With over 200 runners the Trappers Running Club is gearing up for its big event of the season, the Trap Line Marathon, which runs Thanksgiving weekend.
Nathaniel Pollock with the Trappers Running Club says the original organizers of the club began the first Trap Line Marathon five years ago because they wanted to have a local race.
“After having the race for a couple of years the organizers decided they really needed a club to support running throughout the year in the community, to help build runners and develop runners, so they could participate in the race,” he said.
Pollock said after the club formed the race seemed to grow and the club’s main sponsor is the Trap Line Marathon along with other sponsors, such as the Canadian Diabetes Association.
“As an association it is important for us to support organizations that promote healthy living and our contribution to the community is to assist new runners, who are looking to progress.”
He said this year the club has been able to offer three clinics, which are all volunteer run and lead, but usually club members or executive members will lead a learn to run program.
“So people who have no running experience or little to none can be taught proper running techniques.”
He said with the beginners they start with one minute of running, then 10 minutes of walking and as they progress it is switched to 10 minutes of running to one minute of walking.
“The goal of the Learn to Run is to get them up to five kilometers of running.”
Pollock says the club has begun a marathon and half marathon programs, which are similar to the Learn to Run Program with the only difference is the distance run. Those programs began in July with two or three team leaders or coaches. Which usually go Wednesday evening and Saturday mornings.
“What we try to encourage our runners to run four times a week, twice with the Club and twice on their own,” said Pollock.