2014 Shoe Review

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IMPACT's 2014 Running Shoe Review

No two feet are the same and every runner has a model they keep on the rack as their go-to shoe, the one that will make them feel like they can run forever or carry extra speed into that next race. But all shoes wear out, so how do you find your next perfect pair? You trust IMPACT Magazine’s elite shoe review team. We have some of the best coaches and runners in the country who do the leg work for you, and this year they ran hundreds of kilometres on unique running shoes from 19 of the world’s best shoe manufacturers from adidas to Zoot to help you make the right choice for your feet. Relax, read, then run!

In For The Long Run

2013 Calgary Marathon

2013 Calgary Marathon


Canadian Road Races Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries


The numbers sound off like an auctioneer at play: 25, 30, 35, 40, 50 — 120! But what these numbers signal are the historic anniversaries of some of Canada’s most esteemed road races.

From Hamilton’s Around the Bay 30K, the oldest road race on the continent that brought five runners to the start line in 1894, to the 25th anniversary of Victoria’s TC10K, milestone events are happening across the country in 2014.

Toronto by Trail
The Beaches

The Boardwalk on The Beaches is a classic running path in Toronto.


Three running routes to escape the city and stretch your legs


Whether you're one of the thousands of people who travel to Toronto every day or you live in the GTA, put on your runners, ditch the treadmill and head out to escape the big city buzz with some quality Toronto trail time.

Respect the Run


And own up to your goofy tendencies


A friend of mine has a poster in his gym that reads: “Respect the Run.” It’s sage advice, whether you are talking about chafing, pottie breaks or what you eat.


Canadian Athletes Looking For Medals in Sochi

Click here to download our poster The Defenders for your desktop

Click on this image of our commemorative poster to download a copy for your desktop.

Sochi 2014 Canadian medal watch

52 Favourites Looking to Reap Russian Riches

For Sochi 2014, Canada has more medal potential than at any other Olympics. There are odds-on favourites, other athletes who are good bets to win an Olympic medal and another solid group of athletes who could find their way into contention. With Ken Read, IMPACT has handicapped the field and makes fearless predictions on who will help Canada defend its gold medal title.

Own the Podium – 11 gold

Defined as reigning world champion, World Cup champion or X-Games gold medallist.

(* Canada’s defending Olympic champions are noted with an asterisk.)

* Bobsleigh: Kallie Humphries, 28, Calgary/Heather Moyse, 35, Summerside, P.E.I.

The 2010 Olympic champion, Humphries has been the dominant pilot for the past two years, taking both 2012 and 2013 World Cup and world championship titles. For Sochi, she is reunited with Moyse, who had been competing with Team Canada in rugby, as her brakeman from 2010.

* Curling, men’s team: Brad Jacobs, 28, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Canada rules the curling world, with Jacobs carrying the torch to Russia for a program geared to defending the 2010 Olympic title won by Kevin Martin’s rink.

Figure skating, men’s singles: Patrick Chan, 22, Toronto

The three-time world champion has emerged as the gold medal standard with sparkling performances in Skate Canada and Trophee Bompard in early Grand Prix events in this Olympic winter.

Freestyle moguls: Mikael Kingsbury, 21, Deux-Montagnes, Qué.

Since 2011, Kingsbury has been virtually unbeatable, capturing the World Cup title in 2012 and 2013 by winning 11 of 13 World Cup events and the world championship in 2013, ahead of 2010 Olympic Champion Alex Bilodeau.

Freestyle slopestyle: Kaya Turski, 25, Montreal

Despite a knee injury in August, the seven-time X-Games gold medallist and 2013 world champion remains the standard to beat in this new Olympic event.

Freestyle halfpipe: Rosalind Groenewoud, 22, Calgary

The world champion in 2011, when halfpipe was under the IOC microscope for possible inclusion in Sochi, Groenewoud has since added X-Games gold in 2012 and silver in 2013.

* Hockey, women’s team

It still comes down to Canada vs. USA in the Olympic tournament and Team Canada will be out to defend its 2010 title and gain revenge for an overtime loss to Team USA at the 2013 world championships.

Snowboardcross: Dominique Maltais, 33, Petite-Rivières-St-Francois, Qué.

