Celebrating Africa Day featuring Conrad Lusagala from NP RVA and Hildegard Prigge from NP Portland, ME

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963. It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world. It is intended to celebrate and acknowledge the successes of the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union) from its creation on May 25, 1963, in the fight against colonialism and apartheid, as well as the progress that Africa has made while reflecting upon the common challenges that the continent faces in a global environment.  read more

Celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Month featuring Vincent from NP Orlando

We head south today as we continue to celebrate AANHPI month where we’ll find Vincent (he/him), community member at NP Orlando.

Who are some of the Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander athletes in the world of running/sport that you look up to? 

During my college years, there weren’t as many Asian Americans involved in professional sports, but I enjoyed following my contemporaries Michael Chang (tennis) and Kristi Yamaguchi (figure skating). read more

Celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Month featuring Sammy from NP Philly

We’re continuing our celebration of AANHPI Co-leaders and our next stop is the City of Brotherly Love. In Philly we find Sammy Choy (she/her) who’s bringing her full self to her new-ish role as Co-leader.

What words do you use to describe your full identity/all your identities

Half Chinese

When did you first #JustShowUp to NP? How did you come across NP? What is it that you were looking for in a fitness group? How did NP provide that? What was an “extra” that NP has that you found value in? read more

Happy Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Month featuring Alexa Calingo from NP CHI.

May marks the beginning of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander month and we’re excited to celebrate November Project Co-leaders and community members who honor our Community Agreement of Come As You Are and bring their full selves to NP. This year’s AANHPI month theme is “Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity” so we’re kicking things off with one of our newest Co-leaders, Alexa Calingo (she/her), who just stepped up to lead in Chicago. read more

November Project X Boston Marathon 2023

It’s nearly the third Monday in April which can only mean one thing: the world of run* is gathering in Boston.
Below is where you’ll find November Project HQ and features runs and panels with groups we’d like to Elevate. Motivate. Support. For more specific information on where you can find NP Boston, check out their blog post (spoiler alert, those are all on our list). read more

Happy Easter from November Project

Today marks the Christian observance of Easter and we are lucky enough to have three different November Project Co-leaders walk us through what this holiday is, what it means to them, and how they share it with November Project.

Jake Lees (he/him), Scioto Mile

What does Easter mean to you?

Growing up, Easter was coming downstairs and finding my Easter basket overflowing with a chocolate bunny, all sorts of candy, and maybe a toy or two. It meant dressing up in a three-piece suit with a clip-on necktie and going to church to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Today, it’s still those things, except now my kids are the ones with the Easter baskets, and it’s witnessing the world return to life as the daffodils and trees are blooming and the birds greet me on early morning runs. read more

Kaytie from NP Philly looks to fly…into the Guinness World Records

Taking her strides in smiles.

Running: it’s all fun and games until a friend sends you an article about setting a new Guinness World Record.

Kaytie Innamorati (she/her) was minding her own business and her own half marathon training when a friend sent her an article: someone just broke the Guinness World Record for fastest half marathon in a witch’s costume. It wasn’t so much the endeavor itself, but the sentiment around it –  the runner had broken the record as a show of support for a well known transphobic author. read more

TDoV: Lane in ATX

November Project is a community where everyone is invited to #JustShowUp and Come As You Are – something we value so much, it’s our first Community Agreement. Today, on International Transgender Day of Visibility, we are excited to celebrate some of our transgender Co-leaders and community members.  read more

TDoV: Adam in DC

November Project is a community where everyone is invited to #JustShowUp and Come As You Are – something we value so much, it’s our first Community Agreement. Today, on International Transgender Day of Visibility, we are excited to celebrate some of our transgender Co-leaders and community members.  read more

IWD Feature: Ruth in Miri

We wrap up our travels around the globe for International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month (US) in Miri with Ruth (she/her). Ruth gathers her NP crew together each week and continues the values that were important to her when she started showing up: creating a space for all people and all abilities to participate in fitness and receive encouragement from each other along the way. read more

IWD Feature: Lazina in Edmonton

Our first stop as we continue our celebrations of International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month (US) has us traveling to Canada! Here we find Lazina (she/her) in Edmonton who shares more than just sweat with her crew.

