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Wings for Life (May 3, 2015): Blaine Penny - 65.4 km; Lyne Bessette - 47.4 km
Pick Your Poison 50K (April 25, 2015): Angie Darbyson - 5:15:26; Ron Vanderwerf - 4:22:10
Whistler 50 Miler (October 18, 2014): Roy Kok - 6:22:32; Vicky Romanin - 9:09:18
Grizzly Ultra 50K (October 12, 2014): Tyson Smith - 4:13:46; Nadine Mueller - 4:37:12
Run for the Toad 50K (Oct. 4, 2014): Joseph Gray - 3:10; Annie Jean - 4:02:31
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Canadians at the IAU Trail World Championships (July 21, 2015)
Here are the Canadians who competed at the 85K IAU Trail World Championships held at the end of May in France: David Jeker in 29th in a time of 9:42:27, Sebastein Roulier in 54th in a time of 10:13:25, Matt Cecill in 55th in a time of 10:15:31. Jeremy Clegg in 124th in a time of 13:12:47. They placed 10th as a team. In the women`s race, we had Melanie Bos in 37th in a time of 11:52:20, Stacey Carrigan in 38th in a time of 11:55:12, Anne-Marie Madden in 50th in a time of 12:48:27, Alissa St. Laurent in 56th in a time of 13:12:08. The women also placed 10th as a team.
Barteaux finishes the 100K Biel race in Switzerland (June 18, 2015)
Bruce Barteaux of Orleans, Ontario completed the 57th running of the Biel 100K ultramarathon in Switzerland, completing the course in 13:10:20.
Wings for Life World Run held in Niagara Falls (June 3, 2015)
The Wings for Life World Run was on May 3rd in Niagara Falls. One of the contestant was Ian MacNairn who placed 2nd last year in Saskatoon. Runners start 30 minutes before a Catcher Car that travels at 17 km/hr. The winner is the last person to be caught by the car. Last year, MacNairn covered 45 km. This year, MacNairn was again 2nd, but he covered 53.7 km. He was beaten by Blaine Penny who covered 65.4 km. The first female was Lyne Bessette who covered 47.4 km.
Pick Your Poison race coverage by Get Out There Magazine (June 3, 2015)
Calgary runner sets Canadian 24-hour record (May 26, 2015)
Dave Proctor of Alberta set a Canadian 24-hour record when he ran 257 km in the world 24-hour championship in Turin, Italy at the end of April. Read the Calgary Herald article.
Canada Post employee keeps on completing ultramarathons (March 29, 2015)
Lori Herron of Fernwood, BC has completed over 20 ultramarathons in the last 9 years. She is profiles in the Victoria News.
Manitoban woman run three ultramarathons in winter (March 29, 2015)
Sue Lucas, 51, of Dauphin, Manitoba has competed in three grueling winter ultramarathon this year. One was a 241K race in Wisconsin, another was a 135 Miles in Minnesota and the third is a 130K run in Manitoba. Check out the article form CBC.
Run for the Toad offers $10,000 in prize money (March 29, 2015)
Run for the Toad in Paris, Ontario will again be one of the races that offers large prize money, $10,000 for the 25k and 50K races. The race in its 14th running will again attract a large field with some great ultramarathon runners. The race is set for October 3, 2015.
Ellie Greenwood and Rob Krar named 2014 Ultramarathoners of the year (February 10, 2015)
Without a doubt Canadian ultramarathoners Ellie Greenwood of North Vancouver, BC and Rob Krar living in Flagstaff, AZ have had tremendous results this year that merit them the UltraRunning Magazine 2014 UltraRunners of the Year. Greenwood won four ultramarathons in 2014 including the Comrades Marathon and the IAU 100K Championship. Krar, who was also named Trailblazer of the year in the Canadian Running Magazine 2014 Golden Shoe Award, also won 4 ultramarathons including the Western States 100 and the Leadville 100.
Ellie Greenwood of Vancouver wins World 100K Championship (December 17, 2014)
Ellie Greenwood won the World 100K championship held in Doha, Qatar at the end of November when she finished in 7:30:48. This was the second time she won the World 100K Championship, the first time being in 2010. Check out the Canadian Running magazine article.
Alissa St. Laurent to participate in 100K World Championship (October 29, 2014)
Alissa St. Laurent of Edmonton, Alberta will be participating in the 100K World Ultramarathon Championship to be held in Doha, Qatar on November 12, 2014. She qualified in May at the Victoria Harriers Elk/Beaver 100K Ultra. She also participated in the Western States 100 this year. Check the Edmonton Journal article.
