January Events

Resolution Run – January 1

Ring in the new year on the right (and left) foot! Join us for the 2018 Resolution Run. Details here. No registration or RSVP necessary, but if you’re on Facebook let us know you’re coming. And spread the word!

Run Club Meeting – January 15

7 pm at Starbucks on 68th ave

See what the club is all about! These meetings tend to last an hour. Interested in setting up an event committee for a fun run? This is the venue for you! No RSVP needed, but if you’re on Facebook, let us know you’re coming or interested.

Spring Training Planning

At our January club meeting, we will be discussing our Spring Training. Are you an experienced runner or walker who wants to give back to the community by encouraging others who are learning to run, learning to run a new distance, interested in race walking, or increasing their walk endurance? Please attend our January meeting (above), or email gprunwalk@gmail.com. It’s an 11-week commitment on Sunday mornings starting February 23 … you don’t have to commit to each Sunday because we know how busy everyone is. We would appreciate consistency for those participating, but we will take what we can get! It’s also a great way to meet new people!

 

 

Welcome Freshii!

We have exciting news, members! We are very pleased to announce a brand new membership sponsor for 2018… Freshii!

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Freshii’s mantra is Eat. Energize. We felt that fit in perfectly with what our members want to do, so when you buy a GP Run/Walk membership for 2018, you will get 10% off at Freshii. Borrowed from their website, Freshii has “7 different menu categories – bowls, burritos, salads, wraps, soups, smoothies & juices – and each one is full of innovation.” Find them across from Intersport (another club sponsor!) on the west side.

If you’ve already purchased a membership for 2018, check your email for a note about how to get your discount (it’s a pass-phrase, rather than showing your card).

Links:

Freshii’s website (check out the menu!)

Freshii GP on Facebook

Get your 2018 membership here

 

2018 Memberships Now Available!

Membership Registration for 2018 Now Available! Click Here!!!

  • Adult Membership – $26 annually (calendar year)
  • Child/Teen Membership – $15 annually (calendar year)
  • Couple/Family Membership – $52 annually (calendar year)

Why should you buy a membership?

As a member of the Grande Prairie Run/Walk Club, you receive:

  • 15% off Running/Walking Footwear & Apparel at Ernie’s Sports Experts
  • 15% off Running/Walking Footwear & Apparel at Intersport
  • 10% off All Regular Price Items at Walk, Run & More
  • Discounts on race/event registration (value of $10 per event)
  • FREE Spring Training (value of $40) – Sundays starting February 23
  • Admission to the Annual General Meeting / Social – February 23 at Eastlink Centre, 10am in the boardroom.
  • Plus, your membership fees help support the Grande Prairie Run/Walk Club, which has been operating in the Peace Country (under various name changes) for over 40 years!
  • We will update this page as additional benefits become available!

Purchase online using the link at the top of the page or in person, cash/cheque at the AGM on February 23, 10 am, Eastlink Centre Boardroom.

If you own or manage a business and are interested in joining us by providing discounts to our members, email us at gprunwalk@gmail.com.

Survey Highlights

Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey. We’ve put together a few responses to some of the comments provided.

Those of you on Facebook would have already seen some of these responses. But that leads me to comment and response #1:

  1. Better advertisement, some people don’t use Facebook.

Absolutely! We could definitely do a better job at that. We try as much as possible to post everything from our website then share it to Facebook. Sometimes it’s out of our control, races not organized by our club tend to get advertised on our Facebook page. Some things still slip through the cracks, and we will be more mindful of that in 2018.

Outside events have always been welcome to advertise on our Facebook page, but we have found advertising on behalf of other events on our website was too time-consuming to maintain.

Aside from our website and Facebook, there are other forms of advertisement like radio and newspaper, of course. We would love to see some volunteers interested in advertising step up this year at our AGM on February 25 (10 a.m. at Eastlink Centre Boardroom) to handle some of that advertising for us as a media liaison or marketing director.

2. A couple of comments were related to the cost of our races. One respondent said “it shouldn’t cost $50+ to race 5k.”

It may cost more than you may realize to put on a race (paying for timers, paying volunteer groups since no one wants to work for free, paying St. John’s Ambulance to keep everyone safe, paying for swag that participants may not end up buying, just to name some of the costs) and we’ve also been lacking the resources in recent years in volunteers to help source sponsors for our races. However, none of our races cost more than $45 to enter.

In fact, if you had a membership, the most you would pay for our races was $35. I think sometimes because we do share everyone’s races on our Facebook page, it gets confusing about who is organizing that race.

Last year, we put on the Resolution Run (free), Brian Harms ($11-$45), Press Run ($11-45), and the Jingle Bell Run (donations to the food bank).

