Where to Celebrate Canada Day 2017

Not sure how you’re spending your holiday weekend this year?  We’ve rounded up the best ways to celebrate Canada Day in each of our home cities – Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa. Where will you be when Canada turns 150?

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  • Fort Calgary will host a celebration that is bigger and better than ever! Take part in a free pancake breakfast, live music and entertainment, children’s crafts and petting zoo, food trucks, and a chance to dress-up like a Mountie!
  • Visit the new Canada 150 sign in Prince’s Island Park! Appreciate it as a symbol of how we’ve come together as a nation, and snap a photo to remember this milestone for our country. While you’re at the park, stick around for an Aboriginal Showcase and Powwow, and learn more about Canada’s military history.
  • The site of our finish line party for the Sporting Life 10k, Olympic Plaza is the perfect place to spend your Canada Day! There will be entertainment galore of all sorts – song, dance, art, and more. Afterwards, take a short walk over to Riverside Avenue, where you can watch fireworks against the incredible backdrop of the Rockies.
TORONTO
  • It may be tough to get tickets if you haven’t already, but the Blue Jays are playing a home game on Canada Day…what could be more patriotic than cheering on our country’s lone MLB team? If you can’t get a seat at the Rogers Centre, you can always set up at a local patio or at home to watch the game. Come together with family & friends and support Canada’s team!
  • Toronto Ribfest happens to fall on Canada Day weekend…can you say perfect? Spend the day outside, grab some delicious food & drinks and enjoy the entertainment available at Etobicoke Centennial Park.
  • Fireworks are a given for the big 1-5-0. Whether you set up on your street (safely!) or visit a local park, there are countless locations to get cozy under a blanket and watch a fireworks show. May we suggest visiting Nathan Phillips Square? Fireworks kick off at 10:55pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday AND Monday night, and you can get an Instagram opp with the infamous 3D Toronto sign!
OTTAWA

Last but not least, the Nation’s Capital! Ottawa is the hub of all things Canada 150. Stop by one of three designated celebration zones in the city and take part in some of the exciting activities!

  • Parliament Hill – Experience the “Inspection of the Guard”, a 21-gun salute, an Air Show with the Snowbirds and CF-18 and more! You might even catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister or some of the incredible Canadian talent performing at the evening show.
  • Major’s Hill Park – Enjoy a huge variety of family-friendly programming including buskers, trivia games, face painting, fun photo opportunities, swing dancing performances, rides for kids on the VIA Rail miniature train, the 25th annual Great Canadian Chicken BBQ, and much more!
  • Canadian Museum of History – Take part in indoor and outdoor programming including inflatable games, wall climbing, live wild animals, puppet theatre, a Syrian house, plus the official opening of the museums’ new Canadian History Hall! Live entertainment will also be present.
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Top 10 Summer Essentials

Bring on barbeques, patio get togethers, after work drinks and weekend adventures because summer is here! Get ready for July and August’s heat wave with our top 10 summer essentials to get you through a relaxing weekend at the cottage, spontaneous trips to the beach or exciting pool days.

The Swimsuit
Summer means swimming and you will definitely need a cute suit to make a splash in the pool, lake or ocean! We have swimwear in tons of prints and colours for everyone in the family. Our wide range of styles will guarantee that you can find a suit for your needs and body type.

The Casual Sandal
Run out the door to your favourite summer outing in a pair of convenient sandals. Sandals are great for any summer occasion and they will keep your feet feeling comfortable and cool all summer long.

Cool Shades
Nobody wants to be squinting in the sunlight! Sunglasses are a very important summer accessory that protects your eyes and give a fashionable, cool look. The right pair of shades can really flatter a person’s face shape. Try universally flattering aviators for effortless appeal.

The Wear Everywhere Jacket
Just because its hot outside doesn’t mean you won’t need a jacket in the summertime. A lightweight jacket is the perfect cover up for cool evenings and breezy summer days.

