RUN TO BEER Spring Speaker Series April 8 – May 6

Prep for Ottawa Race Weekend the best way we know how: Joining your fellow runners for some feel good training runs followed by a pint and some motivation from Ottawa’s endurance stars!Β 

Start with Iron North Studio for their regular Sunday group runs as we ramp up to Ottawa Marathon and end with our speaker series @ CRAFT Beer Market Ottawa. With your first pint included from Kichesippi Beer, the official beer sponsor of Race Weekend, sip and socialize with other runners and enjoy the wisdom from some of the best professionals in our endurance community. This event is run in coordination between RUN TO BEER OTTAWA and Iron North Studio.


Space is limited but registration is free πŸ™‚ Donations will be accepted upon sign in for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge with a charity of choice to be drawn at the final session in May and will include donations raised since our first speaker session back in January! πŸ™‚ All donators will be entered into a draw to win a prize pack from our Speaker Series Sponsors that includes a 1 month membership to Iron North Studio and beer from Kichesippi Beer & Vimy Brewing Company.




MARK SUTCLIFFE:Β If you haven’t heard his name before you’ll begin to see it and hear it everywhere across Ottawa! Mark Sutcliffe is a public figure, talk show host, broadcaster, entrepreneur, author, columnist, volunteer, runner, and a huge staple in our Ottawa community! With a new book launching right around the corner, we’re excited to have Mark join us for an afternoon to hear more about his current projects and how he manages to balance all his hard work as an entrepreneur, community leader, fundraiser, philanthropist, and runner.

SESSION #2 WITH RAY ZAHAB | APRIL 22ND | 5-21KM | 9:30-1:30PM

RAY ZAHAB:Β Ray’s story is nothing short of remarkable. Zahab is a former cigarette-smoking slouch who’s become famous for becoming an ultramarathoner in his late 20s. He’s been pushing himself to the max by crossing the Sahara Desert and trekking through some of the most inhospitable environments in the world.
Ray is also the founder of the impossible2Possible (i2P) non-profit that takes young people on life-changing expeditions, while also using technology to allow other young people to follow along, back in the classrooms. Just returning from his latest adventure across Namibia and the Namib Desert on foot, approximately 1,850km, we’re excited to be inspired by Ray’s main message: we can truly exceed any limits we think we might have!


SPEAKERS: We’re excited to host our second panel presentation of expert coaches from across Ottawa! Our first panel was a huge success and left us all feeling like 1 hour was nowhere near enough time to get through all the questions we had and amazing advice given by our knowledgeable pros! From training tips, gear, motivation, and nutrition share in the opportunity to ask questions and listen to real advise from experts in endurance and nutrition!


Bend and Brew Supporting Movember Ottawa

Last weekend we had the pleasure of leading an intimate yoga and beer pairing session for Ottawa’s community supporting Movember Ottawa. Movember Ottawa is the local chapter of the Movember Canada,Β the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. They address some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Taking place on a snowy Sunday morning at Wallack Galleries, one of Canada’s oldest commercial art galleries, located in Ottawa’s Centretown, we stretched, we sipped, and we socialized by sharing personal stories on why were there choosing to support men’sΒ health. After working our way through a moderately challenging asana practice, participants rose from child’s pose to find themselves with a healthy beer sample from Oakville’sΒ Cameron’s Brewing to be mindfully experienced through a 5-minute beer meditation.

After the yoga portion of the festivities, it was great to mingle with participants over more delicious Cameron’s craft beer and learn what part of the yoga class stood out to them. For some, they were surprised at how challenging the yoga practice was, considering it was a social event, and for others that the beer meditation allowed them to think about how they apply mindfulness to other areas of life.

We were blessed to sample two awesome beers from Cameron’s Brewery: Captain’s Log Lager and their new Dark & Sticky IBA. The Lager was an easy choice to begin the sampling with due to its smooth refreshing taste which is soft on bitterness and intensely aromatic with scents of lavender, citrus, allspice, and brown sugar.Β Next, we socialized while sipping their India Brown Ale, Dark & Sticky, a hop-filled IPA with a well-balanced brown ale, combining the best of both worlds. Be sure to keep an eye out for both of these brews on tap around the city and in LCBO’s and grocery stores near you.

We are always happy to support our community with programming and especially happy when it can elevate a charity’s mission to raise funds and awareness for their cause. Congratulations to Will Bulmer and the rest of the Movember Ottawa team for doing such a great job working hard to elevate the goals of Movember Canada and for sharing their personal stories surrounding men’s health.

We would love to host future events at Wallack Galleries and already can’t wait to work with the fun team over at Cameron’s Brewing. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the cause and for the rest of you sad staches who missed it there are still a few Movember Ottawa events happening this November in Ottawa as well as all year round. Be sure to check them out and follow their progress over on their Facebook page here.