About

About Runners Feed LTD.
Headquarters: London, Ontario CANADA

Runners Feed was established in 2011 to provide runners with a means to better understand and enjoy the sport of running.  It is our goal to provide daily information that will feed the desire to become a better runner and healthier person.  From inspiring articles, to “how-to” videos, to recipes and apparel reviews–Runners Feed has it covered.  You may catch us interviewing your favorite running celebrity, or see us out at running event near you.

All of our contributors and coaches understand and respect the time, energy and patience required to master the sport of running and we hope this is a consistent theme you can come to expect throughout the years.  Sorry folks no “5 min to 5K” articles here.

We thoroughly enjoy using the art of running as a platform to teach humans some of life’s most important lessons including wellness, discipline, perseverance, loyalty and friendship and look forward to being a part of your journey towards success. We have been incredibly well received by the global running community and look forward to continuing to make an impact on the running world

Contributors

Brandon Laan – Co-Founder & Coach. @blaan

Brandon is a runner, coach, and entrepreneur.  He spent his undergraduate days at The University of Western Ontario where he captained the Cross Country Team before fleeing to Hawaii Pacific University for graduate school.  He is currently serving as an assistant coach for the U.W.O. Mustangs Cross Country Team after gaining coaching experience at Punahou School and Hawaii Pacific University. He is a Level II Certified USATF coach as well as a certified personal trainer.  His most recent accolades include winning The 2010 GoodLife Toronto Marathon in 2:23, placing second at The 2011 Canadian Marathon Championships in 2:21, and running The NYC Half Marathon in a time of 1:06. Brandon is also the President of RaceRoster.com–North America’s most robust race registration software.

Chantelle Wilder – Co-Founder, Senior Editor & Coach. @Chanty_Marie

Chantelle is a member of the New Balance Silicon Valley racing team and the proud Senior Editor of RunnersFeed.com.  In 2003, Chantelle earned herself a scholarship at The University of Hawaii where she went on to captain the Cross Country and Track & Field Teams.  A few months after graduating and getting married to her biggest fan, Chantelle qualified to compete for CANADA at the 2009 World Cross Country Championships.  In the spring of 2010 she placed 5th at the Canadian Half Marathon Championships in her debut race at this distance and in the spring of 2011 ran a time of 1:16 at The NYC Half Marathon. Chantelle is also co-owner and Vice President of Sales with race registration company–RaceRoster.com.

Nikki Tufts – Writer & Coach

After competing for Saunders Secondary School, Nikki earned a full-athletic scholarship to Boston College where, as captain, she led her team to the D1 NCAA Cross Country Championships three consecutive years. Furthermore, she has represented Canada on the international level, competing at the World Cross Country Championships. Nikki also holds personal bests of 16:38 and 35:04 for the 5,000m and the 10,000m respectively. Having just returned home to London, Ontario from Boston where she was training with the New Balance Boston team, Nikki is looking to hit the ground running and get back into the London running community!

 

Greg Wieczorek, CA – Writer and Coach

Greg grew up in the London, Ontario area before pursuing his Bachelor of Commerce degree at Queen’s University, where he graduated with First Class Honours in 2004.  He put his running ambitions on hold while he articled as a Chartered Accountant on Bay Street, earning his designation in 2007.  Since then, Greg has made running a higher priority; he placed as the top Canadian at both the 2010 New York Marathon and 2011 Chicago Marathon, is the Halifax Blue Nose Marathon record holder, and has a personal best of 2:26.  He and his wife, Maura (a registered physiotherapist), own Bluenose Physiotherapy in downtown Halifax.  Maura was Greg’s first coaching pupil, improving from a 4:17 marathon debut to a personal best of 2:58.  Greg now assists others maximize their road race potential through his online coaching service Project PB.

Stephanie Wilson – Writer

Stephanie grew up running on the quicksilver hills of San Jose, California, and has enjoyed the opportunity to train and study in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She recently graduated from Santa Clara University where she captained the Cross Country and Track teams.  After a homesick freshman year at UC Davis, Stephanie transferred to Santa Clara and began her collegiate running career with the Broncos. At first barely fast enough to keep up with the team, Stephanie trained hard and steadily improved. In November 2009, she became Santa Clara’s first Cross-Country All-American, placing 28th at the NCAA Division I National Championships. In the following year, Stephanie suffered repeated stress-fracture injuries, momentarily suspending her racing career.  Since graduating Stephanie has joined one of the Bay Area’s most elite running clubs the New Balance Silicon Valley team.  Stephanie enjoys California literature, nature writing, and hiking with her dog Penny in the county park near her house.

Cheryl Madliger – Writer. @cherylmadliger

Cheryl is a group fitness instructor at the Western Student Recreation Centre at the University of Western Ontario, where she is working towards her degree in Kinesiology.  An avid cyclist, Cheryl has set her sights on completing an Ironman.  Though she’s competed in road races and duathlons and was even part of the inaugural Whistler Gran Fondo ride from Vancouver to Whistler last fall, she still has butterflies when it comes to her first triathlon later this summer.  She is enjoying learning the ropes of this new event.  Not a fan of free time, she also enjoys yoga, baking, and blogging.

