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DSC_0076Stage 3 of The ENDURrun is the first big test – a 30km cross country course. It’s a big obstacle, and with the morning off tomorrow, runners can push themselves a bit harder than they might otherwise. It is often said that The ENDURrun doesn’t really start until Stage 3.

Winners of today’s stage were Patrick Kelly and Angela Batsford, but neither were able to overtake the leaders. Keeping the gold jerseys for Stage 4 are overall leaders Matt Leduc and Mindy Fleming. Stage 4 is a 10 mile challenge on rural hilly roads. Start time is 6:00pm Wednesday.

This stage saw The ENDURrun’s first 2014 casualty: K Bill Dost, who rolled an ankle on the second loop and was unable to finish. Gutsy performances from all runners led to some very quick times on this course that always seems to be wet. We hope to see Bill again this weekend!

DSC_0729_2In the Relay event, H+P Men’s A1 continues to lead, but H+P Men’s A2 surged into second place with an impressive relay win today from Dave “ENDURdave” Rutherford.

Special mention to Holger Kleinke, who posted the lowest standard deviation lap time today, with splits of 24:43, 24:54, 24:48, 24:27, 24:43, and 24:43!

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Stage 3 Results (including lap splits)
Cumulative Results after Stage 3
Stage 3 Strava Flyby
The first of three photo albums can be found right here. The rest are uploading now!

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Stage 2 is a 15k Time Trial, where every runner starts one minute apart and the leader after Stage 1 starts last. Below these results are the cumulative results including both Stage 1 and Stage 2. In Stage 2, Men’s leader Matthew Leduc, Women’s leader Mindy Fleming, and Relay leader H+P Men’s A1 all increased their leads from Sunday.

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Stage 2 Results
Cumulative Results
Stage 2 Strava Flyby
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narrowThanks everyone for a great first stage of The ENDURrun 2014. Everyone in the record-breaking field of 46 Ultimate runners made it to the start (and finish) line. A big thank you to the yellow volunteer army for the incredible runner support!

Gold Jerseys were won by rookies Matt Leduc (1:16:44) and Mindy Fleming (1:27:05). Mindy set a stage record, and Matt had the fastest Stage 1 time since 2004! They have the privilege of starting last in tomorrow’s Stage 2 15k Time Trial.

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Stage 1 Strava Flyby
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ENDURrun 2014 is almost here! One longstanding ENDURrun tradition is to kick-off the event with a pre-race meeting at the home of the race director.

 

Prerace 2013At this event, you will have the opportunity to:

– pick up your race kit

– meet or re-connect with your fellow ENDURrunners and volunteers

– ask questions to the race committee and volunteers

– sign up for Guest stages

– purchase spectator food for the week

– sign up for the Saturday evening potluck

Please note: at every stage, you will have an opportunity to pick up kits, sign up for guest stages, purchase food, and sign up for the potluck.

 

Time: 5:00-6:00

Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014

Location: Schmidt Residence, 2 Weberlyn Crescent, Conestogo ON

 

This meeting is not mandatory and not exclusive. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you this evening!

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Be One Tough Runner

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Start of the Tour de France of Running

What past runners have said…
Here are comments and stories from past competitors describing their expectations, observations and experiences with The ENDURrun.

Charles Bedley 2003 & 2004 ENDURrun Champion (Ultimate event):
“The ENDURrun is the ultimate test of a runner’s endurance; it takes the complete runner to run it well. The runner needs good middle distance speed, needs the stamina for the marathon, needs the strength over hills, and capable of running cross-country well. It is a great marathon training week!

If you like to challenge yourself, it is the ultimate challenge, both physically and mentally. But, it is also a lot of fun! I felt like the Lance Armstrong of running wearing the gold jersey, and winning The ENDURrun!”

A. Duff McLaren 2007,08 ENDURrun Finisher (Ultimate event):

“All great running teams (Kenyan runners, Brooks-Hansen Distance Project, Running Clinics are all successful because the members are running together and eating together to share a common bond for the love of running. The ENDURrun is the same force that makes you a better runner. The bonding and intense friendly competition is not equaled anywhere.”

