Op-Ed: I’m tired of being catcalled while running

November 12th, 2014 by Caela Fenton | Posted in Runner's Rant | 9 Comments »

Between Jian Ghomeshi and problems in the House of Commons. the taboo surrounding sexual harassment is having a moment these last few weeks, with many women in Canada and worldwide opening up about their own […]


Choosing the mile over the marathon

September 15th, 2014 by Rory Gilfillan | Posted in Runner's Rant | No Comments »

In a recent article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal, writer Kevin Helliker observed that although the mile had waned in popularity in the 1990s, it’s made a huge comeback in recent years. […]


Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar

July 14th, 2014 by Rory Gilfillan | Posted in Blogs, Runner's Rant | No Comments »

On Aug. 8, 2012, B.C. primary school teacher Ian Cunliffe commenced his bid to run 22 marathons in 22 days in order to raise awareness over the cuts to education. In a curious mixing […]


Toronto’s a hard city to love

July 9th, 2014 by Rory Gilfillan | Posted in Blogs, Runner's Rant | 1 Comment »

Toronto’s always been a city deeply uncomfortable with its entrenched contradictions. The city supports an NHL team that, despite being the centre of the hockey universe, perpetually fails to make the post-season. It’s led […]


Why downhill?

May 26th, 2014 by Rory Gilfillan | Posted in Runner's Rant | No Comments »

In March of 2013, the Pike’s Peak Marathon filled in less than six hours. Considering that Chicago and New York fill up not in days or hours but sometimes minutes this shouldn’t be newsworthy. […]


What the barefoot fad was really all about

May 15th, 2014 by Rory Gilfillan | Posted in Runner's Rant | 3 Comments »

Someday the recent move by Vibram, the manufacturer of the iconic FiveFingers shoe, to settle with consumers for overstating the health benefits of their product may look like a shrewd business decision. If nothing […]


On getting “chick’d”

May 13th, 2014 by Rory Gilfillan | Posted in Blogs, Runner's Rant | No Comments »

Some people were raised to fear God; I was raised to fear women, and although it was not an intentional parenting strategy it was the inevitable result of being raised with three athletically and […]


Runners are different

May 11th, 2014 by Rory Gilfillan | Posted in Runner's Rant | 2 Comments »

If hockey were the arranged marriage of my teens then the marathon was that first dangerous infatuation of my late twenties. Like all young love, running would come to define me. I had been […]


Toronto’s race woes

May 5th, 2014 by Rory Gilfillan | Posted in Blogs, Runner's Rant | 3 Comments »

In April 2007, what New Englanders refer to as a nor-easter threatened to cancel the Boston Marathon. Despite the wind and the rain the race went on as planned. No one who has followed […]


Forshame the Foursquare bib bandit

April 28th, 2014 by Rory Gilfillan | Posted in Blogs, Runner's Rant | 6 Comments »

It’s not hard to guess what motivated Chelsea Crowley to counterfeit a bib and illegally run the 2014 Boston Marathon. Like any of the bandits that jump into the historic event every year, the […]


Crowd sourcing a running coach

August 20th, 2013 by Rory Gilfillan | Posted in Blogs, Runner's Rant | 1 Comment »

Ben Kaplan’s EachCoach project is elegantly simple. Following each work-out, a runner logs their run in to the system by posting a brief summary of what they did followed by a question that they […]


Women’s only races: the right to wear a tiara?

June 25th, 2013 by Rory Gilfillan | Posted in Blogs, Runner's Rant | 7 Comments »

When Katherine Switzer broke both the rules and a significant barrier by racing the Boston Marathon in 1967, she opened up a new world of possibility for women in sport.  Forty-five years later, this […]