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From Lloyd Schmidt, Race Director

Long Post – I have been working on this for months.

The original concept and vision of The ENDURrun was to create a uniquely individual test of strength, determination and will. A solitary journey designed to take you to your physical and mental limit, and then demand more. Once you reach that limit, the battle is within.

But The ENDURrun evolved into something much different than I envisioned. From training together in preparation for the event, pacing with other participants during the event, pre and post race support and encouragement, social activities throughout the week, and a close, caring, celebratory awards ceremony with those who shared your pain, The ENDURrun is very much the opposite of social distancing.

To mandate social distancing during this event, and to eliminate pre and post race gatherings including food and awards, I think would undermine what’s at the very core of The ENDURrun. As much as I stubbornly held out hope for the remote possibility of at least holding the run-only aspect of The ENDURrun, the event just wouldn’t be the same without the social aspect.

And, I can only base my decision on facts.

Fact:

  • COVID-19 is serious.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 are prohibited at this time.
  • No one can predict the future.
  • Provincial and Local rules and regulations can change quickly.
  • Participants require an assurance that the event will take place and require adequate lead time to prepare.

Based on the facts, and without further direction or assurances from authorities, it is with great regret that The 2020 ENDURrun will be cancelled.

I very much appreciated your patience during this delay, and if you have continued to train, at least you are in great shape now because of your efforts and commitment.

We are deferring all Ultimate entries to The 2021 ENDURrun and hope that your interest, enthusiasm and support remain for our event. With this extra year of training and preparations, we are expecting big things from you in 2021. For Relay Teams and Guests, we will be offering a full refund or deferral to 2021.

For our new Sport event, we will be offering a full refund or deferral to 2021.
As mentioned above, my original concept of The ENDURrun was entirely an individual challenge. Decades ago, I ran something like this by myself in training blocks – no cheering, no aid, no fanfare. Maybe this is an opportunity to go back to that concept this year. We are in the process of forming a working group which will establish a framework for staging a smaller participation Ultimate and Sport event that complies with all official regulatory rules and regulations with respect to safety. More details to follow. Maybe keep up your training just a bit longer, just in case.

Thanks again, stay safe, and please let me know if you have any questions.

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From Lloyd Schmidt, Race Director:

I apologize for the lack of communication. You deserve better. But these are complicated times, and please know that the fate of The ENDURrun is always on our minds.

My opinion is that my opinion doesn’t matter. I am not an epidemic expert or authority. I am relying entirely on the rules and restrictions as set by the authorities. If the authorities say that we can proceed with our event, then I will rely on their judgment that it is safe to do so. Presently, all events in Waterloo Region are prohibited to the end of June. It is meaningless for me to say that I think events will be allowed in August, or to say that I think all events will be cancelled for the remainder of the year.

I will proceed based on the present rules and restrictions, and events in August have not been officially prohibited.

As organizers, we need a minimum two months to prepare for the event. We will make our final decision on whether The ENDURrun will take place this year, no later than June 9. Hopefully the authorities will announce by June 9 whether events will be prohibited for the remainder of the summer, or whether limited events with restrictions can take place.

Where it gets complicated is the access or lack of access to the tremendous amount of resources required for The ENDURrun. Not only supplies (medals, shirts, etc.), but also venue availability, travel restrictions, and most importantly, the safety of our volunteers. We will take everything into consideration, and we have a big decision to make by June 9. Unless, of course, if the decision is made for us by the authorities.

Sorry that I cannot be more specific at this time. Things can change very quickly and we do not have a crystal ball. If you can hang in there and keep training and preparing, you will know one way or another no later than June 9. Thanks for your understanding and support, and please let me know if you have any questions.

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This applies to the Ultimate and Relay (August) and Sport (July) events.

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Ultimate isn’t the only way to participate.

The 8 day, 7 stage, 160 km challenge is the featured event at ENDURrun. But Relay and Guest offer smaller and flexible ways to get involved.