Bob Jackman 2006, 07,09 ENDURrun Champion (Ultimate event):

“I have wanted to run the ENDURrun since its inaugural year in 2003, but could never fit it into my schedule. This year I made it the one race I would definitely do and it was everything I imagined. The race organization was amazing and by far the best I have ever seen, from answering all my emails, the course management, the post race buffet and everything in between. The volunteers were there to fulfill your every need and then some. Also I can´t say enough about the great participants of this event, they and their friends/family were great support. It was great to see them day in and day out! I can only hope that I will be able to return in 2007 to defend my ENDURrun title.”

Dan Callaghan, Combat Engineer, Canadian Forces School of Engineering, 2004 ENDURrun Finisher (Ultimate event):

“The ENDURrun, like Steven Parke wrote, is the only race that I now actually train for, any other races are just to lengthen the season. This event is actually more of an experience than a race. I have been racing for four years and have completed:
1x 1 mile race
3x 10k races
4x 1/2 marathons
6x marathons
1x 100k Ultra
All of the above were on the road. Lloyd!!!!!

My favourite races have all been during The ENDURrun, even the cross country and hill races, which I did not train for (note to self – “train hills and trails for next year” must beat Bechtel Park). No other race can provide the same camaraderie as this event. It is not too often that during a race you actually get to know everybody like you do during The ENDURrun. If you were to take this challenge, I know that The ENDURrun would sell itself. I started thinking about next year before the event was even over (note to self -“catch Jay next year”).

Thank you for everything Lloyd, Julie and family, and not to mention the many volunteers that helped.
Well Done Lloyd, Outstanding!”

Catherine Champagne, 2003 & 2004 ENDURrun Finisher (Ultimate event):
“The ENDURrun is definitely a unique experience. The runs are individually challenging and allow you to test your stamina. The seven stages that runner’s experience during a marathon, can also apply to each race. By the end of the week, you can fully appreciate what you’ve accomplished when you cross that finish line.
The friendships that are formed are awesome. When you get to run with the same group of people, you have a support group that not only knows first hand what you are going through, but they can also feel your pain!!

The event is well organized and continues to improve every year. I highly recommend The ENDURrun experience.”

Adam Johnston, 2004 ENDURrun Participant, Stages 1 – 5:

“I recently took part in a fantastic endurance event: The ENDURrun. It was a tremendous experience, and one that I think you, the endurance athlete, would appreciate, and perhaps look to experience yourself. It was not unlike my first experience with triathlon and my first Ironman. I have not had such a favourable, positive, and memorable athletic experience since those days … but The ENDURrun matched them.
Race director Lloyd Schmidt has come up with a truly unique event. Seven Stages, over eight days, totalling 160 km! Distances range from 10k to the marathon. Once you’ve experienced it, you are likely to stick with it. I took part in Stages one through five. I am hooked, and am going back next year to do the entire thing.
What struck me most about participating in The ENDURrun was:
– the organization of the event. Lloyd, the race director, is extremely approachable. I struck up an e-conversation with Lloyd the months before the event. I felt like I knew Lloyd before actually meeting him on race day. This friendliness filters through to his volunteers and support crew. No complaints. Much more personable than an Ironman or marathon. You’re known by your name, not your chip number.
– how well thought out the event was … which days, which distances, etc.
– the typical athlete competing in this gruelling event was an average everyday athlete: father, wife, employee, son, etc. Do not be intimidated by the distance & almost anyone can do it!
– how well I was able to run on back to back to back days. And the same applied for everyone there. We surprised ourselves.
– the post event massage (each participant received a thorough massage) and food
– the incredible amount of fun I had … comparative to my days as a school child on the basketball team!
For these reasons, and so very many more, I encourage you to give The ENDURrun some thought for 2005 and in the future.”

Steven Parke, 2003 & 2004 ENDURrun Finisher (Ultimate event):

“Having run The ENDURrun both in 2003 and 2004, it is now the only race on my calendar that matters to me. Every other race that I choose to run has simply become a training race for The ENDURrun. The unique and challenging design of The ENDURrun, and the sense of accomplishment and pride that I have from being a part of The ENDURrun’s short history, has rejuvenated my training / running.”

