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Such is Merlin’s state of mind at Stage 4.

Flash back to Merlin Frey‘s attitude when he entered and finished the ENDURrun in 2015: he expected it was a one-time thing. But in the weeks leading up to ENDURrun 2016, he already knew he was missing out and decided that he would be back in 2017.

Fast forward to Tuesday, August 15, 2017, and Merlin is having a great week, until a freak toe injury while assisting the ENDURrun race crew (“Dang!”) ended his week after three Stages. So when Merlin did not start Stage 4 today, he officially became a DNF in ENDURrun 2017. But his attitude is positive and he is already anticipating 2018 and beyond. Merlin has come from discovering running in 2009 to embracing the Run Waterloo community and making ENDURrun an annual fixture in his year.

Merlin’s week will be a combination of spectating and volunteering. It’s great to have Merlin’s positive attitude around!

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Glen Avery is the lone American in the field this year, but his running exploits are much more exotic than that.

Like many ENDURrunners, the event has been on his radar for for many years and many miles. Glen started running when he was 51 years old, and in the fifteen years since, Glen’s journey to the ENDURrun includes stage races of a different kind: seven marathons in seven days.

He first accomplished this in the Eastern United States (West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama) in October 2016, which was in training for the World Marathon Challenge (seven marathons, seven days, seven continents — with 24,000 miles in the air) which he completed in January 2017. In total, he has run at least three marathons/ultras on all seven continents, and he is the oldest person to ever complete the World Marathon Challenge. These great experiences with stage racing convinced Glen to try the Ultimate this year, and he signed up a mere 13 days before Stage 1. He’s thoroughly enjoying his week so far, which he considers to be a unique challenge.

At Stage 4 tonight, Glen will enjoy the 10 Miler. All things considered the stage is quite short, and it’s in a familiar measurement system, too!

2017 ENDURrun Stage 2: 15 KM Time Trial

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Such was Susan Moizer’s experience in 2015.

All of our profiles so far have covered Ultimate runners currently in the competition. Susan’s story is different – she did not start Stage 1.

This story starts in 2015, when Susan, a three-time Ultimate finisher, sustained some devastating injuries that significantly affected her running and kept her off the start line for Stage 1 that year. It was an emotionally tough experience, harder, in her estimation, than her three finishes.

In 2017, Susan is back as a volunteer with a fresh perspective. She pulled the plug on a potential Ultimate attempt six weeks ago due to injury and how it has affected her training. Don’t get us wrong – we love having Susan in the neon shirt – but by Stage 3, she was starting to really long for the running side of the 8 Days, 7 Stages challenge. Susan knows that Friday is going to be a tough day as well (Stage 5 is her favourite), but she will get in the action as the Stage 6 runner for one of the #TeamLloyd Relay Teams.

The Stage 1 DNS is a complicated decision, especially after you’ve invested time, money, and emotions into the event. Sometimes it’s for the better, but it still doesn’t make it easy. Susan, it’s great to have you back this year, and we look forward to having you in the field again!

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Overheard at the massage table today, from Amy Robitaille.

Amy’s ENDURrun journey began in 2015, when she first heard about the event from her coach and alumnus Mike Coughlan. A few years and a few Guest stages later, Amy is, in her own words, hooked after just three Stages. As pleasant as her two Stage 6 entries were in 2015 and 2016, we know that running Stage 6 is kind of like showing up late to a party where you know you’ve missed something great. This year Amy is getting the full ENDURrun experience and loving every minute.

We are excited for Amy because, although she lives only 30 minutes away, she is blissfully unaware of the Wilmot Line hills. She is planning to “enjoy every step of it” on Wednesday, and we think that she will probably make it out to Wilmot Line again sometime over the next year in training. Enjoy the morning off tomorrow, and see you in the evening for a 6pm start. All the best!

2017 ENDURrun Stage 2: 15 KM Time Trial

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We caught up with Will Spaetzel over the first kilometre of his third lap in Stage 3.

