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Hometown go-getter starts new Niagara Running Club
Rachel Debon, one of the first members run with Daniel Turner and Matteo DeLuca, founders of the Niagara Running Club. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

Running is a lifestyle for NOTL resident Daniel Turner. During the last election he ran for lord mayor as the youngest candidate in Niagara-on-the-Lake at 23 years old, now he’s running up and down the Niagara River Parkway with a new running club open to any fitness enthusiasts – Turner with two friends Matteo DeLuca and Emilie Vad Johannsen started the new Niagara Running Club mid-June.

Each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. the small group meets at the corner of East and West Line Road and the Niagara River Parkway for a five-kilometer run.

The trio started the club to get in shape, to hold each other accountable and to train for the Niagara Falls International Marathon this October. Turner said they wanted to open the small training group to the public in hopes of it “snowballing into something bigger.”

With more people interested, Turner said there is more accountability and a stronger desire to keep coming out each week. The club also serves as a great way to network with other like-minded people who can encourage and push each other to train harder, he said.

“Now that we have these beautiful trails and these nice sunny days, I figured we might as well start this group and see how many more people we can get to join in our goal. Maybe we can get a big team going for this marathon this fall,” Turner said.

The club officially began meeting on June 19 and Turner said they’ll continue to do so each Wednesday all summer. Right now, he said he’s seen just under a dozen people out for the weekly five-kilometre jog, but he’s hoping more will decide to make the commitment.

Rachel Dubon, one of the clubs first members, said she was thinking of starting something similar after travelling abroad.

“I was in England and they had a little running club going. I thought, ‘This would be so cute to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake, to keep people accountable and get the community together.’ Then I saw that he did it, so I thought that’s perfect.”

She said she loves running, but sometimes she dreads running alone. The club offers her the opportunity to meet other runners locally.

“It’s neat, you get to go out with people you’ve never met before and go for a run,” she said.

The club is free and casual – running dates and meetups can be found on the Facebook page under The Niagara Running Club.

Turner said the group will also be holding longer runs throughout the summer.

“It’s been a great way to meet new people across the region who share our passion for running,” he added.

It is open to anyone – Turner said he wants to encourage beginners and regular runners to come out and share their love of running.