  • Who are some of the women in the world of running/sport that you look up to?

I was a giant Steffi Graf fan. I also really admire Serena Williams- #goat. read more

IWD Feature: Kelly + Kylin in The Windy City

What happens when two badass women whose names start with the name K meet and weeks later, start Co-leading in Chicago? Turns out, a BUNCH of fun, shenanigans, and well organized events. Today we’re checking in with Kelly (she/her) and Kylin (she/her) for our celebration of International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month (US). read more

IWD Feature: Liz + Steph in Buffalo

What do you get when you mix two energetic Co-leads who equally value silliness and mindfulness? To experience the magic, you’d have to visit Liz (she/her) and Steph (she/her) in Buffalo, NY. Today we check in with them as we continue our celebration of International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month (US). read more

IWD Feature: Bailey, Hildegard, and Mari in Portland, ME

Today we continue our celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month (US) in Portland, Maine. There’s three remarkable women keeping one of our newest cities moving and grooving each week.

  • Who are some of the women in the world of running/sport that you look up to?

Bailey: Chrissie Wellington

Hildegard: Caster Semenya is my personal hero! She is unapologetic and extremely talented. She has been facing adversity and discrimination for many years and her dignity, poise and steadfastness is an inspiration. read more

IWD Feature: Dani in Amsterdam

Jet set with us to Amsterdam, where we continue our International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month (US) celebrations and find Dani (she/her). Dani has championed her city from the start of the pandemic through now and is the glue that keeps the folks in Amsterdam motivated to #JustShowUp. read more

IWD Feature: Kelly in New Orleans

Today we head to The Cresent City and find Kelly of NP New Orleans as we continue our celebrations of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month (US).

Pancakes with a side of laughs, please!
  • Who are some of the women in the world of running/sport that you look up to?

Kelly Roberts! I love the way she brings body positivity to running, and has folks think about their own progress rather than perfection. We can set goals that are meaningful to us, and as long as we get out there we are bad ass! Laura McGreen- I love how she’s honest about running, and how it can be hard, yet also really fulfilling! She gives a realistic view of what the sport really is, and it’s so relatable and refreshing to have someone that I know has a shared experience. read more

IWD Feature: Madison in Baltimore

We’re making our way to the states as we continue our celebrations of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month (US)! There we’ll find Madison (she/her) who has been leading in Baltimore for nearly six months and is making an impact on bringing the high fives and the good vibes every week to her community. read more

IWD Feature: Janick + Silvana in Montreal

We’re continuing our celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month (US) by traveling to Montreal. There we find two badass women, Janick (she/her) + Silvana (she/her), who are waking up early to bring their community together for fun, fitness, and connection.

Content warning: Please note that in the second to last question, that asks “how you celebrate IWD”, Silvana’s response includes mentions of violence against women, including statistics and specifics words synonymous with sexual violence. There is a *** page break and picture of Silvana in a pink shirt before this question if you’d like to skip over it. read more

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day. In cities across the globe, every week, some really badass women are waking up early and getting a little bounce going. For the rest of the month, we’ll be highlighting some of the women in leadership at November Project as they share how being a woman influences their leadership, and what their representation in their communities means to them. To get us kicked off, today we travel to NP London and check in with Co-leader Laura Hamilton (she/her). read more

Forward. (DC)

Running the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial the past 7 years, we’ve shared a sacred view of both the beauty and history of our nation’s capital. We have worked to create a diverse, inclusive, and safe community for everyone, but we understand we must be more intentional in improving our space so it is more reflective of our city. We grieve with the Black community over the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee and so many others — and we believe, wholly and unequivocally, that Black Lives Matter. Moving forward, we will strive to foster a truly diverse and inclusive environment while calling out and fighting against the systemic racism and injustice so deeply rooted in our society. We will do this by listening, learning, donating, voting and acting. This effort is going to take a community, one that shows up for one another and that holds each other accountable. We sincerely hope you’ll join us. We love you, DC.  read more

