Ultramarathon Canada is a place to find information on places, people and performances related to the ultramarathon scene in Canada.

Mission

Our mission is to motivate runners to push beyond their limits through the running of ultramarathons.  By providing information on Canadian ultramarathoners and their performances and on ultramarathons races, we hope to inform individuals and get them excited about competing in ultramarathons.





Take 10 and Reach the Boston Marathon


Ultramarathon Canada is a personal passion and thus there is no advertising on the website.  However, as I just published a non-fiction account of my 10-year journey from non-athlete to toeing the line at the Boston Marathon, I cannot help but use this site to promote my book.  I hope that visitors will forgive this transgression.

Those interested in shorter distances than ultramarathons can purchase a copy of the book "Take 10 and Reach the Boston Marathon" at www.lulu.com, www.amazon.cawww.amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.

I hope that you will enjoy my story.

Norman Marcotte


 NEWS

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)


The North Face Endurance Challenge taking place at Blue Mountain on Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, July 13th is looking for volunteers. If you're not running one of the races, why not come out and help out fellow runners at an Aid Station!

*TNF giftcard raffle!

*TNF Tech Shirts and lunch provided to everyone!

*25% discounted race entry for those also looking to participate!

We're also looking for volunteers at the event festival in the Village at Blue Mountain!

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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.

 Dirty Duo 2014 (April 10, 2014)

The Dirty Duo 50K Trail Race was held on March 8, 2014. Dave Melanson of North Vancouver, BC won the race in a time of 4:06:16, while the women's race was won by Gwen Preston of Prince George, BC.  Check out the Prince George Citizen article.

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.

Deer Lake 67

On September 1, 2013, 27 runners started the first ultramarathon in Newfoundland, the Deer Lake 67.  Read the CBC article about this race.  

New Ultramarathon Novel by David Caroll

Accomplished ultramarathon and CBC producer David Caroll has just published his first novel called Ultra.  Caroll recounts the story of a 13-year old who competes in a 100-mile ultramarathon.  An article on David Caroll has recently been published in the Haliburton Echo.  You can follow Caroll's blog at writerunrepeat.com. The Record has a review of the book.. 

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


Niagara Ultra 50K

The 21st running of the Niagara Ultra 50K Race was held on Saturday June 22nd, 2013.  Rob Christie was the male winner in a time of 3:42:13.  Neela D'souza was the female winner in a time of 4:34:31.  There were 66 female finishers and 88 male finishers.  Links to Results and Photos.

Mount Royal Summit Quest

The 11th running of the Mount Royal Summit Quest 50K and 100K was held one day after the Niagara 50K on Sunday June 23rd.  Nine brave souls attempted and finished the 100K course while 32 runners finished the 50K course.  The winners of the 50K races were Gabriel Saiz in a time of 3:56 and Luciana Lani in 5:18.  Martin St-Pierre won the 100K race in 9:37 while Kate Herzberg won in 11:30.  Link to 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


Twenty-five Canadians finished the 2013 Comrades Marathon 89K race held in South Africa on June 3rd. The first Canadian female was Suzanne Bedford who finished as the 155th female in a time of 9:29:17, while the first Canadian male was Peter MacLaughlin who finished as the 2,146th male in a time of 9:29:18.  List of Canadian Finishers


Sulphur Springs Trail Race 2013

The Sulphur Springs Trail Race saw some wonderful weather this year that allowed the setting of new course records.  In the 50K race, Adam Hill of Orillia, Ontario won the men's 50K in a time of 3:45:39, a course record, while Kimberly Kane of Toronto won the women's race in 4:53:13.  In the 50 Mile race, Michael Daigeaun of Philadelphia won and broke the record in a time of 6:07:00 and Dawn Hamel won the women's race in 8:01:03.  Laura Perry of Orleans, Ontario and Dale Draaistra of Brantford both broke course records in the 100 mile race by finishing in 18:57:59 and 15:37:24 respectively.