New Feature in IMPACT: The Land that does not melt

Back in April 2011, my husband, Paul Zizka, and I set off on a 5-day ski touring journey in Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island. A year and a half later, the story of our trip (my words, his photos) appeared in the November/December 2012 issue of IMPACT MAGAZINE! You can read the article in their digital issue (pages 40-43) or pick up a copy in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria and Red Deer.

tuja wellness and Running with Bears

tuja wellness

Back in February 2011, a friend of mine gave me a shout to help write and edit a few pages for a website called Healthy Living Canada. It was a small, simple website listing a variety of wellness resources and vendors in Canada. To keep this story relatively short, I came out of my first meeting with them with questions about their vision for the site, where they wanted it to go, and how they would go about doing that. We all realized the site could be much more. HLC brought an amazing Project Leader, Kyla Gaertner, on board to revitalize the site and build the business into a full fledged, nationally-focused website that is now called tuja wellness. After a lot of blood, sweat and tears, the site finally launched this past week!

I have had the pleasure of writing all the vendor write-ups for the Banff/Canmore destination, writing articles for the site, providing some general consulting and kick-starting their social media platforms. It is so nice to start tapping into my own interest in health and wellness and have a place to share my research and thoughts. I look forward to seeing tuja wellness continue to evolve and grow. You can learn more about the amazing tuja wellness team here.

tujawellness.com, as of May 2012.

Running with Bears

OK, I’m not really running with bears, but I recently wrote a piece for IMPACT Magazine about how trail runners can avoid dangerous encounters with wildlife on the trails! The Wild Run appeared in the May/June 2012 issue (pgs. 82-83). You can read the article in IMPACT’s digital edition or pick up a copy of the magazine at locations throughout Alberta and B.C.

Thanks for reading this update, and have a great week!

Everest Climber Beats Cancer

I recently had the privilege of writing a short article on inspiring athlete, Alan Hobson, for the 20th Anniversary Issue of Impact Magazine. The team at Impact put a huge amount of work into this issue, and were able to catch up with many of their former cover athletes. I applaud their ongoing efforts to bring the most inspiring Canadian athletes into the spotlight.

I was able to interview Alan Hobson by phone amidst his  busyness traveling throughout North America attending to various speaking engagements. To give you a short intro to this amazing man, here’s the introductory statement to the article:

He may have climbed to the top of Mt. Everest, run two marathons and hang-glided over the Rockies, but the greatest challenge Alan Hobson has faced was beating the 85 per cent chance that cancer would take his life.

You can read the rest of it here!

Ultra Awesome: Cover Story for IMPACT Magazine

Cover photo by Paul Zizka.

A chance meeting at the Alberta Magazines Conference back in March got the editor at IMPACT and me talking about local Banff athlete, Ellie Greenwood. Last year, Ellie won the World Championship 100K race in Gibraltar. She also came in 2nd overall in the Canadian Death Race, first outright in the Scorched Sole 50 Miler and the list goes on and on. But, this gleeful, modest, UK-born runner has never let those accomplishments go to her head. They just drive this woman, when otherwise she considers the sport of ultrarunning to be “fun” (yeah, if you’re a machine like her).

IMPACT Magazine featured Ellie on their July/August 2011 cover (photo by none other than Paul Zizka Photography). I was so elated to have the cover story; get to know Ellie and you just want to shine all the light on her that you can. You’ll discover, as I did, that she is a remarkable woman. So, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of the magazine, subscribe to it, or read it online (sorry the formatting is a bit wonky, but the words are there!)

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Cover Story for Impact Magazine.