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Issue 10August 2016

Mudd, Sweat & Tears promises comradery and fun

If you love challenging yourself and not afraid to get a bit dirty … OK you’ll be covered in dirt, then check out Mudd, Sweat & Tears (MST) on Sept. 24.

This is the second consecutive year the event has come to Beaver Creek Ranch and race director John Reed said they’ve planned new obstacles with a new route. (HINT: expect lots of mud, more things to climb, and more things to carry).

For him, the starting line is the best part.

“The first starting wave goes out in a big roar, and everybody is super excited and super pump and jumping up and down and that is really what it’s all about,” Reed said.

While you’re there you can enjoy the energetic atmosphere as tons of people around you will be socializing, having fun, and working together.

“It’s a very neighbourly community-focused style of race. So I’ll help you over an obstacle, or you’ll help me, or we’ll help people together that we’ve never met before. It’s just super fun,” Reed said.

In addition to the mud crawls, MST will have barb wire obstacles and electrified crawls! Don’t worry if you don’t feel comfortable doing these because you can bypass them and take a penalty, but be prepared to sweat as this means completing 15 burpees, 15 pushups, and 15 squats.

The nice thing is MST is not a timed event because of the various terrain and obstacles, so you can go at your own pace.

“Often time’s people can do a lot more than they think they can. There is a five-kilometre or a 10-kilometre option and either one is very accomplishable,” Reed said.

Last year the race had poor weather, but Reed said everyone still gave it their all, and he expects the same enthusiasm this year.

“The people in Saskatchewan rose to the challenge and had a really good time,” he said.

Tip: Photographers will be on the course, so be sure to stop and strike a pose!

To register or for more information, click here.

QCM offers new Scribbly Challenge

Another year of pushing the limits and having fun is upon us!

The 2016 Saskatchewan Credit Unions Queen City Marathon (QCM) will be held in Regina Sept. 9-11.

Shawn Weimer, QCM race director, said this is the largest road race in the province with almost 6,000 participants coming from across the world this year.

“This is an event that 16 years ago started with just over 1,000 people and to have grow to 6,000 people is a spectacular feat for the volunteers who have put it on,” he said.

What will make this year different from the rest is a new challenge—the Scribbly Challenge.  For those who don’t know, Scribbly is QCM’s mascot and can be seen in their logo.

“When somebody runs in the five-kilometre race on the Saturday and then competes in one of the Sunday events … they’ll earn themselves a third, unique special medal. It’s something we’ve never done and something we’ve got close to 250 people who have already signed up for that,” Weimer said.

In order to make this medal special, QCM worked with a local artist, The Pin People, to produce it and Weimer said they’ve never seen another marathon use this type of medal before.

If you’re coming down to the race on Saturday, be prepared to stay all day as there is no shortage of activities, such as the Campbell & Haliburton Family 5K. Weimer said this event has seen a 30 per cent increase in participants over last year and is one of the events where you see plenty of intergenerational runners from children to grandparents.

Throughout the day there will be a bouncy castle, kids activities, and entertainment like face painting.

“We’re trying to turn it into a bit more of a festival on the Saturday, so it’s a destination. Family can come out and spend the day there rather than just coming down for their run,” Weimer said.

The marathon takes place in the Wascana Centre area and continues through downtown.

“We’re trying to highlight the running and walking, but also be able to let those people take in a big part of our city. We know about a quarter of our participants don’t come from Regina itself, so it’s an opportunity for the city to show itself off,” Weimer said.

Tip from the locals: There will be some extra parking on Sunday at the University of Regina, just a 10-minute walk from the starting line.

Registration is open until race weekend, but don’t wait too long as some of the events are filling up quickly! For more information, click here.

Here's you chance to WIN a night in Regina and more

Do you love to challenge yourself while meeting new people at the same? Do you want to spend a night in Regina and take part in Mudd, Sweat, & Tears, plus hit up the restaurants after and enjoy some local products? Then check this out!

We’ve partnered with Ramada Plaza Regina and Mudd, Sweat & Tears to offer this great package for two. Just click the link below and enter in your contact information for a chance to win a night in Regina.

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This prize pack includes …

  • One-night stay at Ramada Plaza Hotel
  • Two MST entrance fees to Regina Sept. 24 race
  • $100 gift card to Malt City
  • $75 gift card to Prairie Summit Shop
  • Two bottles of Glow Juicery drinks
  • One bottle Last Mountain Disterilly  Sweet Tea Vodka
  • One Tourism Regina toque to keep you warm this fall!

Click here to enter. Contest closes Aug. 30. The winner will be announced Aug. 31.

Government House hosts 125th Anniversary Celebration

Happy 125th anniversary Government House, now let’s celebrate!

All year Government House has been celebrating its 125th anniversary, but on September 17 the public is invited to come celebrate with an “At Home” event.

“In traditional times Government House was often used as an At Home … the House would open and celebrate an event or just as a community gathering, so we’re going to be doing the same type of event on Sept. 17 to celebrate this anniversary year,” Visitor Experience Manager Amanda Girardin said.

This fun, free celebration, is a mix of the past and present offering activities for all ages and interests.  Running 1 to 4 p.m., the official program will start at 1:30 p.m.  in the ballroom, including the History Alive! Vignettes. The whole House will be abuzz with the featured exhibit, Our Stories: Artifacts Tell All, open to the public.

“We really tried to touch on a lot of different areas of the House and just cover a lot of the history as well,” Girardin said.

No celebration at the House is complete without their awesome wagon rides.

“Visitors are going to have a chance to hear stories of Government House grounds and property as it was being constructed in the early 1900s. The Regina Symphony Orchestra trio is going to be in the gardens, so we’re going to have some music and some really interesting displays outside that talk more about the grounds as well and show you what Government House was like in its early years,” Girardin said.

In anticipation of the At Home anniversary celebration, be sure to catch the History Alive! Vignettes Sundays and Tuesdays at Government House until Sept. 6, and Mondays and Wednesdays until Sept. 7 at the Legislative Building.

For more information, click here.

Next Regina Ambassador shortlist announced tomorrow!

Do you love Regina? Do you know all the best spots and hangouts? Do you love going to events and checking out cool places in our city? Do you LOVE telling other people about it on social media? Then you should probably be an official Regina Ambassador!

We’ve been reviewing our next round of submissions and have seen some great candidates! Stay tuned as we announced our next Regina Ambassador tomorrow. Watch as they’ll be sharing their favourite things about Regina and the incredible destinations and events it has to offer.

Be sure to like and comment on our post to let us know who you think represents Regina best!

Do you think you’d be a good fit as a Regina Ambassador? There’s still time to apply, you can nominate yourself or a friend here, to be the next Regina Ambassador!