 

Rob Thomaes – Writer. @MokshaYogaRob

Rob is the Co-Owner and Director of both Moksha Yoga London and Moksha Yoga London West. His first yoga class was way back in 1996, but he didn’t really get serious until 2003. As a former athlete, bodybuilder, and personal trainer, he was big, bulky, and tight. Yoga changed his physique, healed his injuries, transformed his athleticism…and made him a believer! With thousands of hours of training under his belt, he is a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance, a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and a Level IV Thai Massage Therapist. Rob is passionate about improving the performance of high-level athletes and weekend warriors. He also specializes in rehabilitating accident victims and volunteers his time teaching yoga to at-risk and incarcerated populations. He has taught many of the city’s finest athletes and most complicated rehabilitation cases, yet still learns something new about the human body every day. When he has a free moment, he loves to run, weight train, surf, experiment with new fitness routines, and is a published photographer.

Brett Bonisteel – Writer

Brett is a passionate athlete, writer, and huge fan of all things running. Currently residing in Ottawa he trains with the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club, and enters frequent road races throughout the year. He enjoys a career in the field of health and fitness, and loves to research and write about the elite world of distance running as well as on human rights issues. His current claim to fame in running is placing 20th at the 2010 Ottawa Race Weekend 5K in 16.52- a time he plans to drop significantly. Brett can be found at major road races and track events covering the biggest races. He looks forward to contributing to Runner’s Feed while continuing his education and athletic future.

 

Jordan Haddad – Writer

Jordan grew up in London Ontario, and was active from a very young age. She enrolled in dance at the age of 2, and was well-known in her neighborhood for riding a bike with a large orange flag attached to the back because she never had the patience to do anything slowly. Jordan continued to dance, achieving her gold medal in ballet, and at the same time won Silver at OFSAA in Basketball, and Bronze, Silver, and Gold respectively at OFSAA women’s volleyball. She dabbled in track and field at a young age and just recently revisited the running scene in 2011 to start running recreationally, seeking the illusive runners high that avid runners claim.

 

Amanda Winslow – Writer

Amanda Winslow is currently a Junior running for Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Growing up up in Cleveland, Ohio, Amanda began running in grade seven and has been in love with it ever since. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia in her sophomore year of high school, she began to step onto the state and national running scene and decided to take her running to the collegiate level. Since becoming a Seminole, she has been part of the two runner-up Division I NCAA team finishes in cross country, as well as All-American in cross country and twice in the indoor mile. She studies Sports Management and hopes to one day train and inspire young athletes by becoming a coach. Amanda also enjoys creative writing, painting and photography whenever she’s not out enjoying long runs on the lush, sandy trails of Tallahassee.

Ashley Monfort – Writer

Ashley is an anchor/reporter/producer at WHAG-TV, an NBC affiliate in Hagerstown, Maryland.  She majored in Journalism at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and started her career as a producer at the KHNL (now Hawaii News Now) in Honolulu. Ashley earned a full scholarship to run track & field and cross-country for the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  While on the the team she was a part of the indoor mile-relay team that set the school record at 3:53.01 in 2007 and  the 4x800m relay team that broke the school record at 9.01.82 in 2005. She ran everything from the 60-meter to the 800-meter and placed eighth at the 2007 WAC Championships in the 800m.  Ashley is now pursuing her dream as a broadcast journalist and still enjoys running, surfing and hiking.

Jennifer Perrault – Writer @jen_perrault
Jennifer is a former gymnast turned sprinter turned middle distance runner. She is currently at the University of Ottawa where she is pursuing her Master’s in Intervention and Consultation in the sport domain. Jennifer is a student member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario where she was captain of the Track and Field team. She continued her running career with the Gee Gees and is the current 1000m CIS champion. She is passionate about bringing athletes to a new level of performance through mental skills training. Jennifer believes that enhancing mental performance is about using these mental skills to help athletes constantly challenge themselves to be better.

Bethany McChesney – Writer
Bethany is a London, Ontario resident who loves to balance her training with being a mom, wife, sister, daughter, and teacher. She values the many opportunities and relationships that running has brought her in her life, and the important lessons it has taught her along the way. She captained the cross country and track team at the University of Western Ontario, where she competed on the national and international scene. After stepping away from the sport due to injuries in her final collegiate seasons, she fell back in love with running when she moved to Dubai for two years with her husband, and trained with an inspiring group of competitive “running moms”. Becoming a “running mom” has brought her new joy in life and in the sport. Especially since it also brought her a new running partner, who can often be found sleeping in his running stroller out on the streets of London.


