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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!