Run/Roll/Walk Series Blog – Week 7!

Welcome to the Run/Roll/Walk Series blog! Hello everyone! We hope that you’ve all had an awesome week challenging yourself to run or walk either 5km or 10km , and congratulations to last week’s winners Jerome and Alexia! 


This past week, we encouraged you to get out those running shoes and celebrate the (nearly) century long tradition of the Great Trek. In case you missed out on the fascinating information about the Great Trek written in last week’s email, here’s a refresher!

Previously, UBC was situated in downtown Vancouver, but quickly outgrew its capacity. In 1920, construction of the Point Grey Campus was halted, with no intention to resume. In order to reignite the construction of the new campus, students ran relays from downtown Vancouver to UBC’s current location, in what was called the Great Trek. This initiative showed the students’ determination for a better environment for education, and inspired construction to proceed.

While The Great Trek gave students the opportunity to learn at the Point Grey campus, we also recognize that it is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam peoples. Below is a paragraph from the Musqueam peoples about their history of running.

Kyra Croft


“The Musqueam are traditional hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking people and are descended from the cultural group known as the Coast Salish here in the Pacific Northwest. While we welcomed peaceful people to our territory, we were also kept on the lookout for invaders, northern tribes looking for slaves or resources. We had our various warriors at lookout and these individuals would run to the various village sites to inform those heads of families that we had guests coming and they would inform them whether or not those guests were indeed friend or foe. We were always prepared that they were the enemy approaching. These runners were our warriors. They were individuals who had to be physically fit because our lives depended on them.”  Source 


Week 8:


Have you been pulling all nighters? Living off of Yerba-Mate’s? WIshing that you could go outside in the sun but have your head in the books? Now to say that 2020 has been stressful is an understatement. But 2020 PLUS dealing with midterm season? Well now that’s just unfair. This week, we want to encourage you to take a pause from the stress of midterm season and add in some relaxation. This week’s activity is… Yoga! Get bendy, centered and relaxed this Thursday evening during a live streamed yoga class. If you’ve signed up for the Run/Roll/Walk Series, details and a link to the class will be in this week’s email. So strike your best downward dog and go crush your week! Here’s some quotes about the importance of relaxation to get you through!


“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax” – Mark Black


“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens”- Mandy Hale


“Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.” – Bryant McGill



Prizes this week: $40.00 giftcard to Nike or lululemon


For more details follow the Facebook event page and don’t forget to email your results to im.events1@ubc.caGood luck with your challenge this week!

Once again, on behalf of the entire team, welcome and thank you for joining this community!