We would definitely encourage you to attend a club meeting if you have concerns about the costs and where the money goes. Volunteer your time and see what it takes to put on a race.

3. More races! More running groups!

There is nothing we would love more than to put on more races, events, and running groups. Unfortunately, what we lack is the volunteers. Volunteers on event day (because everyone tends to want to participate instead) and volunteers to help organize these events and lead training groups. The survey results themselves show the huge gap we have between amount of people who want events and who are willing to help. The majority of those we classed as “yes” were people who said maybe. At the end of the survey, we asked those who did say yes to send us an email. We got about 3 emails.

So as much as we would love to have an event as often as every month, we need way more people to help out. So if you have an idea for a fun run and have the motivation to help organize it, come to a meeting! We will build a committee and make it happen!

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November Meeting Highlights

Jingle Bell Run – December 10

In case you missed it – our Jingle Bell Run is this Sunday at 11! Registration opens at 10 at the Muskoseepi Pavilion. David’s Tea is sponsoring hot tea for the event, and we will have hot chocolate and baked goodies. If you’re interested in bringing baked goods for the event, drop them off to Muskoseepi Pavilion between 10 and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Some FAQ’s: kids, kids in strollers, kids in sleds, dogs on leash all invited! This fun event is for everyone! This is a fun event, meaning no timing and no medals.

This is a free event, but please bring a cash donation for the food bank.

Prizes for best costume!

2018 Memberships

We are busy rounding up sponsors for our 2018 membership to provide discounts to our members. If you own or manage a business that is interested in helping our club promote a healthier lifestyle, please email gprunwalk@gmail.com … let’s chat! Even if you’re not able to commit to a membership sponsorship and want to get involved, drop us a message!

Resolution Run – January 1

Another fun run – no timing and no medals. It’s a great way to kick off the new year! Meet at Starbucks on 68th at 11 a.m.

Spring Training – February 25

Training for a big race in the spring, like the Brian Harms Memorial Race? This 11-week training group is free if you buy a 2018 membership! Starts at 9 a.m. from Eastlink Centre. Although we meet indoors, this is an outdoor run group.

Interested in leading a group? Email us at gprunwalk@gmail.com. The more the merrier!

Annual General Meeting (AGM) – February 25

Open positions to be announced. Attendance doesn’t mean you have to sign up for an executive position, it’s a great way to get involved with the club and see what we do! Plus we will have muffins! Location TBA. Will be at 10 a.m.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk – December 10

The Jingle Bell Run is on for December 10! No pre-registration, just show up between 10-11 to register, run/walk starts at 11.

There is no cost to join! We just ask that you bring a CASH donation for the food bank.

Choose between a 3 or 5km route (or anywhere in between!). There will be no course marshalls, so make sure you’re familar with the routes below or group up with those who know the routes.

Questions? Post on our Facebook page or email gprunwalk@gmail.com.

We’d love to get some volunteer bakers to bring some goodies! If you can help out, please email us at gprunwalk@gmail.com.

3km route around Bear Creek Reservoir:

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5km route (same as 2017 Press Run/Walk route):

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Stock up For Winter

If you’re planning on running this winter and looking to stock up on winter gear, it’s a great time to purchase a GP Run/Walk Club membership if you haven’t already.

Important! The membership is only good for the CALENDAR YEAR. Meaning, it’s only worth purchasing now if you are going to spend a fair bit between now and the end of December. Otherwise, wait for the 2018 memberships later in December.

You will receive a PDF copy of the membership confirmation upon registration – bring this with you when you shop!

The locations currently honouring our discounts are:

  • 15% off Running/Walking Footwear & Apparel at Ernie’s Sports Experts
  • 15% off Running/Walking Footwear & Apparel at Intersport
  • 10% off All Regular Price Items at Walk, Run & More

Ready to go? Click here!

 

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Press Run / 2018 Survey

Press Run

The Grande Prairie Run/Walk Club will no longer organize the Press Run due to lack of volunteers and limited participation. We have decided to concentrate our efforts on the Brian Harms Memorial Race (Sunday, May 13, 2018)

We want to thank the Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune for 40 years of support.


2018 Survey

We are looking for feedback from the running and walking community in Grande Prairie for the direction the club should be taking in 2018. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey.


2/14 Challenge & Triple Crown

This year, we continued our tradition of the 2/14 challenge (a draw involving participants in the Brian Harms Race and the Press Run) and selected Kelsey Biggs! She has won $214 to use at any of our membership sponsors (Ernie’s; Walk, Run & More; Intersport).

This year’s Triple Crown (Brian Harms Race, Press Run, Roots & Ruts) went to Warren Magrum who won a Garmin Forerunner 35 from Walk, Run & More.