The Stylish Hat
Warm weather calls for a hat! Protect your face from the sun and look good in the process with a hat to match all your summer outfits. Fit for all summer adventures, a hat can accompany you to the beach, on a hike, to a music festival or on your holiday.

The Graphic Tee
Graphic T-shirts are sure to make a statement and the easy silhouette won’t put pressure on your style! You can never have too many, so stock up on styles with graphics that reflect your personality.

Denim Shorts
The laid-back feel of denim shorts screams summer! Look effortlessly cute and casual for a fun afternoon bike-ride or a walk to the ice cream parlour.

An Insulated Water Bottle
Quench your thirst on the go with H2O in an insulated bottle. The summer heat guarantees cravings for ice cold water so try an insulated bottle that will keep iced drinks cold for up to 24 hours.

The Carry Everything Bag
You will need a roomy bag for all your needs this summer as you embark on trips, adventures and family fun. From the beach to the cottage, a practical bag will take you anywhere in style.

SPF
Shield your skin from the sun with a reliable sunscreen that will block harmful UV rays that cause cancer and aging. With water-resistant and kid friendly options available, there is no excuse to get sun burnt this season!

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4 Off the Shoulder Styles You Need For Summer

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We LOVE an off the shoulder look for summer. This breezy, flirty style can be dressed up or down for a day at the beach, patio drinks or a late night date. We are particularly feeling this BB Dakota number right now – the dainty ruffle paired with the softest chambray make it the ideal little summer dress.

Extra credit: Check out how our ambassador Julie Redmond styled her off the shoulder looks in last week’s blog post!

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Summer Outfit Trends: Stop Throwing Shade at Your Bad Tan Lines. It’s Not Your Outfit’s Fault.

Article by guest blogger Julie Redmond.

Summer trends. Aka, the best way to look stylish without getting bad tan lines or being too sweaty. In my 27 years of experience, the sunburn is way worse than being hella trendy and sitting in the shade. So, with that said, let’s grab some sunscreen and blow this popsicle stand! We’ve got some summer trends to strut.

Summer in Calgary is…difficult to explain. It’s been 30 degrees celsius and in the same day, hailed so much that people had to shovel and make some serious insurance claims on their vehicles. Take from this what you will because I’ve got summer on my mind and there will be bathing suits and cowboy boots. Not particularly together though. If you can’t take the heat, I suggest you move to another city that doesn’t get the most amount of sun in Canada.

Instead of dipping a toe into the daunting “bathing suit season”, I’m diving right in! Ready or not, pale or tanned, I’m making a splash with this gorgeous graphic Trina Turk one piece (similar here). (I’m not actually splashing though because I don’t like getting my hair wet.)

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I reference SPF a lot and for good reason. One, I’m extremely fair, as I’m sure you can tell. Two, you probably don’t want a twelve-pack looking sunburn on your chest. Don’t be caught off guard by the beautiful designs and colours of this suit!

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If you don’t know that one pieces are making a huge comeback in the bathing suit and summer trends scene, then you need a Pinterest account. This suit is extremely comfortable and it also comes with a removable halter strap for extra security. The style of this can also double as a fashionable strapless top. I’ve already layered it with some fly Levi’s that you’ll see shortly with another ensemble.

Bathing suits and their styles can be quite personal and this might be too much information for some but it’s no secret that I was not born to be well-endowed. I’m not upset by it either. With that said, this Lspace bikini is beyond perfect for my needs and it’s reversible. Who doesn’t love a twofer (two-for-one)?!

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Years ago, I got my first Lspace bikini top and I actually remember saying that it was the most comfortable swimsuit I had ever worn. If you ask me, that is a major plus for comfort points when it’s sweltering outside. Nobody likes fidgeting with their ‘kini.

Obviously, this look is more geared towards backyard tanning sessions or the pool deck and I paired it with some retro Ray-Bans and some classic Stan Smith adidas Originals. Why you ask? Because flip flops are what you expected me to wear and this way I can run faster after the ice cream truck.

