bike zoneDiehard runners love running interesting courses, and even fair-weather runners will be off and running this morning on the unique urban course of the Winnipeg 10 and 10 (presented by Investors Group). There’s a 10k, 10 mile or 5k run, as well as a 10 miler relay and a 5km Family Run/Walk (that takes the pressure off!) I myself am giving the 5km one a shot, and the best part is, not only do I get a T-shirt, but everyone who finishes gets a medal, so there’s hope for me (shh, I won’t tell if you don’t tell when we’re showing off our medals!)  The cool thing about the 5k run is it’s an urban run through the heart of downtown!

There’s just something about walking down a street normally reserved for cars. Maybe it appeals to my inner (law-abiding) rebel! Anyway, that’s really what Ciclovia is all about: people taking back the streets. It started in Bogota, Colombia, with people walking, biking, or jogging down the streets, and it has spread from there. Now in its fourth year in Winnipeg, there will be music, a soap box derby, mini golf, pop-up library and coffee shop, big boardgames, bike polo, fitness activities including a Royal Winnipeg Ballet program, street hockey, a 24-foot outdoor climbing wall (yeah, we’ll see about that), and of course, shopping at the Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market. Plus the ever-present Wine & Beer Festival and Food Truck Wars (I can’t believe how crazy the lineups are getting!) will run all day, from 11am to 6pm.

If you’re biking there, don’t worry about being encumbered with your bike once you arrive, as there is free “valet parking” for bikes. Ciclovia is a great community event, with an emphasis on eco-friendly, active transportation and healthy-lifestyles. The north side of Broadway will be closed from Osborne to Main Street. You can bike all the way from Assiniboine Park to The Forks. Check out the network of car-free streets!

The Winnipeg 10 & 10 runs (pun intended) Sunday, September 8, at 8am.

Ciclovia runs from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, September 8.

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