One week later, we’re still reeling with Post-ENDURrun Syndrome (PES).
The best way to combat that is to send some thank yous out to the individuals and groups who make this project so much fun. This particular moment is one of the high points in the history of ENDURrun, and so here’s a toast to the ENDURrunners community that make this 2018 featured photo possible.
Charity isn’t a big focus at ENDURrun, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important and that there aren’t incredible stories from our fundraisers. Shattering all previous standards, Josh Bohnen for Nutrition For Learning, Maria Michel for KidsAbility, and Anne Hinds for Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis collectively raised over $15,000!
Here’s @joshbohnen wearing some NFL swag at Stage 4 of the ENDURrun! Josh is SO close to his $10,000 goal for Nutrition for Learning – WOW! THANKS JOSH!! Please support Josh’s campaign: https://t.co/IR7golzg9d
Photo-cred: Julie Schmidt @runwaterloo pic.twitter.com/CnaQ3jwujI
— NutritionforLearning (@Nutrition4Learn) August 17, 2018
Did you notice Health + Performance out during the week? Of course you did, because H+P had a massive week. Head coaches Sean and Gillian rallied 70+ athletes in total, and facilitated massive course support each Stage. H+P swept the women’s podium (and 4th too!). And with 11 (!) relay teams, it’s hard to summarize everything, but their Women’s and Masters’ teams set all-time ENDURrun records, and the Funatics bested their 2016 selves too!
Awesome sequence of a pack from our crew during the @endurrun 10 miler from @rpmcgovern ! Thanks for the great capture! Boy it’s hard to believe this is almost a week ago already! . . . . #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #runitfast #hpendur #cantwontstop #run #kwawesome #running #runyourworld #wilmotline #endurrun2018
Runners are out on the course for about 15 hours, but our friends at KW Health Connection are at the tables for more than that and can’t be thanked enough. Don’t be shy to book an appointment, stop by, and say thanks! CCMH Cambridge too!
Book Online: https://t.co/ZPqAGo3O6M
— Steve P Richtaritsch (@SteveRMT) August 19, 2018
Stage 4 of @endurrun was filled with hills and the heat of the day lingering up from the pavement. Rarebits fired up an aid station with ice and freezies and offered an oasis of cheer to those destined to crest the hills of Wilmot line. Thanks @runwaterloo for putting the challenge out there for us to reach for… 🏃🏃🏃 #runnerbliss #kwawesome #wrawesome #explorewr #run #running #runner #athlete #athletes #athletic #sport #sports #runninggirl #runningcommunity #sportlife #courseapied #fitnessmotivation #health #loverunning #runningrunning #instarunners #runnershigh #runningmotivation #runforlife #ultrarunning
The award for using ENDURrun how it was designed goes to Guest/Relay runners Antoine Gauthier, Reza Saputra, Mitch Wilson, and Bryan Yeung, all of whom ran Stage 5 this year ahead of their Rookie campaigns in 2019. Wise moves gentlemen! Also notable is pacer Diane Lacombe who also got a great taste of ENDURrun in 2018 and is entered as a Rookie for 2019. These components of ENDURrun (Guest, Relay, Pacer) are designed to add value to the community, but also to drive future Ultimate participation. Stay tuned for “July” soon.
Big thanks to Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort for letting us run up and down those steep hills! A quick estimate puts ENDURrunners climbing North bottom-to-top over 2,500 times since 2003 (racing only, not including training!)
We can’t forget our 2018 winners, Robert Brouillette and Valery Hobson; both great stories whether you’re battling ghosts of ENDURrun past, or in an epic battle with another phenomenal athlete. Robyn Collins also joined the Golden Club this year, and even though her 5 Stage wins left her 6 minutes shy of an Ultimate victory, her positive attitude about the whole experience is ENDURrun.
A week of tough running ends on a podium in Conestogo Park, but the memories and the growth continue to connect and inspire us. Congrats to all participants, and especially our winners! Women: 1 Valery 2 Robyn 3 Vicki Men: 1 Robert 2 Aidan 3 Christian Relay: 1 H+P 2 H+P 3 H+P (clean sweep from men, masters, and women!) #ENDURrun2018 #OneToughRunner
ENDURrun is sometimes described as a fun week with some running thrown in. Big thanks to everyone who planned and organized socials, hung around the pool, and stayed late at Stages to make Rookies feel welcome.
Some exceptional cases of a last minute entry from 18 year old Conner Krofchick and our 75 year old Ken B Anderson who almost made it. In falling short, Ashley Sametz came closer than anyone ever had to the 160 KM.
If you had a cold drink from one of our coolers, thank Stefan and Shoppers’ Drug Mart Elmira for that one. If you took a gel at all, kudos to Geoff at Runners’ Choice. Kit swag was courtesy of Saucony Canada. That poster souvenir is thanks to M&T Printing Group (and your autograph cramp). Huge thanks to Mike Hewitson for not wearing a gold shirt this year.
And where would we be without our alumni who come back year after year, including since the lean years? There’s no better way to summarize their spirit than in the “Crazy Eights” photo:
— The ENDURrun (@ENDURrun) August 19, 2018
To the neon shirts, how do you do it? Too many to name, but our outgoing food crew, the timers, setup, cleanup, marshals, water, and web team are top notch. Just the fact that you can look up historical results is a minor miracle.
As a testament to the excellence and personal growth that we idealize, look at the historical results of runners like Rebecca, Ian, Wilf, and Valery for inspiration as to how much individuals can and do improve at this event. Outstanding Rookie performances from Robyn and Aidan Rutherford prove that anything is possible. (5 of these 6 athletes are coached by H+P).
Last but not least, there are some things that can only be expressed in photos: