Altra EggCellent Adventure!

I first noticed Altra Running shoes in a magazine. I saw an elite athlete in runners with a footprint on the bottom. I thought wow, those are so cool! And I hoped that one day I’d be badass enough to wear shoes like that.

As I moved from road running over to mainly trail running I experimented with a whole new realm of shoes: Nike Terra Kiger, Salomon Speedcross, Salomon Sense Pro, Hoka Challenger ATR, and I’m sure a few others. Some were bad and some were okay, but nothing came forward as a clear winner.

Eventually a couple trail running friends and gurus got into Altras and started talking about how amazing they were. I got my first pair, the Torins, at the Ventura Marathon expo and wore them the very next day for 42.2 km. I fell in love with them and now have added trail Altras to my collection as well. I now wear Altras for all my runs!

The moral of this story is that Altras are for everyone, whether you are fast or slow (like me) or whether you are racing or just out having fun. They have two very notable features: they have a “footshape toe box” meaning that there is room for your toes to relax and spread out; and they also have zero drop between the forefoot and the heel. They have a number of models that vary in cushioning from light all the way to maximum. Note: it’s recommended that you transition to the zero drop shoe gradually, unlike what I did.

Since Altra is still a smaller brand among the running shoe giants, it can sometimes be difficult to find a store that carries them, however, I have good news! Altra now has shoes in 20 Running Room stores across Canada (see list below). They have 2 models currently stocked in select Running Room locations – the Torin and the Impulse. If you are near one of these stores, I encourage you to go try them on and chat with the Running Room employees.

But wait … there’s more! On Easter weekend I will be hiding an Easter Egg that has a FREE pair of Altra Running shoes inside (well actually a certificate for them)! Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for details and hints. I’ve also organized a run which will be your best chance of finding the shoes since we will be starting early! Join my event here.

Check #‎AltraEggCellentAdventure‬ to connect with other Altra Running Canada ambassadors who will be hiding Easter Eggs in various cities across Canada.

*Bonus!* There will also be one hidden on the 5 Peaks orientation run at Alice Lake on Saturday March 26!

Running Room Locations

Running Room
Suite 103 – 679 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 2L3

Running Room
2317 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 2T9

Running Room
124 – 1876 Cooper Road
Orchard Plaza
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9N6

Running Room
8537 – 109 Street
Edmonton, AB T6G 1E4

Running Room
West Edmonton Mall
1297 – 8882 170 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5T 4J2

Running Room
10012 – 21 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T6N 0A1

Running Room
169 – 2004 50 Ave
Southpointe Common
Red Deer, AB T4R 3A2

Running Room
Unit #614 – 261055 Crossiron Blvd
Rocky View, AB T4A 0G3

Running Room
59 Shawville Blvd SE
Calgary, AB T2Y 3P3

Running Room
2118 Albert Street
Regina, SK S4P 2T9

Running Room
1875 Grant Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3N 1Z2

Running Room
2629 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4P 2J6

Running Room – TD Centre
66 Wellington Street W
Concourse Level Unit 5
Toronto, ON M5K 1E7

Running Room
1087 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4W 2L5

Running Room
901 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON K1S 3W5

Running Room
1518 Merivale Road
City View Plaza
Ottawa, ON K2G 3J6


Running Room
Suite 10 – 7240 Boul du Quartier
Brossard, QC J4Y 0B5

Running Room
1049 Avenue Cartier
Ville de Quebec, QC G1R 2S3

Running Room
4873 Sherbrooke Ouest
Westmount, QC H3Z 1G9

Running Room
Landing at the Bend
300 Main Street
Moncton, NB E1C 1B9


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