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Navy 10K Running Clinic

Runners do warm-up exercises prior to the main workout at the Running Clinic on Porteous Field.

Navy 10K training sessions being held at Porteous Field

By Ryan Melanson,
Trident Staff

This year’s Navy 10K run is less than two months away, and if you’ve been slacking off on your training, you may want to start reporting to Porteous Field on Tuesday mornings.

A running clinic will be held each Tuesday from 8 – 9 a.m. to help participants get prepared for the Navy 10K, with hands on training and advice being offered from two of the Royal Canadian Navy’s most accomplished runners.

Lt(N) Michael Bergeron and Lt(N) Natalia Borszczow, both members of the CAF CISM running team and medal winners from the CAF Running National Championships, will lead the sessions. The first took place on the morning of June 26, and saw about a dozen runners start their day with some laps around Porteus Field in damp, cold weather. The clinics will continue each week until the Navy 10K.

The workout includes a warm up and cool down, with dynamic stretching, along with the running itself. The organizers recognize they may get runners of varying skill levels, and plan to tailor workouts accordingly for each individual. Broad goals for the clinics are to teach some basic running skills, prevent injuries, and help people complete their desired running distances with less effort. They aim to introduce new exercises each week, and track the results for those who return for multiple sessions.

“We know there’s different levels of ability, and we’re not trying to make an elite runner out of everybody, but we’re trying to help them improve,” said Lt(N) Borszczow.

As for the Navy 10K itself, the event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. on Gottingen Street outside the Stadacona gate, with both 5K and 10K distances available, as well as shorter runs for the kids. Registration is now open at