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Sorry folks, berries not included with this suit.

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Ok, stay with me now. I’m switching gears so giddy up and grab your boots! Before I get straight into my rocking rodeo duds though, please keep in mind that these pieces can also be worn to and from the pool because as much as bathing suits are summer trends, you may want shoes, shirts and service. Pants too.

This outfit is white hot but also very cool to beat that summer heat. Levi’s have quickly become a staple brand in my closet and it’s no wonder why. They fit very well and have years of customer loyalty to back this up! These high-waisted white denim shorts are a dream and the distressed edge give it that don’t care vibe. (Insert “did you pay extra for those holes?” dad joke here.)

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White on white is luxurious and chic but also dangerous around the corndog stand. Keep that in mind but also know, you are hitting a major trend with a white, off-the-should blouse. This one specifically is airy and super lightweight but it covers my arms for when I stay out after the sun goes down (similar here). Like I said earlier, it can be hotter than the underworld and then snow so, sunscreen and contingency plans are crucial. If you didn’t catch on by now, I plan my outfits based on the weather report and my estimated time of outdoor activity. I can feel you judging but I can’t see you because I’m blocking haters and UV rays sitting in the shade in my summer trendy threads.

This is also a great opportunity to get patriotic. (HBD Canada!) All you need to do is add a little red and no, I don’t mean a sunburn. We’ve got a lot to celebrate this summer and #Canada150 is at the top of the list. One week after that, Calgary Stampede. Ten days after that, more summer. One month after that, our final days of summer so make the most of it with your summer trends. Summer, summer, summer, soak it up! Did I mention I love summer?

I switched up the bottom half just to showcase how great this blouse is and to show you that it can be worn the week after Canada’s birthday for what has become my favourite extended-long holiday, Calgary Stampede. Featuring embroidered chambray shorts with cowboy boots, this sounds like a good country song to me.

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Next Stampede/summer staple; jortalls. Jean short denim overalls. (I just made that up.) The only thing that would make this even more Stampede-ish is putting on a plaid shirt, a cowboy hat and a piece of hay in my mouth. I’m not doing the latter but I’m not against it. I went a different route with the footwear because not everyone in Calgary owns cowboy boots so there needs to be multiple alternatives. These Toms are beyond comfortable and I know I can two-step the night away or cruise the midway for worldly treats.

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Overalls have a juvenile reputation but let me know tell you, trends repeat themselves. I wear all the same styles I did when I was 6. Kidding, sort of. I think I actually cut off a pair of overalls into shorts when I was a youngster. So it’s probably not surprising that I’m not a fashion designer and stick to putting outfits together as a fashion stylist but this is still a charming and enjoyable summer trend.

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Versatility is my favourite word to use in my closet because not only is it key to have pieces that will last you through the summer months but it’s important to be able to wear these pieces when the leaves fall and our tans fade. Brrr. I just got cold thinking of that. Anyways, I don’t believe in overhauling my wardrobe from fall/winter to spring/summer because ain’t nobody got time for that. I think it’s important to be able to wear what you buy. No, this isn’t always going to be appropriate from minus 30 to 30 above but versatility within your wardrobe pays off. My point is, when I was planning these outfits, I was able to pair everything together and switch their combinations. Summer is roughly 12 days long here so make the most of it with your threads and don’t forget your sunscreen.

xoxo,

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C81HVCAUQAAPnDYJulie is a Calgary-based fashion stylist with a background in event management and administration. She is a sparkle-loving, gold enthusiast who had a vision of styling more than just herself. While working for a leading boutique public relations agency in Calgary, she was recognized by top-tier clients to assist with their styling needs. Balancing current trends with classic pieces, Julie will ensure your wardrobe is a genuine reflection of your unique personality while helping you radiate an inner self confidence. Regardless of age or body type, Julie will help you feel your absolute best through a relaxed and comfortable process. www.stylebyjr.com

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Kids Camp Checklist: Top 10 Items to Pack

Camp is one of the best times you can have as a kid. Between action packed days, campfire nights and friendships that last a lifetime, there is so much to look forward to in a week of camp! With your checklist in hand, take a look at the top 10 things that should be in your child’s suitcase when you send them off on a new adventure – aside from the obvious…t-shirts and shorts galore! Download the checklist here, and save big with our Buy More, Save More deal.Get comfy by the campfire!

