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So much for hanging up my hat! I’m back and looking forward to an amazing week of running.

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Thought she was a goner! Welcome back Jodi!

 

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?

The people and my love for running!

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

We are back in Canada for the summer and that’s all the motivation I needed!

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Seeing everyone!

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

I was nervous signing up!

 

How is your training going? 

Training is going well, but after running in Florida for a year and a half I need to start running some hills!!! Focusing on hills and trails and will try to run Wilmot Line and Bechtel a few times.

 

What is your runner profile? 

I’ve always been a runner, but took time off to start a family after meeting my husband at a half marathon race in Toronto in 1993! My comeback was in April 2006 and have been running solid ever since!

 

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years?

Run your own race and keep moving! It seems like it will never end but then it’s over too soon.

 

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect?

It will be tough, but you will have a lot of support from everyone.

 

What else would you like to share?

I drink Pepsi and eat gummy bears during my races.

 

What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?

Reaching the Ultimate Runner goal.

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Hi everyone! I am so excited to join you this year as an Ultimate!

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Robyn Collins is a Rookie who has run the ENDURrun 10k as a relay team member for the past three years. This year she will run her first marathon on August 19 as an Ultimate!

 

ENDURrun: What convinced you to take the plunge?
Robyn: I finally felt my body was ready.

What advice have you been collecting?
Run all the hills.

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 
My main goal is to pace myself.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?
The food and getting to know everyone even more.

What are you nervous about, if anything?
Falling at Chicopee!

Can you share any details of your training? 
I have been mostly working on my mileage. Also, I have been practicing Bechtel and Chicopee a lot lately.

What is your runner profile? 
I did my first 10k at ENDURrun in 2015 after joining Health and Performance. I was so amazed by the athletes so I decided that someday I was going to be an Ultimate. Since then I have been working hard to improve my times and increase my mileage. I am excited to do my first marathon at ENDURrun!

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For a complete list of rules, start times, cutoff times, directions, etc., this booklet is your guide to the week.

ENDURrun Booklet 2018

Especially for newcomers to the event, keep this PDF handy on your phone all week.

To our returning participants: there aren’t many changes of note in this booklet with respect to 2017. All courses remain unchanged. The only time limit tweak is to Stage 4: it is increased by 5 minutes to 2:05. Dollar Pacers are back.

A new rule this year relates to the new daily prize money for Ultimate Stage records. Whenever these are recorded, they aren’t actually awarded until the end of Stage 7; the participant would need to finish Stage 7 to receive the award.

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Don’t worry – I won’t be knocking you off the podium!

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After a tough DNF last year, Merlin Frey and his toes are back for 2018!

 

ENDURrun: What is your runner profile? 

Merlin: I began running in 2012, I tend to maintain an erratic mileage log. I prefer running on trails of any sort, but compete in a variety of events, preferring 10-15km distances.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

Due to my substandard training, I will focus on “finish line, not finish time”. My goal is to complete each stage before the cutoff time. (Hopefully ’19 will be more competitive!)

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

…the main reason I’m back? – the community! (and the exceptional food!)

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

August is traditionally a hot month – I don’t perform well in blistering heat.

 

You’ve trained for Ultimate before. What did you learn that you will build from (or avoid) this time around?

When it comes to running (well, all of life actually) I don’t really follow a disciplined plan. “Full throttle to the fun line” best describes my plan! With a failed attempt in ’17 I’m coming back for yet another season of fun!

 

Besides training, what will be the same and/or different about this Ultimate compared to your first completion?

Lol! When I competed in 2015…I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into! I was relatively new to running…and naively thought this looked like a fun challenge! So…this year I’m coming back…for the fun! New year, new experience!

 

What is the one piece of advice that you’re glad you knew/you wish you knew before your first completion?

Actually, I’m glad that I was clueless! – Else I doubt I would have attempted something this challenging, this awesome!

 

How were you feeling in the days and weeks following your first Ultimate completion?

Hahaha! For a full week immediately after that initial experience – I vowed to throw away all my running shoes! I’m certainly glad I reconsidered that decision!

 

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Thank you ENDURrunners for the motivation to keep coming back for more. See you all soon!

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Merzi Dastoor decided that 5 years away from ENDURrun was too many, so he’s back again! 

 

ENDURrun: What are you expecting this year? 

Merzitron: My goal this year is to try and drop roughly 10 minutes off my previous time. However, understanding that so much about the week is out of my control (weather, sickness, whether my kids let me sleep, lost toe nails – Merlin!), my main goal is to have a great week with a wonderful group of people.

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Representing my new club, H + P, for the week.

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

See above.

 

Can you share any details of your training?

I’ve been doing a lot more speed than I would normally be doing by this time in the year. It’s definitely made me faster, but my total distance has suffered. I guess it’s time to pick that up a bit.

 

What is your runner profile? 