Relay is a team of 2 to 7 individuals who run at least one Stage. Guest are solo stages. Both are limited in number and great ways to introduce yourself to the community without signing up for an entire week.

Click here to register

These start out at $60 for Relay and $50 for Guest, and the prices do jump substantially between now and August.

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At once, ENDURrun is so many things.

To us, it’s the ultimate test of running in the best possible environment. #thisisENDURrun.

But it’s so much more.

Whether you made a wrong turn, or ran a whole loop extra, and smiled the whole time … This is ENDURrun.
If you entered the race at the last minute … again … This is ENDURrun.
If you finally crossed this off your bucket list after years of anticipation.
If you bowed out to injury, or persevered through injury. That was ENDURrun.
If your entire club came together to deliver so much effort towards a common goal, and totally nailed it.
If you comically undertrained for the race, but did it anyway.
If you bounced back in a big way in 2019! Or you plan an even bigger bounce back in 2020! This is ENDURrun.
You wore that white singlet proudly during the week, and since.
Whether you’ve now completed your 9th ultimate, or just ran your very first marathon …
Whether you set massive PBs or EBs or recent EBs or don’t even know what that is (and don’t care!)
If you gave it your all but came up short, this is ENDURrun.
When you have already signed up for next year, which isn’t crazy, is it? This is ENDURrun.
If this was the highlight of your summer. This is ENDURrun.
If you ran a fundraiser that blew away expectations and made everyone proud. This is ENDURrun.
If you are a trail runner who hates roads, or a road runner who hates trails, or have never run on a track before.
If you had to be back at work Monday matin.
When you finally earned One Tough Runner after so much time and effort.
Whether you won your fifth consecutive title, or don’t even know where to find the results.
If you achieved the Ultimate redemption. This is ENDURrun.
Whether you motivated the community all year long, or showed up to Stage 1 as a brand new face.
Even though it’s kind of strange, if you wore a pink bib on your back. You are ENDURrun.
Sleeping in. Two days in a row!
Participating in the context of immeasurable personal trauma.
The exact moment you knew that everything clicked.
Those hours you spent on the massage table. That was ENDURrun.
If we’ve witnessed your family grow over the years, as our family has also grown.
If you got so little sleep, but it was so worth it.
If you surprised everyone with MASSIVE pbs (everyone, except your dad!)
If you spent way too much time at Lloyd’s house.
Whether this was beyond extraordinary, or just an average mileage week for you.
If your efforts weren’t publicly appreciated, but totally made someone’s week. Thank you. Because this is ENDURrun.

Special shoutouts to KW Health Connection, WR REACT, Running Rarebits, Runners’ Choice, Health + Performance, Chicopee, the neon shirts, the Nutty Nines, the Guests, and everyone who liked one of Jack’s posts all year long. That’s it for 2019.

What is your #thisisENDURrun?

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The H+P Men’s A team put together an incredible week in 2019.

The Health + Performance (H+P) team, organized by head coach Sean Delanghe, ran 11:04:36 to beat the previous record, which had stood since 2012, by 43 seconds.

The winning roster includes Sean Delanghe (half marathon), Nick Burt (15k TT), Graham Stonebridge (30k XC), Gregory Cartmell (10mi hills), Greg Dyce (25.6k trails), Brendan Hancock (10,000m), Aidan Rutherford (marathon), and alternate Jonathan Redfearn. Nick and Aidan also placed 5th and 2nd in the Ultimate competition.

Pictured: Nick, Sean, Aidan, Graham, Gregory. Missing: Greg, Brendan, Jon. All quotes below are from Sean.

For the club, the week was a roller coaster of expectations as the roster was reconfigured multiple times.

