Runner's Den



Jordan Bierema


Last week the Canadian Cross Country Championships took place in Kingston at Fort Henry. This was the last year that it will be held there as it has been for the past 4 years. This year’s race did not disappoint! There were a number of Hamilton Runners in the results this year, mostly coming from the Dundas Valley Track Club and Harbour Track. Below is a recap from Coach Patrick Mackinnon who leads the Dundas Valley Track Club:

“The day started with the community 5K. With snow and ice on the course, Eric Barry took the overall win in comfortable fashion; the only critique to be made of his performance was the rather underwhelming celebration. Ryan Tice was just behind in a strong 4th andJeremy Walsh in 9th to put three Wild Turkeys in the top 10. Canadian Army call-up Daniel Barry stole the hearts of every girl watching. 

Next up was the Masters 8K. Despite a brutal wind battering them throughout the race, Paul Felix and Jose Fuentes moved steadily up through the field. Jose was coming off the Buffalo Turkey Trot two days before, but somehow he managed to still show up in Kingston and finish 20th overall. Paul was right behind in 29th. Mary Ross, our lone masters female, also had a great run, finishing 6th overall! 

Victoria Coates was once again our lone representative in the senior women's race, racing smart to finish 6th overall on a course that had turned into a mud bath by the afternoon. 

Attempting to better their performance that shocked the nation a a year earlier, the senior men's team of Daniel Fournier, Kyle Rooke, Grant Wignall and myself survived some slips, falls, and seizing muscles to finish 11th in the country as a team. 

Special shoutouts go to our spectators on the course who made us sound like a way bigger club than we actually are!”

That sounds like a great day! Congrats to everyone who competed and spectated!


Now that the Fall races are in the past, we look forward to the Winter and early Spring races that will keep all of us getting out the door as the weather gets even colder and darker! (That sounds a bit depressing). Below are a number of runs and races that are happening in the Hamilton area in the coming months.

Boxing Day 10 Miler

A Hamilton classic! Every year on December 26th, the Hamilton Harriers put on, what has grown to be, a staple race for many Hamiltonians. Weather conditions can be all over the place and of course most people are filled up with Christmas dinner from the night before. If you haven’t run this, and you’re in Hamilton over Christmas, why don’t you give it a try? More information can be found here: Boxing Day 10 Miler

Runner’s Den Resolution Run

Join us for your last run of 2018. The Resolution Run will be a 5 km & 10 km, timed, out and back run starting from the Runner’s Den, heading down Longwood to the Bayfront. The first 30 people to sign up will receive a Mizuno Runner’s Den toque valued at $30! There will be many giveaways, hot and cold drinks, and snacks before you head off for your New Years Eve festivities! You can sign up online or in-store! More informations can be found here: Resolution Run

Chilly Half Marathon

Heading into 2019 many people will be gearing up for the Chilly Half that takes place on March 3rd. It’s an early season fast half marathon and a great way to test your fitness if you’re heading into the Around the Bay later that month. More informations can be found here: Chilly Half

Around the Bay 30km

The Hamilton staple! As well as Canada’s oldest road race. The Around the Bay is rich in history and makes Hamilton runners proud! This year the race will take place on March 31st. If you haven’t signed up, or want to learn more, visit their website here: Around the Bay. The Runner’s Den will be running their annual clinic for the race and we already have many people signed up. Check out the section below for more information on our upcoming clinics.

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The 2019 Around the Bay clinic will start the week of January 7th. There will be two coached runs per week every Tuesday & Thursday evenings, as well as a group Long Run on Saturday. You will also receive 15% OFF all purchases at Runner's Den during the 12 week clinic. Whatever your goal is, this clinic is for you. We welcome all levels of running experience from beginner to intermediate to advanced. It is the perfect place to help get you out the door during those cold winter days! Please contact us if you have any questions at or call (905) 523-7866. For more information visit our CLINICS page

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Are you thinking of getting into trail running? Maybe looking to do your first ultramarathon? Or a seasoned trail veteran trying to maximize your performance?

