Get to Know Your Running Clubs - Natural Fitness Lab

Get to Know Your Running Clubs - Natural Fitness Lab

In this edition of Get to Know Your Running Clubs we chatted with Dave McMahon from Natural Fitness Labs.

Want to learn more about them? Read on!

Hey Dave! Want to give us your best one-liner bio?

I am into Elite Trail Running with Team Salomon and a former National Biathlon Champion.

Tell us a bit about your club history, how long has the club been around?

Natural Fitness Lab is a centre-of-excellence for outdoor athletes and adventure built around core technical competencies of: trail running, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and extending into winter triathlon, sky running, mountain running, adventure racing, cycling, ski mountaineering, obstacle racing, and ultra distance running.

We are dedicated to creating significant opportunities for healthy outdoor lifestyle, promoting natural fitness, physical literacy and inspiring long-term athlete development through direct grass-roots community involvement and global campaigns for gender and age equality in sport, multilingual, multiculturalism, accessibility, science education, leadership and coaching.

The club has been running for 30 years.

Tell us a bit about your members! What level of runners do you cater to?

Today there are over two thousand members; the adult program is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in Canada.

We take pride in being highly-inclusive. The club caters to all levels and abilities from beginners to world champions and Olympians. Half men and women, between the ages of 18 and 75, the average age being 33.

Competitive Differentiator
•Largest inclusive adult trail running, snowshoeing and skiing club in the Country.
•Most comprehensive high-performance program of its kind from entry level to the Olympics.
•Sophisticated technical Instruction in Cross-Country Skiing, Trail Running, Ultra Running, Snowshoeing, Biathlon, and Winter Triathlon.
•Mentoring by Top Talent (Olympians, World Champions, National Team, Pro-racers)
•The dominant team in trail running, snowshoeing, winter triathlon, obstacle racing and long course XC skiing.
•Spectacularly awesome Individual and team performances
•Top Team Results: National Long Course Cross Country Skiing Championship, Winter Triathlon World Championship, World Snowshoe Championship, Premiere Road Races, National Mountain Running Championships and National Trail Running Series.
•Impressively rapid improvement in fitness and skills.

Where/when does your club usually meet/run?

Gatineau Park and Chelsea, Quebec - evenings and weekends.

Are your group runs mostly casual or more structured workouts?

Mix of casual runs and structured workouts.

Any cost to be a member/join?

Always free!

Is your group affiliated with any events?

The i2P run, and the Women's Trail Festival.


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Any cool routes/ favourite areas to run in your city that you would like to recommend to other runners? Why do you like those?

The Gatineau Park is a trail running mecca. We mapped out all the routes on STRAVA.

Do you have any favourite local races? Outside of anything that you're affiliated with of course :)

Mad Trapper, MEC trail running series, The Bad Beaver Ultra, xtrails, and the Bromont Ultra.

Anything else that we should know?

There will ALWAYS be practices regardless of weather! -30c snowstorms, wind, ice storms, +30 etc, solar eclipses, earthquakes, solar mass ejections, bugs, Xmas, winter solstice, thunder, freezing rain, lightening, sand storms, darkness, sunshine, rain, hurricanes, local tornados, or chemical biological radiological nuclear weapons of mass destruction threats of terrorism ... especially in cases of alien invasions, the zombie apocalypse and mass extinction events.

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Published on May 15, 2017