Will is one of the Run Waterloo super-volunteers, dedicating countless hours over the year and during ENDURrun week. Will has often videoed and interviewed runners out on the courses, so we decided to return the favour this time!

This year is a different experience for Will, with his second entry in the Ultimate division (2013). Will is a few minutes behind his 2013 pace after Stage 2, but is also a few minutes off his Stage 3 time from that year. He isn’t sure yet if he can better his first Ultimate, but he will certainly have a better idea after today.

Asked, would you rather be running or volunteering? “Ask me on Sunday!”

For some Stages, we publish live results. Check out the Ultimate participants. As I write this, Rob Brouillette is on his sixth and final lap and we are expecting him any minute. 

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We caught up with Ultimate rookie Rachael Drost after Monday’s Stage 2.

Although the number of rookies is small – they make up 31% of 2017 Ultimate runners – they are vital to the event and Rachael is a great example of the energy that new participants bring to the week and the community.

Rachel is having “a hoot” so far this week, and it’s not hard to see why. Besides crushing her own expectations so far, Rachel is also a great example of one of the common paths to ENDURrun – through volunteering. Rachael first got involved with ENDURrun as a key volunteer in 2016. She got hooked on the event’s camaraderie and returned in 2017 as an Ultimate competitor. She also brought along her running group – The Running Rarebits – to compete as a Relay and to volunteer all week, and the seeds are already planted. We won’t be surprised to see her and some of her teammates in the Ultimate competition in future years 😉

Rachel, who also fundraised $1,100 for FeedFive through the ENDURrun’s Charity of Choice program, is tackling Stage 3 as her team’s relay runner. Best of luck for the rest of the week, Rachael!

2017 ENDURrun: Stage 1 Half Marathon

If you’re on the fence about ENDURrun for you, consider taking a morning to volunteer at a Stage this year. It gives you great access to the stories like these that will keep you coming back! 

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For our next mini-profile, we don’t have to look farther than Stage 1 winner Vicki Zandbergen for an exceptional story.

As the all-time record holder for Run Waterloo event finishes (117), Vicki was recognized as member number 4 earlier this year. This extensive career has also contributed to other ENDURrun records, including the longest current streak of Ultimate finishes (6). Vicki can tie the record for most consecutive Ultimate finishes next Sunday (7), but set a new record in Stage 1: the longest wait (in Ultimate Stages finished) before earning the Gold Jersey (43)!

Vicki has coveted this Jersey for years, and it’s amazing to see this come together in her seventh Ultimate attempt. Vicki is the twenty-second member of the Golden Club. But the week is long, and two runners – Catherine and Val – are within 95 seconds of the lead after the first Stage!

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When should you start your warm-up tomorrow?

Use this projected start order as a guide. This Time Trial (TT) stage starts one runner each minute, in reverse order to their seed time, which is determined from previous results and expected finish times.

Dropouts and no-shows may still adjust the start times by up to 10 minutes from the Estimated Start Time – check in early. This list will be finalized and available at the start line at 8:00am August 14.

