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    Young iRunner – Jessica Shantz

    Jessica Shantz attends St John’s School in Toronto and is in grade 5. Jessica has discovered the enjoyment of running and competing. She has done quite well and represents her team and school well. This is a great start to a running career, be it competitive for many years, or just a good start into being active in the great outdoors.

    Here is Jessica’s story of why she started running.

    I started running because I wanted to be on the school running team at St.John’s with Mr.Albert. My mom did this at St.Denis when she was a little girl and I wanted to follow in her footsteps.

    jessica What I like about running is that you can just get all of your energy out and I thought it would be a fun thing to do so I started.

    My running goals are to always improve my time, keep up with the faster girls on my team and run in races outside of school. I want to make my family proud.


    Jessica turned 10 years old at the end of October. A recent most successful moment as a runner was when she placed 3rd at the Cross Country city finals at the end of grade 4.

    I wish Jessica well in her running future!

    The Challenge: Are you a young runner, or do you have a child that runs? I am looking to gather some stories for a future article. Whether your child is either just getting into running or really into the sport, either for recreation or competition, I’d love it if you could have them write about how they got started, why they like running and what their future running goals are. And for the adults out there, if you ran in your youth, I’d like to hear form you too. There is no minimum or maximum length for the stories but if it is a child, it should be in their own words and include their age and hometown. Adults, you can leave out the age part if you wish but do note what age you were when you ran as a youth. Some entries may be edited for space purposes.

    Optional: Include a photo, either posing or ‘on the run’ for inclusion on this blog.

    Email stories and photos to

    I look forward to more submissions!

    Vive les enfants!


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