The Runner’s Den will be running a 12 week trail running clinic starting in early March. The clinic will prepare those who are tackling any distance at the Sulphur Springs Trail Run. As with all of our clinics, we welcome all abilities! Whether this is your first 10km or your 20th 50 mile race, we can assure that you will be more prepared than ever on race day.

Coach Jordan has a wealth of experience is ultrarunning: having placed in the top 5 in the past 3 years of the Sulphur Springs 50km and travelling to races in the US, Europe, and Africa. He knows what it takes to be prepared on race day. If you have any questions regarding the clinic or the race please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information visit our CLINICS page.


Visit these pages for their upcoming weekly runs:

Runner’s Den | Tuesdays 6pm | Thursdays 6pm | Saturdays 8am

Hamilton Running Club | Wednesday 6:00pm or 6:30pm

Lower City Runner | Tuesdays

Dundas Valley Track Club | Tuesdays 5:30pm | Fridays 5:30pm | Sundays 8:30am

Keep Hammering, Hamilton!


Jordan Bierema


It’s taken a bit over a week for things to settle down from the weekend! What a success.

First off, thank you. Thank you to everyone involved, from the runners and spectators, to the medical team and volunteers, charity partners, and race coordinators. Without the amazing people surrounding this event it just couldn't be done.

This time of year the weather can be unpredictable, however we had two beautiful days, especially for our Sunday runners. Hamilton was definitely showing off its fall colours!

If you have photos from the race weekend, or maybe a story of your own to share, we would love to see and hear them! Please send them to!


Once again, a big congratulations to all! Below are the winners from each race.


Women: Victoria Coates | 16:53

Men: Matt Napier | 15:31


Women: Anne-Catherine Bernard | 36:05

Men: Duncan Hartwick | 31:42

Half Marathon

Women: Allison Drynan | 1:18:29

Men: Manasses Kemei | 1:10:40


Women: Lynda Gingras | 2:54:16

Men: Matt McWilliams | 2:24:04

Hammer the Hammer

Women: Jeanette Thompson | 5:00:12

Men: Ryan Niclasen | 4:07:21

Run the Hammer

Women: Michelle Head | 2:48:24

Men: Dillon Burgess | 2:20:57

For all results click HERE


For the past six years that Marauder’s Mens cross country team have placed fourth in the Country. Well, this past weekend they wrote a different script. The boy’s came back to Hamilton with the Bronze team medal and two of the scorer’s went away with All-Canadian honours. A Huge congratulations to the team and especially coaches Paula Schnurr and Pete Self, who work tirelessly for the program.


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Around the Bay

Runner’s of all abilities have already started to sign up for the clinic. The first one of the year will be our 2019 Around the Bay Training Clinic. The 12 week program will begin the week of January 6th. Whether you are planning on running the 5k or 30k there will be a group for you to train with. This is great motivation to stay fit over the cold and dark Winter months! The clinic includes two coached runs during the week as well as a group long run on Saturday morning, all leaving from the Runner's Den. Runners will get 15% off all purchases in the store, and there will be many giveaways and prizes!

For more information check out our CLINICS page. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions.


Visit these pages for their upcoming weekly runs:

Runner’s Den | Tuesday 6pm | Thursday 6pm | Saturday 8am

Hamilton Running Club | Wednesday 6:30pm

Lower City Runner | Tuesday

Dundas Valley Track Club | Tuesday 5:30pm | Friday 5:30pm | Sunday 8:30am


Jordan Bierema


What an amazing performance put on by Cam Levins in his Marathon debut. He ran 2:09:22 breaking Jerome Drayton’s record of 2:10:09. It looks like our Canadian hopeful is back and fit and ready to start chipping away at faster times as he starts into his Marathon career. All the best, Cam!

We had many great performances from our Hamilton runners! Congrats to all who raced and represented our city! Below is a list of a few Hamilton runners who finished high up in the ranks!



