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This spring we are profiling the 2018 ENDURrun Ultimate Contenders with Q&As in this blog.

Related: Full blog series | Full list of Contenders

Today we introduce Anne, new to ENDURrun and fundraising for a great charity at the same time.


ENDURrun: What is your runner profile? 

Anne: Running is an extremely versatile passion of mine that positively contributes to every aspect of my life. I love how running promotes a healthy immune system, how it can be exciting or peaceful, provides great social experiences, or allows for meditation alone. Running provides me with opportunities to continually challenge myself, to share with and help others, and to experience new events and places. I am so grateful for everything the running community has given to me and I am passionate about helping others experience the many positive benefits of running. I enjoy being an encouraging and enthusiastic leader of the full marathon and half marathon Running Works clinic and I am so happy and proud to see the clinic participants progress and achieve their individual goals. I also greatly appreciate the invaluable guidance and support I receive from the community of knowledgeable and experienced runners.

I’ve been running for 12 years; mostly roads – recently more trails; typical mileage without ENDURrun of 60k to 80k/week.


How did you find out about ENDURrun?

I have run other Run Waterloo races in the past. 


What convinced you to take the plunge?

(1) Good training experiences for long distances over the past couple years gave me confidence that this would be a great year to do ENDURrun; and (2) the ability to raise awareness and funds for Guelph Wellington Women-in-Crisis as part of the Charity of Choice program.


What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

I am honoured to be a 2018 ENDURrun participant and to be part of the Charity of Choice program to raise awareness and funds for Guelph-Wellington Women-in-Crisis and the women’s shelter. The gratitude I feel for the support of the running community motivates me to train everyday and try my best to give back as much as I receive. I am motivated by the results I see from incorporating the advice of other runners into my training program – and sharing this success with them too.

You can learn more about Anne’s campaign (and donate) here.


What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Having a nap each afternoon. 🙂

Seriously, I am most looking forward to the challenge and how much I can learn from the other participants.  


What are you nervous about, if anything?

Adapting well to the August humidity


Can you share any details of your training? Mileage, simulations, etc?

My training plan includes: (i) steadily increasing mileage each week through July; cross-training with cycling, rowing, Victors Bootcamp, yoga; (ii) training runs on the ENDURrun course; (iii) back-to-backs each week (10k,40k,20k); (iv) 50k in June; (v) several marathon ‘races’ as training runs.  


What advice have you been collecting? What are your sources?

Friends from Guelph Victors who have completed ENDURrun have been terrific at providing me with advice based upon their past experience.  


What are you still hoping to learn by August?

I would appreciate any and all advice to deal with the humidity – avoiding heat exhaustion is very important to me.


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

“one tough runner”


What can we follow-up with you about in August for a profile part 2?

My training plan over the next few months includes: (i) running my first ultra in June, (ii) attempting to improve my BQ marathon time in May, (iii) helping my run clinic group achieve their personal goals with several half and full marathons over the next three months. I hope to update everyone on the progress from these and other training races (MEC series, Goodlife, etc.) as I go.