Jay M. Pepper, 2004 ENDURrun Finisher (Ultimate event):

“I have been running for 2 years now. I have completed 2 half marathons and one full marathon before this 160 km run. To fast, to soon, to quick, not even close, with this being a stage race it was perfect. It was like a training week with more kilometers each day. I started training in April and just increased my mileage every other week. In June I started doing hills at Chicopee, twice a week and an endurance class once a week at Good Life Fitness. I didn’t really work on my speed work but more on the endurance. I just wanted to complete the run.

Three weeks before the run I injured my muscle between the calf muscle and tibia bone. So I tapered sooner then liked. I also tore my I-T band. It was very painful every time I bent my left knee. This happened on the Wednesday. I still had 3 stages left, 25 km on Friday, 10 km on Saturday, and the full marathon on the Sunday. It was a challenge, but I completed the 160 kilometres with the support of fellow runners and supporters.

It was an honour to participate in The ENDURrun. After every race there was an excellent assortment of foods and drinks, and the massages were excellent too.

The first Sunday we all showed up not knowing anyone. When Marathon Sunday showed up and we all had 118 kilometres under our belts, we not only finished The ENDURrun but new friendships where formed and everybody supported each other. That s what this race is all about.

THANKS LLOYD, JULIE AND FAMILY”

Chris Duke, 2006, 07, 08, 09 ENDURrun Finisher (Ultimate event):

“Lloyd, this event was like no other I have ever done. I had been thinking of signing up for a few months but thought that it was going to be an impossible thing for me. I’m only an average runner I think, but had done a few marathons and I like cross-country running. In a crazy moment late one night I sent in my registration, only to realize what I did “the morning after”. I became quite nervous the days leading up to the start. I figured if I could just finish the runs each day, and somehow struggle through the marathon, I would have done something beyond my wildest dreams.

Well, with trepidation I ran the first Stage at a full race pace, forgetting I had a little more to do that week! I never had had a post-race massage till that day – it was incredible how helpful it was! My legs felt great afterwards and I was excited about the next day. The 15 km, beautiful course, loved the time trial idea. Third Stage 30 km trail run – challenging course and my legs were feeling great still. I began thinking maybe I really wouldn’t be dropping out after all! Now I was getting nervous about Chicopee. It was hard but if others walked the hill, then so could I ;-). The guys from Price Chiropractic were amazing how they took the time to fix every ache and pain. But now the marathon loomed. I got a little excited the day before and ran one of my fastest 10k this year. But taper? Oh well. Felt great at starting line of final Stage. My wife read out my time at 16 km and I didn’t believe her since I was 7minutes ahead of my expectation! I could not believe I finished within 1.5minutes of my PB, and others PB’ed!

My running comrades were very friendly and the post race “hang out” was so nice. Talking about training, past runs, goals… everyone was revelling in the experience. I have never been to a more organized event where the whole focus is on us all conquering an amazing feat, something beyond my wildest dreams. The courses were excellent, scenic, well marshalled. Julie and her team were so considerate and the food was perfect. The prizes were very very generous. The massages so helpful. I finished the last Stage with much emotion. Finishing last behind the other guys made me very proud – best guys in the world to finish behind! Sincere thanks Lloyd and Julie.”

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Hey Tough Runners!

The ENDURrun website is being reborn. Back in 2005 the original website was replaced with the one we have all been using for information about the event, seeing results, videos, comments, and registration. A couple years ago run waterloo.com was totally redone and gave you the awesome site for this awesome race series.

It is now time for the ENDURrun‘s website to get a remake in a whole new system. We’d like your feedback and ideas!

Over the coming weeks you should see the site take shape and eventually totally replacing the existing site. The current html-based site has over 150 pages – we’ll get the necessary pages for this year’s event up first.

Please be patient, please send your ideas for the website. Train hard. Run hard. Be an ENDURrun Tough Runner!