Buzzin' (DC)

The sun rises over Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park

If you, like me, spent a lot of time burning mix CDs to put into your parents’ 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue during the late 2000s and the early aughts, you hopefully know the value of this Schwayze banger. If you don’t, take three minutes and give it a listen, I guarantee you’ll be Buzzin’ by the end. read more

A Real Treat: The Custard Chase (DC)

A young woman eats from a Shake Shack cup during the 2019 Custard Chase race

This past Sunday, August 18, was an epic feat of athleticism, strength, and gastrointestinal fortitude. The first ever Custard Chase, a follow-up to last summer’s Taco Mile, went down at Banneker Rec Center. Bolstered by our community ties (and excellent planning from our very own Noelle Ellerson Ng), we welcomed hundreds of runners for the event. First, a sincere thanks to Shake Shack for providing the delicious custard, Pacers Running for the race clock, and the DC Department of Parks and Rec for the AV system and the space — we couldn’t have done it without y’all. read more

Hey there, Hi there!

Hey there, hi there we are Kurt and Mitch!  Also known as Denim on the Diamond

We have been attending November Project for a year now and the support we receive not just from Steve, Kwame and our former leader Roz (which by the way last year looked like Mario in denim overalls and we loved it) but from every person who attends those workouts and encourages us in fitness but also supports whatever crazy vision we have that day! 
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Be the Spark: Kim Garrard Stemple’s legacy lives on

Kim and Tamara hug it out during the Marine Corps Marathon
Kim and Tamara hug it out during the Marine Corps Marathon

It would be impossible to measure the impact Kim Garrard Stemple has had on so many lives both within and outside of November Project.

Kim, or “The Queen of Grit and Grace,” or simply “Mom,” or [insert inspirational name for any group of humans she has inspired], would hate this blog. After all, we’re writing about her and not about others. Of the thousands of people within this incredible, goosebumps-inducing NP community, Kim is right up there at the top of a very long “selfless” list. She ran to inspire others. And she started her charity to lift people up when they needed it most. She smiled and loved so often, she touched all around her in the most beautiful way imaginable. read more

If in doubt, spray paint it!

Yearbpok photo

Last summer I outperformed my own expectations and miraculously  qualified for the Boston marathon and all of a sudden a race that I’d figured was more a dream was going to be my reality. Last month as I packed I was sure to lay out my November Project #grassrootsgear.

I remember the first time I saw these random spray painted shirts at a big race in Vancouver.  I gotta be honest the whole messy spray paint, ‘ruining a perfectly good t-shirt’ thing didn’t jive well with my OCD tendencies. I also couldn’t understand why so many people had the same graffiti – what was this November Project thing?! read more

Doubleheader Part 2: Roller Skatin’ & Nats Baseball

November Project DC gathers outside of Nationals Park

Goooooood morning, Washington! Heading into this holiday weekend, we wanted to get you HYPED for our upcoming social event. If you were around last summer, you remember the positively EPIC double-header we pulled off– learning to dragon boat and crushing the Run Club Throw Down in the same.damn.day while it MONSOONED on us. This summer, we’re switching things up a bit– roller skating at Anacostia Park followed by a Nats game. C’mon, this is going to be FUN– AND open to all– ESPECIALLY those friends who think NP is “too early” (Pro tip: Bring some pals to a social, they’ll see how awesome NP is, they’ll want to hang out with us more, BOOM that’s how we get ’em). read more