“The week started off with a decent 1:17 half marathon, but then we lost one of our faster guys in the 15K due to a back injury. Nick did his best to fill in last minute, but he was too beat up to run close to his best and in one stage we lost approximately 7 minutes. The week was salvaged by massive PB performances by Graham (2:03 Bechtel) and Greg Cartmell (58 Wilmot) back-to-back. Greg Dyce hung on for dear life at Chicopee where he salvaged a 2:18 (about 8-10 minutes slower than his ability) again showing the challenge of this event. Brendan ran a solid 35 10K to put us 1 minute behind record pace which meant Aidan would have to PB the marathon by 4 minutes to make it happen – which he somehow did with 43s to spare!”

Anyone who has been following this pursuit knows it’s a hard task. Unlike Ultimates who spend the year training for ENDURrun as an ‘A’ race (consider that Aidan beat the team), Relay teams require having multiple athletes available for weekday morning stages, who all peak in condition and performance in August. It’s incredibly difficult.

“We thought we had a good chance in 2013 but ended up missing the record by over an hour! We quickly learned that even if we had individuals more than fast enough, it was a challenge to line up 7 people for such a diversity of stages with no back-ups if injuries or blow-ups happen mid-race.”

The team took an adjusted approach in 2019 by bringing along 8 athletes to allow for a backup, which was required before the first day was over. The roster of eight included top club performers mixed with stage experience and availability.

“Generally these 8 athletes posted the fastest times across the board from 5K- marathon in the ~8 months leading into the race, and they also proved fitness in the 4 weeks leading in. Five of the 8 have run a 15-something 5Ks, and the ones who didn’t have major course experience or impressive recent performances at longer distances (i.e. 2:37 marathon for Greg C, 5x Chicopee for Greg D).”

It’s also impressive to note that H+P was able to compose the roster exclusively of long-term club members.

This comes in the context of H+P teams setting and breaking their own Relay records for several years in the Female and Masters divisions, which is impressive in its own right, but also a testament to the difficulty of the Open record. H+P now owns the top 9 fastest female teams and the top 8 fastest masters teams.

“Both of these performances were awesome to see. The men’s masters team really is starting to go next level. We now have 3 men who can break 17 for 5K and a few more knocking at the door. There still is room for that record to get faster, but that margin is getting very slim because of how fast these boys are getting. The women’s team knocked their race out of the park. Despite missing our fastest runner of all-time in Erin McClure, these ladies had consistently strong performances across the board to crush the event record. Vicky Siemon was a huge asset with her 1:25 half and last-minute 2:18 Chicopee performance. With adding Erin back on the team, and with all of these women in general getting faster, I still think there is room to see this record plummet.”

One other fun dynamic to this record comes from the unique pacing rules at ENDURrun, where Sean and Gregory joined in for the second half of Aidan’s marathon.

“We ran consistent ~4:01 K’s all the way through to hit a near perfect even split marathon [+6 seconds]. It was insanely exciting and impressive to experience him pulling it off and solidifying the record as it happened.”

That’s incredible teamwork, pictured below.

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Health + Performance has entered 52 of the 117 teams in ENDURrun Relay history, including 12 in 2019.

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Rob and Robyn both overcame massive obstacles to become ENDURrun Champions in 2019.

Names aside, it was an otherwise different story for each. Robert Brouillette, off four consecutive wire-to-wire championships, actually raced five full Stages before being awarded the Gold Jersey. He was pushed to the limit by his competitors and in the end, it was an EB marathon that put Rob into a career time. For Robyn Collins, she dominated the entire week right from Stage 1, and comfortably held onto Gold and won her first championship. This comes one year after her incredible performances came up six minutes short in 2018. Both Josh Bolton and Valery Hobson‘s withdrawals this week were major storylines that contributed to the results.

As we do every year, we caught up with the two winners to ask them to reflect on their success and also snap some photos in colours other than gold (ok Gold Jerseys too!) Both Rob and Robyn are incredible ambassadors of running and the community: gracious, honest, thankful, talented, and of course, deserving of their 2019 wins.

