With more than 35 years of running experience, Blair Layng has trained to compete in more than 390 competitive events including steeplechase, cross country, trail races, 5 km, 10 km, half marathon, to marathon and 24 hour ultra marathon races.
From Humble Beginnings
Blair began his running career at the age of 11. His start, however, was less than epic. When his grade six gym teacher instructed the class to run a full lap at the local track, Blair responded with bewilderment, “A whole lap? No one can run a whole lap, that’s why there are relays!” Since that day, Blair started to train and raced highschool track, steeplechase, and cross country races. His running career flourished and he has since trained to compete in trail running, 5 km, 10 km, half marathon, marathon, 50km, and 24 hour ultra marathon races.
Running is more than just racing – it’s about getting somewhere
Whether exploring new places or running for physical, emotional and spiritual growth. Blair has run in every city, town, and place that he has visited. From Helsinki to watch the World Track and Field Championships, to running the Boston Marathon, to the trails of Algonquin Park in Ontario, to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and under the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. Running has been the constant that has kept Blair well grounded.
This running thing has meant a lot to Blair over the years. And it’s not just been his running. Sharing the experience with others and mentoring/coaching along the way has given him the opportunity to see the positive effects running has had in other people’s lives. Whether it has been for weight-loss, general health and fitness, goal accomplishments, or just for “me” time, running has been that one thing to which so many people can stick with. It’s cost effective. It can be done just about anywhere. It can be a social thing or a time to reflect inwardly. Running just works.