Fall trail running sessions start September 4, 5 and 6

Hi Everyone

Toronto TRUE Running’s fall sessions start soon. The sessions are close to being sold out. There are 2 spots left in the intermediate Wednesday nights and a couple spots left in the Tuesday and Thursday beginners group. We meet at 6:30 each night for 8 weeks. Improve your running and explore the amazing Don trail single track system. Trail Running is a great variation and addition to your road running and the trails are at their best in the Fall. Cool comfortable weather and fall foliage.


Visit http://www.torontotruerunning.com for all the details



Toronto TRUE Running is part of the Arcteryx Running Summit and leading a workshop on trail running as well as a trail run.

Hi Everyone

On July 14th, Arcteryx will be hosting a Running Summit at the Brickworks. The event is from 9 to 12 and space is limited. There will be workshops on nutrition, trail running and a session on strength/mobility. The event is free and Arcteryx will be providing refreshments and draw prizes. This is a great way to get to know more about trail running and the amazing single track trails of the Don Valley. I will be hosting both a workshop and leading a trail run. Visit Arcteryx Runners Summit on Facebook to register.


Lawrence Warriner

Toronto TRUE Running

Don’t leave your toys in the woods – Don’t Mess with the Don

Hi Everyone

A favourite bear or in this case a leopard lost in the woods. One might be surprised to spot such a bunch of spots in an Ontario woodland. My daughter once lost her stuffed animal “Lady”, of and the Tramp fame, on one of our adventures. Good ol dad hunted for the wayward toy for hours to no avail. This poor cat is neither lost nor hunted for. He is a discard, a treasure long forgotten, a friend no more but instead trash. Disposable, yet not disposed of.

A is for Apple, perhaps not, more likely for apathy. Another discard, maybe someone has finished with learning the alphabet and into the valley it goes. I hope there are not 25 more giant foam letter cut outs like it. Maybe there are more letters of distinction under all this trash.

A Slinky hides amongst some more refuse. Slinking no longer from hand to hand or down a set of stairs rather this one slowly makes it way down the side of Crothers Woods to an inevitable final resting place in the wetland hundreds of feet below.

Another marvelous toy. It went zip when it moved and pop when it stopped and whir when it stood still. Unfortunately for this one it went smash when it was tossed into the Don Valley as another reminder that we all grow up but we don’t always act like it.

Toy after toy, hundreds of them that are no longer fun of any sort. Games long finished and unfortunately now lost. This is us, this is what we believe, our actions are our values. Our valley is not the land of throwaway toys.

Favourite toys and treasures used to be passed on from generation to the next. Loved and valued. A continuity from parent to child, reminders of who we are and who we were. The Don Valley is a city treasure to be nurtured and protected and passed from our hands to our children’s and then to their children’s. Each generation a steward of our most important legacies. Please help save the Don  and make sure that our generation passes on a healthy and sustainable valley. Please go to our Facebook page and sign the change.org petition.


Thank you

Dont Mess with the Don