Swimwear
What would camp be without a dip in the lake? Be sure to check your camp’s guidelines for appropriate swimwear – some have restrictions regarding one vs. two piece suits. Whether used for playing on the sand or swimming your heart out, the right bather will make the difference between a good and a great week at the beach!

Rashguard
Okay, so this does go along with swimwear. But it really does deserve its own category! This is a great way to get around the aforementioned “two piece restriction” in place at some camps. A rashguard can serve as a nice barrier underneath a life jacket, and many have UPF protection to keep your child from getting a sunburn.

Sun Protection
Another great segue – sun protection is an obvious MUST for camp! Long days spent playing outside need the right clothes to keep sunburns at bay. Along with UPF clothing, a hat is an easy and affordable way to keep the sun off your child’s face. Don’t forget sunscreen!

Hydration
Play hard, hydrate harder! A reusable water bottle will ensure that your child is hydrated and healthy on hot days at camp. We love S’well bottles – their water will be cold all day long!

Comfy Clothes
Who doesn’t love being comfy and cozy on a cool summer night? When the sun sets and it’s time for campfire games, you want your child to be warm and comfy. A great hoodie or sweatpants are sure to do the job…pass the s’mores!

Bug Protection
Can you believe that clothes can be bug repellent? Craghoppers clothing has insect repellent woven into the fabric…perfect for those late night campfires we were talking about! We also love that these pants are convertible – easily rolled up into shorts for those warm, buggy days.

Equipment
Are you sending your child to a sports specific camp? Make sure that they have the right equipment to play their best!

Rainy Day Wear
While we have our fingers crossed that this will be a rain-free summer, chances are there will be a damp day or two. Make sure that your child is prepared to stay dry to prolong the fun! K-Way jackets are colourful, waterproof AND packable – the ideal camp jacket.

The Right Shoes
It’s summer – sandals are a must. But don’t forget that many camp activities require closed toe shoes! Make sure your child is ready for days at the beach, but also skills that require foot protection like archery or rock climbing. Take advantage of our Junior Footwear BOGO while you’re at it! Buy one pair of kids shoes and get the second pair 50% off. This is perfect for grabbing fresh new runners and some funky sandals for your child’s week at camp.

Backpack
With all of these layers, accessories and equipment, your child needs a backpack to haul it all around! Small, summery packs are lighter than the one they may use for school, and come in some fun colours perfect for a week at camp.

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Throwback Style: Our Fave Retro Brands

The 90s (and beyond) are back! Whether it’s a revamp of classic styles or the resurgence of favourite retro brands, we are loving the vintage feel that has made its way into modern fashion. Keep scrolling to see some of the exciting retro pieces available at Sporting Life, and check out our stores for even more retro vibes (FILA and Kappa may or may not make an appearance…) Shop all retro sport style here!

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What is more iconic and inherently retro than the three stripes of adidas? Founded in the 1940s and popular for decades, adidas is one of the world’s leading athleisure brands. Check out this ad we found from 1979 – upon first glance it is SO retro, but when you look closer, you realize that many of the pieces featured are back in style in 2017! Trefoil branding, zip up track jackets, sporty short shorts and tri striped sneakers are bigger than ever in today’s fashion under the brand of adidas Originals. Talk about timeless!

Is there a better known, more classic denim brand than Levi’s? Each decade has seen its favourite pair of jeans, and Levi’s has dominated the market each and every time. Sassy white denim shorts like the ones seen here on Kate Moss are still around, and the Wedgie fit jeans are this year’s best fitting pair of Levi’s – they make everyone look phenomenal!

