Canadian Running - - FEATURES - Michael Doyle, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief @Cana­di­anRun­ning

As I write this ed­i­tor’s note, I’m sit­ting in the win­dow seat of a train headed from Glas­gow to In­ver­ness, Scot­land. The mossy pas­tures out the win­dow are dot­ted with puffy sheep, each splotched with a cyan dot on their rump, in­di­cat­ing the farm off in the dis­tance they to which they be­long. Weary of the race I’m signed up to run in about 40 hours, I press my fore­head against the win­dow and nod off, as the blue dots blur past.

Wak­ing up, the ter­rain has changed. The vel­vety mead­ows have been re­placed with steep, jagged crags on ei­ther side of the train. The sheep re­main, ab­stracted now on in­di­vid­ual ledges, like or­na­ments on a liv­ing wall. These sheep be­long to the farmer with a predilec­tion for hunter’s orange. It’s as if I fell asleep pass­ing through ru­ral On­tario, and woke up at the Al­berta-British Co­lum­bia bor­der, but with more dare­devil sheep.

I’m on my way to the Loch Ness Marathon, which of course fol­lows the famed wa­ter­way from the south to north in one of the most beau­ti­ful parts of the U.K. I’ll share the ex­pe­ri­ence on our so­cial me­dia feeds, as well as in a fu­ture is­sue (per­haps next year’s “get­aways” themed is­sue, which would be fit­ting). I’ll get a few hours to spot Nessy. If I see her, you’ll prob­a­bly al­ready know by now (#NessyEat­sRun­ner).

One of the great joys of my job, and for any run­ner re­ally, is wan­der­ing be­yond the lo­cal scene to see what other parts of the world are like, and to get to see it on foot. Apart from be­ing a satisfying goal, a des­ti­na­tion marathon can be seen as a pretty ef­fi­cient way to cover more of a city or re­gion than you could pos­si­bly pull off by just walk­ing around for a week. And a great ex­cuse to eat half the menu at a great restau­rant. It’s been a lot of fun putting to­gether a des­ti­na­tion-themed is­sue. Ad­ven­ture pho­tog­ra­pher Michael Over­beck jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to take his cam­era into the moun­tains just off the Ice­field Park­way for an in­tense and breath­tak­ing week­end of ex­plo­ration (p.38). We sent our web ed­i­tor Sinead Mul­h­ern out to Van­cou­ver for the first time to ex­pe­ri­ence the SeaWheeze Half-Marathon (p. 46), which has be­come one of the premier 21ks in the world. And reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor Colin Smith put to­gether a per­sonal and re­lat­able fea­ture on the Kananaskis 100-Mile Re­lay (p.50).

Smith’s story is about more than just a group of sleep­less guys in a van eat­ing far too much candy. It’s about how run­ning can be a bridge to re­con­nect with your roots, and to re­veal to oth­ers an in­ti­mate glimpse of where you come from and who you are. Fit­tingly, the K-100 has re­mained an equally in­ti­mate, fa­mil­ial race. Run­ning re­lays are spe­cial, and this one, cut­ting through the Rock­ies, should be on ev­ery bucket list.

Wher­ever your run­ning trav­els take you in 2018, be sure to share them with us, and we’ll be sure to share them with the rest of your Cana­dian Run­ning fam­ily. Who knows, maybe your ad­ven­ture will be pref­aced in next year’s travel is­sue ed­i­tor’s note.

ABOVE Michael Over­beck’s Rock­ies Ad­ven­ture

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