Senior started running in 2009, partly to help give up smoking, partly to fill a void.
"For the longest time when I was a touring musician - and I really enjoy touring - I knew there needed to be more," Senior says. So he started waking up early and going out on his own. "I found a love for both photography and running because it was a great way to see the city.
"I was also searching for community. I found myself very accepted in the music community but I figured there's got to be a running community. And of course there is, but there's even a tighter, smaller niche of trail runners that really celebrate the actual idea of being out in nature. That whole connection really resonated with me big time."
Jeremy Hiebert plays with the punk band Comeback Kid. He's completed four marathons and runs 10 - 15 races a year.
He also finds running helps while touring. "It's more a release. You have your day-to-day stresses, especially when you're on the road a lot, it's just nice to get out and go for a half hour or hour run and that's your time," Hiebert explains.
"Because when you're cooped up in a van and hotel, sharing with the same people all the time, you're together more than married people are. So it's just nice to clear the head. In that sense it helps, especially with tour life for me."
Hiebert even fits races into his schedule when he's on tour. Last Sunday he ran a race in Toronto and the weekend before he ran a 5K in Long Beach, California.
Violist Daniel Scholz enjoyed a run at Cocoa Beach, Florida (Andrea Bell)
Dan Scholz, principal violist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, got back into running in 2000 after becoming a parent. "I slept better, I wanted to eat better food. I had all sorts of energy to play with the boys and do household chores and go to work. I felt much more energized and less lethargic."
But does it also help improve performance on the concert stage? "I feel I'm at my best," says Scholz. "I feel much more alert, I can focus better as a result, and I have more stamina. I'm able to give everything I've got."
Hiebert agrees, and says his band is very active when they play."Being in shape definitely helps. Especially when you've got to do some backup vocals and you're running all over the place. I'm 37 now and not getting any younger, so it definitely helps keeping in shape."
Senior says trail running also keeps his mind sharp. But more than that, running actually stimulates musical ideas. "Melodies, song ideas come to me while running."
The percussionist is even developing an idea of tying a string of goat hooves and dried juju seeds around his ankles, recording the sound while running on a trail, then using that rhythmic pattern as the foundation for a song. "I've heard of crazier ideas," he says.
Interestingly, none of these musicians listens to music while running. "I just run alone with my thoughts," says Scholz. "I find that that is more of a stimulant than always listening to music because I'm around music so much."
Hiebert agrees. "That's my time. I think about things. Running is an emotional thing. Especially when you're pushing yourself a little further than you normally do. It's weird how different emotional situations can cross your mind."
"When you feel confident in your body, it's amazing what you can do. It sets the tone of my day and it also is a fantastic release," Senior adds. "Running was the thing that could calm my mind down. It was relaxation. If I was frustrated, it put things in perspective."
Scott Senior performs a musical marathon at the Jazz Winnipeg Festival playing nine shows. Daniel Scholz performs June 13 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery as part of the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society's Mozart and More festival. Comeback Kid is currently touring the eastern U.S. and Quebec.
The Manitoba Marathon takes place Sunday, June 16.