Running/racing since 2000. I’ve logged A LOT of kilometres over the years. I’m definitely more of a roadie than a trail runner. I enjoy the trails, I just don’t seem to ever have time for them.

 

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years?

Eat and sleep as much as you can! But most of all, enjoy the experience.

 

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect?

To gain a new family.

 

What else would you like to share?

What else would I like to share????? How about that the ENDURrun community is amazing! Early thanks to ALL the volunteers and everyone that helps to make this amazing week happen.

 

What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?

It’s only people who are completely nuts that do it.

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Quick update: there are NO course changes for any Stages from 2017 to 2018.

 

This is the first time in ENDURrun history that there are no changes to any of the seven Stages year-over-year.

 

We are also not expecting any construction interference for any of the Stages.

 

Stay tuned this week for a full information booklet. You can continue to use the 2017 booklet for course info.

 

* Stage 2 reverts back to its usual Conestogo route, moving the start/finish and turnaround points back 100m. 

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Hi ENDURrun Community! I’m Lisa Leskien, a trail and snowshoe runner from Cambridge. I’m looking forward to the challenge of this event and experiencing the sense of community that this event creates. I can’t wait to see what I can do at the 2018 ENDURrun.

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We’re really excited to welcome Lisa “Herculisa” Leskien to the trails (and roads!) of ENDURrun!

 

ENDURrun: How did you find out about us?

Herculisa: Runners talking about it 🙂

 

What convinced you to take the plunge?

A stage race has always been something that I have wanted to try. No better year than this year to try something new.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

Motivation for a big event like this for me comes from wanting to show my kids that if they work hard at something they can accomplish their goals. My kids see me train and they cheer me on through the ups and downs of racing. I’ll think about them a lot as I compete – I always do.

 

Can you share any details of your training? 

I crochet while cross training on the elliptical. It may be my super power.

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Hey guys, I’m baaaaaaack. Looking forward to meeting all the new Rookies and reuniting with past Ultimate Finishers.

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Mark McDonald has finished every ENDURrun but one since 2010! 

 

What is your runner profile? 

I started running in 2006 as a way to combat weight loss. I started at 10km distance for racing, and jumped to the half marathon distance the same year in 2007. In 2009 I joined a Running Room clinic and this began my racing career and helped develop my skills and knowledge of pacing, nutrition, cross training, etc. I have made significant gains since then, and progressed to marathon distance and triathlon, completing 4 Ironmans since 2012. I have completed 25 marathons, countless half marathons and 7 ENDURrun Ultimate finishes. In 2014, I completed the ENDURrun Ultimate and 2 weeks later completed Ironman Muskoka…that was a little nuts.

 

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?

It’s my annual summer holiday. Run, Massage, Eat, Nap, Swim; Repeat.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

My goal is always to finish. If I can pull out an improvement in any of the stages or the week, that’s a bonus.  

 

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

Aches and pains making for a long week – I know the course, I know I can finish, but as I get older can my body still take the beating?

 

Can you share any details of your training? 

In the past it was always good enough following a marathon training plan; I seldom trained long back to back and didn’t focus on any technical trails – although I have a history of getting stronger as the week goes by, not sure if that goes for everyone and if the less training approach contributes to that.

I haven’t been running anywhere near what I have in the past. I have been marathon training since 2009, this was my first year taking time off to self-reflect and focus on new passions – but I found my way back to running. I’ve been focusing on short distance fun runs as opposed to long distance and speed – only just recently focusing on an early summer fast 10k, which should give me back some speed for ENDURrun.

 

How will your ENDURrun 2018 compare to previous years?

Better, worse, the same – with me you never know. I am capable of pulling out some PB’s or PW’s – usually the first stage sets the tone for my week.

 

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years?

Don’t get caught up in the mad dash at the start of each stage, run your own race as you prepared in your training. Sign-up for massage and then eat! Expect the worst from Chicopee and hope for the best. Do whatever it takes to stay in the game: massage, ice, stretch, elevation – but not at the expense of injury – live to run another day.

 

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect?

Rain during Bechtel.  Meeting the most supportive, friendly, like-minded crazy runners/volunteers that will keep you coming back year after year.

 

What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?

The history, the stats, the new and old faces, the accomplishment and uniqueness of the event. Lloyd has said before that often decisions made are to protect the integrity of the ENDURrun, and I couldn’t agree more.

 

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Hello Running Enthusiasts, cannot wait to run with you all!

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Welcome home Smiley Savvas. Your attitude is a beautiful thing! 

 

ENDURrun: What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?

