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Hello running family! My name is Deirdre but you know me as Dee. So excited to be heading back for my 4th Ultimate this year. Every year has brought a new challenge, new goals and very sweet people into my life. And the quest for that perfect tank top!

 

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After an Ultimate hiatus of one year, we’re super excited to have Deirdre Large back on the other side of the start line this year!

 

ENDURrun: How will your ENDURrun 2018 compare to previous years?

Deirdre: I’m hoping to finish each stage before the cutoff! This wasn’t really a concern in past years but with my recovery now I’m a bit worried.

 

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

Get plenty of sleep between stages. RELAX as best you can between stages. Enjoy and embrace all the “non racing” parts of the week. It’s a very special experience when you do.

 

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

They can expect to be welcomed with open arms, cared for as a competitor in all aspects of racing and end every day well fed.

 

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?

all of the above! And the Schmidt family <3

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

My first ENDURrun in 2014 was part of my #bigscarygoals year. First 30km race, first full marathon and finally, first Ultimate at ENDURrun that year. My goal every year is to not fall at Chicopee Stage 5 (still a thing), RUN up the hill every loop at Bechtel Stage 3 (nope) and not lose a toenail. One outta three ain’t bad…..

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

The people. Always the people. And happy healthy Lloyd.

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

Making the cutoffs for every stage!

 

Can you share any details of your training?

I’ve always tried to do a few back to back long runs. Get used to running on tired legs. And a bunch of runs on Wilmot Line, hills glorious hills! We are very lucky to live so close and train on the actual routes.

 

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

I’ve been running for 10 years, mostly daily short runs and 5km races for the first 5 years. But in the last 5 years I started training and running marathons, trail races (25 and 50km races) and even finished my first triathlon last year! But I still love my 8-10km daily runs around the neighbourhood the most.

 

What else would you like to share?

This week always feels like going home. The athletes, the volunteers, the supporters cheering us on and the Schmidt family. I still haven’t found any other running experience quite like it.  

 

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

One Tough Runner. I think the fact that it is a multi-stage race is very appealing. And that it is accessible to all levels of runners if they put in the training.

 

What can we follow-up with you about in August for a profile part 2?

If my stress fracture survived the week.

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Hiya! Good luck everyone – I look forward to eating your dust.

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Welcome Sharon Ditner for your first Ultimate attempt!

 

ENDURrun: How far back do you go with ENDURrun?

Sharon: In 2008 I attempted put together a relay team but it fell apart. Three team members did their events – I chickened out of my 30 km event.

 

E: What convinced you to take the plunge ten years later?

S: I did the Sport option last year, was going to try to better my Sport result but that is not an option in 2018 – so I took the “plunge”. [Sport was a category offered from 2005-2017. We have discontinued that category for 2018.]

 

E: What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

S: If I can finish this year I’ve been thinking about running for a charity in 2019.

 

E: What are you nervous about, if anything?

S: Chicopee and Bechtel Park.

 

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

S: The supportive vibe of the ENDURrun community; the runners, the volunteers, the spectators, friends and family – veterans and newbies coming together.

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Greeting and salutations, my excitement to meet again is gaining traction and growing by the week.

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We’re excited to see what Andrew Keeves (Winter) can do in 2018, without giving the field a 30 minute Stage 1 head start!

 

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

Winter: I signed up for ENDURrun 2017 on a whim so I started the training later than most, but I was pretty pleased overall with how my legs held up. This time around I’ll try to be as dedicated as when I was going for Boston qualifying. I’ll definitely do more hill and trail running (any trails would be more) as I was totally unprepared for the second trail stage.

 

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

W: Well, first off, I’ll show up on time. That seems to be a good way to save some energy for the late stages.

 

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

W: Not knowing anything about the courses except the distance and type of race was maybe the best thing for me. Now, when training, all I can think about is the hurt from Chicopee.

 

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

W: I was really drained. I generally recover quickly after races but this took a couple weeks to get my legs to a point I could run a comfortable 10 or 20k.

 

E: What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? Motivations, goals, etc.

W: My competitive nature may create its own story. My overall goal is to beat my 2017 time while trying for a podium finish.

 

E: What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

W: To see how much more I can push myself.

 

E: What are you nervous about, if anything?

W: Hoping the job doesn’t get in the way so I can attend.

 

E: Can you share any details of your training? 

W: My training is pretty sporadic but signing up for races keeps me moving toward my goals.

 

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

W: I’ve been running and doing triathlons since 2012, I just like being active.

 

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

W: The small, close-knit community aspect, getting to meet the organizers, volunteers and competitors all.

 

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Hello, I am excited to join the Ultimate for the first time. Looking forward to meeting all crazy people!

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We love rookie contenders … welcome Mark Ishikawa!

 

What convinced you to take the plunge?

I used to be an ultra runner. When people call me CRAZY, that is my happiest moment. I wanted to feel that again this summer.

 

What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2017? 

Was following online, dreaming I would run in 2018!

 

What advice have you been collecting? What are your sources?

From my own experience for 35 years including 97 marathons and countless ultras

 

What are you still hoping to learn by August?

