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We will meet at Birds and Beans Cafe (2413 Lake Shore Boulevard West between Royal York and Park Lawn) at 9:00 am, leaving at 9:10 am, to running east along the Waterfront Trail. 5 km walk or run: The turn-around point for the 5 km is the footbridge at Humber River. That's ideal for walkers as well as runners who prefer 5 km. 10 or 15 km run: For those running 10 or 15 km, we will continue east on Sunnyside Beach boardwalk passing the Pavilion. The turn-around for the 10 km runners is the Palais Royale. Finally, another 2.5 km up the hill approaching the west entrance, the turn-around for the 15 km runners will be at the entrance to Ontario Place (the tall vertical sign). The second half of each route is simply the reverse, finishing and meeting back at Birds and Beans. We should make it back to the cafe somewhere between 10:00 and and 10:45 am depending upon our distance and pacing. You'll need good running shoes. If you don't have running gear yet, consider going to the Black Toe (Bathurst and King) or Running Room (multiple locations across the city) and asking for their advice. Come hydrated. We can rehydrate in the cafe afterwards. Birds and Beans is a great spot to start and end a run. And, of course, they have a washroom!
Join us for a fun day learning how to traverse on ski the wintery snow-covered trails at beautiful Hardwood Hills, one hour north of Toronto. We will car-pool, meeting at 8:00 am. De Mello Palheta Cafe - 2489 Yonge Street (4 blocks north of Eglinton) - opens at 8:00 am. After we have stocked our cars with espressos and cappuccinos we should be ready to depart within 15 minutes. For planning reasons - both for car-pooling and booking our group class - members wishing to attend must RSVP prior to Sunday Feb. 17th. We should arrive at Hardwood Hills by 10:00 am and be outfitted and ready for our lesson by 11:00 am. We'll then have the afternoon to try out our new found Nordic skills. What you need: comfortable winter attire - long pants and underpants or long johns, good thick socks (and an extra pair to return home in), a good winter jacket and additional layer underneath, a toque/hat covering your ears, good gloves, sunglasses (in short, your winter running gear makes good winter skiing gear) What you do NOT need - skis, poles, or boots. We'll rent those as part of our package. The ski package is $56.00 per person (+HST), which includes equipment rental, trail pass for the day, and a 45-minute Intro to Classic Skiing group lesson (just for us!). Because Hardwood Hills calls in instructors for the day based on our estimate and we as well need your firm commitment in order to plan who is driving, each person signing up for this meet-up is asked to make a firm commitment. At your earliest convenience, please provide Jimmy Kong with a non-refundable down-payment of $20 to hold your space. You can pay the balance ($36.00 + 7.28 HST) at Hardwood Hills. There is a food truck at Hardwood Hills where we can enjoy a break in between runs. Anyone attending who needs help getting to de Mello Palheta where we'll meet, just leave a message on this event page. I tried to choose a central location, given that subways do not run very early on Sunday mornings. With sufficient notice, we can coordinate with one another to make sure everyone is able to join us.
Who doesn't love running by a beach? Plus, let's face it - you likely enjoyed the holiday season a little too much, amirite? Sweat and Soda is a cafe devoted to runners and cyclists. It has lockers so feel free to bring your own lock and you can stash some dry clothes for after the run. The cafe boast healthy snacks, good coffee and tea. They even have ginger kombucha and a cold brew coffee on tap! RUNNING ROUTES 9 km: East on Queen St for two blocks, south on Leslie St to Lake Shore Blvd, east on Lake Shore Blvd to Ashbridges Bay Park where we follow the bike / running path eastward. At Woodbine Bathing Station switch from the paved path to the wooden boardwalk. When you reach the end of the boardwalk (at Silver Birch, beyond which there is only a sand beach) turn around and head back. 7 km: Same as 9 km, except turnaround point is at Kew Gardens Ice Rink / Kew Beach Lawn Bowling clubhouse. 11 km: Same as 9km route, but on the return journey, stay on the boardwalk past Woodbine Bathing Station. Boardwalk becomes the Martin Goodman Trail and wraps around Woodbine Beach, providing an extra 2 km in distance before rejoining the main route at Coxwell Avenue. After the run, we'll all meet back at Sweat and Soda where we can re-hydrate, eat some great food and swap stories. What you need: A windproof jacket is a good idea, as well as gloves and a hat.
Wondering what to do on Sunday morning? Join us for a Harbourfront run! The meeting place is Lavazza Espression, at 225 Queen's Quay West, right by the Harbourfront streetcar stop for lines 509 / 510. We will meet at 9:30AM by the west door of the cafe, and we will leave at 9:40AM. The route will follow the Martin Goodman Trail / William G Davis trail to the Cinesphere (the big white globe) in the former Ontario Place grounds and back again. (See photos attached to this event for route map and 7.75km turnaround point.) What you need: This can be a very windy route, so a windproof or wind-resistant jacket might be a good idea, and gloves and a hat if it's chilly. We can enjoy a coffee or a cold drink afterwards at Lavazza. Getting there: TTC is your best bet for getting to Lavazza. The nearest streetcar stop is Queen's Quay at Harbourfront; both the 509 and 510 streetcars stop there. If you prefer to drive, there is parking available at several lots / parking garages nearby.