Fast Trax Run & Ski Shop (7326 101th Avenue) in Edmonton, ALB, launches evening Nordic Walking training sessions beginning in May. Dates and other details have not yet been announced, and participants have to call the shop (780-469-9292 and 866-469-9292) to register. This shop is known locally in Alberta’s capital city as training and equipment headquarters for runners and cross-country skiers, among other sports enthusiasts. The shop’s website includes training tips for Nordic Walking and “ski striding” that are useful whether or not you are anywhere within striking (or striding) distance of Edmonton.
Beginners are cautioned, “Although Nordic Walking is not an intensive sport you still need time to get used to training regularly and make sure you have sufficient regeneration time. As you improve, or are already fit from other sports, increase the duration of exercise before adding intensity to your training programme. Never do both at once or in the wrong order. Otherwise you may over do it and all your effort goes to waste. Increases in duration and intensity should take place gradually and not all at once!” Good advice from those who know.
There have been 35 previous runnings of the Vancouver Marathon, but May 6, 2007, will be the first one with a specific Nordic Walking category. The out-and-back course in one of North America’s most beautiful and congenial cities (aerial view, right) is practical for an event that includes both full and half-marathon distances. The spectator-friendly course includes some of the city’s most beguiling downtown neighborhoods, the Inner Harbor, the Burrard Bridge and beautiful Stanley Park. Nordic Walkers are expected to exceed six hours for the full marathon distance.
Canadian Nordic Walkers now have an association to call their own. Gerry Faderbauer, a transplanted Austrian, established he Canadian Nordic Walking Association just this year. Membership appears to be free, and the website includes a calendar of Nordic Walking events in the country. David Downer has posted an interview with Faderbauer on Nordic Walking News, his blog.
We all know a few things about Canada and Canadians. Here are two: First, it’s up north, where winters tend be cold and snowy. Second, Canadians know how to have a good time, regardless of the temperature. Now, Nordic Walking is making its way into the winter fun mix.
I just read a press release from Vieux Port Montreal, the city’s historic old port along the frosty St. Lawrence River, cheering the arrival of winter and announcing a weeked-long celebratory event. What brings joy to my Nordic Walker’s heart is that in the midst of of all the expected music, food, anti-freeze beverages and sports booths, the Vieux Port’s promoters write, “Cold outside? We have the perfect cure: get outside and get moving! On Saturday, December 9, warm up with some vigorous Nordic walking and put somecolour in your cheeks during a Cardio Warm-up to the grooves of a Latin beat. You can top off the day nicely with a cocktail at the Bougex.com happening in the impressive Winter Bar… an enormous venue, created entirely of ice!You’ll be in the perfect frame of mind to give traditional group, Les Batinses, a warm welcome, and enjoy a high-energy, two-hour show, punctuatedby the dazzling TELUS Fire on Ice show early in the evening. On the same rink, glide around to the rhythm of dance groves provided by a DJ, until 11:00 p.m. Saturday and 6:00 p.m. Sunday.”
Today is December 9, so I certainly can’t scoot up there to join the merriment — and you probably can’t either, but I am cheered that Nordic Walking is being thought of as part of fun and entertainment — and by people who know all about that.