Running for almost 3 years, Allison took up the sport after relocating to downtown Toronto and looking for a way to meet new people and explore her new surroundings. Joining a Learn to Run program, she learned the fundamentals and met an incredible group of people she now calls her run family. When she’s not pounding pavement, you can find her in the pool, on the bike, taking to her yoga mat or strength training at 6 am. This past year, Allison ran her first 1/2 marathon followed by her second and third, as well as completing her first triathlon.
She is an advocate for being fearless in the pursuit of being fit and is an authentic voice in the community as she shares her journey via social media, chasing down her next goal. When Allison isn’t racing, she’s standing on the sidelines cheering loud and proud for her tribe at races across the GTA!
Recently certified as a spin instructor, her goals in 2017 are to achieve a sub-2 hour half marathon, race an Olympic distance triathlon, complete a long-course road bike event and continue to help grow and foster the local run community in Toronto as a mentor for new runners.
I love Tiux first and foremost because they are a Canadian company, I’m very passionate about supporting locally created gear. I also love that the products come in an array of solid and fun colours for me to coordinate with and help me stand out on race day! I am also proud to support a brand that does things differently—in a good way—from shipping direct to the customer and of course Tiux 1% giveback program.
While my personal running achievements bring me a sense of pride and accomplishment, my greatest achievement is that of being a Run Mentor for Tribe Fitness’ Learn to Run Program. It’s the very program that got me to lace up and on the road as a running, it’s a humbling opportunity to be able to give back to the community and help others foster their love for running!
My current goal for 2017 would be to achieve a sub-2 hour half marathon time and prepare to race a Half Ironman either in the fall of 2017 or in 2018. I’m also looking forward to continuing to travel to new destinations with my run family for races and relaxation!
It doesn’t have to cost a lot to be a member of the run community, there are lots of free and fun ways to get into running or continue your training in many of the major Canadian cities. It’s also great to find a crew of people that you can train alongside and motivate one another as you chase your next finish line!