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Stage 7 is the finale of the “8 Days, 7 Stages, 160 KM” ENDURrun. At the end of a long week, a full marathon is a true test where anything can happen. With close standings among many of the Ultimate men and some highly competitive relays and women, the race was bound to be interesting.

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DSC_0573Sixteen athletes started at 6am, in order to finish before noon, while the rest of the field took off at 7:30am. H+P Men’s A1 relay runner Rob Brouillette quickly put a significant gap between himself and the field, coming through the half already five minutes ahead of Matt Leduc. Behind him was a pack of the same six men who have been working together all week, along with Mindy Fleming, all on pace to break three hours. Vicki Zandbergen was hot on Catherine Kelly’s heels, in a battle for third.

H+P Women’s relay runner Jessica Kuepfer took a page out of teammate Gillian Willard’s books: pacing off Holger Kleinke in hopes of a PB. The majority of the field found at least one other person to work with over the first 21.1km loop, before spreading out more in the second half of the race.

DSC_0907In the end, Matt Leduc protected his lead and won the overall competition in a time of 11:07:53, despite finishing second today. “Dark Horse” Stefan Gudmundson pulled out the surprise victory with a huge PB of 2:55:13 to Christian Belair’s 2:56:37, meaning Christian was able to hang on to his third overall finish by just seven seconds! Patrick Kelly maintained his position in the overall results (second) by running an impressive sub-3 hour marathon. Mindy Fleming placed first in the stage and the ultimate competition, with a total time of 12:30:12. Angela Batsford was second today and overall, while Vicki was able to overcome an 18:18 deficit to grab third in the cumulative results. In the relay competition, Rob was able to hold his impressive pace for a 2:41:37 PB, completing H+P Men’s A1 team’s wire-to-wire win with the fourth fastest all-time relay time. Congratulations Matt and Mindy on your Ultimate wins, as well as the other finishers. You are 41 Tough Runners!

For some context, here are Matt and Mindy’s times compared to all winning times in the history of The ENDURrun.

LastFirstBibSexAgeCityCountryStage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Overall
BelangerJon55M23GuelphCanada1:25:150:57:552:12:091:03:552:09:110:36:532:59:5911:25:17
AshizawaJeff54M41WaterlooCanada1:25:250:58:512:18:141:05:442:11:120:37:542:57:4711:35:07
FormaneckSteve46M27KitchenerCanada1:38:421:01:132:15:291:06:322:09:190:38:233:08:1111:57:49
DukeChris45M41GuelphCanada1:30:391:02:462:18:301:08:142:11:440:40:223:09:2112:01:36
BiggsSteven56M35AjaxCanada1:34:531:03:492:23:021:10:262:18:460:40:163:14:2212:25:34
McLarenA. Duff49M58TorontoCanada1:46:551:14:532:49:191:32:122:46:070:44:463:49:4014:43:52
KayChris48M22TorontoCanada2:01:321:17:532:56:451:32:122:56:370:46:564:10:3815:42:33
HarderDouglas47M37WaterlooCanada2:14:411:36:514:02:551:40:003:55:311:01:116:03:0420:34:13
BoultbeeApril39F35TorontoCanada1:31:351:01:212:20:541:09:052:15:320:39:553:13:4112:12:03
BinkJoanne38F40WaterlooCanada1:32:021:02:402:24:271:09:432:20:170:40:543:13:5612:23:59
BoultbeeMelanie52F35TorontoCanada1:37:031:02:412:27:301:11:442:17:000:41:073:29:1112:46:16
JackmanBob51M25WarwickUSA1:32:131:01:07

Of course, this race would not be possible without the incredible volunteers and runners. To the entire ENDURrun community: thank you! We hope to see you again next year!

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[Edit: storylines have been updated with the post-stage outcomes.]

Sunday is Stage 7 of The ENDURrun: The Marathon. Here are just a few of the many storylines that we are following:

DSC_0076Sharing the Lead
Prior to this year, never had more than two individuals won any given stage of The ENDURrun in any given year. In fact, between men and women, the same person won every stage EIGHT times. This year, in the men’s event, FOUR different Ultimate runners have won stages: Matt Leduc (1,2), Patrick Kelly (3,5), Joao Oliveira (4) and Christian Belair (6). Who will win Stage 7, someone new to the party, or one of our familiar faces?
Someone new: Stefan Gudmundson comes through with a massive negative split for a big new PB and stage win!

Chasing Records
Mindy Fleming is within grasp of two historic ENDURrun records. The Stage 7 record belongs to Joanne Bink (3:08:54, 2011), and the Ultimate Competition record belongs to Jackie Jackman (12:07:47). Mindy’s personal best marathon is 2:57:42 from Ottawa 2013. Having already set the Stage 1 record this year, will she push herself to break the Stage 7 record, and go for the 2:53:11 to break the all-time record?
Gave it a shot: Mindy came out with a blistering 1:30:59 first half before backing off and racing a smartly conservative second half. More records will have to wait for 2015!

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Holger Kleinke is one of the most consistent runners that we know. He achieved the lowest standard deviation in lap times for Stage 3 (24:43, 24:54, 24:48, 24:27, 24:43, 24:43) and Stage 5 (30:15, 30:34, 30:14, 30:15, 30:12) – and this was without wearing a watch! The over/under on Holger’s lap time differential tomorrow (two identical half marathon laps) is 21.5 seconds. Would you bet on the over or under?
Over, barely: Holger’s splits were 1:38:59 and 1:38:13. Of course they were.

