The third Stage of ENDURrun is its largest yet – a 30 kilometre cross country course.
It’s hot. It’s loopy. It challenges runners mentally and physically for six 5 KM laps of grass, woodchip, dirt, gravel and pavement. In the first lap, runners pass an ominous “40 KM” sign: Ultimates have run one-quarter of the week’s distance.
Gold jersey leaders extended their lead today, as Angela Batsford-Mermans and Robert Brouillette, each won their division. Fifty three runners started today, and 53 gutsy performances were recorded.
Today’s race saw one Ultimate DNS (Steven Gastfield) and one Relay DNF (Justin Buis). Justin will be ok; he is in the hospital and his condition will be updated as is appropriate. The Relay team, H+P Team Switzer, will be allowed a substitute runner (Rules, page 3) of fellow H+P athlete and Ultimate participant Vicki Zandbergen.
Tomorrow runners have the option to sleep in, as the middle Stage is an evening 10 miler on the “flat and fast” Wilmot Line.