Omena Babalola | “They Call it a Finish Line For a Reason”
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by Carolyn Coffin and Kim Sankey
1w ago
Omena Babalola is an accomplished 55-year old masters sprinter from Winnipeg MB and an absolute force to be reckoned with. Born in Nigeria to two high achieving parents, Omena came to Canada in her early 20s and spent time on Prince Edward Island before completing her MBA at St. Mary’s University in Halifax and following her man to Winnipeg. Omena currently works as a Professional Auditor at Manitoba Hydro and is the Vice President of Athletics Manitoba. As for her start in athletics, Omena describes what it was like to “be so slow when her mom was so fast.” Despite coming dead last in her fir ..read more
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Nick Kershaw | Impact Marathon Founder
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by Carolyn Coffin and Kim Sankey
3w ago
Nick Kershaw is a man with a mission.  A runner with a background in finance and a passion for international development, Nick joins us from the UK to tell us all about how the Impact Marathon Series came to be and why it is so special.  The Impact Marathon Series was born in 2015 from a dream that we could use the simple power of running to uplift communities and empower runners all over the world. Throughout the Impact process, from the organizations they choose to support, to the way they engage and interact with the projects and the communities, their goal is to take the impalpab ..read more
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Jen Shapka | On Embracing Her Run Community
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by Carolyn Coffin and Kim Sankey
1M ago
Jen Shapka is a woman with a mission who seemingly can’t say no…and there are many runners who are grateful she says yes most of the time! Jen has moved a lot in her adult life, and it was the frequent moving that made this now 45-year old force herself to find a community wherever she landed. With two small kids at home, a husband away for work, and no family around, it was tough to get to the gym or join a team (both of which she’d have promptly quit anyway). One day 9 years ago she put on her shoes and went for a run. Or rather, mostly walking with a little bit of running. That eventually l ..read more
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Rory Linkletter | On Running Olympic Standard at the Seville Marathon
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by Carolyn Coffin and Kim Sankey
1M ago
Rory Linkletter is a professional Canadian athlete who lives and trains in Flagstaff, Arizona, is sponsored by Puma, and is coached by US half marathon record holder, Ryan Hall. He is also now the 2nd fastest Canadian marathoner in history! We first had Rory on the show six months ago (Ep 153) after finishing 19th at the World Championships marathon in Budapest. Since then he’s been training up a storm with one goal in mind…making the Paris Olympic team this summer. Ideally that meant running the Olympic Standard of 2:08:10, which was no small feat considering he’d have to shave over 2-minutes ..read more
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Rory Linkletter | On Running Olympic Standard at Seville Marathon
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by Carolyn Coffin and Kim Sankey
1M ago
Rory Linkletter is a professional Canadian athlete who lives and trains in Flagstaff, Arizona, is sponsored by Puma, and is coached by US half marathon record holder, Ryan Hall. He is also now the 2nd fastest Canadian marathoner in history! We first had Rory on the show six months ago (Ep 153) after finishing 19th at the World Championships marathon in Budapest. Since then he’s been training up a storm with one goal in mind…making the Paris Olympic team this summer. Ideally that meant running the Olympic Standard of 2:08:10, which was no small feat considering he’d have to shave over 2-minutes ..read more
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Sasha Gollish, Dr. Georgia Lefas & Jamie Donaldson | The Run Retreat Speakers
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by Carolyn Coffin and Kim Sankey
1M ago
Today’s episode features three incredible ladies who all have speaking roles at The Run Retreat, an inaugural women’s event that will be taking place in beautiful Hecla Provincial Park, 2 hours north of Winnipeg, MB, from June 7-9, 2024.  Three-time Inspired Soles guest Sasha Gollish is our keynote speaker and in addition to being an elite Canadian runner, she is also the Director of Community Engagement at the University of Toronto’s Mental Health & Physical Activities Research Centre. A lover of moving her body in nature, Sasha brings the fun to everything she does and welcomes ever ..read more
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Evan Birch | Running Into the Storm
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by Carolyn Coffin and Kim Sankey
2M ago
Evan Birch is a partner, father, friend, colleague and ultra runner who has been running his entire life, in more ways than one. While his accomplishments range from competing in the Sinister 7 100, the Canadian Death Race and the Divide 200, Evan’s foray into ultra running began in 2017, born out of running away from a two-decade career in emergency services. He assisted thousands of people, saved countless lives and comforted many more on their worst days…until it broke him.  In January 2022, Evan finally asked for help and slowly developed a new relationship with running through hours ..read more
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Kevin Beatty | US Olympic Marathon Trials Recap
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by Carolyn Coffin and Kim Sankey
2M ago
On February 3rd, 2024, the United States held their Olympic Marathon Trials in Orlando, FL to determine the team they will be sending to the 2024 Summer Games in Paris, France. Once every four years the best in the country   race head-to-head where the top three men and top three women are chosen to represent the country at the Olympics. Not many countries select their team this way and it’s got to be an absolute pressure cooker of an environment for athletes, but for fans of the sport it promises some of the highest quality athletics entertainment. Carolyn considers herself a fan of the ..read more
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Andrew Swan | Clydesdale Running, Politics & Beer Miles
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by Carolyn Coffin and Kim Sankey
2M ago
Andrew Swan is a 55 year old lawyer, former politician and runner who is a staple in the Winnipeg community…some might even say “Winnipeg famous.” He practiced family law for 14 years before being elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 2004. He served as the Minister of Competitiveness, Training and Trade as well as the Minister for Liquor and Lotteries before settling into his role as Manitoba’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice from 2009-2014. Andrew left politics in 2019 and is now General Counsel for Doctors Manitoba, and for the past three years he’s been a director for the Manitob ..read more
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Waldo Cheung | Shoes, Technology, Research & Masters Running
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by Carolyn Coffin and Kim Sankey
2M ago
Waldo Cheung is a physiotherapist originally from BC currently living in Calgary, AB. His current interests lie in the promotion of healthy running and rock climbing as well as the preservation of strength and function in the middle age and elderly. He has worked and taught in a variety of different rehabilitation settings from critical care to sports medicine. Waldo is an instructor for The Running Clinic, a company that offers research based instruction using science and expertise to inform a clinician’s practice working with runners. We both found these courses transformational several year ..read more
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