We reached out to a few of our favourites in the running community and asked them for their favourite moments in sneakers from 2017. What were your favourite moments? Favourite races? Favourite finish lines? Let us know in the comments below. . . and now, a few words from our friends.
“I need to acknowledge Evan Esselink. He’s my biggest external source of motivation. He works his butt off, he has a very powerful mindset, and he makes athletes around him better by providing insightful feedback. He battled through plantar fasciitis all spring then won the Canadian 10,000m Championship, then battled through a weird hip injury this fall, less than two months before Cross Country Nationals, then placed 4th at that race.”
“On a personal level I learned a lot this year about balancing health and performance and that sometimes we push beyond our limits, but that’s okay as if we never risk to fail, we will never strive for higher possibilities. I’m excited, healthy and getting stronger for 2018. I do particularly want to call attention to Remembering Ed Whitlock (or #RememberingEd) as he is someone so special to our Canadian running community and while he is no longer with us in person as of 2017, his spirit is strong and many of us will always draw inspiration from him. The chance I had to spend good time with Ed around the 2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon was very special and we can all learn that staying humble, being honest with ourselves, keeping the approach simple and enjoying every moment in our glorious sport that has both triumph and defeat, at times, are Ed Whitlock-isms that will always be timeless.”
“The high point of the running season and a pinnacle point for every Canadian, was standing on stage at the Army Run and watching the sea of runners exuberantly sing our national anthem with tears in their eyes as they faced the Canadian Flag and proudly thought of the men and women in the Canadian Army!”