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Cold Canadian winter not slowing down dedicated runners

(NC) While some spend winter hibernating on the couch, a growing number of Canadians are hitting the snow-covered streets for thrilling – and certainly “chilling” – runs.

Foregoing the warmth of a gym's treadmill, these runners view winter's cold and unpredictable conditions as part of the fun. However, experts do advise winter runners to take the necessary precautions to stay protected from both the elements and traffic.

“It's important for winter runners to wear footwear that is reflective, warm and water-resistant,” says Claire Rankine, Communications Director at Nike Canada. “This way you won't have to cut your run short if you step in slush or deep snow, and you remain highly visible to drivers who might not expect to see someone out running in the cold.”

Rankine recommends the Nike Flash Pack, a water repellant line of shoes that sport a unique reflective print that hides subtly during the day before coming alive under nighttime lights to help runners stay visible.

She also advises winter runner to dress warmly and wear multiple layers.

“One challenge of winter running is finding, and remaining at, the right level of warmth in changing climates,” says Rankine. “You'll want to find a water-resistant, reflective coat that integrates special details tailored for runners such as hand warmers that pull down from the sleeves and runner-specific hoods that stay put to help keep ears warm in inclement weather.”

To stay motivated during Canada's long winter, Rankine also recommends a Nike+ FuelBand SE, which allows her to keep track of runs and compare her progress with friends.

"Wearing reflective footwear and jackets to stay warm and dry will help keep you running throughout the winter,” says Rankine, “but it's always much easier when you can share your progress with friends and cheer each other on.”

More information is available online at nike.com.

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