2019 ENDURrun Champions

We went out to the Grand Trunk Trail, a section of the Grand River Trail that’s a new addition to ENDURrun in 2019. On the Stage 2 Time Trial, we can’t spend enough time on the course to enjoy the fantastic scenery so we thought we would make the trip for some great photos. Full album on our Flickr page.

Robyn Collins, 2019 ENDURrun Champion

What are your thoughts on battling the women in this deep field?
Sadly one of my closet competitors Val had to withdraw. But she came out every day to cheer on everyone! It was a real joy to race with Catherine, Vicki and Rebecca. We were genuinely cheering on each other.

Can we get your reflection on your performance as a whole?
I am very happy with my performance. My goal was to run comfortably every day from start to finish so that I could truly enjoy the week. Chicopee was especially very Satisfying. Getting a 3 minute PB there was such an amazing feeling after my disappointment last year. My best day by far was the marathon. I was negative splitting and it felt amazing. Unfortunately, accidentally going off course cost me the possibility of the course record. But next year I will get my redemption. Watch me.

Who inspired you the most this week?
I was very inspired by each and every runner this week. The person who stands out the most in my mind would be my teammate Will. He worked extremely hard all year to improve his time by over 2 hours. His dedication is very noteworthy.

When did you think this was possible?
After Chicopee I was very confident that I was going to win. I had a 26 minute lead. The 10km and the marathon are my best distances.

Who has helped you achieve this?
A lot of people have helped me achieve this. My running would not be where it is now without my team. H+P has all kinds of athletes doing very inspiring things. I have learned so much from all of them. We are like a big family. For this week I couldn’t have achieved this level of success without the incredible ENDURRun crew. Everything is taken care of. All I had to do was show up, run, and smile.

How much of a factor was the no taper?
I suspect that if I did at least a week taper I might have been a few seconds per km faster each day. But who knows.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?
My plans always include running. It’s always on my mind. My goal is to someday race STWM marathon as an Elite. I plan to race the Fall 5k Classic and hopefully get a PB. Again, there will be no taper and I plan to do a 40k long run with a 21k tempo the Saturday before it in preparation for my A race which is STWM marathon on October 20th.

Will we see you next year?
I am already signed up for next year! I plan to avoid trails and just wing it like I did this year. I am a road runner at heart. I was really good at Bechtel. Chicopee is a struggle for me because I have a lot of fears. For example, I don’t drive a car or ride a bike. I went super slow with fast steps downhill because I was so afraid of hurting my knees. And in the forest I also went slow and focused so hard on not falling. I almost wiped out 2x. Chicopee training felt so hard on my body last year so for me it’s not worth it. But I plan to do lots of hilly road running now that I know my knees have healed quite well (thanks to Coach Sean). I think marathon training works very well for ENDURrun.

Have you taken the gold jersey off yet?
I was happy to take off my gold jersey. It was a sweaty run yesterday. It is freshly washed.

Your highlight of the week?
The highlight of the week would be crossing the finish line of Chicopee feeling a million times better than last year.

Any words to your fans?
I would like to say to my fans that I love you all and Thank You for your encouragement. Also, remember that if you want to improve your running you need to eat a lot of calories and carbs. Thinner definitely doesn’t always mean faster.

Robert Brouillette, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 ENDURrun Champion

How was 2019 different from previous years?
This year competition wise was different by having multiple runner ups in the field at once such as Aidan (2018), Nick (2017) and Robin (2015) among a couple others. The big change was having elite Josh Bolton who is my training partner in the mix too. Course wise the 15K was in Cambridge on the trail next next to George Street & Blair Road and the 10K became a 10,000m track stage. Weather has been the best in my 5 years or 6 if you include my marathon relay in 2014.

How was it similar to previous years?
Cumulative time was just 58 seconds faster than 2017 and I tied or missed PB’s or records by 1-8 seconds on a few stages. Always lots of familiar faces. Most courses have been unchanged or only minor. The overall atmosphere is unchanged by how great the event is organized to the people involved and the yummy food still there.