The Series of NP Friendships

OLIVIA’S STORY

So as previously mentioned I joined NP in February last year and for the first solid like two-ish months I barely talked to anyone and would linger on the edges of groups and conversations (which is actually what I still do but now I know a bunch of you guys ) and was generally there for the hype but due to intense social anxiety had a really hard time actually approaching and making conversation with everyone. Near the beginning of May last year that changed. I think the first big difference actually came with Josh bringing Kali to a workout. Dogs are magical that way, the bringers of friendship and whatnot. Next was Adi running the BMO Marathon for his birthday. I struck up a conversation with him about that and that was kind of the beginning of our friendship. Leah’s birthday was a couple weeks later (on May long) and a bunch of us were going skydiving. We needed a certain number of people to get the cost down so I started bugging Josh (who really had become a friend to me over the previous two weeks due to me taking Kali to NP while he was in LA) and eventually convinced him to join us in skydiving. Adi tagged along the day of and the three of us kind of hung out and joked and had a ton of fun. I ended up going to Kelowna that evening and hanging out with Adi and a few others. We went out for drinks and had a group games night in the park the next evening and then Adi and I went on a short biking wine tour with some people from his lab on the Monday. It was such a fun weekend and was the most natural friendship I had ever made. Everything about it was relaxed and easy and it probably helped that running, biking, swimming and all the other crazy things we do were something we had in common. And yeah, that’s the story of how Adi and I became friends! And kind of how Josh and I became friends too.
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Guest Blog: The Rankins (DC)

If you’ve been to a workout, you’ve probably seen the Rankin kids. Running around, making friends, smiling, ALWAYS doing the right thing. It’s a little maddening. We asked these stoic heroes to jot down a guest blog on the topic of their choosing. So without further ado, I’ll let Mark and Zoë take it away…

Mark and Zoë Rankin here guest-blogging this week!

Before November Project was even an idea, the Rankins had committed to showing up and respecting the verbal (hugging strangers came much, much later). If there’s one thing our family loves, it’s following through on something crazy we said we would do, that other people might even think is a little stupid. So when NP finally came around, the whole family fit right in.
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The Family I Never Knew I Had

Did somebody say Traverbal? What…? Is that even a word? Did I just vomit a word into that opening sentence? Maybe? It’s fine. It’s a word. It’s a word that describes one of the things I’ve learned to love to do. If Webster was to create a dictionary definition of the word it would sound like this. Traverbal: To do cool, fun, crazy, random shit that makes you sweat with other crazy, fun, random people all around the world. Often very early in the morning, when the regular people of the world are busy sleeping. Oh, and you bring a passport shirt, or blanket, or both. Maybe even a puppy sweater. A hat? Anything you want. Then you get it spray painted with the unique tag of that location, it’s kinda cool. Mine’s the best for sure (shout out Joel to tie-dyeing my shirt for me in LA). read more

NP YOU ARE AMAZING!

November project… There’s no other way to describe it other than an amazing experience! When I first heard about it I had to ask Roz “Will I be the oldest person amongst the 20 somethings?” She assured me that there would be others closer to my age group, over 30! I committed to go if it was not colder than -15. When I woke up that February morning 2017, it was actually -15 exactly and I don’t like to break promises. read more

Passionate, loud, happy even at 6am.

Sarah:

We got into the November Project much like most people in Kelowna: peer pressure from Roz.

I was working at Boomers, and Roz would come in to cheer on Grant. She kept mentioning that she was leading this thing called November Project Wednesday mornings and I should come.

The problem is, that I’m an EXTREME morning person. By 6:30 when it starts, I’m usually finished my morning run, and my morning workout. Not to mention I usually start my day job at 7 am. I figured it was one of those events that fell into the “awesome, but not great for my schedule” and kept ignoring Roz’s advances. read more

What Time???

When I moved from Calgary a few years ago, I began looking for a different kind of group work out that would be fun!  I did not have any success until last year. I was running in the Hungry Half and a group called November Project was doing the warm-up portion of it.  The person that led this warm up was Kwame and he stated that this group runs every Wednesday morning, meeting at the Sails at 6:29 am.  Rain or shine.  It is free. JUST SHOW UP!!!  WHAT 6:29 AM????  What sane person would wake up so early to do that???  read more

The North Face Chapter Closes / Thank You for 4.5 Years of World Takeover & Exploring

This blog isn’t easy to write because, in many ways, it is the end of an era. It was one that was extremely colorful, full of great humans, and a time that I’ll never forget. And although I’m the one holding the pen, I’ve cleared all these words with Bojan and Laura and I can assure you they’re on the same page. The official relationship between November Project and The North Face has come to an end. The shift comes with the most respect, love, and full transparency from The North Face. This is technically a breakup, but there were no hard feelings or less than positive chapters in our story – just a clean end of an era.
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My name is CARLI

Hello Everyone!

