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Running’s a great way to see the sights

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For people who like to stay active, travelling requires an easy way to fit in fitness on the road.

That’s why I run. It’s something you can do just about anywhere, and it’s easy to undertake — all you need is a pair of shoes, good music on the headphones, and a sense of adventure.  Running is also a reason to travel.

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site is North America’s only restored stone fort from the fur trade era. For over 180 years it has stood on the banks of the Red River, alongside today’s Highway 9. The fort was a major business site for surrounding settlements, outfitting farmers and trappers with supplies. Take "A Run Through History" here on Sept. 22, with 10 km and 5 km races starting and finishing within the fort walls.

Up the road in Lockport, it’s "The Race for Your Heart" on Sept. 29. Proceeds from the half marathon and 10 km race benefit greyhound rescue. Afterwards, visit the St. Andrews Lock and Dam and wonder at the engineering marvel that opened in 1910. It was constructed to solve the challenge of the St. Andrew’s Rapids, an unnavigable obstacle that blocked boats from gaining access to Lake Winnipeg. By increasing the depth of the river, boats were finally able to safely float over the rapids.

Down south, Winkler puts on a popular half marathon, 10 km and 5 km run annually on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. The "Thanks for Giving Run" raises money for the community food cupboard, growing to over 200 runners since 2007. Get a dose of regional heritage while you’re at it, with a stop at Bethel Heritage Park, Winkler Heritage Museum, or the nearby historic Boundary Commission Trail.

If you’re staying in Winnipeg on the holiday weekend, the Point Douglas Run happens Oct. 12 with 5 km and 10 km runs. Point Douglas was the first real settlement in what would eventually become Winnipeg, and boasts some of the oldest remaining houses and businesses.

Assiniboine Park hosts MEC Winnipeg Race #4, a 5 km and 10 km run winding through Winnipeg’s oldest urban park. Assiniboine Park has been welcoming visitors for more than 100 years, and with attractions like a zoo, sculpture garden, conservatory, and steam train that still gives rides, it’s easy to see why this location deserves a day trip. Or two.

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