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Coleen

I love bridges. I also love running. So naturally, I love running to and over this wonderful bridge in the heart of Edmonton.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Walterdale Bridge has been giving me a sense of freedom once I'm on it. I feel invincible as I get lost in my reggaeton music - knowing the river is flowing with infinite possibilities below me - and run across the bridge. I was in the middle of training for the 2020 Banff Marathon when the pandemic hit and cancelled it. I was also in the middle of writing my Masters dissertation when the pandemic hit. So, I felt very isolated living and working by myself especially when the summer temperatures came. Running to and over the bridge was - and still is - a great way for me to feel invincible. It serves to remind me of my purpose and that only I can take control of my destiny.

I'm very grateful that there are many running trails close to nature in YEG. When the stressors of adulting and Covid are too much, I know there's always a place I can run to.

Pro-tip: running to an ice cream place is also a good way to get out of the house.

 

 

 

Jason

As a born and raised Edmontonian, I have been very fortunate to have had access to such a wide variety of sporting and leisure options throughout my life here.

I have always enjoyed exploring the North Saskatchewan River Valley, and to this day still come across new trails while running or cycling with friends. As an active member of our community, from 2018 to 2020 I held a position on the River Valley Alliance’s Community Engagement team and most recently became President of the University of Alberta Cross Country Running Alumni Association.

Both of these organizations encouraged me to advocate for opportunities for members of the public to gain access and utilize leisure opportunities. One of the most exciting ways we are doing this currently is through Challenge Alberta, a COVID-friendly fitness event. Group together with friends, family, or colleagues and travel the full distance from Montana to the NWT and learn about our Province’s vast history and nature beauty.

Challenge Alberta is an excellent platform to stay connected and physically active while navigating the socially distanced world we live in at the moment.

 

JulieK - I want to be mobile...

 

Rachel - New challenges require curiosity...

 

CJ - Bruce helps me train...

 

Karah - I found some pretty rad trails...

 

Karen - We venture out on long trail runs...

 

Jessica - I loved our family bike rides...

 

Dustin - I walk as much as possible...

 

Jillian - I love to run...

 

Lauren - Find outdoor places to skate...

 

Kenadi - Find new areas to explore...

 

Michelle - I grew restless at home...

 

Gabrielle - I love to go for walks...

 

Tara - I have always enjoyed strength training...

 

Jennifer - I really appreciate the four seasons...

 

Mackenzie - I’m no stranger to staying active...

 

Kacey - I grew up with physical activity...

 

Quinn - I love to go to the gym...

 

Michael - Adapt to what you can do...

 

Slav - I have enjoyed getting creative...

 

Jamie - I’ve been trying new activities...

 

Ashley - Staying active has been crucial...

 

Stacy - I am never sitting still...

 

David - I start with 20-minutes of Yoga...

 

Doug - Movement is life-changing...

 

Vahid - Nothing will stop Edmontonians...

 

Giselle - Find joy in small ways...

 

Dounia - I developed a love for fitness...

 

Brittany - I believe movement is medicine...

 

Councillor Knack - I started a 14-day pilates routine...

 

Julia - Edmonton has such great trails...

 

Lindsay - I would set a new goal each year...

 

Megan - Physical fitness is a way of life...

 

Candice -  This year I need a little more inspiration...

 

Megan & Adam - we have had to think outside the box...

 

Adrienne - You can run anywhere outdoors...

 

Tracy - Exercising outdoors boosts my mood...

 

Megan - Have a furry, adorable workout buddy...

 

Dia - I’ve come to embrace change...