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We are SO glad that the colourful windbreaker is back in action! We love the look of a bright outer layer paired with jeans for a cool summer day. K-Way jackets are back in style and while you can still get your hands on a neon pink version, we like the updated colourblock available in men’s and the fun solids available in women’s for every day wear.

#MyCalvins. Enough said. Calvin Klein is back and bigger than ever with branded bras and undies – what celebrity hasn’t been seen rocking jeans, crop tops and sweaters with their Calvins peeking out from underneath? Sporty, chic and just enough retro.

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Coca-Cola never goes out of style. The brand has dominated the beverage market since the beginning of the 20th century, and theirs is still one of the most recognizable logos around! While you may have dropped Coke as your beverage of choice due to your healthy active lifestyle, you can still rep the classic retro look with an Enjoy Coke tee by Junk Food.

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Brand Spotlight: Fred Perry

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“I was generally regarded as the best dressed player of my time…” -Fred Perry

Today – May 18 – marks the birthday of a British sporting icon and the founder of one of our favourite tennis brands. Fred Perry would have been 108 had he been alive today! In the early-mid 1900s, Fred Perry was one of the best tennis players in the world. We want to honour his birthday by shining a spotlight on his wildly successful brand that we love so much.

The Man

After growing up in Stockport, England and learning to play tennis on the public courts near his family’s home, Fred Perry went on to be a world tennis champion – starting with table tennis! Perry was the world table tennis champion at the age of 19 before making the switch to lawn tennis. He went on to win Wimbledon not once, but three times in a row.

1928 – World Table Tennis Champion
1929 – World Table Tennis Champion
1933 – US Open Champion
1934 – Australian Open Champion, US Open Champion, Wimbledon Champion
1935 – Australian Open Champion, French Open Champion, US Open Champion, Wimbledon Champion
1936 – US Open Champion, Wimbledon Champion

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“Oh, and he created an instantly recognizable and enduring piece of British clothing.”

The Shirt
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The original Fred Perry polo was the M3. It came in one colour – classic tennis white – and is a pure representation of Fred Perry. Perry designed and wore the shirt himself, proving its wearability on and off the court in 1952. Fred Perry polos have a classic and clean fit; a simple, streamlined silhouette proudly made in Leicester, England.

The twin tipped M12 came next. This was the first (but not the last) shirt to feature the signature Fred Perry twin tipping. While Perry’s shirt was always fashionable, this is the shirt that took the brand from courts to streets.

The logo for the Fred Perry brand is the laurel wreath, based on the original Wimbledon symbol. This brand and symbol went on to inspire not only tennis players, but fans and people from all sorts of communities; from musicians to film makers. The laurel wreath became a part of British subculture in the 1950s and has been adopted (but never forced) by every subsequent generation. “The uniform of the non-uniform”, the laurel wreath represents belonging without losing individuality. (via fredperry.com)

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Brand Spotlight – Cannondale

Founded in 1971 above a pickle factory and named after train station across the road, Cannondale has emerged as the leading brand for all things cycling. From top notch innovations to a relentless commitment to being the best, there is a reason that Cannondale dominates the industry! Read on to learn more about this essential cycling brand and browse some of the best urban bikes available at Sporting Life this season.

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The History of Cannondale

1971 – Inception of their first cycling product – the legendary Bugger, first bicycle towed trailer

1983 – The first production oversized aluminum frame. The lightweight efficient stiffness of this frame set a new standard for performance and kickstarted the era of aluminum!

1992 – HeadShok – set a new bar for front suspension performance. The patented technology in the HeadShok carries on in the current model as well as the Lefty fork

1997 – Cannondale became the first US bike manufacturer to sponsor a European Pro Road team(Saeco/Cannondale) who went on to win the Giro d’Italia. This success further proved the superiority of the Cannondale aluminum frame.

