Toronto TRUE Runners speak out

Hi Everyone

What this season’s trail group said about this fall sessions- unedited and for no purpose other then making the groups better next time around. Also a few photos. I want to thank everyone for everything during the fall clinics. I really love doing the clinics and it is so nice to have such great people with me. Your enthusiasm and willingness to try new things make doing the sessions so enjoyable. Thanks again for everything – Sean, Shakil, Martin, Irene, Ashley, Annahid, Jarmila, Janice, Bipasha amd Mike.





“Regarding the clinic,
I love it. Learning the technical aspect of hill running and reading the terrain changed the game of running for, I’m actually happy to see hills ha.
So, I wish I could give you more constructive criticism but I can’t
Is a clinic not s running club and therefore I follow you to learn and improve my running. Well, I feel 110% more confident and stronger.
Thank you I truly love trail running”

“I think they were great all around and I learned a lot. You have opened my eyes to the best sides/sites of Toronto! extra bonus is the stories you tell about the Don ravines’ history and your experiences, that make it even more fun.”

“The only thing that would be a nice plus is if we can see the route we ran in hindsight online somewhere, like how Sean shared his video. Because I would love to redo some of the trails but am not too familiar with the way.”

“In terms of communicating with the group, knowing where to meet and let people know if you are late, maybe we could use Whatsapp instead of email? what do you think? A whatsapp group for our running class might be nice but I would ask others if they agree.”


“Was good session this year only feed back is it would be good to get more distance we had some pretty short ones this year. Also have more of the video running analysis from different angles I’ve found helpful in past.”

“I have always enjoyed our sessions & am sad to see them come to an end. So many positives…

You being so patient and generous with your time & rich knowledge of running, the trails, flora & fauna, local history, and so many other things.

I enjoyed the trails & learning new techniques to improve my running on & in different conditions (e.g., mud, wet, down/uphill), posture etc.

Would be great to get more individualized feedback where possible…and try some new trails/places. Loved the hidden gems you’ve shown us.

I especially appreciated your willingness to be so accommodating of my crazy working Mom/sometimes single parenting schedule by finding points where I could catch up with the group for a run rather than feel like I need to drop out of the group entirely.

I look forward to our next session together & hopefully getting to participate in the inaugural kayaking session next year. ;)”

“Lawrence is the best trail running guide ever because he loves running, teaching and the Don valley trails in what seems like equal measure! He sets the pace that participants can handle, and successively takes you through a program that covers running technique, race strategy, trail safety and different routes while keeping it fun, easy and light. I am always wary of sports programs as they can often be non-inclusive and competitive (and who needs that?!). This is exactly the opposite- if you want to learn or improve your running on trails and in trees, with heart and precision, this is your guy!”


“I really enjoyed the trail running sessions as always. I honestly can’t think of anything to improve. The groups are a great size, I like the trails we run on, and you strike a nice balance between instruction and running. Every session I think I learn something new- my favourite takeaway from this one is about how to try and run the downhills without pounding.

Thank you for a wonderful fall season trail running. It was really great! I looked forward to it every week as it was always my favourite run of the week. Your teaching and tips are invaluable!! You’re kind and patient and always super positive. Your love for running and trails and teaching is always so obvious and makes the sessions very enjoyable. I really like the challenge of trying to keep up with everyone as well.
Many thanks again for a great fall season and I look forward to spring when we can start again.”

“I really enjoyed the focus on stride technique this session. Suggestions would be to let us know the distance in advance and to add in longer runs with less stopping.”

So, next spring I will add in all these great ideas and we will be better because of them. Year 3 is done and year 4 coming up. Wow, I have learned so much, again thanks to everyone this fall and to all who have participated, some in every group since we started.