Close Race
Despite the group of individuals winning various stages, Matt Leduc has led wire-to-now and maintained sole posession of the gold jersey. Despite this, he only leads Patrick Kelly by 3:28 overall. How will the closest race in recent memory play out Sunday morning? It’s a deep field too – Christian Belair, Stefan Gudmundson and Joao Oliveira are all within 17:44 of the lead!
Stefan’s push in the last 10k put him 7 seconds out of third place, while Matt increased his lead to 6:26 on the final day to win The ENDURrun 2014.

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Stefan Gudmundson (4th, 13:54 gap) and Catherine Kelly (3rd, 54:16 gap) are defending Ultimate champions and will lace up Sunday morning. It’s a tall order for either athlete, but they both know what it takes to earn the gold jersey!
While Stefan had a great result, Catherine didn’t have it in her at this stage, struggling on the second half and being passed for third place by Vicki. Not the result she was looking for, but a courageous performance!

Personal Records
Personal Records are dropping like flies. Among many notables, Ed Andringa has EBed (ENDURrun bested) every stage, while Stefan has recorded a genuine PB! How many PBs and how many BQs are going down tomorrow?
Yes – but too many to count.

Will Una get lost?
We love you Una!
No!

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Eight runners have already signed up for ENDURrun 2015. Sara Blanchett signed up for The ENDURrun 2014 last August and has already signed up for The ENDURrun 2015. How many more will take advantage of the “ENDURrunner’s high” promo code (“ENDURrunner”) and sign up by Sunday night?
Two more on Sunday and a total of 32 by the end of the ENDURrunner discount!

Relay and Sport Competitions
Jeff Martin leads the Sport Division by 1:42 over Vince Charbonneau, and H+P Men’s A1 leads the Relay over the H+P Men’s A2 by 21:07. Do they have what it takes to close it out?
Yes to both.

Will Paul and Susan run together?
To recreate this epic scene from 2012?
Sadly, not this time.
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DSC_0907 - CopyStage 6 of The ENDURrun is a deceptively tough test: how hard would you push a 10k the day before a marathon? How fast can you push the day after the Stage 5 hills?

It’s a time trial start, which means that each runner starts one minute after the previous runner, in reverse order of the cumulative standings. This means that the gold jerseys start closer to 9:00 than 8:00.

The men’s event saw the fourth stage winner of the competition, Christian Belair. Overall, Matt Leduc increased his lead to 3:28 over Patrick Kelly. Mindy Fleming placed first in this stage, and now leads Angela Batsford by 23:14 overall.

DSC_0304 - CopyIn the relay competition, no places changed, with H+P Men’s teams holding the top two spots and the RC Ramblers rounding out the podium. In the sport competition, Vince Charbonneau won Stage 6 and cut deep into Jeff Martin’s overall lead from Stage 5.

Now there is only a marathon to go…

The ENDURrun was glad to see Sean running the 10k as a Guest, after he was forced to withdraw from the Sport competition yesterday, and very happy to see Kelly back marshalling in Elmira! Unfortunately, Jack was unable to start this stage but will Guest run the marathon on Sunday.

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Cumulative Results after Stage 6
Strava Flyby of Stage 6
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Stage 5 of The ENDURrun is a 16 mile (25.6km) race at Chicopee Ski Park in Kitchener, Ontario. It’s five gruelling laps of single track trails, grass, gravel access roads, wooden boardwalks, and even a set of stairs. Each lap has approximately 150m of elevation gain!

There is a reason why this stage is the day after the rest day; it is described by many as the most difficult stage. Two runners were were forced by injury to withdraw: Ultimate Joanne and Sport Sean.

Traditionally, registration for the next year is opened during Stage 5. Today at noon, The ENDURrun 2015 registration opened, and we immediately received an entry from a familiar face (and twitter handle!):

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Stage 5 Results
Cumulative Results after Stage 5
Stage 5 Strava Flyby
Photos coming soon. Here’s a teaser: Rick’s #IceBucketChallenge

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narrowWe are thrilled to announce the dates for the 13th Annual ENDURrun, August 9-16, 2015. The ‘Tour de France’ of running is 7 stages over 8 days for 160km.

ENDURrun square 2015Registration for the Ultimate event is NOW OPEN.

As a thank you to the ENDURrunner community, and to capture some of that ‘runner’s high,’ we are offering a $50 discount on the lowest price of $350. This code is only valid until midnight on August 20, 2014. Code: ENDURrunner

It wouldn’t be hard to find an ENDURrunner who knows that $300 is a steal for the races, the food, the excitement, the community, and the running event of a lifetime.

Registration for Sport, Relay and Guest events will open in November 2014.

We look forward to seeing you next August!

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thinAt Stage 4, runners pass the 80k sign 2.2k from the finsh, marking the halfway point of The ENDURrun. This stage is the only evening race of the series. In the evening’s unseasonably cool temperatures, we welcomed five former ENDURrunners as guests to the 10 mile field: Will, Dave, Josh, Brian and Jessica!

Enjoy your off day tomorrow!

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Cumulative Results after Stage 4
Stage 4 Strava Flyby
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DSC_0624With no race this morning, ENDURrunners have some extra time to sleep, socialize, rest for Stage 4, and catch up on blogs!

Here is an incomplete list of blogs from participants of The ENDURrun 2014. These posts are a great way to gain insight into the mind of The ENDURrunner.

Run Joao Run by Joao Oliveira (use Google translate – default in Chrome browser)
Paul’s Inane Ramblings by Paul Mora
viczan ran by Vicki Zandbergen
Health + Performance team (4 Ultimates, 4 Relays, and Guests)
ENDURrunners Twitter List

If you’ve got a blog to include in this list, please let us know!

The ENDURrun continues Wednesday evening for Stage 4: 10 Miler.

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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 Strava Flyby
All photos are available right here.

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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 Results
Stage 1 Strava Flyby
All photos are available at our photo site.

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