Canadian finishes the Grand 2 Grand Ultramarathon (October 29, 2014)
Karen Fogen of Medicine Hat, Alberta finished the Grand 2 Grand Ultramarathon in Arizona and Utah finishing in a time of 53 hours and 54 minutes. Check out the article in the Medicine Hat News.
Rob Krar talks about depression (October 7, 2014)
Rob Krar wins $12,000 for his win at the Run Rabbit Run 100-Mile race (October 7, 2014)
For the 3rd time this year, Rob Krar astonishes everyone by winning the Steamboat Springs, Colorado race on September 13 in a time of 17:40:05. Check out the Canadian Running magazine article.
Squamish 50 Race Report (October 7, 2014)
The Squamish 50K/50 Miles was held on Saturday and Sunday August 16 and 17 in beautiful British Columbia. The 50K race was won by Adam Campbell in a time of 4:55:08 while Ellie Greenwood won the women's race and finished 3rd overall in a time of 5:20:39. In the 50 Mile event, Kim Magnus won in a time of 9:14:01, while the men's race was won by Nick Elson in 9:30:13. View the race report on Running Ultramarathons and check the results.
Rob Krak does it again by winning the Leadville 100 (September 23, 2014)
On August 16, 2014, Rob Krar, originally of Hamilton, ON crossed the finish line first again in another top 100 Mile race, the Leadville 100 in Colorado. He finished in a time of 16:09:31. Read the Canadian Running magazine article. or the Denver Post article.
Strong field expected at Run for the Toad 50K (September 15, 2014)
The Run for the Toad 50K in Pinehurst ON will again be hosting the Association of Canadian Ultramarathoners 50K Championship on October 4, 2014. A strong field is expected and include Stacie Carrigan the returning champion, Laura Perry, Christina Clark, as well as Verrelle Wyath last year's winner, Bryan Teason and Terrance Attema.
Calgary Ultramarathon completes Badwater 135 (September 15, 2014)
Lorie Alexander completes the new Badwater 135 as well as two other Badwater events. Alexander was the sole Canadian at the Badwater 135 where she finished in 36:32;37. Check out the Calgary Herald article.
Revelstoke hosts 250 runners in the first TrailStoke 60K Ultra (August 25, 2014)
Max King and Anne-Marie Madden were the winners of the first TrailStoke 60K Ultramarathon held on July 19, 2014 as they finished in 4:42:57 and 6:05:04 respectively. Jeff Krar, winner of the Western States 100, was the first Masters in a time of 5:32:17. Check out the Revelstoke Times Review for a summary of this BC race and pictures of the race.
Adam Campbell places 3rd at Hardrock 100 after being struck by lightning (August 5, 2014)
While competing in the competitive Hardrock 100 Miler, Vancouver's Adam Campbell was struck by lighting while crossing over the highest point in the race at around the 60-mile mark. This did not stop him from completing the course and finishing 3rd in a time of 25:56:36. Check out the Maclean's article for a detailed account of his experience at Hardrock.
BC runner wins 200-mile Pigtails Challenge (July 24, 2014)
Rob Smith of Saanich, BC won the grueling 200-mile Pigtails Challenge in Renton, Washington in a time of 52 hours and 32 minutes. Check out the Victoria News article.
Rob Krar wins Western States 100 (July 7, 2014)
After finishing second last year in the Western States 100, Rob Krar bettered his performance and came out as the winner in the 2014 edition in a time of 14:53:22. His time was the second fastest time, with the record being 14:46:44 set in 2012 by Timothy Olson.When Krar ran the Western States 100 in 2013, that was his first 100 Mile race.
Krar was one of the dominating ultramarathon running in 2013, winning the Red Hot Moab 55K, Leona Divide 50 Mile, The NorthFace Endurance Challenge 50 and the Ultra Race of Champions 100K. He was named UltraRunning Magazine ultrarunner of the year and Canadian Ultrarunner of the Year.
Krar, who grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, has become quite the celebrity as can be seen with articles from ESPN, Running Times, Canadian Running Magazine. He is now sponsored by The North Face.
VOLUNTEER! North Face Endurance Challenge Blue Mountain (June 27, 2014)
Canadian Major runs D-Day commemorative ultramarathon (June 25, 2014)
Canadian Major Bruce Barteaux participated in a 100-mile event along historic sites of the D-Day landing. The event that finished on June 13, 2014 commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Check the Government of Canada site for a detailed article.
Seaton Trail Winners (June 25, 2014)
Mike Tickner and Melanie Boultbee won the Seaton Trail 50K race on May 10th, finishing in a time of 4:25:19 and 5:11:20. Check the results here.