2000 – The introduction of the iconic Lefty single-sided front suspension. Lighter, Stiffer, Stronger, Smoother than any fork in the world. True then, true now.

2010 – OverMountain – Ideally suited for the growing Enduro race scene, as the travel, dampening and geometry of the bike can be adjusted to suit climbing or descending.

2013 – The Synapse emerged as the ultimate Endurance Race Bike – it was named “Most Wanted” by Bike Radar in 2013 and “Bike of the Year” by Cycling Plus in 2014.

2016 – The CAAD12 105 Road Bike was named “Bike of the Year” by Cycling Plus.

This Season’s Best Urban Rides

For 2017, the iconic Bad Boy just got Badder. The original urban minimalist bike just got a ground up redesign. Both the Bad Boy 2 and 4 offer a rigid Lefty fork and urban armor, a reflective top tube bumper. New fatter tires on 650b rims are quick but offer greater comfort on harsh urban streets. In addition, the Bad Boy 2 features a light pipe Lefty with cleanly integrated LED lights. Take the city by storm on the Bad Boy!

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For the fitness cyclist or downtown commuter, hop on the Quick this spring! All new for 2017, the Quick features 360 degree reflectivity, making it perfect for urban rides. Its SAVE micro suspension features have been updated to build more comfort and compliance in the frame, and with supremely stable, confident handling, the Quick is the perfect tool to get fit around the city.

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Get Race Ready, Ottawa!

You’ve trained hard, raised money for an amazing cause, and it’s time for the Sporting Life 10k! With less than a week to go, we’re sharing our last minute tips to help you get race ready. From the right gear to day-of tips, we’ve got you covered, Ottawa.

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Packet Pick-Up

The first (and probably most important!) step to getting ready for the 10k is to pick up your race packet! Come to our Lansdowne Park store at 125 Marche Way on Friday May 12 9:30am-9:00pm or Saturday May 13 9am-9pm. You need to get your bib in order to be able to run. Come early to pick up your bib and shirt! You will need your bib number, which will be emailed to you on Wednesday May 10. Please bring a piece of photo ID or printout of your registration confirmation email. Can’t make it? You can send a friend to pick up your gear for you! All they need is your bib number(s). They will also need an e-mail stating that they can pick up your bib and shirt on your behalf or a copy of your email registration confirmation.

Plan Your Day

Be sure to have a plan on race day! The route starts and finishes on Colonel By Drive, at Echo Avenue, just west of the Bank Street Bridge. All participants will access the start/finish line area from Echo Avenue off of Bank Street.

Arrive EARLY! Plan to arrive at least one hour prior to the start. Remember there will be 2,500 people in this event, so everything from toilets to driving will take longer than normal. There is limited parking at Lansdowne Park. We strongly recommend that you carpool, cab it or take the OC Transpo options. If you want to check your bag, you can do so at the Horticultural Building at Lansdowne Park from 6:30-7:30am. You can check your bag for free, however a donation of $2 per bag is suggested with all proceeds going to CHEO.

Visit the Sporting Life 10k website for a full rundown of race day!

Gear Up

With Saucony sponsoring the Sporting Life 10k, you don’t need to look to any other brand for your perfect running outfit! It is best to be prepared with layers and technical running attire. A water repellent outer layer is crucial for a morning run – 10k won’t be fun if you’re soaked! If you decide not to wear the official Sporting Life 10k tee, be sure to pick a top with moisture wicking fabric. Tights or shorts should be breathable and comfortable as well. While you may not want to get brand new shoes a week before the race, there is still time to break in the perfect new pair of runners! The Triumph ISO3 provides enhanced energy underfoot with an increased EVERUN landing zone, while the ISOFIT System delivers a dynamic fit that adapts to your stride.

Be Prepared

It is important to fuel your body before and after you run. It is recommended to eat about 1.5 hours before your run to give your body time to digest and provide your body with needed energy. Fuel tired muscles with our GU energy drink mixes, gel and chews created for daily training. They contain carbohydrates to keep you fueled, electrolytes that aid in hydration and amino acids that reduce mental fatigue and decrease muscle damage. Try Honey Stinger energy chews and waffles for an energy boost on the go.