Who inspired you the most this week?
No one person in particular but rather the whole ENDURrun community, competitor Josh, girlfriend Sara & her daughter Charley and my Mom Joyce. Everyone’s support and believing in me kept me going all event long.

Can you speak to battling Josh, and his injury?
Josh is a tough guy with significantly faster PB’s in everything 30K and under. In his best form he is a serious challenger. He was very helpful in working together for some of the stages. As a friend, training partner and fellow ENDURrun competitor I was sad to hear the news of his injured calf after Stage 6 and wouldn’t be able to finish the last stage, marathon, which could have been his first completed marathon and in doing so an ENDURrun finisher. He has dealt with two Achilles surgeries and last one just shy of a year ago so this event was a place for him to build strength and endurance which he still accomplished regardless of end result. He’s one of the toughest runners I know and will come back stronger.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?
This fall my goal race is the Global Energy 10K in Madrid, Spain which I won this race from winning the Toronto version last year. The event sends the top women and man from multiple countries across the world to all meet in a new location every year. So it will be a very strong international field. In the Run Waterloo series I will be at the Harvest Half, Fall Classic and RememberRun. Other than those I am not committing to anything but will most likely do a big city race or two. Outside of running I want to take a “real” vacation this winter to relax for a change as I haven’t done that in years, get full-time at work and look into buying a home.

Your highlight of the week?
Seeing Josh break the Half-Marathon course record as no one has done that since I’ve been a part of ENDURrun. Running a stage in my hometown of Cambridge. How strong I felt and getting a EB at Chicopee (that one can be the toughest of all stages). Finally, getting that EB on the marathon ONLY 1 second behind Charles Bedley’s 2nd best time.

Was the EB satisfying?
Getting an EB by 58 seconds is great but obviously I wish it was more after 2 years. I would have liked to beat Charles Bedley’s 2nd best time (missed by 3 minutes) and sub-10 hours (6 minutes). Charles’ top time was done 15 years ago, he has faster PBs then me and done on different stages so I don’t think that’s possible to even try chasing at this time.

What is your ENDURrun legacy?
I’m a 5x consecutive champion and still have lots of time left in my competitive running career. I came from being a beginner runner 10 years ago, finishing races in the back of the pack to working hard over the years to where I am today. Putting the work in, staying healthy, having passion for the sport and believing it’s possible to finish or finish with a certain time, anyone can be an ENDURrunner.

Will we see you again next year?
The easy answer is yes, I would love to come back and continue my championship streak and try to take down some records on the way but I don’t want to rush into a decision so soon to the end of the 2019 ENDURrun. Also, running alone for so many years I need a strong competitive field to push me to that next level. A year is a long time and I want to enjoy the experiences in between and see where it takes me before I commit to anything.

Any words for your team?
My club Grand River Endurance has so much strength in all sort of areas in running from different distance specialties to terrains which is what ENDURrun is all about so I feel our team can be a strong relay team and chase the record in 2020.

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This race wouldn’t be possible without runners, obviously.

It wouldn’t be possible without sponsors, or without the support from key partners like the Waterloo Regional Police Service, City of Waterloo, and Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort. And it certainly wouldn’t be the same without many such groups, including Health + Performance, Running Rarebits, Runners’ Choice, and KW Health Connection, and WR REACT.

But of all the groups, the first thank you goes to the volunteers.

ENDURrun has evolved from a simple race for 9 people into a kind of glorious juggernaut. An environment that pampers it’s runners requires hundreds of volunteers for many thousands of volunteer hours. But it’s more than that; the neon shirts care about the runners, and about the food and water, the equipment and timing, the photography and videography, the courses and the overall experience. They use talent and care to turn hours into something greater than the sum.

