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LAWYERS ON THE RUN:
THE ROLE OF RUNNING IN THE LIVES OF
B.C. LAWYERS AND JUDGES
By Connor Bildfell
Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more
nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be.
In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence
of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with
our feet and the swinging of our arms.
—Joyce Carol Oates1
For some, it is pure bliss—the rhythmic pounding of their feet
upon the ground, the gentle whispering of the wind as it caresses
their ears, the steady thumping of their heart as it beats in their
chest. For many, it is a chance to escape, a much-needed
reprieve from the pressures of the profession, if only for a few short minutes.
Still others see it as a chance to connect—with others, with nature and,
perhaps most of all, with themselves.
Whatever brings them to the sport, members of the legal profession in
B.C. have long taken to running as a preferred pastime. Not only that, some
have laced up their runners with the best of them, joining the ranks of
world-class athletes and Olympians alike. But whether the objective is to
bring home a gold medal, to catch up (quite literally) with fellow weekend
warriors, to blow off a bit of steam or simply to clear one’s mind, running
has always had a place in the hearts of B.C. lawyers and judges.
Indeed, lawyering and running are seemingly made for one another.
BOUNDING BARRISTERS AND SPEEDY SOLICITORS
Whether competing on the Olympic stage or traversing the winding trails of
the North Shore, the following lawyers have all, in their own ways,
embraced running. Those noted below are, of course, just examples from a