Letters: September/October 2015
Letters published in IMPACT Magazine's Food and Fitness Issue – September/October 2015.
I had lost my job, gotten depressed and while figuring out what to do now at middle age I became out of shape and gained weight. I was less motivated to be active and the pattern of sleeping and late night snacking settled in. I decided to make a change and volunteered for the Pan Am Games hoping to become motivated, but it was not until I came across your magazine that it happened.
Thank you for a Canadian, positive, colourful, relevant, inspiring and impactful magazine. IMPACT has made an impact on my life in motivating me back to great health.
The articles on Pan Am Games were relevant, but I gained inspiration from your athlete stories and enjoyed the shoe reviews by real users.
John Leonardelli | Maple, Ont.
Busloads of IMPACT
I picked up a free copy of IMPACT at the Toronto bus terminal and was blown away. Your magazine has more useful content than many multisport magazines that sell for $6-7 a copy.
I swim in the 65-69 age group and I am still good friends with three swimmers I met on my first night of Masters practice in September 1985. I truly admire triathletes who can manage practice and training for three sports when I just have one. I am also a dedicated walker who has logged over 700K this year.
Eileen Herbert | Toronto
I recently enjoyed reading Impact provided in one of my race bags. However, between the gear, advertisements and enormous list of races, I started to wonder whether running was moving away from its reputation as a “sport for everyone.” We normally think that all you need is a pair of shoes and out you go. But now that pair of shoes can be upwards of $200, we are seduced by slick looking clothes and must-have gadgets and races are becoming cash-cows, with entrance fees climbing well above $150.
I fear that this simple sport is becoming prohibitive for many Canadians. Let us remind ourselves that we can kit ourselves out cheaply (eBay and other online sites provide alternative sources of new running shoes, once you know your size and favourite shoe, and consignment stores often recycle good quality sports clothes).
Community races, such as those run nationally by MEC, don’t have tons of swag, but offer excellent value for those wanting to participate.
Sara Ellison | Victoria, B.C.
Tribute for a Friend
Thank you and your magazine for sharing Brian Moreland’s memorialized tribute Running for Kieran. Kieran also was my co-worker, he was a great athlete and best of all, he was a good friend. We have lost a dear friend.
Kenneth Kwan | Calgary