|A three-kilometre fun run with his sons in 1981 was the catalyst for the then-out-of-shape, overweight
John Stanton to realize he had to change his lifestyle. A food industry executive who smoked two packs of cigarettes a day, he began running secretly
before dawn because he felt self-conscious about having his neighbours see "this chubby little guy" who could only run from lamp post to lamp post
before having to take a walk break.
John went on to run over 60 marathons, hundreds of road races and numerous triathlons, including the Hawaiian World Championship Ironman competition. His pre-dawn runs would ultimately become John Stanton's 10:1 run/walk combination that has helped close to a million people do everything from learn to run to complete marathons, upright and smiling.
The first store was a meeting place for runners. It opened in 1984 in an 8 x 10 foot room of an old house shared with a hairdressing shop in Edmonton. More than 25 years later, the Running Room is one of North America's most recognized names in running and walking. John's two sons, John, Jr., and Jason, are now partners with John in the family-owned company, which has more than 118 stores and 1,300 employees in Canada and the United States.
A best-selling Canadian author of eight books on running and walking, John Stanton released his newest book in April 2010, the much anticipated Running: The Complete Guide to Building Your Running Program. Macleans magazine's Canada Day Honour Roll named the Running Room founder one of 10 Canadians who are making a difference in our nation for his contribution to health through fitness. John Stanton is a member of the Alberta Business Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the Dr. Harold N. Segall Award of Merit, which recognized his significant contribution to the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the promotion of cardiovascular health in Canadians. In 2010, the Canadian Medical Association awarded him the Award for Excellence in Health Promotion. He is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Hon. Lt. Col. of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4 PPCLI) and was most recently inducted into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame. On June 6th, 2012, John received an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Alberta.
John is regularly featured on CBC, CTV and Global Television, in the National Post and the Globe and Mail, and in numerous radio and television programs across Canada and the United States.
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