The zebra-striped pattern on Landon Hildebrand’s running hat matches the luggage on his roof.
“It’s a joke. You can be seen anywhere, in any trailer crew, and it’s kind of known,” the ultra-marathoner said.
But four years ago, Hildebrand did not dare to call himself a long-distance runner or a runner at all.
The Edmonton psychologist knew he worked a lot with his day job as a consultant and had to move out, so he bought a pair of shoes. He started coming to Lake Chikaku resort, not far from his house.
“If you don’t run, you walk, so no one says you’re walking there, so you feel good,” he says.
According to Hildebrand, these trips led to a five-kilometer race, then longer distances, and the creation of a running group that now has more than 600 members. He will also announce the conditions and events for the recreation area in collaboration with The Chickakoo Lake Run, Hike, Bike, Fun Facebook groups.
According to him, this “phenomenal gem” of society and space is the secret to his fitness success.
“This garden took me to Edmonton and Parkland County, and that’s why I fell in love with our state.”
You can see more information from the Chickakoo Lake resort area in this week’s edition Our Edmonton TV and Gem at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sunday afternoon and 11 a.m. Monday. On this map you can find many other interesting winter places 50 sites for skating, skiing, watching the stars in and around Edmonton.
Located in a mixed wooded forest an hour west of Edmonton, Chickakoo Lake Resort is a 200-acre resort, separated by lakes and inhabited by springs, deer and beavers, and a variety of birds.
There are washrooms, promenades, 11km of cleared ski trails and year-round fishing. Dogs should be tied up and horse tracks closed in the winter. This is a free daily use area with ample parking, managed by Parkland County.
“There are 10km wide trails here, you can take anything from a wheelchair to a sledge, and there is a trail of about 11-14km where you can run, snowshoe and bike,” he said. says Hildebrand.
With the warming of the weather, it came for Kaleigh Pagnucco and his daughters, who were walking in the snow.
“It’s quiet here. It’s very pleasant. It’s a good and close option for people in Spruce Grove on the rocky plain to go out and relax,” said the mother of two.
Pagnucco says they spend hours walking along the lake, eating snacks and building snow castles. He said such trips were mandatory during the pandemic.
“Life is a little crazy right now,” he says. “Everything is changing. I think COVID has taught us to be flexible.”