2019 ENDURrun Stage 5: Sneak Peek

Big name checks go to Adrienne, Nick, Rachel, and the Running Rarebits for taking on the food portfolio for 2019 – wow! The Hergott family for tireless dedication to serving runners in any conditions. Longtime volunteers like Carmen, Ian, Aidan, Maryjane, Val, Chris, Don, Joanne, Mark, who have contributed so much this year and over the years. Jeff and Ryan for too-generously donating their talent, and take work home with them.

Volunteers who drove more than an hour each way, multiple days, to be here. Volunteers who enlisted other volunteers, including family. Crews who were there in the dark doing laborious, underappreciated work to keep everyone off the ground and in the shade. People who are working behind the scenes with no credit whatsoever. Even runners (relay, and Ultimate!) who also contributed on a daily basis. Spectators too.

Besides great food and a high-vis t-shirt, the real value we can offer volunteers is the satisfaction that your effort was impactful. We had more participants than ever before, the most finishers of the cutoff era, and some of the fastest times. The community is growing, in size and strength, on the back of your labour.

Thank you.

And not to forget the vision and hospitality of Julie and Lloyd, who have led the way with tireless hours, rallying the community along the way.

Hope you enjoyed this peaceful Monday!?

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You are one tough runner.

One week ago, we met in Conestogo Park for a half marathon. Eight days later, 47 athletes completed what we think is the ultimate test of running. The 8 days, 7 stages, 160 km are designed to push runners to the max, test their will and training, and seek out well-rounded runners. Now relaxing in the shade, we can only begin to reflect on an incredible week.

Ultimate results

All-time results | 2019 results

Men
Robert Brouillette set a new personal-best in his fifth consecutive championship. Aidan Rutherford moves up to eighth all-time, and only behind two other men (the other being Charles Bedley). In third, Robin Richard-Campeau runs the fourth-fastest masters time.
In a fun quirk, because of the introduction of non-duplicating masters prize money for 1st (which Robin wins), Christian Belair in 4th earns the 3rd place prize money, which is the same award he has won every time he has run ENDURrun (with 2014, 2015, 2018)!

Women
Robyn Collins rebounds from a heartbreaking 2018 with an incredibly strong win, the fifth fastest master of all time. Catherine Desrosiers (also 2nd in 2017) and Vicki Zandbergen (fourth time in 3rd) round out the podium, and Rebecca Kruisselbrink also earns prize money in the same manner as Christian.
Robyn was 2 minutes slower than her 2018 time: one minute for each extra KM today 😉

New records
– Men 55+ record, Dave Rutherford by over an hour
– Women 55+ record, Andrea Iozzi and Susan Moizer are the first two!
– Men 60+ record, Andrew Moizer, by 24 seconds!!!
– Men 70+ record, Ken. B. A., at age 76, on his 5th attempt !!!!!
– Consecutive championships: Robert Brouillette, 5
– All relay records: Overall, Female, Masters

Top Rookies
– Caroline S-B. led wire-to-wire, and Reza S. sneaks in on the final day to claim the Top Rookie prizes!

Relay
Huge thanks to Mark M. for organizing a new relay team from Lifetime Fitness, and huge congrats to the Running Rarebits for their best year yet!

H+P Relay
It finally came together for H+P. After a half decade of trying, H+P now owns the relay record thanks to great performances all week including the anchor Aidan Rutherford in Stage 7. This edged out the Road Scholars of 2012 by a total of 43 seconds. The women beat their 2018 time by 17 minutes, and the masters men broke their 2018 time by 5 minutes. Huge congrats to coaches Sean and Gill and the entire team for achieving incredible results.

Charity spots
Huge congrats to Sharon D. and and Chris M. for adding even more to a full week by organizing phenomenal campaigns for two great charities.

EBs
These athletes topped their previous best ENDURrun times:
Aidan R. (36 minutes), Ian G. (30 minutes), Merlin F. (16 minutes), Chris L. (15 minutes), Mark I. (12 minutes), Will S. (2 hours 12 minutes). Also honourable mentions for fastest since 2014: Maureen. 2011: Denis A. 2009: Jack K.! And well done to Thaddeus H. for beating his 2018 self by 15 seconds!

