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Repairing Your Active Body, the Right Way

by Paul Bodnarchuk,

As a casual runner, competitive runner or anywhere in between, you want to protect and repair your body so you can perform your best. Supporting your body with key supplements such as collagen (to support joint health) and probiotics (to promote better immunity) can be helpful.

Joint Support 

You’re committed to living an active and healthy lifestyle. But lo and behold, just as you’re getting ready for your next run, your joints start acting up … and your knees? The cracks are getting louder. 

Joint pain is one of the most common complaints from high-performance athletes. In fact, the number one complaint runners, cyclists, and swimmers have is knee pain and arthritis symptoms.  In a 24-week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a supplement in athletes with activity-related joint pain it was found that “athletes consuming collagen hydrolysate can reduce parameters (such as pain) that have a negative impact on athletic performance”.

Supplementing with a high-quality collagen can make a world of difference when it comes to mending and repairing your active body so you can run, bend, lift and stretch with ease. This is because collagen is the structural protein that supports connective tissue formation in the joints, bones, and cartilage. 

Progressive Complete Collagen™ contains non-GMO hydrolyzed collagen from pasture-raised, grass-fed cattle that is free of both antibiotics and added hormones. Each scoop provides 10 g of collagen along with 100% of the RDA of Vitamin C (for its role in collagen formation), as well as 100 mg of L-Tryptophan (an essential amino acid that collagen doesn’t contain).

Gut Support

When your gut is out of balance, your immunity can become compromised. You may experience bloating and gas, food sensitivities, and may frequently fall sick. In a recent article it was noted that, “Dysbiosis of the gut bacteria communities in patients or animal models may cause allergy, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), obesity, diabetes, and even cancer.”

The last thing you want is to feel sick before or during a run. Rejuvenate and restore your gut health with Progressive Perfect Probiotics™ so you can stay healthy year-round. Perfect Probiotics™ are designed for ongoing daily gut health. Once ingested, probiotics make their way through the body and into the gastrointestinal (GI) tract where they then begin to colonize and improve intestinal health by optimizing digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. 

Tip: Collagen is a wonderful complement to probiotics. It contains a wide variety of amino acids that support the production of bile and stomach acid while also promoting liver detoxification. This is especially useful for those dealing with digestive disorders like leaky gut and GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease). 

To purchase Complete Collagen™ or Perfect Probiotics™ by Progressive, visit your local Popeye’s – Canada’s Sports Nutrition Leader Coast to Coast. All products are available at any Popeye’s location in Winnipeg and Brandon.


Last year’s winners-Darren Klassen and Alice Sherwin


Don’t delay in getting your tickets for this prestigious event! This year’s Hall of Fame Banquet is on Monday, April 15th at the Canad Inn on Pembina Hwy. Exhibitors will be available for your viewing pleasure at 5:30pm, with a buffet dinner at 6:30pm, followed by the induction ceremony.

This year’s inductees are Grant Towns and Terry Fox. We are also awarding the 2018 MRA Race Director of the Year award to Glenn Reimer of the Headingley Fire Dept Run for Wishes, the 2018 MRA Female Road Runner of the Year to Lindsey Green, and the 2018 MRA Male Road Runner of the Year to Darcey Harder. You don’t want to miss out on congratulating these very deserving winners!

Regular pricing is in effect until midnight on Sunday, April 7th. You have until midnight on Wednesday, April 10th to purchase your tickets. Tickets are available online here or by contacting the MRA office.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

Kathy Wiens
Executive Director
Manitoba Runners’ Association

The Marathon of Hope Celebration

Marathon of Hope Celebration April 14, 2019

The Marathon of Hope Celebration on April 14, 8:30am will take place at every Running Room store in the country. It’s a free event, and we encourage participants to show support by donating to .  The run itself is much like run club, various distances, but will have a shorter route available as well.

Registration is here:

The Manitoba Runners’ Association is inducting Terry Fox into the MRA Hall of Fame at its annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Monday, April 15, 2019. More information and tickets are available online here or by calling the MRA office at 204-477-5185. Terry’s brother Fred will be accepting the award on his behalf and Brenda Krueger, runner & ambassador for the Terry Fox Foundation, is the guest speaker.


This is your last chance to get tickets for the MRA 5K & Flapjacks Fundraiser! Tickets will only be available for purchase onour website here until midnight on Wednesday, March 20th and TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR! 

Don’t miss out on this chance to support the MRA in its efforts to raise money for the purchase of a generator for our sanctioned events. Tickets are only $15 with $10 going directly to the MRA.

Hope to see you at Applebee’s Grant Park on Sunday, March 24th 8:00-10:00am for a delicious pancake breakfast!

Kathy Wiens
Executive Director
Manitoba Runners’ Association


The Manitoba Runners’ Association has recently entered into a partnership with Canada Run Club in the effort to get more Manitobans running. To celebrate this partnership, the MRA is offering its members a free year of membership with Canada Run Club.

This is an exciting opportunity for runners in Manitoba to join a national community of runners-the first of its kind!

The MRA is celebrating this partnership with an exclusive opportunity for its members: a FREE 2019 membership to Canada Run Club.

Canada Run Club offers great benefits to its members: lots of information on running, discounts, contests, connections across the country coaching and more!

March & April contest & prizes include Apple watches, Canada Run Club merchandise and entries into running events. To qualify simply become a Canada Run Club member.

Contact the MRA office for more information.

MRA 5K & Flapjacks Fundraiser

The MRA is holding a fundraising breakfast on March 24th 8:00-10:00am at Applebee’s at the Grant Park Shopping Centre. Tickets are $15 with $10 from each ticket going toward the purchase of a generator for our sanctioned events. Tickets are available on the MRA website or purchase in person at Stride Ahead in the Grant Park Shopping Centre on Friday, February 8th 5:30-8:30pm. Ken is offering a discount of 30% on any in-stock, regular priced items to anyone that purchases a ticket! Please note that tickets will NOT be available at the door.