Colin Harris ended his nine month, cross-Canada odyssey Tuesday by dipping his foot in the ocean at Royal Roads University, but it was just the beginning of the next episode in his quest to bring youth closer to the great outdoors.
The 36-year-old had plenty of company in the final metres of his run, which began in Newfoundland in January. Members of the cross-country team from Sangster Elementary School and Sooke school district superintendent Jim Cambridge ran with Harris through the Royal Roads campus, and still more students were at the shore to cheer the group ...
7,600 kilometers. Nine months. Three pairs of runners. One passion.
That's what has been driving Royal Roads University MA in Environmental Education and Communication student Colin Harris across Canada on a run that spans from St. John's, N.L. to Victoria, B.C. Harris combined a life-long dream to run across the country with his Take Me Outside campaign to help youth understand the value of being outdoors.
"You ask anyone over the age of 25 to 30 what their childhood was like and they will tell you most of their time was spent playing outside," Harris says. ...
Oct. 14, 2011. When Colin Harris learned that children today are likely to face a shorter lifespan than their parents, he knew he had a good reason to run across Canada.
Wearing a T-shirt that read, "Tell your teacher to take you outside," Harris brought that purpose to an assembly at Beattie School of the Arts Friday morning.
"I'm just trying to encourage that message of balancing time in front of the screen with time outside," he said. "I've worked in outdoor education for the last decade or so, so I think I've seen the benefits to children of spending time ...
Running nearly a marathon a day. Every day. From St. John's Newfoundland to Vancouver, BC.
Just typing those words leaves me... amazed? in awe? inspired? ... exhausted?
Yes, even thought of running each day, let alone running a marathon each day, exhausts me, yet that's what Colin Harris of Take Me Outside (TMO) has been doing each day since January 2011. And he's taken on this extraordinary challenge with the purest of intentions: To encourage the youth of today to get outside.
As he runs his way across the country, Colin is making appearances in schools and ...
The Westman Journal just recently did a write-up about the TakeMeOutside project. Go and read the full article here. Let me know your thoughts in my comments section!
My CBC Television interview was just televised. Here's a link to the video page. You'll want to jump to the 20:50 mark of the video in order to see my bit! Drop me a line in the comments section letting me know what you thought.
I recently had an interview with Breakfast Television in Winnipeg. I'm not able to embed it in our own website, so you'll need to follow the link in order to check it out! Let me know what you thought in the comments section!
Everyone has a story. I have learned that in abundance over the last 6 months and it has particularly hit home in the last few days. A few nights ago in White River, I was grabbing a bite of food when I overheard some cyclists telling stories about their trips across Canada so far. I asked if I could join the conversation and it was nice to interact with some people for the next couple of hours. Erik, Annik and Corrine are biking from Winnipeg to Newfoundland raising funds for cancer. Sam is from Kamloops and is cycling for women’s freedom ...
Colin Harris loves the outdoors.
So much so that the outdoor education director for YMCA Camp Wanakita is running across the country encouraging students to get outside.
And so far it's working.
In January of this year Harris began his dream to run across Canada in St. John's, Nfld. During the past five months he has run through various cities and provinces, stopping at elementary schools along the way.
On June 16, Harris stopped in at Stuart Baker Elementary School to tell students in grades 2 and 3 just how important it is to enjoy all that nature has to ...