How to manage everyday races. I’ve never done three and more consecutive days.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

I’m not afraid of distance itself. Speed/time is secondary. My goal is to finish all 7 races with happy smile 🙂

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Meeting extremely crazy people, and then feeling that I am still far from crazy

 

What is your runner profile? 

My first marathon was more than 30 years ago. Since then I’ve done 2-3 marathons per year. I’ve reached 97 marathons now. The day 7 marathon of Ultimate will be my 98th marathon (if I can finish). I participated in OUTRACE in 2015 series, was the 2nd place in Male 50+. Normally I do 150-250km/month on various surfaces such as dirt trail, paved roads, indoor track, treadmill. My favorite training route is Rail Trail in Hamilton.

 

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

Consecutive days, each day has its race. 

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Hello everyone! I am looking forward to returning to the ENDURrun in 2018 for my 8th consecutive year. I hope to see you there!

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Vicki is the defending Ultimate champion.

 

ENDURrun: What is your runner profile? 

Vicki: I started running casually in 2005, ran my first race in the fall of 2006 (Oktoberfest Run 5K). I love trail running but do enjoy racing on roads.

 

How is your training going? 

So far so good… nit mixing things up TOO much this year.

 

How will your ENDURrun 2018 compare to previous years?

Time will tell. 🙂

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

After surprising myself in 2017, I am hoping to build on that and (fingers crossed) maybe even improve in 2018.

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Seeing all the returning runners and meeting the new ones.

 

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

It’s a long week; take it one stage at a time, but don’t forget that you need to do it again tomorrow.  

 

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

ENDURrun is race/event experience like no other: superior organization, amazing food, the best people around (the runners, the volunteers, the spectators… everyone).

 

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?

See my answer to the previous question.

 

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

The variation in terrain and distance from day to day: a test of the all-around runner.

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Hi, my name is Slow Moe and I am addicted to ENDURrun. I keep saying “this is the last year” and I keep falling off the wagon…. it’s been since 2009 and I can’t break the habit.

 

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Hi, we are ENDURrun, and we are addicted to hosting Maureen every August. 

 

ENDURrun: How will your ENDURrun 2018 compare to previous years?
Slow Moe: We’ll see! I’m hoping it will be a bit faster than last year.

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? Motivations, goals, etc.
As always, just to have fun.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?
Seeing all the peeps.

What are you nervous about, if anything?
As always, getting through Chicopee…..

Can you share any details of your training? Mileage, simulations, etc?
I just go out and run.

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years?
Don’t think ahead. Just do one day at a time and enjoy every km.

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect?
Great company and great food!

What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?
Being a finisher of the tour de France of running.

I can hardly wait to see everyone!

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Hi. I’m Chris from Cornwall, I like to push myself when running but am pretty happy no matter what, as long as I get to run, spend time with other like minded people and eat and have a few drinks.

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ENDURrun: What is your runner profile? 

Christian: I started running about 15 years ago. Mostly roads, but I enjoy trails, even though I’m not very technically strong. I usually like the longer races (21km-42km).

 

How will your ENDURrun 2018 compare to previous years?

If things go to plan, this year’s will be similar, run a strong (for me), well paced week.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

I’m doing an Ironman on September 30th. I’m hoping to use my ENDURrun run strength to kick butt in my triathlon.

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Good weather, the food, a week off work and doing well in the run events.

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

Pain in the butt (literally).   

 

Can you share any details of your training? Mileage, simulations, etc?

Same general plan as most years, increased my max week from 100 to 140km. I run 6 times a week (80-140km); bike 4-5 times a week (approx 300km) and swim 3 times (12km).

 

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

Don’t lose hope during the week and if you feel beat-up. If you did the training, your body will loosen up each morning after a few km. It knows what to do.

 

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

Variety of courses, friendly faces, and great food.

 

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?

It’s a really well organised event, and a great personal challenge.

 

What else would you like to share?

I went to Laurier in late 90’s. Love the Waterloo area, looking forward to visiting some of my old stomping grounds. I’m biking around 4th of 5 great lakes this summer with my wife. I should have some cool adventure stories to share about that trip.

 

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

Low key, smaller # of participants

 

Look for us to follow up with Christian in August on how well he’s stuck with his strength and flexibility program: “My hips and glutes are not what they used to be now that I’m well into my 40s.”

 

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“Hey ENDURrunners! Can’t wait for August 12th!”

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ENDURrun: How is your training going? 

Rebecca: Training is going well – had a strong start to the year but took a wee setback with illness and am working back up to distance and speed, slowly and carefully. Plan this year involves more interval training, more strength work, and more hills (always more hills!)   

 

How will your ENDURrun 2018 compare to previous years?

Not really sure – will have to wait and see! Plan to do my best every day, encourage all of the new (and old) faces on the course, and have a blast!   

 

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

ENDURrun is a family. The best piece of ‘advice’ I got my first day in 2016 was from Joanne Bink who said simply ‘welcome to the family’. That mentality makes an enormous difference to your week. The encouragement from spectators and aid station volunteers and other runners is amazing, heartfelt, and personal. Even disappointments (maybe your half marathon is slower than you wanted it to be) are easier to handle because the group cares about your race, supports you, and gets you out again the next day. The other piece of advice is – most of the volunteers and spectators around you are seasoned ENDURrunners – so their advice is WELL worth heeding!  

