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Background

Running and jogging is an easy and convenient way to get in shape and meet people. Running is simply jogging FASTER. Running virtually no equipment and can be done anywhere, and can be done alone or in groups. If you have concerns about your heart or breathing discuss it with you doctor first.

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Equipment

Running shoes (sometimes called "cross-training shoes") should be both comfortable and lightweight and provide good arch and ankle support. Every foot and every shoe is different and you should try on the shoes you buy and even walk around for a few minutes to ensure a comfortable fit. Some optional items to consider are: a wristwatch/stopwatch, a water resistant wind suit (Gortex is best) for all-weather running, and a water bottle. Almost any sporting goods store sells the equipment, and there are several sports shoe even running specialty stores in the city.

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Where
You can run outside on the city's and surrounding area's recreational paths. Some are in the wilderness, and are cross-country trails in the winter. If you choose to run at night, run in brightly-colored or reflective clothing, and consider running with a partner for safety.


  • Pickering Waterfront Trail - 12 kms of waterfront trails in Pickering
  • Harmony Creek Trail, Oshawa - 3.8 km by the Donevan Recreation Complex, Eastbourne Park , and Remnant Beaver Pond
  • Oshawa Waterfront Trail - 9 km - between Brock Street in Port Whitby and the GM Office, to the south of the 401.
  • Oshawa Creek - 6.8 km - between Lakeview Park to Midtown Mall near King Street (1.5 km north of Hwy 401) has a paved pathway through natural areas and parkland.
  • Michael Starr Trail - 2 km - between Lviv Boulevard and Taunton Road.
  • Rotary Trail, Peterborough - along the Otonabee River
  • Parkway Trail, Peterborough - connecting a number of parks in the town's west side

    You can also contact the following running clubs in the Oshawa Durham region:
  • Achilles Track Club Of Peterborough (Wed. 8:00am Rotary trail), Dave McConkey 705-748-0873
  • Belleville Runners Club (Belleville), Eric Lindenberg 613-968-6961
  • Durham Legion Athletics Club (Oshawa), Ian Critchell 905-430-3965
  • Durham Athletic Club (Oshawa, Whitby), Oliver Sinclair 905-430-7850
  • Durham Dragons Athletics Club (Whitby), Dale Lapham 905-571-4558!-- durhamdragons.ca -->
  • Peterborough Road Runners Club (Peterborough & Haliburton), Shannon McKinley 705-740-2380
  • Quinte Multisport (Carrying Place), Brian Lansdowne 613-392-4309
  • Seaton Trail Mud Puppies (Pickering), Michael Samarelli 905-686-9740
  • Whitby Roadrunners (Whitby), Brenda Barron 905-666-4801
  • Whitby Tigers Running Club Inc. (Whitby, Oshawa), Kelly Brandson 905-626-3501

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