Running Capital of Canada

June 5, 2010

Making a Difference

The City of Guelph is quickly becoming the “Running Capital of Canada”. With the calibre of runners in the city we are fortunate to be well on our way to achieve this distinction and become a centre for excellence.

Guelph has produced no less than four world-class runners and key members of the Canadian Olympic and World Championship teams. Not many communities can boast this achievement and it is an honour for the City, the athletes, their families, friends, and coaches. It is also an inspiration for their myriad of fans at home, of all ages, whom are motivated to follow in their footsteps.

Thanks to the continued efforts of head coach Dave Scott-Thomas from the University of Guelph and Speed River Track and Field Club, we have won 17 (seventeen) national cross country titles; and hosted three years of national cross country championships – with the 4th one coming this November.

Guelph has also established a global reputation for a positive, performance driven running community, using resources from the University, including: sport science, nutrition and leadership within the program. This focus on wellness and sport, rather than sport celebrity, has attracted athletes from all corners, such as former Nike sponsored 1500 meter runner Amber McGowan who trained in Eugene, Oregon.

These rising stars and accomplished athletes are encouraged to have a well-rounded education and are committed to sharing their love for sport by volunteering to coach youth by running physical activity programs; helping with local events for young athletes; inspirational presentations to high school students; and fundraising for travel and equipment.

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One Comment on “Running Capital of Canada”

  1. kfarbridge Says:

    At the Speed Riveer Middle Distace Inferno Track Meet tonight Tayor Milne ran the first ever sub four minute mile in Guelph and Wellington County in front of a great crowd of cheering fans and runners.

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