The 2016 Golden Shoe Awards

Canadian Running - - FEATURES - By Tracey Tong, Tim Hueb­sch, Rich Wheater, Tara Camp­bell, Caela Fen­ton and Micheal Doyle

Af­ter a na­tional reader’s sur­vey and round-ta­ble con­ver­sa­tions with our reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tors and ex­perts, we rec­og­nize the best and most es­sen­tial run­ners, races, clubs and places in the coun­try.

BEST RUN­NING SPOT IN CANADA STAN­LEY PARK/SEAWALL

If you’ve ever spent time in Van­cou­ver, this pick is a fore­gone con­clu­sion. Stan­ley Park is one of the world’s most spec­tac­u­lar parks for run­ning, fea­tur­ing more than 27 kilo­me­tres of trails. Sec­onds af­ter head­ing into the old growth for­est you feel as though you’re far away from the city. The Seawall it­self is a 9k paved multi-use path with a stun­ning panoramic view of Bur­rard In­let, the Lions Gate Bridge, the city sky­line, with North Van­cou­ver’s moun­tains loom­ing in the dis­tance across the har­bour.

BEST RACE OF 2016 OT­TAWA RACE WEEK­END

Our read­ers adored a va­ri­ety of races big and small from across the coun­try, but our na­tion’s cap­i­tal got the most love over­all. Ot­tawa em­braces its race week­end like no other in Canada. The event takes over the city start­ing on Thurs­day with a street party that rages all week­end, lead­ing into the world-renowned and su­per fast 10k on Satur­day night. The big 42.2k race on Sun­day morn­ing sees some of the big­gest crowds out­side of Bos­ton and New York for a North Amer­i­can marathon. If you want a truly im­mer­sive vibe, Ot­tawa nails it.

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