Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon: Speaker Series 2019

Presented by Canadian Running.

Schedule

Join us on Friday and Saturday of the Running, Health & Fitness Expo to enhance your race experience.

 

Speaker Series — Friday October 18th

Time

Speaker

Topic

4:00pm Cory Freedman, Shireen Ahmed, Susan Gapka Gender Inclusion in Sport
4:30pm
5:00pm Robert Winckler Trying to Earn His 4th Guinness World Record
5:30pm John Stanton Making the Most of Race Day
6:00pm Kevin Frank Interactive Improv Exercises Focused on Resiliency
6:30pm Rachel Hannah What to eat before, during and after a race
7:00pm Mark Hebscher The Greatest Athlete (you’ve never heard of)
7:30pm Michael Brennan STWM Course Preview

Speaker Series — Saturday October 19th

Time

Speaker

Topic

10:30am Rachel Munday, Kirsten Fleming, Michelle Kempton, Ian Fraser What Do You Want In A Race: Ask the Race Directors
11:00am
11:30am Rick Rayman and Virginia Lee Why We Keep Coming Back!
12:00pm Michael Clinton Tales from the Trails
12:30pm Kevin Frank Interactive Improv Exercises Focused on Resiliency
1:00pm Paul Weston Inspiration: STWM Story
1:30pm Anthony Lue The Push
2:00pm John Stanton Making the Most of Race Day
2:30pm Christopher Fox and Rachel Swaby Mighty Moe: The True Story of a Thirteen-Year-Old Women’s Running Revolutionary
3:00pm Rachel Hannah What to eat before, during and after a race
3:30pm Michael Brennan STWM Course Preview
4:00pm Robert Winckler Trying to Earn His 4th Guinness World Record
5:00pm Heather Gardner Embracing Active Recovery

Speakers

John Stanton
Making the Most of Race Day
Friday, October 18th – 5:30pm and Saturday, October 19th – 2:00pm

A best-selling Canadian author of 10 books on running and walking, John Stanton was named to Macleans magazine’s Canada Day Honour as one of 10 Canadians who are making a difference in our nation, for his contribution to health through fitness.

An outstanding entrepreneur, with a keen interest in the health and wellness of both Canadians and Americans, John Stanton possesses a remarkable ability to inspire others and to build community.

Kevin Frank
Interactive Improv Exercises Focused on Resiliency
Friday, October 18th – 6:00pm and Saturday, October 19th – 12:30pm

Kevin began his career studying improv comedy in 1984 with the Second City in Toronto. He left his sales position with a major Computer company to perform with the Second City on the main stage at the Old Firehall. He joined the faculty as a teacher in 1988 and for the past 9 years he has served as the Artistic Director of the Second City Training Centre. Kevin loves teaching improv to today’s new hopefuls. Kevin Frank is also a Senior faculty member with the Second City Works division. He delivers corporate workshops to Fortune 500 companies throughout North America.

Rachel Hannah
What to Eat Before, During, and After a Race
Friday, October 18th – 6:30pm and Saturday, October 19th – 3:00pm

Rachel Hannah is a Canadian distance runner and Registered Dietitian. Rachel is proud to represent New Balance Canada as a sponsored athlete. She competed in the 2013 and 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She won the Canadian Cross-Country Championships in 2014. In 2015, she won a bronze medal in the Pan American Games marathon—her second marathon ever – with a time of 2:41:06.

Mark Hebscher
The Greatest Athlete (you’ve never heard of)
Friday, October 18th – 7:00pm

Mark Hebscher is a long-time broadcaster and journalist, best known for his work on the ground-breaking TV show Sportsline on Global Television. Mark has interviewed thousands of people from the world of sports, entertainment, business, and politics. He lives in Toronto.

Dr. Rick Rayman & Virginia Lee
Why We Keep Coming Back!
Saturday, October 19th – 11:30am

  • Dr. Rick Rayman has run every day for close to 41 years, not missing a day since December 10, 1978. He’s run 364 marathons, including every edition of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. This year’s event will mark his 365th marathon. Rayman is a former dentist and current Director of Student Life at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry. This year he’ll be leading a team of over 100 students at the event, running & raising funds for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
  • Virginia Lee has run every single edition of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. A full-time personal trainer and fitness professional who divides her time between Toronto and Miami, has been fiercely protective of her distinction, going to any length to make sure she’s at the start line every October.
    Virginia will keep her streak going this year as part of her goal of running 50 marathons by age 50. The 2019 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be #47.

Michael Clinton
Tales from the Trails
Saturday, October 19th – 12:00pm

Michael is a seasoned magazine publishing executive. Most recently as president and publishing director for Hearst Magazines. Michael has been running for over 40 years and has run 7 marathons on 7 continents. Tales from the Trails is a must read for runners of all types from the casual jogger to the devoted marathoner and is a much-needed reminder to run past the finish line, toward love, self-realization, and life.