Marathon results

Marathon results
Men
Rob and Aidan – 3rd and 8th fastest marathons ever.

Women
Robyn and Catherine 6th and 9th fastest female masters marathons.

Marathon awards
Consistency: Aidan R. (6 seconds) and Deirdre L. (9) rocked the consistency today!
Negative splits: Deirdre L., Jeanette T., Mike C., Merlin F., Chris M., Reza S., Thaddeus H. and Christian B. all ran negative splits today.
EBs (ENDURrun-best marathons): Rob B., Aidan R., Ian G., Merlin F., Chris L., Mark I., Will S.

Nutty Nines

Each of Maureen Pecknold, Jack Kilislian, Mark McDonald, and Vicki Zandbergen has completed a record nine ENDURrun Ulitmates and can found the Thousand Club in 2020.

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This week has been amazing … and it ain’t over yet!

2.2k into the race tomorrow, runners will past the trusty 120k (three quarters) sign. From then on, so much can happen!

The men’s race is exactly how we thought it would go: Josh shines in sprints, while Rob’s experience pays off on trails, and the dark horse is close enough to count. The women’s race did not go how we expected; our pre-race favourite Val made a heartbreaking decision to withdraw, while Robyn made a last-minute decision to enter and has won five of six Stages.

Here are some racing stories we are following for tomorrow:

  • 16 rookies still in the competition, half of which are running their first marathon!
  • 4 runners going for their 9th Ultimate – Jack K., Maureen P., Mark M., Vicki Z.!
  • First 70+ finish by Ken B. A.!
  • Mark I.’s 100th marathon!
  • Rob B. going for an unprecedented 5th consecutive win! (Bob J. has 5 career wins.)
  • H+P’s 52nd Relay team and 6th consecutive win. Rarebits’ third (and fastest) year. Runners’ Choice has put in relay teams every single year since relay started!

Follow along
Race start 7:30 a.m. Follow along @ENDURrun and for half splits.

Top story


Josh sustained a calf injury in training this month, and is going to exercise caution so as not to end up like Kevin Durant’s 2020 season. It’s a bummer for everyone but Josh has been a great addition to the ENDURrun community and we wish him the best.

Closest battles
Christian B has 2:09 lead over Nick B
Catherine D has 7s lead over Jack K
Rebecca K has 28s lead over Mitch W and 58s lead over Vicki Z (Rebecca is 3rd, Vicki is 4th)
Savvas F has 33s lead over Patrick K
Caroline S-B has 2:47 lead over Mike C
Mike C has 2:02 lead over Merlin F
Denis A has 1:23 lead over Patrick R
Chris L has 50s lead over Michael K and 1:40 lead over Robert B
Susan M has 35s lead over William S

In all, 30 of the 50 competitors are within 5 minutes of someone else.

Relay
H+P Women’s A has 1:16 lead over H+P Men’s B
H+P Men’s C has 17s lead over Runners’ Choice Ramblers and 3:15 lead over H+P Women’s B

Looking ahead
To go sub-10 hours, Rob would need to run 2:29:30 or faster. The marathon record is 2:32:42. The fastest Rob has done on this course was 2:36:36 in 2017.
The women’s marathon record is 3:08:54. Robyn is currently 7:35 behind the female masters record and would have to run a 3:09:03 or faster to break Joanne Bink’s record from 2007.

