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Expo Guest Speaker Schedule 2015

October 16-17, 2015, Exhibit Hall D, Enercare Centre (formerly known as the Direct Energy Centre), Exhibition Place — Expo Parking

Friday, October 16

Time Title Speaker(s)
12:00-12:20pm #RunLikeAGirl
Lanni Marchant
Lanni Marchant is Canada's fastest female marathoner! In 2013, she broke the Canadian women's marathon record at STWM in 2:28:00, a record that had stood for 28 years. This summer Lanni took bronze in the 10,000 metre event at the Toronto Pan Am Games, and continues to inspire runners everywhere to #RunLikeAGirl.
12:30-12:50pm Age vs. Time
Ed Whitlock
Ed Whitlock was the first person over the age of 70 to run a marathon in less than 3 hours. He did this 3 times with a best time of 2 hours 54 minutes and 49 seconds at age 73. To date no one else has run sub 3 at age 70 or older. Since then he has set the world marathon record for age 75 plus and age 80 plus. Injured at the moment he is hopeful he can recover for an attempt on the 85 plus record 2 years from now.
1:00-1:20pm Making the Most of Race Day
John Stanton
John Stanton is the founder and CEO of the Running Room and author of ten books on running and walking.
1:30-1:50pm Running the STWM Courses
Michael Brennan
Michael has worked on Waterfront course management for over 10 years. He has also run 60 marathons (14 of them at Boston) and finished two Ironman Triathlons.
2:00-2:20pm Building a Running Brand Through Social Media
Jeremy Brensen and Mike Giles
Jeremy and Mike started Ciele Athletics a little over a year ago and through the power of Instagram have built it into a much talked about (and worn) brand in the Canadian and U.S running market.
3:30-3:50pm How to Maximize Your #STWM Experience
Christopher Doyle
Christopher Doyle (@chrisdoyle) is a three-time marathoner (he'll be running his fourth on Sunday!) and the Director of Media Partnerships at Twitter Canada. Listen to Chris share the best tips for staying connected and sharing your race experience with the #STWM community this weekend!
4:00-4:20pm Learning to Run with a Crew
Heather Gardner and William Chaupiz
Heather and William have been instrumental in the Toronto run crew movement and have helped many new runners gain the confidence and skills to run their first race! Respectively, they've founded Tribe Fitness and NightTerrors Run Crew and work tirelessly on bringing people together through the power of running.
4:30-4:50pm Will Run for Beer! Fueling the Current Running Boom
Dan Grant and Tej Sandhu
Dan and Tej are the creators of RunTOBeer, a group that brings runners together for a weekly jaunt to one of Toronto's many craft breweries. With participation numbers growing every week, you can be sure that the RunTOBeer crew will be coming to a brewery near you!
5:00-5:20pm Recovering From Addiction and The Power of Running
Christa Davidson, JP Bedard & Rejean Chiasson
Everyone has a reason to run. For these 3 athletes, running has been a means to help them recover from addiction and a way to take adversity and channel it towards bringing out the best in themselves and their community.
5:30-5:50pm Running the STWM Courses
Michael Brennan
Michael has worked on Waterfront course management for over 10 years. He has also run 60 marathons (14 of them at Boston) and finished two Ironman Triathlons.
6:00-6:20pm Living and Training in Kenya. Making a difference with the Kenyan Kids Foundation.
Tarah Mckay-Korir
Tarah is making her marathon debut at STWM and is using the opportunity to raise scholarship funds for young runners in Kenya through the Kenyan Kids Foundation. She will also be introducing the film 'Transcend' — the story of her husband, Wesley Korir.
6:30-8:00pm Screening of 'Transcend' — a film about Wesley Korir's life.

Saturday, October 17

11:00-11:20am Making the Most of Race Day
John Stanton
John Stanton is the founder and CEO of the Running Room and author of ten books on running and walking.
11:30-11:50am Dealing with Injury
Krista DuChene
Krista DuChene is best known as Canada's Marathon Mom. She holds the second fastest time in Canadian history with 2:28:32 from the 2013 STWM. She is the first woman in 20 years to make the Olympic standard, which happened at the 2015 Rotterdam Marathon in 2:29:38, one year after fracturing her femur.
12:00-12:30pm Running the STWM Courses
Michael Brennan
Michael has worked on Waterfront course management for over 10 years. He has also run 60 marathons (14 of them at Boston) and finished two Ironman Triathlons.
1:00-1:20pm STWM Race #16. Why We Keep Coming Back!
Rick Rayman & Virginia Lee
Rick and Virginia are the only people to have run every single Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Full Marathon since the beginning! Rick will be completing marathon number 329 at STWM and this will be Virginia's 36th.
1:30-1:50pm The Founding of Run Dem Crew and the International Running Crew Movement
Charlie Dark
Charlie Dark is the charismatic founder of London UK's Run Dem Crew and "Bridge the Gap", a movement dominated by millennials in big cities from Berlin to Amsterdam, Paris to LA, and a powerful force in driving the current running boom and re-shaping it.
2:00-2:20pm Making the Most of Race Day
John Stanton
John Stanton is the founder and CEO of the Running Room and author of ten books on running and walking.
2:30-2:50pm My Story — 0 to 21.1k. Overcoming the odds of never being able to walk again
Robert MacDonald
Robert MacDonald was an avid runner, hockey and squash player until December 8th, 2012 when an accident changed his life. He suffered many injuries and was diagnosed with ASIA B paraplegic which left him with a 5% chance of ever walking again. For the last three years, Robert has been fighting to gain his independence and ability and bring athletics back into his life. Listen to his 20 minute talk on what he has learned from his experience over the last three years as he prepares for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon.
3:00-3:20pm Running the STWM Courses
Michael Brennan
Michael has worked on Waterfront course management for over 10 years. He has also run 60 marathons (14 of them at Boston) and finished two Ironman Triathlons.
3:30-3:50pm #RunLikeAGirl
Allison Slater, Amy Friel, Christina Menssen, Danielle O'Hanley
When Lanni Marchant broke the Canadian Women's Marathon Record at STWM in 2013, the phrase "run like a girl" took on a whole new meaning for many female runners across the country. Meet 4 inspiring women who have been working hard to achieve BIG goals at STWM this year, including qualifying for Boston and running their fastest 42.2k yet!

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