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There really is no other theme for pre-ENDURrun Saturday. Also overheard at Schmidt Residence this evening:

“You look so good!”

“I do NOT know about my training…”

“So how is the women’s race going to play out???”

About half of the crowd are Run Waterloo regulars who run this town. Half are guests from all over, many of whom we don’t see for up to 11 months at a time. And whether they are new faces or old, old or young, the one thing in common is the sense of community kept apart for too long.

One last thing: if you are looking for ENDURrun photos, head over to our Flickr page. They will also be embedded directly into the results as they come in.

2018 ENDURrun Pre-Race Meeting

See you bright and early in Conestogo tomorrow morning for Stage 1. There will be a live stream and live results.

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A late signup that shakes up the race…welcome back Valery!

This is the final post in our 2018 blog series of One Tough Runner contenders.

ENDURrun: What is your runner profile?

Valery: I started running at 39….the summer before I turned 40….and signed up for a fall half marathon as a birthday present to myself.  After that, I was hooked.  I will run anywhere, anytime, but my favourite is on the trails or exploring somewhere totally new.

What are your 2018 goals?

Goal is to have fun and to push yourself.  Enjoy the experience and have fun with the Endurrun community.

What are you most looking forward to?

Post run laughs and chats.  After suffering through an event or stage….it’s so fun to catch up with everyone and compare notes and share our stories.  We all do the same thing…the commonality is the running but the experiences can be infinitely different. Oh….and the food….and the massages….and the occasional post run beer.

How did your training go?

My training has been up and down a bit. Road, some speed work and (my favourite : trails).  A little bit of everything, really.   Some hip issues have been messing with me a bit but I’m hoping I’ve done enough training to get me through the week without any flare ups.

Do you have any advice to Rookies?

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.  Fuel properly.  Hydrate.  Eat all the food.  🙂

What are you most nervous about?

Mother Chicopee maybe?  She’s a mean ol’ thing.  Lol.  My biggest fear is reinjuring myself.

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

The camaraderie.  The dedication you see from all aspects of the running community…..not just from the runners themselves.  The volunteers, spending hours setting up and dismantling.  The friends who work tirelessly with the food…cooking and prepping, Volunteers at the aid stations, along the course as marshals and cheering squads.  The Schmidt family for everything they do over the course of the week.  The most important part of Endurrun is that it embodies the spirit of belonging and acceptance and exemplifies ‘community’.

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So much for hanging up my hat! I’m back and looking forward to an amazing week of running.

Follow this blog for profiles on the 2018 ENDURrun Ultimate Contenders.

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Thought she was a goner! Welcome back Jodi!

 

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?

The people and my love for running!

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

We are back in Canada for the summer and that’s all the motivation I needed!

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Seeing everyone!

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

I was nervous signing up!

 

How is your training going? 

Training is going well, but after running in Florida for a year and a half I need to start running some hills!!! Focusing on hills and trails and will try to run Wilmot Line and Bechtel a few times.

 

What is your runner profile? 

I’ve always been a runner, but took time off to start a family after meeting my husband at a half marathon race in Toronto in 1993! My comeback was in April 2006 and have been running solid ever since!

 

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

Run your own race and keep moving! It seems like it will never end but then it’s over too soon.

 

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect?

It will be tough, but you will have a lot of support from everyone.

 

What else would you like to share?

I drink Pepsi and eat gummy bears during my races.

 

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

Reaching the Ultimate Runner goal.

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Hi everyone! I am so excited to join you this year as an Ultimate!

Follow this blog for profiles on the 2018 ENDURrun Ultimate Contenders.

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Robyn Collins is a Rookie who has run the ENDURrun 10k as a relay team member for the past three years. This year she will run her first marathon on August 19 as an Ultimate!

 

ENDURrun: What convinced you to take the plunge?
Robyn: I finally felt my body was ready.

What advice have you been collecting?
Run all the hills.

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 
My main goal is to pace myself.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?
The food and getting to know everyone even more.

What are you nervous about, if anything?
Falling at Chicopee!

Can you share any details of your training? 
I have been mostly working on my mileage. Also, I have been practicing Bechtel and Chicopee a lot lately.

What is your runner profile? 
I did my first 10k at ENDURrun in 2015 after joining Health and Performance. I was so amazed by the athletes so I decided that someday I was going to be an Ultimate. Since then I have been working hard to improve my times and increase my mileage. I am excited to do my first marathon at ENDURrun!

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For a complete list of rules, start times, cutoff times, directions, etc., this booklet is your guide to the week.

ENDURrun Booklet 2018

Especially for newcomers to the event, keep this PDF handy on your phone all week.

To our returning participants: there aren’t many changes of note in this booklet with respect to 2017. All courses remain unchanged. The only time limit tweak is to Stage 4: it is increased by 5 minutes to 2:05. Dollar Pacers are back.

A new rule this year relates to the new daily prize money for Ultimate Stage records. Whenever these are recorded, they aren’t actually awarded until the end of Stage 7; the participant would need to finish Stage 7 to receive the award.

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Don’t worry – I won’t be knocking you off the podium!

Follow this blog for profiles on the 2018 ENDURrun Ultimate Contenders.

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After a tough DNF last year, Merlin Frey and his toes are back for 2018!

 

ENDURrun: What is your runner profile? 

Merlin: I began running in 2012, I tend to maintain an erratic mileage log. I prefer running on trails of any sort, but compete in a variety of events, preferring 10-15km distances.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

Due to my substandard training, I will focus on “finish line, not finish time”. My goal is to complete each stage before the cutoff time. (Hopefully ’19 will be more competitive!)

