The current issue of Canadian Running is the magazine’s annual trail issue, but the publication still includes some road stuff as well.
I’ve been a contributing editor with the magazine since it’s first issue (as I have with its sister publication, Canadian Cycling), and in the current edition I have two articles.
That’s actually kind of prolific for me these days, since I don’t do very much freelance work any more.
One is on a subject that I love: Brookvale Provincial Park in Prince Edward Island. I had the good fortune to live on PEI for five years. It’s an intensely beautiful place contained in a relatively small space, so that everywhere you go you’re agog at the natural splendor.
I did a bit of trail running in Brookvale, but usually after I’d mountain biked. Back then, I was all about the bike and the park is packed with hilly single-and-double track trails and is also host to several mountain bike races annually. It’s all very flowy and a great place to rip it up on the bike.
Brookvale also offers some tough running.
Canadian Running asked me to write about the Brookvale Ultra, a 50 km race on the trails and clay roads that’s been growing in popularity.
Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/HfCvY0
On the flip side, the magazine also wanted an On the Run In…. This is a regular department that profiles a Canadian city with a particular focus on where to run along with running-oriented amenities. Each piece also details three routes.
Again, Saint John was a city I spent a year (ask me where in Canada I haven’t lived) and loved. Saint John is packed with hills and tough runners who think nothing of hitting them hard. It’s a great running town with all kinds of loops, not too mention some pretty stellar trails in the Irving Nature Park and Rockwood Park (which will host its first 50 km ultra this spring).
You can read the story here: http://bit.ly/H9Ssjy
As always, I hope you enjoy the read.