Susan Torres | 103rd Place | 3:27:27

Ellen White | 129th Place | 3:29:52

Sarah Deck | 269th Place | 3:51:53


Reid Coolsaet | 10th Place | 2:17:36

Blair Morgan | 12th Place | 2:18:29

Patrick Mackinnon | 22nd Place | 2:25:18



Shannon Kelsey | 11th Place | 1:22:46


Sean Mackinnon | 158th | 1:25:04



We are just under 2 weeks away from our BIG race weekend. Everything is shaping up to be an amazing event this year. If you haven’t registered, what are you waiting for?! All information about the race weekend can be found here: Hamilton Marathon

We are still looking for volunteers! If you and your friends are interested in being a part of a great event, visit our volunteer page HERE to sign up!

Hope training is going well!


Around the Bay

We’re already getting geared up and organized for the start of our 2019 run clinics! The first one of the year will be our 2019 Around the Bay Training Clinic. The 12 week program will begin the week of January 6th. Whether you are planning on running the 5k or 30k there will be a group for you to train with. This is great motivation to stay fit over the cold and dark Winter months! The clinic includes two coached runs during the week as well as a group long run on Saturday morning, all leaving from the Runner's Den. Runners will get 15% off all purchases in the store, and there will be many giveaways and prizes!

For more information check out our CLINICS page. And don’t hesitate to contact us at if you have an questions.

Sulphur Springs Trail Race

For the first time ever we will be running a clinic focused on trail running. For those who are looking to make that first step into trail running as well as those who are seasoned trail veterans, this clinic is for you. The Sulphur Springs Trail Race weekend will be the goal that we collectively work towards. Depending on the race distance you choose, your plan will be tailored to set you up for success on race day. The clinic will meet at the Runner’s Den on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for coached runs/workouts. On Saturdays we will head to the start of the Sulphur Springs Trail Race and complete our group long runs.

There will be more information posted on our website soon. If you have any questions, let us know!


Visit these pages for their upcoming weekly runs:

Runner’s Den | Tuesday 6pm | Thursday 6pm | Saturday 8am

Hamilton Running Club | Wednesday 6:30pm

Lower City Runner | Tuesday

Dundas Valley Track Club | Tuesday | Friday | Sunday

Crews & Brews | Thursday 6pm | This is the last week for this group, if you haven’t been out make sure you check out the Facebook page for more information!

**If you want your group runs on this page, send an email to

Hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather and Fall colours!

Keep Hammering, Hamilton!

Keep Hammering | Hamilton's Running News Vol.2

Jordan Bierema


What an awesome day at Christie Lake Conservation area for Happy Trails Racing’s first of two Fall trail races. Congratulations to everyone who ran and hiked and thank to all those who came to support their friends and family. The Hamilton trail running community is growing and it’s amazing to see so many people having fun, testing their abilities, and enjoying Hamilton’s vast trail network. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our tent, it was great to meet so many of you!

Jeff & Heather are doing an amazing job coordinating these races. They are perfect for both seasoned veterans who have raced many ultra marathons before and those who want to try trail running for the first time. Make sure you sign up early for next year’s events, as they definitely have a tendency to fill up quickly. You can register through their website linked above.

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The results of the races can be found HERE

Congratulations to the top three in each race, you can see them below!


Women | 1. Arianna Vegter 2. Roslyn Bergen 3. Dania Fuentes Pino

Men | 1. Tyler Chacra 2. Lukas Fuesselberger 3. Daniel Kolesnikov


Women | 1. Lisa Leskien 2. Esther Hagerman 3. Tamara Cummings

Men | 1. Curtis Anderson 2. Ian Kinsella 3. Jay West


Women | 1. Emily Marcolini 2. Erin Ingoldsby 3. Victoria Pringle

Men | 1. Cole Cz 2. Matthew Wongkee 3. Brian Burns


Women | 1. Jaclyn Doyle 2. Gianna Gallo 3. Kathryn Dertinger

Men | 1. Jared Lando 2. Scott Fairley 3. Joseph Stephens

Well done to everyone that competed!


We have a good sized crew south of the border this weekend for the Chicago Marathon, which is on the the World Marathon Majors. Looking forward to some great results tomorrow morning and hearing about the trip this coming week. Let us know if you know of anyone else who’s racing south of the border this weekend!


We are now only 4 weeks away form our biggest weekend of the year! Things are shaping up to be amazing. If you are still looking for a Fall race, whether it be a super fast 5km or 10km, or want a late crack at a Boston Marathon Qualifier on Canada’s BQ certified course, there is still time to register.

