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Hi everyone! I’m looking forward to being a part of this – can’t wait to get started!

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Dave Harmsworth is a wildcard in this competition. He’s got the speed and the mileage, so who knows where this Rookie campaign will go!!


ENDURrun: How did you find out about ENDURrun?

Dave: I remember hearing about plans for it before the inaugural event. I was fascinated by the concept!


What convinced you to take the plunge?

I’ve been thinking about it ever since I started running again two/three years ago. I figure I’m in the best shape I’ve been in for 18 years, and not getting any younger…. if not now then when?


What advice have you been collecting? 

I’ve been reading the other contender bios and testimonials, but that’s it. Perhaps I’ll have some advice for others afterwards about how not to prepare?


What are you still hoping to learn?

I need to figure out my pacing for the longer stages – and how to stay hydrated.


What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

I think of myself as a 10k runner, so this will be a massive challenge. Stage 7 will be my first-ever marathon! Of course I have some times in mind, but the #1 goal is to survive the week without injury.


What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Everything I love about race day – times 7.  


What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2017? 

I ran Stage 4, came out to watch the marathon, and followed online.


What are you nervous about, if anything?

The three longest stages. Each one of them is going to be longer and/or tougher than any race I’ve ever done.


Can you share any details of your training? 

I’ve been gradually increasing my mileage since January, from 40-ish to 80 km/week, with occasional tough weeks and recovery weeks. I’ve included a few 30k runs (which I still find tough), and in April I did do something like a mock EndurRun – similar mileage over eight days, except with fewer hills and just 30k on the final day instead of the full marathon.


What is your runner profile? How long have you been running, general mileage, surfaces, etc.

I’ve been in and out of running over the years. I ran track in high school, ran cross-country and road races in grad school, and now I’ve returned to it again in my 40s. Almost all road now – I like trail-running, but I’m a bit gun-shy after a couple of scary falls.


What else would you like to share?

I wouldn’t be doing this without my wife’s help and support. Thanks, Deb! 🙂


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

The multi-stage format. If there was a similar event in the area with shorter distances, I would have done it long ago.