Runner’s Soul was established in 1994 and has been an integral 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 and unite the running community in Lethbridge and 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 latest being the Great Virtual Run Across Tennessee. 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.
Mary Lee Voort
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 can’t remember a time where running wasn’t part of her life – from tagging along in the stroller on her dad’s long runs, to running cross country and track in grade school and university, and now racing every distance from 5K to marathon on the roads.
Although Marissa works full-time at the University of Lethbridge, she spends the rest of her time either sharing her love of running (and the latest running gear) at the store or out pounding the pavement (and sometimes the trails). She also coaches the Runner’s Soul Racing Team, striving to help each runner achieve their goals. Her own goals include running all 6 of the World Marathon Majors and running a sub-7 minute beer mile.
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.
Heidi grew up competitively swimming and running since she was 5 years old. With both her parents being long-distance runners, she was drawn to the endurance side of sport at an early age, running her first half-marathon at 14 and first marathon at 17. Her love for endurance sports has grown over the years, leading her to compete in events such as the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and becoming one of the youngest to run Boston. Currently, along with her nutrition and physiology research at the University of Lethbridge, Heidi continues to pursue her passions by training to compete as a professional Ironman triathlete.
Kailyn’s roots in running were formed young – from being pushed in the stroller while her mom trained for marathons, to running elementary school cross-country races. Her main activities, though, were skiing, mountain biking, and soccer, with running taking a back seat until she moved from the mountains of BC to Lethbridge, for school, in 2015. Since then she became more serious about training, running races from the mile to the marathon. Currently, she is working on her PhD, but is happiest when running – especially with her favourite training partner, her English Shepherd, Scout. Her main training focus is the marathon, for which she has big goals to chase over the next year or two! She also has plans to run her first mountain ultra, soon.
Brandon started his running career about 10 years ago. He started with 5 K’s and before he knew it, found himself tackling bigger and tougher races. His entire running journey started from the iconic Canadian Death Race in Grande Cache, AB. This was the race that taught him the value of hard work, commitment, and dedication…it is where it all started for him and is that one race a year that is non negotiable! He started running on a relay team and before he knew it he was running the 125 K solo, now having finished it multiple times in a row. His passion is trail ultrarunning, sticking around Western Canada to race the past 7 years has him now advancing closer to his dream races. Brandon qualified for UTMB with hopes of travelling to Chamonix, France within the next couple years and has some major interests in racing the Moab 240 very soon.
Drew has been running for 6 years now. He first picked up running because he watched his wife run a half marathon and thought that it seemed like something fun they could do together. Drew has always looked for a challenge in life and his running journey started with trying a half marathon in Calgary. Having enjoyed that distance he moved on to a Marathon. One thing led to another and he progressed to increasingly challenging distances. Drew has now run in the Lost Soul Ultramarathon each of the last 4 years, completing the 100 km race and the 100 mile event multiple times. He is fueled by his passion to become a better person through running.
Monday to Wednesday: 10am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday: 10am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am – 5:30pm