Relay
H+P Men’s A is 1:01 behind the relay record; will need a 2:51:34 or faster from Aidan to set the record, which is 11:05:19
H+P Women’s A is 11:15 ahead of the female relay record; will need a 3:36 from Robyn to set the record
H+P Masters Men A is 11:06 ahead of the masters relay record; will need a 3:25 from Dave to set the record

PB Pace
Rob B is 6 seconds behind his best Ultimate (2017), will need to run 2:36:29 or faster tomorrow
Robin R-C is 4:01 behind his best Ultimate (2015) will need to run 2:52:32 or faster tomorrow
Aidan R is on pace for a significant Ultimate PB; a 3:27 could be enough, but last year he ran a 2:54 at the end of the week and he’s been faster than 2018 every day this week.
Ian G has built up quite a cushion for himself. A 3:42 marathon would give him a PB for the week; last year his marathon was a 3:20 and he has been besting his 2018 times all week.
Robyn C has beat her 2018 times by small margins every day, but they add up to a lead of about 5 minutes over her cumulative time. A 3:16:38 or faster will give her a PB on the week.
Jack K continues to have his best week since 2009. A marathon of 3:39 or faster would allow that to stay true.
Rebecca K has had a strong week, with PBs on 4 stages so far. A 3:37:58 would give her a PB on the week; in 2018 she finished with a 3:28 marathon.
A 3:53:30 would allow Savvas F to have his fastest Ultimate since 2013.
Merlin F ran another ENDURrun best today and is 4:48 ahead of his best Ultimate. He needs to run 3:50:27 or faster tomorrow.
Denis A is having a terrific week, running faster than he has since 2011. A 3:29:42 or faster would give him an Ultimate PB, but a 4:20 would be enough to make this his second fastest Ultimate.
Nikki W has had an excellent week, especially on the trails, and can best her 2018 Ultimate by running 3:56:13 or faster tomorrow.
Chris L is on pace for a significant Ultimate best. All he needs is a 4:32, and last year he ended the week with a 4:08.
Ronald I will surpass his 2018 Ultimate time by running 4:33 or faster tomorrow.
Will S is an incredible 2:05:39 ahead of his best Ultimate right now; finishing within the 6 hour time limit would be more than enough to give him a PB on the week, but I think we can expect much more than that from Will tomorrow!
Mark I needs a 4:29 or faster for an ENDURrun PB; last year he ended the week with a 4:06.
Maureen P will have her fastest ENDURrun since 2014 if she can run 4:52 or better tomorrow.
A 4:43:21 will allow Sara B to achieve her fastest Ultimate since 2012

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On a day when many runners were woken by thunder, we got a little of everything on the track in Waterloo.

Full Stage 6 results including heats | Lap splits available at SpeedRiverTiming.com | Cumulative results after Stage 6

Women
Robyn Collins added a few minutes and sits 26 minutes up on Catherine Desrosiers. Vicki closed 23 seconds on Rebecca, who now leads for 3rd by 58 seconds.

Men
Josh Bolton outkicked Robert Brouillette in the men’s race and now stands 2:15 back. Josh is on track to finish as Sprint King. Both men have won three Stages. Aidan set a PB in 3rd.

Relay
H+P Men’s A picked up time on the record and now sits 1:01 back. Aidan Rutherford is running the marathon tomorrow and would need to beat the 2012 time of 2:52:36 by more than 1:01.

Sprint
Josh 5th fastest all-time, Rob 6th (also 3rd, 7th, 8th and 9th)
Robyn 4th fastest all-time (50s off of the record; also holds 10th fastest); 2nd (and 4th) fastest masters female
Robin set a new masters Sprint record by 1:01.

In the 17 year history of ENDURrun, this was the most substantial change, from a 10k time trial to a 10,000m track event. It was partly serendipity and partly by design. This track event is supposed to add an important running discipline to the ultimate test of running. For many (including Run Waterloo), it was their first track race. We’re excited by the feedback and will consider all options before announcing the format for 2020.

The track was a different mental challenge than the 10k TT. The heats kept things fresh and added a high degree of spectator friendliness to the Stage. Even if it was dark and rainy for the first heat, grey and drizzly for the second, and warm and sunny for the third, the track was a buzzing place and most joined the volunteers back in Conestogo for a swim.

Stay tuned for our Stage 7 primer later this evening. Tomorrow is not just any other Sunday.