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There are many runners and many races, but only a few contenders for the high honour of One Tough Runner. This spring we will be profiling the 2018 ENDURrun Ultimate Contenders with Q&As in this blog. This interview with Nikkole Welsh is the first in the series – enjoy!


Nikki has completed the Ultimate twice, in 2015 and 2016. After a one-year hiatus, she’s back and excited for ENDURrun 2018.


ENDURrun: What is your runner profile? 

Nikki: I used to run in high school with my step-dad around the river in Stratford. Then I started running again after my second baby and I’ve been running ever since. Now I run as a stress reliever and a way to take care of myself.


What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

I’m looking forward to seeing all of those familiar faces again!


How will your ENDURrun 2018 compare to 2015/2016?

This year I want to finish strong! By the end of the week, I’m running on empty and my goal this year is to maintain my strength and finish with my fastest marathon time yet 🙂


What is your motivation?

My motivation is always to show my three boys how important it is to be healthy and show them how strong women can be.


How is your training going? 

This year I’m running in the Outrun Trail series so training started early, and is going well!! I’m currently running over 100km a week in anticipation of my first race at the end of April.


What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years?

Don’t underestimate your own strength. It’s all about mind over matter.


What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?

Sense of community.


What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?

The Schmidt family and the incredible volunteers!! You feel like you’re part of something really special, and by the end of the week everyone knows your name and everyone is supporting each other. It’s a pretty beautiful thing!