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Who or what inspired you today?

When you have a love/hate relationship with ski hills and associated trails, you need to draw inspiration.

We asked the Ultimates where they got it today.

  • Runner is Ken, he earned it! Volunteer …whoever decided on the pasta , it rocked my world!
  • The Hergott family are DA BOMB when it comes to volunteer stations. Derek just makes my day when I see that guy and his big red beard!
  • Michael Klein inspires me to be more handsome when I have no shirt on and Antoine Gauthier inspires me to look more like a Gazelle when I run. So sleek. I don’t know how he does it.
  • All the volunteers at the water stations were amazing. Offering lots of encouragement and having plenty of cups of water and Gatorade at the ready. Joanne at the top of the big hill with music from the 80’s was great too. And a special shout to my wife Kik and friend Carolyn who volunteered at the top coming out of the trail chute.
  • Hergotts are the best.
  • The girls at the Top of North rocked it for me – they engaged with each runner (well walker at top of that beast) and helped us get over the hill.
  • Val comes out every day, instead of crying at home, which is where I would be.
  • Well, inspired me would not be the best word to describe what I could more accurately call helping me. But, for sure, it is Carmen Bouffard since she agreed to run after my bottle of pre-mixed drink after each loop, and to put it back for me on the table for the next. Thanks.
  • I wanna shout out 2 volunteers – Joanne Bink was a super energetic cheer person (as usual – thanks Joanne) and Sandi Karl was really quick and efficient with refilling my water bottles. All volunteers were assertively helpful but these 2 stood out to me.

Plus a bonus question: what is your favourite part of the Chicopee course?

  • I have a new love relationship with Chicopee – could hardly run at beginning and the challenge of the hill took me a step closer to working through my glitches – running sometimes heals you:) i now think I can finish.
  • Dropping down into the single track sections – they were shaded, cooler, and serene, so beautiful.
  • As strange as it may sound to some people, my favorite part is the long up hill we have to do between 400m and the 1st kilometer of each loop. Why? Because something is happening, it is different from the flat parts we are used to. You really work on this one, but you don’t only try to survive like on the big one in front of the Chalet. And you can let yourself go, not like on the singles track where awareness in mandatory or like on the downhills where you feel your quads hurting while breaking. But as many will say, yes, the favorite part of the loop is near the finish line where we sit, eat and watch!
  • My favourite part of Chicopee today was running with Lumi.
  • My favourite part of the Chicopee loop is the top cause all the ambitious peeps who climbed up there to cheer. I think to myself, “it’s great that you’re up here – but how did you make the climb in those Birkenstocks?!”
  • Favorite part of the loop, the single track after the big climb under the chair lift.
    uphills are the most fun, breathing hard when going up is so fun.

  • I guess my favourite part is the top of the second ski hill heading into the trail. It means that I’ve finished that huuuuge hill and can have fun in the long trail portion.

Stage 6: Heat assignments and start times

For the first time, Stage 6 is a 10,000m track race with heats.

These heats are based on Cumulative Time after Stage 5, with minor adjustments for Relay seed time.

We divided the field in to three heats of 22 runners. The first (fastest) heat starts at 7:00 a.m.; the second starts after the final runner of the first heat, not before 7:45 a.m.; the third starts after the final runner of the third heat, not before 8:45 a.m.

Heat 1

7:00 a.m.
Ultimate PositionRelay PositionnameSexBibCityAgeRelay Team NameAfter Stage 5
1Robert BrouilletteM1Cambridge270.28918981481481
2Josh BoltonM11Paris290.29081018518519
3Aidan RutherfordM2Waterloo220.3069212962963
4Robin Richard-CampeauM36St-leonard-d'aston400.32560185185185
5Christian BelairM3Summerstown440.33439814814815
6Nick BurtM13Kitchener250.33751157407407
7Ian GrzegorczykM52Waterloo270.34803240740741
8Dave RutherfordM38Waterloo550.3487962962963
9Robyn CollinsF129Waterloo420.35741898148148
10Reza SaputraM39Waterloo300.35872685185185
11Thaddeus HomewoodM25Listowel330.37027777777778
12Jack KilislianM31East York490.3740162037037
13Catherine DesrosiersF106Drummondville430.37447916666667
14Antoine GauthierM20Waterloo340.37989583333333
15Stefan GudmundsonM53Guelph490.38528935185185
16Rebecca KruisselbrinkF123Waterloo350.38719907407407
17Vicki ZandbergenF114Kitchener400.38813657407407
1Brendan HancockM205Baden28H+P Men's A0.31820601851852
3Dylan MunroM206Wellesley19H+P Men's B0.35142361111111
4Gillian WillardF211WaterlooH+P Women’s A0.35234953703704
8Josh LucreziM207London20H+P Men's C0.39372685185185
2Merzi DastoorM202Waterloo41H+P Masters Men A0.3422337962963