Paul Weston
Load Carry Marathon – Fundraising for The Arthritis Society
Saturday, October 19th – 1:00pm

Paul is an International Duathlete and Ironman Triathlete. His load carry marathon at STWM helped raise thousands of dollars for The Arthritis Society.

Rachel Munday, Kirsten Fleming, Michelle Kempton, Ian Fraser
Panel Discussion: What do you want in a race? Ask the Race Directors
Saturday, October 19th – 10:30am

  • Rachel Munday is the Executive Director of the Manitoba Marathon.
  • Kirsten-Ellen Fleming is the Executive Director of Run Calgary and the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and leads a remarkable team to put on 7 events a year with some 25,000 finishers.
  • Michelle Kempton is the race director for two events on the East Coast (Maritime Race Weekend and Police Chase). Four years ago, she revolutionized running events in Nova Scotia – setting the bar higher than ever before.
  • Coach and former elite triathlete Ian Fraser, the entrepreneur behind Ottawa’s Cyclelogik bike shop, has been appointed as the organization’s executive director and race director.

Heather Gardner
Embracing Active Recovery
Saturday, October 19th – 5:00pm

As a marathon runner, cycling coach, yoga teacher, triathlete, physical education consultant, Tribe Fitness founder, and lover of all things heart pumping, Heather’s passion and work in physical activity creates dynamic, engaging and inclusive environments where communities can thrive!

Michael Brennan
STWM Course Preview
Friday, October 18th– 7:30pm and Saturday, October 19th – 3:30pm

Michael has experience in race planning, logistics, marketing & execution of over 200 races. He has been a consultant to Canada Running Series & Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon for 14 years.

Christopher Fox and Rachel Swaby
Mighty Moe: The True Story of a Thirteen-Year-Old Women’s Running Revolutionary
Saturday, October 19th – 2:30pm

Rachel Swaby and Kit Fox present Mighty Moe, the untold true story of runner Maureen Wilton, whose world record-breaking marathon time at age 13 was met first with misogyny and controversy, but ultimately with triumph.

This inspiring biography for readers and racers of all ages showcases the truly groundbreaking achievements of an unassuming, amazing young athlete.

Robert Winckler
Earning His 4th Guinness World Record
Friday, October 18th– 5:00pm and Saturday, October 19th – 4:00pm

Robert Winckler is one of the most fascinating people you will ever meet. He’s ran in over 60 marathons and 40 half marathons. Not only that, Robert has earned the record for fastest half marathon dressed as a cowboy, running with golf clubs and the fastest half marathon dressed as a swimmer (male). Hear how Robert trains and prepares for each Guinness world record attempt.

Susan Gapka
Gender Inclusion in Sport
Friday, October 18th – 4:00pm

Susan Gapka, Community and political organiser, will discuss her experiences in the running community and provide recommendations on how we can become more trans inclusive and celebrate all women, regardless of biology and physiology.  She was the first trans person to receive the Key to the City of Toronto and was Canada 150 Difference Maker in Mental Health among many other distinctions. 

Cory Freedman
Gender Inclusion in Sport
Friday, October 18th – 4:00pm

Cory Freedman is the founder/owner of the Toronto Women’s Run Series and MAX VO2 Management Inc.  Cory has done it all, and for events of all sizes and prominence. From the Sporting Life 10k to the Toronto Women’s Run Series, to many other events, she has over two decades of experience in event management.  

Shireen Ahmed 
Gender Inclusion in Sport
Friday, October 18th – 4:00pm

Shireen Ahmed is a writer, public speaker and an award-winning Sports Activist focusing on Muslim women in sports, and the intersections of racism and misogyny in sport. She is an Inclusion and Diversity consultant. She is part of a team of five women who created the weekly Burn It All Down podcast, which is the first feminist sports podcast that analyzes sports culture from an intersectional feminist lens. 

Kate Van Buskirk
Gender Inclusion in Sport
Friday, October 18th – 4:00pm

Kate Van Buskirk is a 10-time National Team member for Athletics Canada specializing in middle distance events. She won the 1500m bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is the former Canadian indoor mile record holder. Kate is the host and producer of Canadian Running Magazine’s podcast, “The Shakeout Podcast”. She also enjoys her role as a freelance broadcaster focusing on track & field and road running coverage. Kate sits on the Athletics Canada board of directors as the Female Athlete Director. She recognizes the important intersection between sport and human rights in Canada and abroad. Kate is currently training towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. 

Anthony Lue
The Push
Saturday, October 19th – 1:30pm

In 2009, Anthony Lue’s life changed in the blink of an eye when an industrial accident left him with a severe spinal cord injury. Previously a provincial athlete and elite hurdler, he was paralyzed from the waist down, his hopes and dreams for the future shattered. Today, Anthony is an entrepreneur who is building a career in business, motivational speaking and broadcasting.

Contact Us

For more information or to join the Speaker Series of the Running, Health and Fitness Expo please contact:

Ian Cater – Senior Manager of Marketing & Partnerships
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
264 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON, M5A 4J6

E-mail: ian@canadarunningseries.com