The social media app TikTok has been growing in popularity over the pandemic, reporting over one billion active users per month. On the app, users and notable individuals can film videos of themselves lip-syncing, dancing or performing over 15-second clips.
If you are new to TikTok or are looking for more running content on your feed, here are five Canadian runners and TikTokers that can help pump you up for your next run.
Madeline Price (@maddypriceless)
Price was a part of Canada’s 4×400 relay team that finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics, where she ran dominant leg to help Canada get into the final. Price showcases the road she took to the Olympic Games, showing her followers the fun side of training to be an Olympian.
Jonathan DeSouza (@itsjondesouza)
DeSouza gives his followers a behind-the-scenes look as a Division I NCAA track and field athlete. DeSouza runs at the University of Iona alongside his twin brother Joshua DeSouza. The DeSouza brothers and the Iona men cross-country team have their eyes set on the NCAA championship in November, as one of the strongest teams in their MAAC conference.
Andre De Grasse (@de6rasse)
Canada’s golden boy De Grasse’s TikTok page has it all, from the infamous dances with his partner to his activation routine before workouts. De Grasse regularly shows off the newest Puma gear and his elusive speed on the track.
Diane Russel (@diane_lauren)
Russel ran cross-country for the University of Waterloo and completed the 2019 Boston Marathon. Russel’s goal is to be a voice in changing the narrative in women’s sports and inspiring women to join the running community.
Sage Watson (@sagewatson7)
The Canadian 400m hurdles record holder and two-time Olympian has a large following on TikTok. Watson has videos about what it’s like training in Arizona and being a part of Team Canada. She has several videos with over one million views. Watson spices up her content, uploading videos of her dancing to the latest TikTok trends and partaking in other sports besides running.
Brendan Carpenter (@brecarperuns)
Carpenter got into running as a way to lose weight after graduating college. Once he started running, he couldn’t stop, dropping over 150lbs in weight. On his TikTok, he shares what keeps him motivated and training tips for the beginner runner. Carpenter has more than 100,000 followers and is one of the most popular Canadian runners on the app.
Marissa Papaconstantinou (@marissapaps)
The Paralympic bronze medallist is a must-follow on TikTok. Born without a right foot, Papaconstantinou shares her journey on how she got involved with the sport. She has posted on her page about the highs and lows of being a professional para-athlete, and the journey she took to the Paralympic Games.