Hydration is just as important as being well-fueled. Drink up to 20oz of water prior to your run and continue to drink water as you run to avoid dehydration. There are hydration stations along the route, but if you are concerned about getting thirsty, there are plenty of hydration packs available to easily carry with you through your run!

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Get Race Ready, Toronto!

You’ve trained hard, raised money for an amazing cause, and it’s time for the Sporting Life 10k! With less than a week to go, we’re sharing our last minute tips to help you get race ready. From the right gear to day-of tips, we’ve got you covered, Toronto.

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Packet Pick-Up

The first (and probably most important!) step to getting ready for the 10k is to pick up your race packet! Come to our Yonge Street store at 2665 Yonge Street from Tuesday May 9-Friday May 12 9:30am-9:00pm or Saturday May 13 9am-6pm. You need to get your bib in order to be able to run. Come early to pick up your bib and shirt! You will need your bib number, which will be emailed to you on Monday May 8. Please bring a piece of photo ID or printout of your registration confirmation email. Can’t make it? You can send a friend to pick up your gear for you! All they need is your bib number(s). They will also need an e-mail stating that they can pick up your bib and shirt on your behalf or a copy of your email registration confirmation.

Plan Your Day

Be sure to have a plan on race day! The start line is four blocks south of Sporting Life, 2400 Yonge St (at Yonge St. and Roselawn Ave.). From there, the course heads south (downhill) on Yonge Street all the way to Richmond Street. It then turns west on Richmond St. W, through the Entertainment District, continues south on Peter St./Blue Jays Way past “Gretzky’s” to Front St. The course then goes west along Front St., south on Bathurst St., and then west on Fort York Blvd. to the finish line!

One of the tricky things about getting ready for the 10k is finding your way to the starting line. This is the largest run in Toronto and will provide you with an experience like no other! Remember to give yourself plenty of time as there will be 25,000 people in this event, so everything from toilets to driving will take longer than normal. We suggest plotting your route before Sunday morning, and we strongly recommend that you carpool, take a taxi or take the TTC Yonge St. bus as there is only limited parking available on the side streets surrounding Sporting Life. ALL PARTICIPANTS must be in their corral 15 minutes prior to the start of their “wave” – be sure to arrive early to get settled! If you want to check your bag, you can do so just North of our Yonge Street store from 6-7am.

Visit the Sporting Life 10k website for a full rundown of race day!

Gear Up

With New Balance sponsoring the Sporting Life 10k, you don’t need to look to any other brand for your perfect running outfit! The forecast currently calls for rain, but who knows what Mother Nature will decide to throw our way! It is best to be prepared with layers and technical running attire. A waterproof outer layer is crucial for a morning run – 10k won’t be fun if you’re soaked! If you decide not to wear the official Sporting Life 10k tee, be sure to pick a top with moisture wicking fabric. Tights or shorts should be breathable and comfortable as well. While you may not want to get brand new shoes a week before the race, there is still time to break in the perfect new pair of runners! The Vazee Pace V2 by New Balance offers excellent support and style, allowing you to run faster and feel stronger than ever before.

Be Prepared

It is important to fuel your body before and after you run. It is recommended to eat about 1.5 hours before your run to give your body time to digest and provide your body with needed energy. Fuel tired muscles with our GU energy drink mixes, gel and chews created for daily training. They contain carbohydrates to keep you fueled, electrolytes that aid in hydration and amino acids that reduce mental fatigue and decrease muscle damage. Try Honey Stinger energy chews and waffles for an energy boost on the go.

Hydration is just as important as being well-fueled. Drink up to 20oz of water prior to your run and continue to drink water as you run to avoid dehydration. There are hydration stations along the route, but if you are concerned about getting thirsty, there are plenty of hydration packs available to easily carry with you through your run!

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