Division First Name Last Name Time of Day Sex Age
Relay Colleen Sweeney 8:00 F 55
Ultimate Sara Blanchett 8:01 F 39
Ultimate Michelle Barnes 8:02 F 47
Ultimate Ken B Anderson 8:03 M 74
Ultimate Sonja Bissegger 8:04 F 36
Guest Ken Edwards 8:05 M 64
Guest Carolyn Edwards 8:06 F 60
Relay Michelle Dumas 8:07 F 45
Ultimate Ed Andringa 8:08 M 59
Ultimate Angela Bell 8:09 F 36
Ultimate William Spaetzel 8:10 M 34
Ultimate Wilf Goron 8:11 M 62
Relay Heidi Engelhardt 8:12 F 57
Ultimate Rachael Drost 8:13 F 31
Ultimate Glen Avery 8:14 M 67
Ultimate Maureen Pecknold 8:15 F 49
Relay Mike Hewitson 8:16 M 34
Ultimate Amanda Booth 8:17 F 51
Ultimate Andrew Heij 8:18 M 36
Ultimate Rebecca Kruisselbrink 8:19 F 33
Ultimate Ronald Irwin 8:20 M 56
Ultimate Michel Pawlicz 8:21 M 49
Guest Kathryn Weber 8:22 F 23
Relay Matt Widmeyer 8:23 M 33
Ultimate Luke Simon 8:24 M 37
Ultimate Cathy Putman 8:25 F 42
Ultimate Mark McDonald 8:26 M 35
Ultimate Denis Allen 8:27 M 55
Relay Odalis Ramirez 8:28 F 30
Ultimate Trish Benoit 8:29 F 39
Ultimate Michael Mahoney 8:30 M 44
Ultimate Jack Kilislian 8:31 M 47
Relay Christine Darragh 8:32 F 43
Ultimate Merlin Frey 8:33 M 52
Ultimate Aaron Putman 8:34 M 41
Guest Bob Baxter 8:35 M 57
Ultimate Amy Robitaille 8:36 F 38
Relay Brian McGrath 8:37 M 47
Ultimate Ian Grzegorczyk 8:38 M 25
Relay Jonathan McGrath 8:39 M 14
Ultimate Patrick Kelly 8:40 M 54
Relay Dave Bolan 8:41 M 44
Relay Erin Fox 8:42 F 31
Ultimate Thaddeus Homewood 8:43 M 31
Relay Steven Robb 8:44 M 29
Ultimate Valery Hobson 8:45 F 47
Ultimate Catherine Desrosiers 8:46 F 41
Ultimate Vicki Zandbergen 8:47 F 38
Ultimate Merzi Dastoor 8:48 M 39
Ultimate Stefan Gudmundson 8:49 M 47
Ultimate Andrew Keeves 8:50 M 35
Relay Aaron Grant 8:51 M 27
Ultimate Nick Burt 8:52 M 23
Guest Stephaney Hortian 8:53 M 30
Relay Brendan Hancock 8:54 M 32
Ultimate Robert Brouillette 8:55 M 25
Guest Adam Hortian 8:56 M 33

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Rob Brouillette is back in ENDURrun 2017. He’s happy to chat about it, but you wouldn’t know that from his social media profiles.

The one and only #ENDURrob is usually a prolific user of social media, but has gone dark for the past 6 weeks, including to Strava. Since we haven’t had any updates about his training and preparations, we took the opportunity to check in with him at the pre-race meeting.

He says he’s back, ready to roll, and looking to improve on his times from 2015 and 2016. His absence from all things social media has simply been due to focus on his training. Rob even hopes to challenge both the second fastest time ever (Charles Bedley, 2003) and the 10-hour benchmark. He has two years of experience to rely on, plus some solid times this spring, including a sub-2:30 marathon this May in Mississauga.

Only Bob Jackman and Jackie Jackman have accomplished the “three-peat” of three consecutive Ultimate championships (both from 2008-2010). Rob has the rare opportunity to do so now in 2017. It starts today.

2017 ENDURrace: Pre-Race Meeting

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As you probably know, there has been and continues to be a lot of construction in the village of Conestogo. This will affect access to the village as well as four of the courses. Here is what you need to know:

Access
1. Construction can change daily. Leave lots of time before arriving to Conestogo for Stages 1, 2, 6 and 7. Below are our recommendations, which cannot be guaranteed.

2. The best advice for out-of-town guests is to arrive in Conestogo via Sawmill Road from Highway 85, and park at either Conestogo Public School or on Weberlyn Crescent, and to walk over to Conestogo Park. This is the most reliable way to access both the Schmidt Residence and Conestogo Park. There is limited parking at Conestogo Park.

3.  … keep reading in the 2017 ENDURrun Info Booklet [PDF]

This booklet also addresses rule changes, such as the introduction of Dollar Pacers and the elimination of bicycle pacers.