Clinic inspires runners in Nain

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In April, after a long, cold winter, everyone in Nain was eager to start running again once the roads cleared of snow and ice, and Harry Borlase thought about an event to launch the running season.

Chesley Semigak (left), Dwayne Williams and Amos Lidd were the three youngest participants in Nain’s “Guess Your Time Fun Run.”

So he contacted Eric Skoglund, one of the coaches of the Trapper’s Running Club in Happy Valley, and asked him to come to Nain to do a coaching clinic over the weekend of June 27-29.

Borlase thought there would be no better way to start the season and get everyone excited about running again than hosting a weekend coaching clinic and a running event. 

Funding for travel was obtained with the help of Trevor Paine, who is well known for being proactive in promoting sports and recreation in Newfoundland and Labrador. He was able to come up with 75 per cent of the travel funds, and the Nain Running Club donated the rest. 

A plan was developed to start the weekend on Friday night, with a pasta supper and viewing of a movie, “Spirit of the Marathon,” which is a full-length feature highlighting runners who are training for a first-time marathon, as well as a number of world class runners including Paula Radcliffe, who currently holds the female world record for the marathon at two hours and 15 minutes. 

The movie proved to be inspirational, and on Saturday morning, the running club gathered for an early five-kilometre run. 

Following a group stretch down, everyone met inside the Parks Canada building in the upstairs conference room, which has a floor completely tiled in Labradorite, quarried from Ten Mile Bay. 

The morning session was spent on group instruction in running techniques, injury prevention, types of shoes, and psychology of running. Copies of running programs covering the five-km run, 10-km run, half-marathon (21.1km), and full-marathon (42.2 km) were given out to each participant and discussed. 

For the afternoon session on Saturday, each of the running club participants scheduled individual coaching sessions with Skolund, who went over their training program and answered specific questions about nutrition, training and running techniques. 

On Sunday morning, a special running event was held called a “Guess Your Time Fun Run,” where each runner had to register for either the five-km or eight-km distance and predict his or her finish time. 

The rule is that no one is allowed to use a watch or timing device during the event, and the winner is the one with the actual finish time closest to their guessed time.

Organizations: Nain Running Club, Parks Canada

Geographic location: Nain, Happy Valley, Newfoundland and Labrador

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