Congratulations and welcome to the new ENDURrunners in 2018. It’s a big step to take the plunge and register for this crazy event but I promise you it will be SO worth it.

 

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

Expect…..a fantastic variety of race styles and settings, the best post race food you’ve ever eaten, amazing race photos, tons of encouragement (by name)….oh, and expect to be tired. You will need to protect sleep time that week!  

 

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?

The races, the volunteers, the race courses, Lloyd and Julie and the entire Schmidt family, and the whole group of runners (and their families). I can’t believe how lucky I am to have this event in my own neighborhood.  

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? Motivations, goals, etc.

First goal is always to finish. Every.single.kilometer. Second goal is to finish with an overall faster time – even if just a few minutes 🙂 Third goal is to know every runner’s name by the end of the week. I got pretty close last year but not quite….the runner profile series is helping! Overall, though, I just want to enjoy the week. No matter what running-oriented goals I can or cannot achieve this year, being able to run is amazing – a privilege many athletes have taken away from them (my mom included) so every km I get to run, I’m thankful for.  

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Running down hill at Chicopee. (I’m serious – I LOVE those downhills).   

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

I’m not really nervous about anything…..should I be?  

 

Can you share any details of your training? 

Sure! I get to about 70-80 km a week when I am training regularly. I’m building back to that mileage after an unexpected hospital stay in early April…..

I do intervals either on my own or with H&P once or twice a week; deliberate hill runs every couple of weeks, and strength training once or twice a week when I can. Long runs don’t happen every weekend, but I try, and sometimes I do two 20 kms back to back. I’ll have one, maybe two weeks where my mileage gets to over 100 km but those weeks are extremely rare (I’m very, very injury averse!)  

 

What is your runner profile? 

I ran 5 km distances frequently as a teenager and university student, but didn’t run my first half marathon till 2014 – Boston’s Run to Remember! Never looked back….first marathon was July 2014, and plenty more since! Every year, I do a mix of road and trail, find at least one new marathon and one new trail race, and try to find one race in a place I’ve never raced before. This year, it’ll be the Chicago Marathon if all goes well.

Oh – one other important thing….my favorite runs are the one I do with other people 🙂  

 

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

Camaraderie. Intensity. Striving for excellence while achieving an incredibly supportive environment.

 

Welcome back, Rebecca!

 

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If you finish the ENDURrun Ultimate 10 times (1,000 Miles), your 11th entry fee is waived.

(Plus future stuff TBD.)

The Thousand Club is just a little loyalty program for our dedicated audience. So exclusive, in fact, that this club is launched with … no members. Joanne Bink is the closest with 8 finishes.

By contrast, when it was launched in 2016, the Golden Club was comprised of 21 members, and since then Vicki Zandbergen is the only athlete to join by earning her first Golden Jersey in 2017.

One thousand miles at ENDURrun reflects more than a decade of dedicated training, racing, and community building. We look forward to recognizing those individuals starting as early as 2020?

Jodi Kalman (pictured in 2016) flashes the “seven” as she completes her seventh Ultimate. 

 

Rules

– the only miles counted for this club are Ultimate Finish miles, in blocks of exactly 100.
– no cash value
– cannot transfer free entry to someone else
– the free 11th entry does not expire from the date of the 10th finish
– only valid until April 30 of any given ENDURrun year
– once registered, the free entry is irrevocably spent

Stay tuned next week as we resume our Contender bios. We have 14 left which will take us to the end of July!

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“Hello, I’m Lloyd.  I’m looking forward to the pain that I have been subjecting everyone else to.”

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Lloyd Schmidt is the founder of Run Waterloo and ENDURrun. 

 

ENDURrun: What is your runner profile? 

Lloyd I have been running for over 40 years.  I try to combine a variety of road and trail, hills and flats, long and short, time trials, point to point courses, multi-loop courses.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 motivations? 

You know those days when you feel like crap and your legs are heavy and you slog through every step of the run?  And you know those days when everything feels perfect and easy and it feels like you can run forever? That’s my motivation and goal.

 

What advice have you been collecting? What are your sources?

Normally I provide the advice, so I would say that my source is me.

 

What exposure did you have to previous ENDURruns?

Been involved since inception to varying degrees.

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

To see if I get bib 79 to match the bib in my profile picture from 1979.

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

I’m nervous about being chased by a bear, but that’s a different story.

 

After so many years, why have you decided to compete this year?

I’m in it to win it.  Based on skill alone, I wouldn’t stand a chance.  But I think this year is my best opportunity to win.  Since I’m still recovering from cancer surgery, I think everyone will feel sorry for me and let me win.

 

What is your advice to other participants?

If you let me win, don’t make it look too obvious.

 

What is your biggest advantage to win The ENDURrun?

I designed all the courses so I know all the shortcuts.

 

What else would you like to share?

I like to share my vegetables, mostly because I don’t like vegetables.

 

Look for us to follow up with Lloyd about what the Habs have been doing in the offseason to improve over last year’s disaster.