Heat 2

Not before 7:45 a.m.
Ultimate PositionRelay PositionnameSexBibCityAgeRelay Team NameAfter Stage 5
18Mitch WilsonM42Waterloo540.38917824074074
19Chris MintzM34Kitchener430.3912962962963
20Patrick KellyM30Ottawa560.39633101851852
21Savvas FarassoglouM18Ottawa390.3978587962963
22Caroline Samson-BelairF118Summerstown440.40293981481481
23Mike CoughlinM14Guelph450.40771990740741
24Merlin FreyM19Elmira540.40868055555556
25Denis AllenM4Kitchener570.41075231481481
26Patrick RobitailleM37Rockwood440.41209490740741
27Steven HunterM26Orangeville490.41621527777778
28Costas FarassoglouM17Ottawa390.42340277777778
29Jeanette ThompsonF120Cambridge430.42982638888889
30Tyler DaltonM15Kitchener340.43337962962963
31Andrew MoizerM35Merrickville600.4425
32Trevor BossM12Waterloo340.44650462962963
33Nikkole WelshF121Stratford360.45716435185185
34Andrea IozziF110Ajax580.45833333333333
6Matt HarropM208Kitchener26H+P Men's D0.38988425925926
9Jessica KuepferF212WaterlooH+P Women's B0.39554398148148
5Holger KleinkeM203WaterlooH+P Masters Men B0.38260416666667
7Sarah MillarF216Kitchener40Runners' Choice Ramblers0.39054398148148
15Chantelle ThompsonF210Kitchener36H+P Team Dalton0.50430555555556

Heat 3

Not before 8:45 a.m.
Ultimate PositionRelay PositionnameSexBibCityAgeRelay Team NameAfter Stage 5
35Robert BaxterM43Kitchener590.46366898148148
36Michael KleinM32Waterloo330.46681712962963
37Chris LadubecM44Waterloo390.46755787037037
38Ronald IrwinM27Durham580.48282407407407
39Andrew HeijM48Waterloo380.48577546296296
40William SpaetzelM41Kitchener360.48678240740741
41Susan MoizerF115Merrickville570.48728009259259
42Mark IshikawaM28Burlington550.49262731481481
43Diane LacombeF111Kitchener540.4959375
44Sharon DitnerF108Waterloo410.49983796296296
45Heather J. DewarF107Waterloo450.51640046296296
46Mark McDonaldM33Pickering370.5237037037037
47Maureen PecknoldF116Toronto510.54376157407407
48Sara BlanchettF105Kitchener410.55135416666667
49Ken B AndersonM5Kitchener760.59221064814815
50Deirdre LargeF112Waterloo530.60997685185185
13Melanie LynchF204Kitchener45H+P Masters Women0.46517361111111
12Ryan WongM213Bradford27Lifetime Fitness0.45262731481481
14Jenn TomlinsonF201Waterloo27H+P All Fit No Quit0.48787037037037
11Tracy MannF214Waterloo49Runners By Choice0.44759259259259
10Laura HewitsonF209Waterloo35H+P Team Boss0.43996527777778
16Paula LeeF215Kitchener39The Running Rarebits0.52962962962963

The decimals are percentages of a day. The HH:MM:SS format didn’t copy and it might be updated today.

Perfect day at Chicopee for monumental performances

Last year, Chicopee had heartbreak in store for Robyn Collins.