Ellie Greenwood wins Comrades Marathon (June 6, 2014)
Ellie Greenwood of North Vancouver, BC won the prestigious South African 89K Comrades Marathon in 6:18:15. Her come from behind win was a tremendous accomplishment and shows her grit and talent. Read the article from Canadian Running Magazine and Times Live. You can find more of Greenwood's accomplishments on her blog.
Rob Krar places 2nd in Lake Sonoma 50 Miler (May 22, 2014)
Canadian Rob Krar placed 2nd in the competitive Lake Sonoma 50 Mile on April 22, 2014 with a time of 6:11:10. Canadian Running magazine posted a short article on the race and had him on the cover of their trail issue along with an interview. Krar had a wonderful year in 2013 when he placed 2nd in the Western States 100 Mile race and won the North Face 50 Mile race.
Toronto Ultramarathon extends Hamilton Around the Bay to 100K (May 12, 2014)
Joe Mauko from Toronto ran a 70 km before even toeing the line at this year's Hamilton Around the Bay 30K race. Read the article from Inside Toronto.
Jen Segger wins Zion 100K (April 22, 2014)
Jen Segger of Squamish, BC won the women's Zion 100K in Utah in a time of 12:32:02. Reid Roberts of Prince George, BC was in 5th in the men's race in a time of 12:00:07, while Lorne Reid of Deer Lake, NL was 18th in a time of 13:27:24. Lorne reid was profiled in The Western Star.
Jeff Hunter sets endurance ski record (April 2, 2014)
Prince George's ultramarathon Jeff Hunter set an endurance ski record when he competed in the Extreme Everest Challenge which consists of climbing Hudson Mountain on skis and skiing back down 18 times. Read The Prince George Citizen report.
That Dam Hill to host 12 hour and 50 mile National Championships (March 23, 2014)
That Dam Hill ultramarathon will be hosting the 12 hour and 50 mile National Championships to be held on September 20, 2014 in London, Ontario. The event will also be holding a 3 and 6 hour race. Last year, two Canadian 6 hour records were set on the race course.
Aurora runner sets new age group record (January 27, 2014)
George Biondic of Aurora, Ontario set a new 60-64 age group record for the 48-hour run by running 277.08 km in Phoenix, Arizona om December 28 and 29, 2013. You can find an article on the achievement in the Aurora Banner. YorkRegion.com also covered the achievement.
Run for the Toad opens for registration (January 5, 2014)
The Run for the Toad 50K Ultramarathon is now accepting registration. The race will once again be the ACU 50 Canadian Championship.
Alberta Runners excel in Hawaii (November 24, 2013)
Dave MacDowell and Tracy Garneau of Jasper, Alberta, traveled to Hawaii in October to compete in the Peacock 50K and 100K Ultramarathon and both returned with course records. MacDowell competed in the 50K event and finished in 6:15. Garneau, a previous winner of the Western States 100, set her record in the 100K event in a time of 13:08. Read the coverage from the Jasper Fitzhugh.
Laura Perry Profile (November 20, 2013)
Check out Ultramarathon Canada's first athlete profile: Laura Perry.
Valley Harvest Ultramarathon makes the news (November 11, 2013)
The Valley Harvest Ultramarathon made the news last month when a women from Japan ran the ultramarathon by mistake instead of the marathon. She nonetheless finished with a smile on her face as can be seen in the article from NovaNewsNow.com.
Haliburton Forest Trail Race celebrated its 20th anniversary (November 1, 2013)
The Haliburton Forest Trail Race celebrated its 20th anniversary on September 7th, 2013. The ultramarathon held in Haliburton, Ontario is comprised of a 50K race, a 50 Mile race and a 100 Mile race. Canadian Running magazine had an article about the race and so did the Haliburton Echo. You can also watch a video of the 2013 Race below. Laura Perry was a repeat winner in the 100 Mile race as she finished in a time of 22:23.
Rob Krar wins unofficial world ultra championship (October 21, 2013)
Rob Krar, originally from Hamilton, ON became the unofficial world ultramarathon championship when he placed first in a 100K race held in the mountains of Colorado (see Hamilton Spectator article). Krar battled cold and snow to finish in a time of 9:29. Although this was Krar's longest distance, his ultra prowess were demonstrated in the summer when he set the record for the double crossing of the Grand Canyon.
Canadians participate in 273K Grand to Grand Ultra (October 21, 2013)
Karen and Russell Mullen of Kanata, ON were two of 10 Canadians who participated in the Grand to Grand Ultra Stage Race held at the end of September. This multi-day race through the Grand Canyon saw Heather Mastrianni of Canada finish 2nd Female in a combined time of 38:34:19.
