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New gear! @NewBalanceCan sponsors the @RBCRunForTheKids Ambassadors

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This is my second year now as an ambassador for the RBC Run For The Kids and New Balance Canada has stepped up their sponsorship game with a $250 gift card to spend on gear!  This comes with the preface that we use this gear while training and post on our SM wearing the gear.  There was no obligation for me to do a blog review and I do so at my own choice and offer my honest review here for your benefit.

Thanks New Balance Canada

Thanks New Balance Canada

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Bayview Village New Balance

I chose to visit the Bayview Village location.  The staff there were more than helpful as I explained what sort of items I was looking for.  First and foremost I wanted a new pair of kicks!  I showed the associate what I am currently running in so she would have an idea of what type of shoe I needed {she didn’t even mind that it was a competing brand ;)}.  With the general idea in mind of what I wanted she still did a proper gait and walking analysis to ensure she would be bringing me the proper models.

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My “Foot Print”

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Just a small selection of the men’s shoes available

I was then presented with these shoes:

 New Balance 880v5:

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Vazee Pace:

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Fresh Foam Zante:

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While they all really felt amazing and gave me great support I found the Zante’s fit my foot the best.  I prefer a shoe that doesn’t feel like it has a high sole and the Zante gave me exactly what I was looking for under my feet.  I find with some shoes that the top sometimes is too snug across the top of my foot and the upper of this shoe wrapped around my foot like a grove.  Since it fit so well I did not need it to be laced too tightly until I got to the last eyelets where I like the back to be tight around my ankle.

My new Zante's in all their glory!

My new Zante’s in all their glory!

Along with the shoes I also picked up some sweet New Balance clothes!

Windcheater Jacket

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Technical deets:

  • Material: 100% Polyester moisture wicking fabric
  • Athletic fit
  • Lightweight performance woven
  • Reflective logo
  • Reflective tape at back
  • Two zipper enclosed pockets
  • V-fold binding at hem and cuff
  • Water-resistant
  • Wind-resistant

Accelerate 5 Inch Short

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Technical deets:

  • Material: 100% Polyester moisture wicking fabric
  • 5 inch inseam
  • Athletic fit
  • Contrast color mesh insets
  • Internal key pocket
  • Reflective logo
  • Sleek woven

My thoughts:

The shoes are amazing!  The have performed exactly the way that I need my shoes to perform!  They are not heavy and feel so light on my feet! The cushioning on the sole is exactly right.  The upper is the perfect fit for my foot shape and requires little tension on the laces to keep my foot snug.  The toe box is roomy and airy and with the all the vents on the shoe they breath really well!  I never have any soreness on my feet from my short runs to my long runs.  I have a really good feeling that New Balance is going to be my go-to shoe from now on!

The jacket and the shorts are both made with the same NB DRY material. They but work perfectly at wicking the moisture away from my body.  I wore the jacket for a run along the lake on a windy but still very warm day.  I found it worked very well as a wind breaker and at the same time did not find I was sweating or overheating any more than usual in the heat.  The length of the shorts is perfect for me since I don’t like long shorts riding up and down my leg with each stride.  They come with and inside liner which does exactly what I need it to do.  The NB DRY material means all of the sweat I generate is quickly evaporated away from my body!  I actually find myself reaching for these shorts over all my others now!

I am so happy with all the New Balance gear I was so lucky to have been given!  I would recommend all these products to my friends when asked.

I want to send out a thank you first to RBC Run For The Kids for giving the opportunity to be an Ambassador again, New Balance Canada for sponsoring the run and providing the gift cards to the Ambassadors and to Fit4Balance for all their expertise and help with selecting and purchasing this amazing gear!

See you out there!

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#KeepSmilin 🙂

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Introducing the @RBCRun4theKids #Ambassadors

Let me introduce you the the wonderful team of ambassadors for the RBC Run for the Kids!

Carolyn Pleasance

Catherine Cameron

Crystal Ellis

Daniel Cook

David Kittner

Louisa D’Costa

David McDonnell

Delia Xenophontos

Ida Marelli

James Clarkson

Sarah Gunn

Sherrie-Mae Guthrie

I count myself very lucky and grateful to be a part of such an amazingly talented group.  I look forward to sharing my talents with all of them as we work towards our common goals.  These wonderful people along with myself are committed and dedicated to ensuring you have the best running experience as well as helping you meet your health and fitness goals. Whether you’re looking for a cheer squad to finding the perfect training plan or motivation to keep you going on those tough days (we all have them) you will find everything you need in this fine group!  We will also be promoting the run to ensure it gets the exposure it needs to connect our youth with the right professionals who can meet their individual mental health needs. Please take moment to check out each ambassadors bio and shoot them a follow on their listed social media channels.

It would be really cool if you would consider running with us or donating to the event.  All running types and skills levels are welcomed and encouraged.   Hey they let me run right? 🙂 All the money you donate will directly impact the only 20% who currently receive specialized treatment for conditions such as anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depression or addiction.

Looking forward to making a difference with you!

Thank you for your support!

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I would also like to take a moment to thank the generous contributions from the race sponsors; it couldn’t happen without their support:

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So why did I choose to run @RBCRun4theKids 15k?

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Continuing on my running journey I have chosen to run the RBC Run for the Kids 15km distance.  I chose this race and distance for a few resons.  First I felt 15km was the perfect distance for me having just started running at the beginning of this year.  Second the money rasied from this race benfits the Family Navigation Project at Sunnybrook Hopsital.  As a Paramedic I too often see the impact of mental health issues on youth.  I hear many stories from them and their families of the difficulties of tying to find their way through the health care system.  They frequently become frustrated and lose thier drive to get better due to a lack of education in a very confusing system.  They often simply just dont know where to start!  Cue the Family Navigation project at Sunnybrook Health Sciences center.

 

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This program fills a very large gap in the mental health care system!   However it cannot function without donations from wonderful people like you!  Last year the RBC Run for the Kids  raised $1.2 million to help young people get back on track to a brighter future.

So how can you help?

You can sponsor a runner or family/group.

Even better I be really really happy if you would sponsor me!

Come out to the event and cheer me and the other runners on!  They have a great kids zone planned

RUN with me 😀 in the 15km run, or the 5km run/walk/stroll or the 25km run.  If you’re new to running I will always offer advice from my experience as well as lots and lots of encouragement!  If you would like some training plans and tips check this out as well

Thanks for reading and I hope to meet you on September 20th Mel Lastman Square!
#Keepsmilin 🙂

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