With four World Cup overall titles, 2012 X-Games gold and silver and the 2013 world championships to her credit, only teammate Maelle Ricker (2010 gold medallist) stands in her way for gold in Sochi.

* Maelle Ricker, 34, Squamish, B.C.

Ricker’s track record is impressive. Two-time X-Games gold, 2010 Olympic champion and 2013 world champion. Her competition? Teammate Dominique Malthais.

Snowboard slopestyle: Mark McMorris, 19, Regina, Sask.

Only one person has equalled snowboard icon Sean White’s record of double gold at the X-Games. McMorris backed the 2012 feat with his third X-Games gold in 2013.

* Short track speed skating: Charles Hamelin, 29, Ste-Julie, Qué.

Hamelin has been on a tear, winning six World Cup golds to take the overall World Cup title and emerge as the man to beat in Sochi.

Look for these Canadians On the Podium

Cross Country: Alex Harvey, 25, St.-Ferreol, Qué.

Cross Country: Devon Kershaw, 31, Sudbury, Ont.

Curling: Women’s Team Jennifer Jones, 39, Winnipeg, Man.

* Figure Skating Dance: Scott Moir, 26, Ilderton, Ont./Tessa Virtue, 24, London, Ont.

Figure Skating Pairs: Meagan Duhamel, 28, Lively, Ont./Eric Radford, 28, Balmertown, Ont.

* Freestyle moguls: Alexandre Bilodeau, 26, Rosemère, Que.

Freestyle moguls: Justine Dufour-Lapointe, 19; Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, 21, Montreal, Qué.

Freestyle halfpipe: Mike Riddle, 27, Sherwood Park

Luge: Alex Gough, 26, Calgary

Snowboard slopestyle: Sebastian Toutant, 21, L’Assomption, Qué.

Snowboard slopestyle: Spencer O’Brien, 25, Courtney, B.C.

Skicross: Brady Leman, 27, Calgary

Skicross: Kelsey Serwa, 24, Kelowna, B.C.

* Speed skating long track: Christine Nesbitt, 28, London, Ont.

* Speed skating short track: Men’s 5,000M relay

Speed skating short track: Women’s 3,000M relay

Athletes Aiming for the Podium

Alpine: Erik Guay, 32, Mont Tremblant, Qué.

Alpine: Marie-Michel Gagnon, 24, Lac-Etchemin, Qué.

Alpine: Erin Meilzynski, 23, Collingwood, Ont.

Biathlon: Jean-Pierre Legullec, 28, Val-Bélair, Qué.

Bobsleigh: Lyndon Rush, 33, Sylvan Lake, Alta./Lacelles Brown, 39, Calgary

Cross Country: Daria Gaiazova, 29, Banff, Alta.

Cross Country: Perianne Jones, 28, Almonte, Ont.

Cross Country: Len Valjas, 25, Toronto

Cross Country: Ivan Babikov, 33, Canmore, Alta.

Freestyle aerials: Travis Gerritts, 22, Milton, Ont.

Freestyle slopestyle: Dara Howell, 19, Huntsville, Ont.

Freestyle half-pipe: Justin Dorey, 25, Vernon, B.C.

* Hockey: Men’s team

Skeleton: Sarah Reid, 26, Calgary

Skicross: Chris Del Bosco, 31, Montreal

Skicross: Marielle Thompson, 21, Whistler, B.C.

Ski jumping: Alexandra Pretorius, 17, Calgary

Ski jumping: Atsuko Tanaka, 21, Calgary

Snowboard alpine: Caroline Calve, 35, Aylmer, Qué.

* Snowboard alpine: Jasey-Jay Anderson, 38, Lac Superieur, Qué.

Speed skating long track: Gilmore Junio, 21, Calgary

Speed skating long track: Jamie Gregg, 28, Edmonton

* Speed skating long track: Men’s team pursuit Denny Morrison, 27, Fort St. John, B.C., Lucas Makowsky, 26, Regina, Sask., Mathieu Giroux, Montreal

Speed skating long track: Women’s team pursuit

* Speed skating short track: Oliver Jean, 29, Lachenaie, Qué.

Ready, Willing and Able

Patrick Jarvis devotes life to advancing Paralympic Games


Paralympics leader Patrick Jarvis made his first foray into disabled sports on a dare, when a coach challenged him to see how he could “measure up.”

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