There are many runners and many races, but only one ultimate test of running.
From Lloyd Schmidt, Race Director
Long Post – I have been working on this for months.
The original concept and vision of The ENDURrun was to create a uniquely individual test of strength, determination and will. A solitary journey designed to take you to your physical and mental limit, and then demand more. Once you reach that limit, the battle is within.
But The ENDURrun evolved into something much different than I envisioned. From training together in preparation for the event, pacing with other participants during the event, pre and post race support and encouragement, social activities throughout the week, and a close, caring, celebratory awards ceremony with those who shared your pain, The ENDURrun is very much the opposite of social distancing.
To mandate social distancing during this event, and to eliminate pre and post race gatherings including food and awards, I think would undermine what’s at the very core of The ENDURrun. As much as I stubbornly held out hope for the remote possibility of at least holding the run-only aspect of The ENDURrun, the event just wouldn’t be the same without the social aspect.
And, I can only base my decision on facts.
- COVID-19 is serious.
- Gatherings of more than 10 are prohibited at this time.
- No one can predict the future.
- Provincial and Local rules and regulations can change quickly.
- Participants require an assurance that the event will take place and require adequate lead time to prepare.
Based on the facts, and without further direction or assurances from authorities, it is with great regret that The 2020 ENDURrun will be cancelled.
I very much appreciated your patience during this delay, and if you have continued to train, at least you are in great shape now because of your efforts and commitment.
We are deferring all Ultimate entries to The 2021 ENDURrun and hope that your interest, enthusiasm and support remain for our event. With this extra year of training and preparations, we are expecting big things from you in 2021. For Relay Teams and Guests, we will be offering a full refund or deferral to 2021.
For our new Sport event, we will be offering a full refund or deferral to 2021.
As mentioned above, my original concept of The ENDURrun was entirely an individual challenge. Decades ago, I ran something like this by myself in training blocks – no cheering, no aid, no fanfare. Maybe this is an opportunity to go back to that concept this year. We are in the process of forming a working group which will establish a framework for staging a smaller participation Ultimate and Sport event that complies with all official regulatory rules and regulations with respect to safety. More details to follow. Maybe keep up your training just a bit longer, just in case.
Thanks again, stay safe, and please let me know if you have any questions.
Participants will be emailed with actionable instructions.
From Lloyd Schmidt, Race Director:
I apologize for the lack of communication. You deserve better. But these are complicated times, and please know that the fate of The ENDURrun is always on our minds.
My opinion is that my opinion doesn’t matter. I am not an epidemic expert or authority. I am relying entirely on the rules and restrictions as set by the authorities. If the authorities say that we can proceed with our event, then I will rely on their judgment that it is safe to do so. Presently, all events in Waterloo Region are prohibited to the end of June. It is meaningless for me to say that I think events will be allowed in August, or to say that I think all events will be cancelled for the remainder of the year.
I will proceed based on the present rules and restrictions, and events in August have not been officially prohibited.
As organizers, we need a minimum two months to prepare for the event. We will make our final decision on whether The ENDURrun will take place this year, no later than June 9. Hopefully the authorities will announce by June 9 whether events will be prohibited for the remainder of the summer, or whether limited events with restrictions can take place.
Where it gets complicated is the access or lack of access to the tremendous amount of resources required for The ENDURrun. Not only supplies (medals, shirts, etc.), but also venue availability, travel restrictions, and most importantly, the safety of our volunteers. We will take everything into consideration, and we have a big decision to make by June 9. Unless, of course, if the decision is made for us by the authorities.
Sorry that I cannot be more specific at this time. Things can change very quickly and we do not have a crystal ball. If you can hang in there and keep training and preparing, you will know one way or another no later than June 9. Thanks for your understanding and support, and please let me know if you have any questions.
This applies to the Ultimate and Relay (August) and Sport (July) events.
Ultimate isn’t the only way to participate.
The 8 day, 7 stage, 160 km challenge is the featured event at ENDURrun. But Relay and Guest offer smaller and flexible ways to get involved.
Relay is a team of 2 to 7 individuals who run at least one Stage. Guest are solo stages. Both are limited in number and great ways to introduce yourself to the community without signing up for an entire week.
These start out at $60 for Relay and $50 for Guest, and the prices do jump substantially between now and August.