you don’t want to miss this episode!

To learn more about We Run North York, you can follow them on Instagram at: @werunnorthyork

To learn more about Joyce Law, you can follow het on Instagram at: @joysofrunning
To learn more about Lisa Sun, you can follow het on Instagram at: @belovedrunner

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14. Rejean Chiasson

Growing up in a small fishing village in New Brunswick, Rejean’s first real exposure to running came when he joined the army, shortly after graduating high school. As a member of the infantry unit, Rejean ran several days a week and recalls being surprised by how easy it felt.

In 2004, nine days before he was to be deployed to Haiti, Rejean was attacked by a group of men and, as a result, wasn’t able to deploy due to his injuries. Rejean was invited to join a run club started by some of the soldiers at his home base and after noticing how well he ran, convinced him to take it more seriously.

There’s no reason why some who’s committed, healthy, who does what he needs to do, can’t run way faster than that

Rejean Chiasson

In this episode, we’ll discuss how these events and Rejean’s struggles with drug and alcohol abuse paved the way to a short, but successful running career. Rejean will also share how several of his coaches and mentors motivated and inspired him to start his own run club, Pace & Mind.

Today, Pace & Mind has become a pillar in the Toronto running community and many of it’s athletes have experienced tremendous results in distances from the 5K to Marathon. 

To learn more about Rejean, you can follow him on Instagram at: @coachrejean
To learn more about Pace & Mind, you can follow them on Instagram at: @paceandmind

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13. Phil Suzor-Morin

This week we chat with Phil Suzor-Morin. Back in 2003, Phil signed up for a half marathon and trained exclusively on a treadmill. After finishing the race, Phil felt unfulfilled and gave up on running; he would ultimately return to running years later, participating in 1-2 half marathon races a year. On Christmas Day 2015, Phil was watching a documentary on the Kona Triathlon World Championships and was inspired by the stories of athletes who overcame obstacles to compete; shortly after, Phil registered for the 2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

For me it was never about losing weight. It was about pushing myself. It was about doing this extremely ambitious goal of mine and losing weight was just something that had come with my that has to come with it.

Phil Suzor-Morin

While Phil lost 50 lbs in the process of training for his first marathon, weight loss was not the primary reason he committed to the process; instead, Phil wanted to see how far he could push himself.

This brings us to one of his major accomplishments, his still active runstreak that hit the 365 day mark this past May! Phil got the idea after suffering an injury which set him back 3-4 months. Initially, Phil set a goal of running 7 days in a row. Phil then took advantage of run commuting home from work and eventually he was hooked.

Phil put “push himself” to the ultimate test when he decided to run both an 80 kilometre and 100 kilometer run through Toronto and parts of the GTA respectively. Without the ability to register for a race to cover these distances, Phil had to work out the logistics on his own. We’ll walk through the thought process, logistics, and challenges covering these distances.

Phil has no plans on stopping and hopes to add a 100-miler to his running resume whether there’s an official race or not!

To learn more about Phil, you can follow him on Instagram at: @flywithphil

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