By Athlete Ambassador, Brad Jennings of Explore the Backcountry
The end of May and start of June has been a whirlwind of activity for me. A 3 day expedition race in the United States was quickly followed by a 6hr move north to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. One of the best parts about moving is discovering all the new parks, trails and waterways that surround your new home. While I’m still partially living out of boxes, I’ve dedicated a fair amount of time to continue training and taking in the city, two endeavours which can be highly complementary.
In the Soo, the John Rowswell Hub Trail encircles the city for 25km. Not yet having a sense of what the city offered, I grabbed a few Hammer Gels and set out to see what I can glean from the trail. Running is a great way to take in the sights and get a feel for a region, as you’re traveling much slower than a car or bike and have a greater opportunity to take in your surroundings.
The trail took me across picturesque waterfront boardwalks, through gorgeous backwoods and past several historical districts. By the time I had completed the run, I had a greater understanding of the city, its culture, history, architecture and natural corridors. Some highlights included the Soo Locks (which are the world’s busiest canal in terms of tonnage that passes through it), International Bridge, Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre and Fort Creek Conservation Area.
Shortly after, I was sitting down with a Recoverite smoothie, and quickly found myself pouring over maps, plotting tomorrows exploratory run!