My name is Carli, nice to meet you all! I am the quiet one in the pink sweater.

I have been apart of the tribe since October 2018 and have been there almost every week since I started going. I have been following NP on Instagram for a few years now and have wanted to join in but was afraid to go alone. When I saw my good friend Jordan was going I knew it was time to join the tribe!
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November Project is Kelowna’s welcome wagon

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My first impression of Kelowna can be described in 2 words:

ROZ HUBER

I had lived in Kelowna for a grand total of 6 hours before I met Roz. The way I see it, November Project is Kelowna’s welcome wagon. At least that’s the way it went for me. 

It was Sunday. I was walking down Pandosy to meet a friend for coffee when I saw what I thought was a surfer chick standing at her car. Long curly hair, backward trucker hat, blue crop top, drinking coffee in the hot sun. Not coffee from a to-go mug, but a coffee cup resting on the roof of ther Volkswagen. This is the first friend I made in Kelowna. 
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Get Out (Washington, D.C.)

Like Chris tumbling backwards and falling deeply into the sunken place, the droll gray skies and bone-chilling temps can have a lot of us feeling as though we’re getting lobotomized throughout the winter (too much? I think not.). Fortunately, like Rod pulling up in the TSA squad car to save Chris, NPDC is here to throw you a lifeline to GET OUT (while you still can). If you haven’t watched Get Out yet, sign up for the Night Run, and then go do that A$AP Rocky. read more

Winter…whaaaaat? (Boston 1.21.19)

Oh hey, Boston. And hey to the rest of the world reading this blog. Here in Boston, we’re experiencing one of the coldest days in a really long time, and one of the winter-iest days we’ve had since way back last winter. Lots of precipitation, fluctuations in temperature around the freezing point, resulting in scientifically-fascinating mixtures of snow, slush, ice, and slice (that’s a wintery compound that looks exactly like slush but frozen in time as ice, which is probably what the Ice Age looked like.) read more

Shout Outs (Boston 1.16.19)

If you think you’re ever working out alone at NP, you’re not. You can argue that you’re the only one getting your body up the stairs, (unless you’re one of those very young tribe members whose parents carry them in packs) so technically you’re doing it on your own.

But there’s power in the tribe. We’ve been proving it for years–it’s why there’s still a tribe each and every week that shows up. Even the people, like Charlie, who I met today, who say they’re not working out with us… they are getting something important from the tribe. Charlie even explained that he likes the energy–when he and his friend come each Wed morning and run a full tour while we’re doing our thing. He says he’s not a part of the tribe but we might consider what he’s doing like getting all the benefit but not making it official. Just like you can use your neighbor’s WiFi and get all the internet access you like, without having your own official account with the internet company. One could call that “stealing WiFi,” but if we hold back our judgment for a minute and look at the good that’s happening there, we can choose to focus on the fact that NP, and the tribe of energized, moving, motivating humans helps not only the “tribe,” but everyone around us too. read more

2018 Year in Review [DC]

2018. What. A. YEAR!

Just thinking about all that happened, I feel like I’m doing an endless fidget spinner (#NewSpice alert!) — getting dizzier by the minute. We turned five and Steve actually retired; a week later, we welcomed Emma. We saw some community members move away, but also learned boatloads of new names. We ran 156 workouts, but also got social plenty, too (see below). read more

For Caroline (DC)

Typically, when someone is given the Positivity Award, we ask them to answer a few get-to-know-you type questions in order to help the Tribe (and us) understand what makes that person tick. I sent a list of those get-to-know-you type questions to Casey Forgey this morning, and she sent me the following blog back in reply. I learned more about Casey through her writing than I could have hoped to through my questions. I’m proud she’s a member of NPDC and I hope you’ll take the time to get to know her. Thanks Casey, for writing this, we’re glad you’re here. read more

Unapologetically Good Enough [Bklyn]

You will never be enough.