Smiley Savvas: The feeling of being part of an amazing family of runners for an entire week and spending time with volunteers and Schmidt family and catching up with running friends. My first ultimate was in 2009 where I met many amazing runners that I have kept in touch with (Jack Kilislian, Joanne Bink, Jodi Kalman, Suzan Moizer, Andrew Moizer, etc.). It’s also opportunity to run in my hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

The 2018 ENDURrun will be my 4th ultimate and as I slow down my running goals, I hope to get more pleasure and satisfaction in encouraging my fellow runners to achieve their running goals. Recently, I trained my friend, who turned 40 and has 3 young kids, to complete his first marathon (2018 Cornwall Marathon) and the satisfaction and joy as I ran with him from start to finish was priceless and I hope to help many more people.

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Spending time with Lloyd Schmidt and family, discussing about running adventures, trips, and catching up with fellow runners. My running goal are to finish under 15 hours!

 

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years?

To cherish each stage and the volunteers and Schmidt family. It’s a magical experience that will not be replicated, so don’t run too hard early to conserve energy for stage 5 and 7 as they are tough!

 

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect?

Each runner will be treated like a winner and there is a sense of community amongst runners supporting each other to finish! The chance to hang out with Lloyd and Julie Schmidt and their amazing family, to feel an energy of caring and support from day one to the last.

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

I am nervous about the feeling of my legs after 3 days of continuous running, but looking forward to the amazing buffet style cuisine after each race.

 

How is your training going? 

My training started slowly as Ottawa winters are tough on running, but I have done a few half-marathons and the Cornwall marathon. I am doing many trail races this sumer to help me for Stage 3 and the dreaded Stage 5 – Chicopee. I run about 30-45 km per week, but it will vary between hills, trails and road running. I don’t run as much as I used to and personally, I find it more liberating and allows to focus on my other hobbies, like painting, reading, and world history.

 

How will your ENDURrun 2018 compare to previous years?

I hope to beat my 2015 ENDURrun where we had unusually hot year and I struggled that year, especially the marathon distance, but Joanne and Vicki helped inspire me to stick with it and finish!

 

What is your runner profile? 

I started running in high school for track and cross-country about 25 years ago, but I have been mostly doing road races from 2004 to present. I have completed 29 full marathons in 17 different cities – I love travelling and learning about new cultures and trying out different cuisines. The three most beautiful marathons I have completed are (1) Victoria, BC, (2) Athens Greece, and (3) Big Sur California.

 

What else would you like to share?

The ENDURrun is a homecoming for me (born and raised in Kitchener), and I love the runners, volunteers and Schmidt family as they welcome me with open arms and I keep coming up every other year or so. Also, I have ran most of these races with my identical twin brother and it’s a great experience to share together!

After ENDURrun, I will be doing a few trail races (Haliburton 50K) and visiting my dad and my family on a beautiful Greek Island!

 

What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?

The feeling of running with your friends for an entire week and sharing the same pain and aches as we are all human! Sharing stories, laughing and inspiring each other through wisdom and encouragement!

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Hi everyone! I’m looking forward to being a part of this – can’t wait to get started!

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Dave Harmsworth is a wildcard in this competition. He’s got the speed and the mileage, so who knows where this Rookie campaign will go!!

 

ENDURrun: How did you find out about ENDURrun?

Dave: I remember hearing about plans for it before the inaugural event. I was fascinated by the concept!

 

What convinced you to take the plunge?

I’ve been thinking about it ever since I started running again two/three years ago. I figure I’m in the best shape I’ve been in for 18 years, and not getting any younger…. if not now then when?

 

What advice have you been collecting? 

I’ve been reading the other contender bios and testimonials, but that’s it. Perhaps I’ll have some advice for others afterwards about how not to prepare?

 

What are you still hoping to learn?

I need to figure out my pacing for the longer stages – and how to stay hydrated.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

I think of myself as a 10k runner, so this will be a massive challenge. Stage 7 will be my first-ever marathon! Of course I have some times in mind, but the #1 goal is to survive the week without injury.

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Everything I love about race day – times 7.  

 

What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2017? 

I ran Stage 4, came out to watch the marathon, and followed online.

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

The three longest stages. Each one of them is going to be longer and/or tougher than any race I’ve ever done.

 

Can you share any details of your training? 

I’ve been gradually increasing my mileage since January, from 40-ish to 80 km/week, with occasional tough weeks and recovery weeks. I’ve included a few 30k runs (which I still find tough), and in April I did do something like a mock EndurRun – similar mileage over eight days, except with fewer hills and just 30k on the final day instead of the full marathon.

 

What is your runner profile? How long have you been running, general mileage, surfaces, etc.

I’ve been in and out of running over the years. I ran track in high school, ran cross-country and road races in grad school, and now I’ve returned to it again in my 40s. Almost all road now – I like trail-running, but I’m a bit gun-shy after a couple of scary falls.

 

What else would you like to share?

I wouldn’t be doing this without my wife’s help and support. Thanks, Deb! 🙂

 

What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?

The multi-stage format. If there was a similar event in the area with shorter distances, I would have done it long ago.