After six exciting sessions, Lane 6 came to a close Saturday June the 2nd. The pilot project was a partnership between Canadian Running, Nike Canada and Toronto Community Housing that paired urban youth with local runners and community leaders for one-on-one mentorship and coaching.

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After six weeks together, the youth went from shy and skeptical to expressive and eager. The learned valuable skills and knowledge pertaining to proper running form and mechanics; training philosophy and periodization; and racing and pacing. More importantly, they were given the support and encouragement to develop self-confidence, -esteem and belief in their abilities.

Here, in photos, are some of the highlights of the project’s exciting conclusion. On behalf of Canadian Running, we’d like to thank Nike Canada, Toronto Community Housing and especially the mentors and mentees who showed up week after week, chasing progress, improvement but most importantly, a sense of fun and fulfillment.

All photos by Aidas Odonelis.

Canadian Running, Nike and Toronto Community Housing are partnering to inspire the next generation of track athletes and runners through a weekly running and mentorship program. Kids from around Toronto come for weekly training sessions at Central Tech track. This program is designed to be a fun entryway into running and a safe space to set goals and share with mentors.

With coaching, gear, mentor guidance and a fun atmosphere, Canadian Running and Nike are inspiring kids to be active through running.

A special thanks to our nutrition sponsor: