St. Catharines is going to Rio


Mohammed Ahmed was named to Team Canada to compete in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. I snipped this photo from @Moh_Speed on Twitter.

St. Catharines, ON and Niagara will have a rooting interest in the 5,000 m and 10,000 m track events at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games later on this summer.

Today, Mohammed Ahmed was among the 65 athletes named to represent Team Canada in track and field. It will be the  25-year-old’s second Olympic Games — he competed in the 10,000m at 2012 London Olympic Games, placing 18th. Last summer, Ahmed won gold in the 10,000m at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games.

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Athletics Canada announced the team going to Rio following the Canadian Championships and Selection Trials which took place in Edmonton over the weekend.

Reid Coolsaet

Reid Coolsaet, Canadian Olympic marathoner, was talking about training at the Skylon Tower Health and Fitness Expo back in 2012 at the Niagara Falls International Marathon.

Also named to the team is marathon runner Reid Coolsaet. in 2013, Coolsaet, from Hamilton, ON, set the course record for the half marathon at the Niagara Falls International Marathon: 1:03:11. Amazing!

So excited for Olympics! A lot of people are calling this group of athletes one of the strongest teams to represent Canada in track and field events. Congrats and good luck to all the athletes selected to Team Canada.

Gotta run! Rob

Blog photo Team Canada.PNG

I snipped this photo from Twitter: @AthleticsCanada.

Hello, I know it’s been a while …

That's me in the center of the podium at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket 5k in Buffalo N.Y. It was a race that went really well for me and was a lot of fun.

That’s me in the center of the podium at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket 5k in Buffalo N.Y. It was a race that went really well for me and was a lot of fun.

Dear readers,

I’ve been looking forward to updating the Niagara Runner blog for some time now. I like doing the blog but will admit I’ve put little time to it since the urgency of getting a good mark for a digital media class has gone away. It was at some point today while enjoy a long run in the sun on the Niagara Parkway that I decided its time to get this thing back online.

Niagara Runner started as a class project a couple of years ago. I’ve done my best to keep the Niagara race calendar up to date because we’ve got a lot of great races here and I know a lot of people are interested in them. I’ll be getting the Niagara race calendar up-to-date with 2016 races shortly – I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to run next year and am sure others are doing the same.

2016 is going to be special. I celebrated my fifth season as a runner of road races with some great performances and new personal bests in 2015. I’ve made great friends through running and learned a lot about myself and what I can do. Running has taught me a lot and I’ve had some great experiences. I still have a lot learn and I still have goals that I’m ready to chase down the road for.

I think I’ve found a good balance between training, racing and rest. I paying more attention to nutrition and plan to make better choices in 2016. I’ll also try to push some weights around a little more to make my body stronger. I’m looking forward to running some faster times next year and think I have a good plan to get to the next level. I’m changing the stimulus a bit, so to speak, but keeping the roots of what’s worked well. Does that make sense? We’ll see if it works out for me.

It’s funny because I find myself in a place similar to when I started Niagara Runner: preparing to chase a QT for Boston. I’m looking at 2017 so am planning to do a spring marathon. That means training through another Niagara winter. Lucky for me They are saying its going to be a mild one. We will see.

Ok, enough rambling for tonight. Marathon training hasn’t officially started yet but I love the long run and I had a good one today. So, it’s time for rest. Happy to say Niagara Runner is back. Mark this down as Post 01 for the journey to get back to Boston.

Talk to you later,





Niagara Runner finishes 17th overall at Niagara Falls International Marathon

Niagara Runner Rob Lapensee with John Stanton, founder of the Running Room

John Stanton gave me some advice on Saturday that helped me reach my goal on Sunday.

I love feeling like anything is possible after a good run.

I had that kind of feeling after finishing the Niagara Falls International Marathon Sunday. It was a great run for me: a solid, consistent effort from start to finish that ended with a new personal best, a second place age group award, the honour of top local finisher and a time that meets the qualifying standard for the Boston Marathon.

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Waiting at the finish line

The Niagara Falls International Marathon is set for Sunday and runners will be lining up in Buffalo for the 10 a.m. start.

Problem is, the finish is all the way back in Niagara Falls and it’s going to take a few hours to get there. For the runners, it’s time well spent. But for friends and family waiting at the finish, well, let’s just say it can feel like forever.

The good news is Niagara Falls has a ton of things to do that are based near the finish.

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Gearing up for the Niagara Falls marathon

Can’t believe the Niagara Falls International Marathon is less than two weeks away. The virtual tour posted above was a cool find. Brought back all sorts of great memories. And painful ones. My legs started burning a little over four minutes into the video. I think they were remembering the last 12k from last year’s marathon. Talk about muscle memory.

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