Mappy Hour with Adam Campbell
I have been looking to get more involved with things around Calgary, particularly in events involving nature and sustainability. I am fortunate enough to have a friend that is apart of a lecture series called Mappy Hour. Mappy Hour is described as “A gathering of urban based outdoor enthusiasts around maps, guidebooks, beer, and adventure stories.” Calgary is lucky enough to be one of only 3 cities to organize Mappy Hours. The other two cities are New York, and Washington D.C. Mappy Hour events are hosted at one of my favourite local breweries; Village Brewery.
The event I attended was the third in Calgary and the speaker was Adam Campbell. Adam is one of the world’s top trail ultramarathoners. Since I have completed a Marathon and an Ironman, I was eager to hear about Adam’s experiences. I found that the setting of a brewery and the fact that most people were drinking allowed Adam to really be himself. I was extremely motivated by his passion for trail running and nature, and how effortlessly he talked about running for 24 hours at a time and in the dark. I was also moved by the fact that Adam is a lawyer who works full-time in downtown Calgary and still makes time to run and compete at a world class level.
Although I am not interested in running all day and all night, in the woods and mountains, and all by myself… I am inspired to get out of the city and into the mountains and forests. Calgary is so fortunate to have all of this just 45 mins away. One of the most interesting parts of his talk was when Adam talked about watching other runners maneuver through trails, he says you can really tell which runners were raised in the outdoors and which runners were new to the environment. He compared it to watching Michael Phelps swim versus a swimmer taking his first swim lesson. I had never thought about this, being foreign to the outdoors and how that would change your interaction with it in a non-survival scenario. You can be sure I spent the week-end with my family and kids in the mountains, no outdoor newbies in this family!
I really enjoyed listening to Adam speak and I loved his passion for fitness and the outdoors. I was impressed that it was standing room only at Village Brewery and I am excited to hear the next speaker in March.
Here is a short video to get you excited to run outside!