That's me dressed like a giant bunch of grapes to run the half marathon at the Niagara Falls International Marathon

That’s me dressed like a giant bunch of grapes to run the half marathon at the Niagara Falls International Marathon – Oct. 15, 2017


Hi, I’m Rob Lapensee. That’s me dressed like a giant bunch of grapes in the picture above. Welcome to Niagara Runner.

I’m not an ambassador for anything. I love running. I love racing. I love Niagara. I love to blog. So, here we are.

As a runner, I’ve learned a lot, about running and life, and still learning. Niagara, ON. is probably one of the most beautiful places to run. I want to share what I’ve learned, what I’m learning, and my region. Hope you’ll find something helpful.

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Personal Bests

5k: 16:21
DSBN Road Race, 2016
St. Catharines, ON

4 miler: 22:58
Subaru Buffalo 4 Mile Chase, 2017
Buffalo, NY

8k: 28:57.4
Casablanca Classic, 2012
Grimsby, ON

10k: 35:39
Peachbud 10k, 2015
Grimsby, ON

10 miler: 55:45
Boxing Day 10 Miler, 2016
Hamilton, ON

Half marathon: 1:14:47
Run for the Grapes Half Marathon, 2016
St. Catharines, ON

Marathon: 2:44:14
Mudcat Marathon, 2017
Dunnville, ON

About the Niagara Runner blog
I talk about myself a lot in this space as I work towards my goals. There will be ups and downs, I’m sure, and I gonna lay it all out here. I hope it inspires others. Maybe you can share something that will help me. We’ll all run better together.

Please be respectful of the content, comments and others. Let’s support each other as we race towards our goals – we’re all after the same thing anyway – to get to the finish line, wherever or whatever that may be, as fast as we can.

This blog should be updated once a week. Because I value my family time I check the blog sporadically throughout the week and will respond to messages and comments when I can.

  1. Hi Rob,
    I’ve noticed your name on the results sheets of several local races and am glad to have found your blog. I started running in may 2012 (as a 43 year-old, overweight male) after a 29 year absence from the sport. Long story short…I am extremely grateful that running comes so naturally to me and I love doing it every day. I ran Mississauga Marathon exactly 1 year after purchasing my first shoes. Finished in 3:33:16. Ran Run-for-the-Grapes in 1:33:16, then BQ’d in NF International in 3:16:16. My next goal is to sub 3:00:00 in Mississauga this spring. Alwats looking for other runners for mutual encouragement and inspiration.


    1. Nice to meet you Charles, and great work in NF. That was real windy through Fort Erie this year, wasn’t it. Good luck in Mississauga: hope you can your taining goes well this winter. It looks like Ontario is in for a doozie this year.


      1. Charles Gervais January 8, 2014 at 11:47 am

        Turns out training is not going well due to the weather and a pulled hamstring. I might have to adjust my expectations for a spring marathon. Best of luck training for Boston!

      2. Thanks. Hope you have a speedy recovery.

  2. Hi Rob,
    I found your blog and was wandering if you have any suggestion for me. I’m a 42 yo runner in the Niagara region for the next month and looking for a partner or a group to train with. I used to be an ultramarathoner but now I don’t have as much time and would like to get back to the marathon distance. I just need a bit of motivation, so I would love to train with someone once in a while.
    PB marathon: 2:46 (2010)
    Any suggestion?


    1. Hey Thierry, the St. Catharines Road Runners may be a good place to start. They run Wednesday nights starting at 6:30pm. They are a social group but there are some faster runners. Check them out online at http://www.welovetorun.com.
      I try to get out with the club when I can but have a lot going on over the next six weeks.

      There are running stores that offer more structured groups. Theres a Running Room, the Runners Edge and Try Sport Niagara.

      Hope that helps.


      1. Thanks a lot Rob!
        I’ll give that a try.

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