That’s what she says to Rachel. Because Rachel may look like her, but she’s far from it. Rachel may look Asian, but she’s Asian American. It’s not just a nuance or one extra word. It’s a distinction that casts Rachel off as not worthy, not good enough. That’s how some of us grew up. read more

New Views (YEG)

I’ve lived in Edmonton my whole life and after coming to NP Monday workouts for a few years, I honestly thought I’d seen most of the interesting places in our beautiful city. However, I was introduced to a whole new spot at our workout yesterday. Of course, the Muttart Conservatory isn’t new – we’ve worked out there multiple times before. However, I had no idea you could go on the roof, and what kind of views you can get there. Thanks to Kristina for suggesting it for our group photo! There’s something about exploring somewhere new that is so exciting. Also though, it’s an absolutely stunning view of the skyline, river valley and pyramids. I think this is now one of the greatest group photo locations I’ve been to. We’ll definitely be back! read more

Old 96er Date Announcement (YEG)

Howdy! In case you’ve missed our Instagram post, here’s some very important info about the upcoming Old 96er Days this summer!

July 3. September 4. Which challenge will you choose?

Lift each other up,

Eric

Announcements

  • Friday – Walterdale Hill
  • Monday – Location TBA
  • Wednesday – Commonwealth Stadium, Gate 2, 5:58am
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    Old 96er Dates TBA (YEG)

    It’s almost time for the hardest workout in all of November Project: the Old 96er.

    Newbie Day Welcome Package (YEG)

    If today was your first time joining a NP workout, welcome! I hope you had the best morning! I know joining a new group for the first time can be intimidating and uncomfortable so I want to thank and congratulate you for coming out.

    I thought I’d use the blog today to share a few facts about November Project with all the newbies and let you know who we are and what we’re about. So here you go: read more

    Behind the Scenes (YEG)

    Ever have those moment where you just can’t explain what you want to say in writing (at least if you tried to put it in writing it’s likely that only you would actually understand it)? As a kid growing up with dyslexia that certainly was the case for me. I learned some tips and tricks along the way and now I write/present privacy policy and legislation for a living so…the tips and tricks worked but this feeling of writing being a barrier hasn’t gone away. Sometimes I learned that it’s better to wait for the in-person chat, the phone call, the drawing or whatever medium takes less concentration. It allows me to focus on what ever is in front of me and not bounce between things. While attending a backyard wedding and in between dinner I had this thought around the Oiler NP tag and without even batting an eye I knew this was one of those “just wait don’t try and explain it” moments. So instead Eric was treated to the above masterpiece of a video the next morning. Now you get to be as well haha. Anyways I share all this one because I think normalizing topics like this is important and two because now you get to see what Eric has to put up with haha. read more

    Newbie Day – June 5 (YEG)

    Just like the McRib, Newbie Day is BACK!

    You may remember this initiative from the past. I’m not sure the last time we did it, or how many times it’s happened, but I know it’s been done. The idea is simple, and it involves your participation: on June 5 bring a friend (or 2, or 3, or 10)! read more

    Tagging Day (YEG)

    Howdy! This brief blog comes to you during the intermission of the Oilers’ game. I’ve got about 17 mins until the third period starts to write it and get it posted, so here we go!

    Today, I’m going to focus on our announcements (see bottom of the blog). There’s lots of good stuff coming up this week! read more

    Washing Machine (YEG)

    I think most people would know what I mean if I told you to meet at the blue sculpture/water-feature on the Victoria Promenade. As long as I can remember, this artwork has existed at the top of Victoria Hill, on the east end of the Victoria Promenade. It’s a pretty significant landmark, but I’ve never known much about it. Turns out, there’s not a lot out there online about it either. I did a quick Google search, and didn’t find come up with much, except that it’s called “The Oliver Convergence” by Tony Bloom. read more

    So fun (YEG)

    Friends! What a morning! It’s so good to be back at Commonwealth. Be sure to stretch those legs before bed and throughout tomorrow – oh and lots of water! Even after all these years the first day back is always a hard one.

    Tell your friends, bring out the crew, and let’s enjoy all that summer has to offer! See you Friday at Walterdale hill read more