Canadian 50 Miles Championships results (October 21, 2013)
Barry Young and Liz Miyashita, both of Vancouver BC were crowned as the 2013 Canadian 50 Miles Champions as their race the Whistler 50 Ultra on October 19, 2013. Young finished in a time of 6:11:05 while Miyashita finished in a time of 8:08:44.
Record performances at the Canadian 50K Championships (October 7, 2013)
The conditions were perfect for record performances at the Run for the Toad which was the ACU 50K Championships held on Saturday October 5, 2013. The athletes did not disappoint with American Verrelle Wyath setting a course record in a time of 3:14:44. He was followed by fellow American David Riddle who finished in a time of 3:18:29. Last year's winner, Cleve Thorson was third in a time of 3:33:51. Kelowna, BC runner, Stacie Carrigan won the wonme's race in 3:57:18. She was followed by Christina Clark from Guelph, Ontario in a time of 4:11:32 and Stacey Cleveland from Penticton, BC in a time of 4:14:22. The race also broke the record number of finishers with 147 people finishing the race.
Run for the Toad 50K
The Run for the Toad 50K ultramarathon held on October 5, 2013 will be the Association of Canadian Ultramarathoner' 2013 Canadian 50K Trail Championships. Read the July 20th press release and the August 17th press release. See the CTV clip of the training run.
This will be the 12th running of the Run for the Toad. Since the beginning, there has been 906 people who finished the 50K race with the highest number being in 2011 when 140 finished. Cleve Thorson has the male course record in 3:21:31 set in 2012, while Ellie Greenwood has the female course record in 3:37:33 set in 2010. You can get the 20 rankings here.
LOU 52 Ultramarathon
Read the Cape Breton Post August 21st article on a group of runners getting ready to run the LOU 52. The LOU 52 is dedicated to the memory of Linda Nagels who courageously battled ovarian cancer for seven years. Results for the August 24th race indicate that Jodi Esinor won the women's race in 4:09:02 while the men winner was Anthony Fromm in a time of 4:28:23.
Canadian Death Race
Check out this August 1st article from the Globe and Mail on this great Canadian ultramarathon race held the first weekend of August. The results for the 2013 edition of the Canadian Death Race are available. Aaron Heidt of Vernon, BC won the race in a time of 12:31:44. Second place finisher was Jeff Hunter of Prince George, BC in a time of 13:35:25, followed by Joe Huising of Edmonton, AB in a time of 13:46:37. In the women`s race, Alissa St-Laurent of Edmonton, AB won the race in a time of 16:03:37. Second place finisher was Caroline MacIlroy of St-Philips, NF in a time of 17:08:15, while third place finisher was Josefina Kaderabek of Edmonton in a time of 18:19:19. There were 148 finishers that all came in within 24 hours.
Canadians at the Badwater 135
On July 15-17, six Canadians participated in the grueling Badwater 135, considered to be the toughest foot race on earth. What makes it tough is not only the distance at 217K, but the heat and the elevation. The race which goes from Death valley, the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere (85m below sea level) to Mt. Whitney Portals (2530m) in California can reach temperatures of 55 Celsius. The first Canadian was Glen Redpath who is living in New York and finished in 12th place in a time of 29:58:41. Marylou Corino of Gerogetown, Ontario was the 4th women finishing in a time of 33:12:46. Stacey Shand of Regina, Saskatchewan finished in a time of 41:48:13. Shand was recently highlighted in a CBC news items. Jeff Ashizawa of Waterloo, Ontario finished in a time of 44:52:59, while Alexandre Lalonde of Cambridge, Ontario finished in a time of 47:24:06. An article on Alexandre Lalonde appeared in the Kitchener, Ontario newspaper The Record. Unfortunately, Lorie Alexandre was not able to complete the whole course. Congratulations to all our Canadians.
IAU Trail World Championship
The 4th IAU Trail World Championships was held on July 6th, 2013 in South Wales. The 77K race saw the participation of six Canadians, two men and four women. The top Canadian was Sebastien Roulier who finished 31st in a time of 6:45:51, while the first female Canadian was Stacey Cleveland who finished 7th in a time of 7:12:27. Race results.
Canadians at the 2013 Badwater 135
There will be six Canadians running the Badwater 135 on July 15:
- Lorie Alexander - Vernon, British Columbia
- Jeff Ashizawa - Waterloo, Ontario
- Iris Cooper-Imhof, Toronto, Ontario
- Marylou Corino, Georgetown, Ontario
- Alexandre Lalonde, Cambridge, Ontario
- Stacey Shand, Regina, Saskatchewan
Canadians at the 2013 Comrades Marathon