Runner's Soul was established in 1994 and has been an important part of the running community in Lethbridge ever since. We are proud members of the Independent Running Retailers of Canada (IRRC) and continue to work hard to build running and other sporting activities in southern Alberta.
Coming from a competitive swimming background, Shawn started running as he began competing in triathlons in 2000. Since that time Shawn has competed in numerous triathlons and running events, his main focus being on Ironman distance triathlons. When Ron Bain presented Shawn and wife Erin with the opportunity to take over the operation of Runner's Soul in 2007 the two jumped at the opportunity to make their hobby a career.
A long time runner and triathlete, Erin's journey with Runner's Soul began when she joined the Runners Soul Marathon Club in 1998 and was recruited by founder Ron Bain to join the Soul staff. It was a "perfect fit" and led her to pursue a career in physiotherapy. Little did she know she would return to her roots at the store where she feels lucky to do what she loves every day!
Erin has participated in various running and multisport events, including marathons, ironman triathlons, and multi day adventure races.
Ron was a couple year's away from turning 40 when a a mid-life crisis took hold. What started out as a run around the block turned into a desire to run the annual Moonlight Run. From nervously standing at the start line for the 6K in the Moonlight, Ron progressed to the marathon distance and then the Ironman in Penticton. His early adventures in racing became the foundation for him to open Runner's Soul a little over two years after his first run around the block! Since that time Ron has competed in a number of marathons (including the 100th anniversary of the Boston Marathon), Ironman races, Ultramarathons and even dabbled in Adventure racing. Ron continues to enjoy running with his loyal training partner, his dog Maggie.
Pat started running in 1978 and has competed in events from 5K up to 50K, typically finishing in the top three of her age category. In addition to running Pat is a great hockey player, triathlete, downhill skier and x-country skier. If you can name a sport, Pat probably does it.
Mary Lee Voort ran her first race, the LCC/U of L 10-miler, in 1977 on a whim, with no training and in her friend's little brother's sneakers. She couldn't walk down stairs forwards for 3 days after that but she was hooked! Mary Lee went on to complete 24 more Lethbridge 10-milers, all 29 Moonlight Runs (looking forward to 30 this year!), 5 marathons, and 14 3/4 ultramarathons, as well as countless 5 K's, 10 K's, and half marathons. Although now officially retired from running after 35 years, she can still walk at a pretty good clip, and has enjoyed encouraging runners at Runner's Soul to try new distances for the past ten years. In her other life, Mary Lee is a classical pianist, and spends her time teaching, accompanying, playing with the Lethbridge Symphony, and is organist at St. Augustine's Anglican Church.
Ralph started running in 1975 during the first running boom. He took a long period off until he started dating his wife Fran in the early 90s and started running 10Ks and then marathons. Ralph has run numerous marathons, including Boston twice, several ultras including the Lost Soul and the Knee Knacker in Vancouver. He has competed in triathlons including the Pentiction Ironman twice. Lately trail running in Waterton has become a regular pastime with Fran and Kevin McFadzen.
Marissa ran her first 5k at age 7 with a desire to one day be faster than her dad. Since then she has run cross country, track, and road races up to a half marathon - and finally left her dad in the dust. After graduating from the University of Calgary and working in the oil industry, Marissa decided to leave the corporate world and turn her love of athletics into a career. She is now pursuing a degree in Kinesiology at the U of L. Eventually she would like to run a full marathon, but is sticking to the shorter distances in the meantime!
Shilo's love for running did not come until her first year of university. After playing basketball and volleyball for most of her life, she wanted a new challenge. Her first race was the Raymond Triathlon and since then she's completed 2 marathons, a dozen half marathons, several 10-5ks, and a handful of triathlons. She completed her degree in Neuroscience and now works for a non-profit organization that creates programs for individuals affected by traumatic brain injuries. Eventually, Shilo hopes to tackle either an ultramarathon or an Ironman.