Founder of the Running Room
John Stanton created his first meeting place for runners over 25 years ago out of the back of a shop. Now, the Running Room boasts 100 stores and 1,300 employees in Canada and the USA, and have helped encourage nearly a million Canadians to get fit and stay healthy through running and walking. Stanton’s boundless enthusiasm for the way in which exercise and healthy living can transform lives is palpable in his motivating, inspiring talks. He also speaks with candor about the challenges and triumphs he’s experienced as an entrepreneur.
A three-kilometre run with his sons in 1981 was the catalyst for the then out-of-shape, overweight, Stanton to realize he had to change his life. An executive who smoked two packs of cigarettes a day, he began secretly running , and soon went on to run over 60 marathons, hundreds of road races, and numerous triathlons, including the Hawaiian World Championship Ironman competition.
Stanton has received a variety of awards and honours, including being named “One of 10 Canadians Making a Difference” by Maclean’s magazine; receiving the Dr. Harold N. Segall Award of Merit (which recognized his significant contribution to the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the promotion of cardiovascular health in Canadians); and being bestowed with the Award for Excellence in Health Promotion from The Canadian Medical Association. He is also a Member of the Order of Canada and the Hon. Lt. Col. of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment. Most recently, Stanton was inducted into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame.
The author of eight books, Stanton is regularly featured on CBC, CTV, Global Television, the National Post, The Globe and Mail, and numerous radio and television programs across Canada and the United States.