Those close to me know one of my favourite activities is running. Especially in the autumn (and the spring). The comfortable temperature and conditions at this time of year make running outdoors invigorating.

I'm a morning runner, and I run with my husband. We keep each other going and plan to keep doing so as long as we can!

When it comes to preferred running conditions, I'm not alone. It's why so many marathons are held during the spring and fall.

Speaking of which: the Niagara Falls Marathon is back this year with a new course. It's now entirely within Canada (previously, it was a joint US-Canada event).

Sunday, October 23rd is race day, and there will be four races:

  • a 5K starting at 8:35am;
  • a 10K starting at 8:30am;
  • a 1/2 marathon starting at 8:30am; and
  • the marathon starting at 8am.

Now, I've never raced a marathon, but I have participated in two 1/2 marathons. They certainly take a lot of preparation, dedication and hard work. It's a wonderful feeling when you experience the cheers and encouragement from people along the sidelines. It can really give you a boost when you need it most.

After spending much time indoors and without large-scale events over the past couple of years, a marathon is a great opportunity to re-connect. If you're not participating yourself, consider attending the race as a cheerer! You can make a real difference to the athletes and others there. The positive, uplifting energy around you is bound to give you a bigger boost than you expected.

A great paper-based activity for marathons is to write out inspiring slogans, mantras, and motivational quotes. Break out your thick, colourful felt-tip markers and bristol board. Consider making key words in thick lettering, which you can fill in with a pattern or extra-bright colour. Dress up or bring pom poms with you to get in the spirit!

Road races are not only great for one's health; many participants also improve the health of others by raising money for various causes. There's also the benefit runners have on all the bystanders cheering them on, and vice versa. It's a win-win-win!

At a time when so many of us are looking for joy, it's empowering to know that such moments are possible. We can create wonderful experiences for ourselves and others close to home by taking a few minutes to celebrate the achievements of strangers. It costs us nothing and it's good karma.

Plus, you never know... you may get inspired to run the race yourself next year.


We hope to see you spreading some good cheer this Sunday! And just to remind you, Saturday is the Doors Open event in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Twelve venues will be participating.

Have a wonderful week and a fun-filled weekend!

October 18, 2022 — Antoinette D'Angelo

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