Alice Toyonaga - Writer

Alice Toyonaga is a yoga teacher, runner and bureaucrat. She is best described by her friends as a goal-setter with seemingly limitless endurance and a gift for multi-tasking. Convinced she sleeps in plank, her friends also know that in order to see her socially, they either have to join one of the many run clubs she is a part of or attend her challenging yet grounding yoga classes. When she isn’t running or teaching and practicing, Alice enjoys spending quality time with her dog and watching Top Chef episodes on the Food Network.

Marie Walsh - Writer

Inspired by her father’s college running accomplishments, as a child she earned All-American status in cross country races and was a fierce competitor in middle track distances at meets hosted by the Amateur Athletic Union and USA Track and Field. Achieving great success in her high school in New Jersey she was able to receive a partial scholarship to Rice University in Houston, Texas. Marie is a senior at Rice University, who runs for the Owl’s Cross Country and Track & Field Team. An avid runner, she loves to learn whatever she can about the sport and spread the knowledge.

Jeremy Hill - Writer @us_pres

Jeremy grew up along side his twin brother running from bullies, and the occasional dog. He found his place in high school, while running cross country, realizing that runners are of a different breed. After a stint of hospitalizations he was forced to refocus on his well-being, living with the mantra of “Run to Live.” Then came the serious training! He is now the Race Director of the Manzanita Beach Walk & Run as well as a Group Fitness Instructor for North County Recreation District in Oregon.  He trains year round for running events and has his eyes set on triathlons. In his free time he promotes fitness activities and volunteers. Half Runner, Half Geek, All Love.

Jimmy Flanagan – Music Man

Jimmy was a high school hurdling phenom  and a wide-reciever at The University of Hawaii.  Jimmy continues to coach hurdling at the high school level while building himself a name in the financial planning world.  Jimmy will be posting a weekly playlist that will satisfy every music lover.  Whether you like to crash the dance floor to the latest pop hit, enjoy a sip of coffee at a local cafe to the newest independent artist, or cruise along in your pick-up to the freshest country jam, Jimmy has you covered.  Feel free to check out Jimmy’s musical bio and send Jimmy music suggestions. View Jimmy’s Playlists.

Olivier Dyason – Reporting Live from the Middle of the Pack

Bouncing from the suburbs to the downtown of Canada’s largest city, Olivier is a full time working professional whose new-found love for running has turned into a new obsession.  After obtaining a B.A. in Film Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa, Olivier began work at the National Film Board of Canada as a Team Leader and Events Coordinator.  Although a middle-of-the-packer now, Olivier hopes to steadily improve his running through constant training and advice from places such as Runners Feed.

 

Wellness Team

Jennifer Broxterman – Dietician

Jennifer has been an athlete and nutrition-enthusiast her entire life. Growing up, she excelled in competitive soccer, track and field, cross country, swimming, and ice hockey. While earning her first degree in Life Sciences at Queen’s University, Jennifer was a member of the Women’s Varsity Ice Hockey Team, winning an OUA silver and bronze medal. Jennifer’s athletic career also included four years as a Varsity Rower, split between her time at Queen’s and The University of Western Ontario where she completed a second degree in Foods & Nutrition. While rowing at UWO, Jen successfully won the OUA banner twice, a Canadian Championship, and stroked her varsity boat to win and set a new course record at Head of the Charles in Boston, MA. Currently, Jennifer avidly trains at CrossFit London to stay in shape, and has medalled at the Ontario CrossFit Sectionals in 2009 and 2010.

As a Registered Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist, Jennifer founded a professional nutrition consulting practice that provides clients with personalized nutrition support. Jennifer enjoys working with athletes of all levels, intimately grasping the impact that sports nutrition can have on performance and injury prevention. Jennifer is happy to offer one-on-one nutrition counselling, computerized diet analyses, individualized meal planning, healthy recipes, and practical, time-efficient tips to help making healthy eating the “easy choice” in a busy world. View Nutritional Services offered to Runners Feed athletes. Please email Jennifer at jennifer@runnersfeed.com to set up an appointment.

Sarah McIntosh – Personal Trainer

Sarah is a Personal Trainer at Hybrid Fitness Centre. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Kinesiology in 2010. During her four years as a Mustang, she competed on the Track and Field team as a shot putter but always had a love for running. Upon completing her undergrad, Sarah took up training to compete in triathlons. She will be making her debut appearance at the Bluewater Triathlon in Sarnia at the end of July. Sarah also enjoys rock climbing, camping or being in the kitchen baking goodies.

 

Technical

Chan Yin – Co-Founder, Director. @chany

Chan is the technical lead at Runners Feed Ltd. and can be often found behind the scenes at video and photo shoots. His devotion to tech development will help RunnersFeed.com to become a top resource within the running community. He has yet to run 1K and spends most of his time in front of a computer screen. With Brandon Laan as his business partner, we’re looking to add some mileage to Chan’s resume. Chan is an entrepreneur with a passion for start-ups and business strategies. Chan is also a founder and COO of Tact Marketing Inc operating out of London Ontario; bringing start-up sites such as RunnersFeed.comRaceRoster.com, OfferPipe.comDealzinga.com, and Presentify.me.

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