Food Crawl!

We're so excited to be holding our second food crawl with the help of Edmonton Economic Development Centre! This time we're doing it a bit differently: At this ride the rainbow edition guests are required to bring their own bike, skateboard or rollerblades. At the final stop of the food crawl, guests can work off that dinner by biking home, or arrange for their own transportation. Cost will be $45 and trust us, it's worth it! *If you are rollerblading, don’t forget your shoes for … [Read more...]

Head to Head Comparison: Smart Watch vs. Activity Trackers vs. GPS Running Watches

Want to get more activity in during the day? If you walk into any fitness store, or grocery store for that matter, you can now buy an activity monitor like a Fitbit, Jawbone, or a smart watch like the Apple iWatch thinking it's going to change your life. Activity monitors have become pretty complex: they measure steps, distance ran, sleep pattern, calories burnt, measure heart rate, read text messages and emails. But how do these activity trackers actually function? Many of these activity … [Read more...]

Trail Running Races in Edmonton

There are a growing number of trail races in Edmonton. We have over 160 km of multi-use trails so runners are taking advantage of them and competing to see who can become the fastest cross country runner in the city! Here are a few links to some companies who host trail races: Frank McNamara Races: Wednesdays at 6:00 pm - Various Locations: http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=1198 United Cycle Runs: Tuesdays at 6:00 pm - Various … [Read more...]

Splitboarding: the next evolution of back-country adventure.

Some of us long for that quiet space, a place that is seemingly untouched by the world where we can venture into wild. For the longest time, the winter back-country was relegated to cross-country skis, touring skis and snowshoes, but athletic technology has advanced to the point where many sports can be adapted to the rougher conditions. Snowboarding is a sport in which back-country options were limited: you could snowshoe, snow-mobile, or heli-ski but taking the board alone was not an option. … [Read more...]

Snowshoeing 101: Getting Started

I remember strapping on these flimsy-oversized-plastic-tennis-racket-looking-things to my knee high winter boots as an elementary child and absolutely hating snow shoeing. Waddling around hard packed snow-covered soccer field was my first experience with the sport and I really failed to give it a second chance till now. Snowshoes have changed a lot in the past decade. Gone are the waffled tan plastic one-size fits all shoes, they've been replaced with a high tech shoe made of ultra light … [Read more...]

What’s the deal with plus-sized mountain bike tires? Does size really matter?

There used to be a time when mountain bike tires came in one size and width but those days are long gone.  Now-a-days tires come in all sizes, from 26 inches with a width of 1.8 to 2.4 inches, to fatbikes which are 26 inches with a 4 inch width, and up to a 29 inch tire with a 3 inch width. What's the deal with all the different sizes? Tread pattern and composition of tire have been the factors that have been most modified in tire technology and then the focus turned to the frame: suspension, … [Read more...]

The 24 Jasper Edition: What to do in Jasper for a Day

If you had a short window of time, less than a day, to do something fun what would it be? I’ve struggled with this concept for a long time; my life is packed and I like it that way. I prefer living in a constant state of creativity, I love my community, and sometimes that means my times of escape are relegated to a few days or hours. When I do get time off, I chose to focus on friends and little adventures I can do with them; new styles of fitness, discovering new trails in the Edmonton area, … [Read more...]

Biathlon

Combining two vastly different skills in one sport seems a little crazy, but there's something about biathlon that intrigues many viewers. This medley of cross country skiing and shooting is one of the most intense sports I have seen to date; muscles and heart rates are maxed out while skiing and then all of a sudden the athlete needs to still themselves enough to accurately hit targets 50 meters away. Now repeat the whole thing a few times and you have a competition. The sport has its origins … [Read more...]

Fatbiking: The Monster Trucks of Biking.

I'll admit, before heading on this adventure I had my doubts about Fatbikes. Every time I saw one of these pedal powered monstrosities lumbering down a street or a trail I'd chuckle a little; they don't move quickly, it looks like the tires are half inflated, and they remind me of a monster truck. As I registered for the Revolution Cycle Fatbike Ride Day this past Saturday I knew I had to keep an open mind and, as always, have a ton of fun. Revolution is offering a very unique opportunity to … [Read more...]

Hidden running trails of Edmonton: Downtown Edition

I've said this countless times: I take mini vacations every time I run on trails. It's great to take time off and take a trip, but when the schedule is hectic  a quick dive in the woods to chill and relax is priceless. I have had a few requests for quick trail trips that are a few steps away from downtown so here it is. My two points of advice for running during this time of year: Gear Up: Some of these trails are a bit slick so make sure you tread lightly and grab a good set of trail shoes … [Read more...]