Visit the race website here to register and to find more information: Hamilton Marathon.

We are still looking for some awesome volunteers! If you’re interested in lending a hand, please reach out to us! We would love the help.


If you didn't know, the Runner’s Den has open group runs every week. If you have an upcoming race and want some company in your training, please feel free to join. They are open to all skill levels and there is always someone to run with. These are great to meet others that love running as much as you do! We meet at the Runner’s Den on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm and Saturday mornings at 8am. We have change rooms and showers if you’re coming from work or need to jet off to something right after the run! We would love to have you!

For more information on group runs, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact our new group run leader and Manager, Jordan at


Every month we will do a draw for a chance to win a Runner’s Den prize that can be picked up in the store. The draw is for those who have subscribed to our mailing list! If you or you know someone who hasn’t subscribed, there is still time! You can do so on the sidebar of this page or visit our subscribe page HERE. The draw for the month of October will take place on November 1st and the winner will be contacted then.

Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving weekend with friends & family.

Keep Hammering!

Keep Hammering | Hamilton's Running News Vol.1

Jordan Bierema

The fall season has officially begun! The weather is starting to become more enjoyable for running with those perfect temperatures and soon we’ll have those beautiful tree colours on the trails. It’s also exciting for myself, Jordan Bierema, as I step into a new role as Manager of the Runner’s Den. After a few years working in University Administration, I decided to put that on hold (for forever) and follow my passion, running. For those of you that don’t know me, below is a snippet of my running history.

  • Started running when I was in Grade 3… just a few years ago.

  • Gave up running in grade 9 as I thought it wasn’t a “cool enough” sport.

  • Got back into competitive running in grade 10… realized it was actually kind of cool.

  • Ran cross country and track with the McMaster Marauders for 4 years.

  • Started training for road races following University.

  • Gave that up shortly after and started to run ultramarathons on the trails… I recently completed a 100km race in the Alps.

  • Looking forward to an exciting racing schedule in 2019!

Make sure you swing by the store and say hi! I’d love to meet you. If you want to contact me, Email or Call (905) 490-8038.


Over the past couple of years, it’s become evident that the City of Hamilton has caught the running bug. Whether you’re a runner in the Hamilton Olympic Club, running in secondary school, or running as a student at McMaster University or Mohawk College, the Hamilton running community includes those of all ages and abilities.

Running groups are popping up all over the place, including the Hamilton Running Club. Lowercity Runners, Dundas Valley Track Club, and many more. If you’re wanting to run with a group, there is bound to be one that fits into your schedule!

Not only are there many groups with a whole range of times & places to meet, but runners of all abilities have a space to feel comfortable, encouraged, and accepted. Whether you are just starting to run, not interested in racing and just love to get out on the trails, are very competitive, or looking to be the fastest runner in Hamilton, there is a place for you.


Why would we start this news blog? Well! We want to keep you informed on everything RUNNING in the Hammer. That might include: upcoming races, weekly run schedules, past race results, interviews, new products at “The Den,” exciting things happening in the lives of the runners that call Hamilton home, and much more. If you ever want to share something on the blog, I will always be looking for awesome stories, so feel free to send me an email at


Club Runs:

Visit these pages for their upcoming weekly runs:

Runner’s Den

Hamilton Running Club

Lower City Runner

Dundas Valley Track Club

*Let me know if you want your club page/schedule added!


Saturday, September 29th | Running for Rachael 5k & 10k | Bayfront Park

  • Check out our event page HERE for more information

Saturday, October 6th | Sticks N’ Stones Trail Race | Christie Lake Conservation Area

  • Jeff and Heather of Happy Trails Racing have their first of two Fall trail races happening on October 6th. There is a distance for everyone, so check out their race website HERE for more information!

Saturday & Sunday, November 3rd-4th | Hamilton Road2 Hope Marathon Weekend

  • Check out the the race sight HERE for more information

*Let me know if there are any other races happening in Hamilton!


October 2nd | Learn to Run Clinic | Runner’s Den

  • Check out our clinic page HERE for more information!

Keep Hammering, Hamilton!