Crushing the 2018 ENDURrun, even a small setback (+5 min split from fastest to slowest lap) allowed Valery Hobson to drop the hammer and take a lead she would not relinquish. This year, Robyn ran a consistent and controlled race and cleared a major obstacle towards her first Ultimate championship. We are so happy for you Robyn! Catherine Desrosiers took the win today (her first of the week), but not enough to challenge Robyn as Trail Queen. Catherine sits 24:34 back, Rebecca another 18:19 back in 3rd. Vicki is 1:21 back.

On the men’s side, it was Robert Brouillette who won his third consecutive stage to finally pass Josh Bolton into first overall. This is the first time we have awarded a Gold Jersey to Rob other than at Stage 1. Josh Bolton, who also cleared a major hurdle in what he described as his first trail race, sits 2:20 back with 52.2 track and road kilometres to go. Aidan crushes his EB for 3OA. Robin is top Master. Rob will win Trail King.

Today was described as perfect weather, cooler and less humid than any year in recent memory. Trail conditions and shade on the course contributed to some amazing results today. All Ultimates who started Stage 5 finished, within the time limits, for the first time since 2013, and are all eligible to start Stage 6 tomorrow!

Shout out to Catherine D, Mike C, Will S for running their fastest lap last!

Record paces:
Rob and Josh ran the 3rd and 5th fastest times ever by Ultimates on Stage 5
Victoria S and Trish B ran relay records (female and masters female). Amy R ran a masters female guest record. Victoria’s time was the 5th fastest all-time (by any competitor, 3 min off all comers stage record)
Cumulatively, Rob is 22 min off of record pace, but 23s ahead of his personal best from 2017 and 3:25 behind the second fastest Ultimate performance
Robin is 12 min behind the masters male Ultimate record
Relay- H+P Men’s A now just 2:05 behind record pace, H+P Women’s A is 9min ahead of their own women’s relay record from last year, H+P Masters Men A are 13min ahead of their own masters record from last
Ken is the fastest (and first!) 70+ after 5 Stages
Andrea is the second fastest Women 50+, and the fastest 55+ after 5 Stages
Dave Rutherford is the fastest 55+ after 5 Stages
Andrew M. is the fastest 60+ after 5 Stages

Rob B now has 2:20 lead over Josh B
Ian G passed Dave R today, now ahead by 1:06
Reza S had a great run today, now just 1:53 behind Robyn C
Catherine D just 40s back of Jack K (finished within 2s of each other today)
Vicki Z closed some of the gap on Rebecca K (3rd overall), now just 1:21 back
Mitch W still just 1:30 behind Vicki Z
Mike C had a strong run today, pulling ahead of Merlin F by 1:23
Patrick R just 1:56 behind Denis A
Nikkole W pulls ahead of Andrea I by 1:41
Chris L now just 1:04 behind Michael K
Andrew H pulls ahead of Will S by 1:27, who is 43s ahead of Susan M

Relays– top 3 relay runners finished within 18s of each other today! (Greg D, Jon F, Victoria S)
H+P Women’s A is 1:20 out of 3rd place
Runners’ Choice Ramblers is just 57s behind H+P Men’s D (7th and 8th places)

Personal improvements:
Rob B ran a 3:10 PB, now slightly ahead of his cumulative best after Stage 5
Aidan R was 7:33 faster than last year, now cumulatively 32 min ahead of his previous best
Ian G was 4:33 faster than last year, now cumulatively 20 min ahead of his previous best
Jack K faster today, and cumulatively, than he has been since 2009
Rebecca K ran a PB by 5 min today
Savvas F ran his fastest Stage 5 time since 2009 (out of 5 Ultimates)
Merlin F also ran a PB by 5 min
Denis A ran a PB by 6 min, now less than 2 min off of his ENDURrun best (cumulative time) from 2011
Chris L was 5:41 faster than last year, now cumulatively 23:39 ahead of his previous best
Will S ran a remarkable 40 min PB today, and is now cumulatively over 2 hours ahead of his previous best ENDURrun
Susan M ran a 15 min PB today
Mark I was 9 min faster than 2018, now cumulatively 24 min ahead of his previous best
This is Ken A’s 5th Ultimate attempt and the first time he has completed Stage 5!