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

…the main reason I’m back? – the community! (and the exceptional food!)

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

August is traditionally a hot month – I don’t perform well in blistering heat.

 

You’ve trained for Ultimate before. What did you learn that you will build from (or avoid) this time around?

When it comes to running (well, all of life actually) I don’t really follow a disciplined plan. “Full throttle to the fun line” best describes my plan! With a failed attempt in ’17 I’m coming back for yet another season of fun!

 

Besides training, what will be the same and/or different about this Ultimate compared to your first completion?

Lol! When I competed in 2015…I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into! I was relatively new to running…and naively thought this looked like a fun challenge! So…this year I’m coming back…for the fun! New year, new experience!

 

What is the one piece of advice that you’re glad you knew/you wish you knew before your first completion?

Actually, I’m glad that I was clueless! – Else I doubt I would have attempted something this challenging, this awesome!

 

How were you feeling in the days and weeks following your first Ultimate completion?

Hahaha! For a full week immediately after that initial experience – I vowed to throw away all my running shoes! I’m certainly glad I reconsidered that decision!

 

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Thank you ENDURrunners for the motivation to keep coming back for more. See you all soon!

Follow this blog for profiles on the 2018 ENDURrun Ultimate Contenders.

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Merzi Dastoor decided that 5 years away from ENDURrun was too many, so he’s back again! 

 

ENDURrun: What are you expecting this year? 

Merzitron: My goal this year is to try and drop roughly 10 minutes off my previous time. However, understanding that so much about the week is out of my control (weather, sickness, whether my kids let me sleep, lost toe nails – Merlin!), my main goal is to have a great week with a wonderful group of people.

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Representing my new club, H + P, for the week.

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

See above.

 

Can you share any details of your training?

I’ve been doing a lot more speed than I would normally be doing by this time in the year. It’s definitely made me faster, but my total distance has suffered. I guess it’s time to pick that up a bit.

 

What is your runner profile? 

Running/racing since 2000. I’ve logged A LOT of kilometres over the years. I’m definitely more of a roadie than a trail runner. I enjoy the trails, I just don’t seem to ever have time for them.

 

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

Eat and sleep as much as you can! But most of all, enjoy the experience.

 

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect?

To gain a new family.

 

What else would you like to share?

What else would I like to share????? How about that the ENDURrun community is amazing! Early thanks to ALL the volunteers and everyone that helps to make this amazing week happen.

 

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

It’s only people who are completely nuts that do it.

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Quick update: there are NO course changes for any Stages from 2017 to 2018.

 

This is the first time in ENDURrun history that there are no changes to any of the seven Stages year-over-year.

 

We are also not expecting any construction interference for any of the Stages.

 

Stay tuned this week for a full information booklet. You can continue to use the 2017 booklet for course info.

 

* Stage 2 reverts back to its usual Conestogo route, moving the start/finish and turnaround points back 100m. 

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Hi ENDURrun Community! I’m Lisa Leskien, a trail and snowshoe runner from Cambridge. I’m looking forward to the challenge of this event and experiencing the sense of community that this event creates. I can’t wait to see what I can do at the 2018 ENDURrun.

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We’re really excited to welcome Lisa “Herculisa” Leskien to the trails (and roads!) of ENDURrun!

 

ENDURrun: How did you find out about us?

Herculisa: Runners talking about it 🙂

 

What convinced you to take the plunge?

A stage race has always been something that I have wanted to try. No better year than this year to try something new.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

Motivation for a big event like this for me comes from wanting to show my kids that if they work hard at something they can accomplish their goals. My kids see me train and they cheer me on through the ups and downs of racing. I’ll think about them a lot as I compete – I always do.

 

Can you share any details of your training? 

I crochet while cross training on the elliptical. It may be my super power.

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Hey guys, I’m baaaaaaack. Looking forward to meeting all the new Rookies and reuniting with past Ultimate Finishers.

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Mark McDonald has finished every ENDURrun but one since 2010! 

 

What is your runner profile? 

I started running in 2006 as a way to combat weight loss. I started at 10km distance for racing, and jumped to the half marathon distance the same year in 2007. In 2009 I joined a Running Room clinic and this began my racing career and helped develop my skills and knowledge of pacing, nutrition, cross training, etc. I have made significant gains since then, and progressed to marathon distance and triathlon, completing 4 Ironmans since 2012. I have completed 25 marathons, countless half marathons and 7 ENDURrun Ultimate finishes. In 2014, I completed the ENDURrun Ultimate and 2 weeks later completed Ironman Muskoka…that was a little nuts.

 

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?

It’s my annual summer holiday. Run, Massage, Eat, Nap, Swim; Repeat.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

My goal is always to finish. If I can pull out an improvement in any of the stages or the week, that’s a bonus.  

 

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

Aches and pains making for a long week – I know the course, I know I can finish, but as I get older can my body still take the beating?

 

Can you share any details of your training? 

In the past it was always good enough following a marathon training plan; I seldom trained long back to back and didn’t focus on any technical trails – although I have a history of getting stronger as the week goes by, not sure if that goes for everyone and if the less training approach contributes to that.

I haven’t been running anywhere near what I have in the past. I have been marathon training since 2009, this was my first year taking time off to self-reflect and focus on new passions – but I found my way back to running. I’ve been focusing on short distance fun runs as opposed to long distance and speed – only just recently focusing on an early summer fast 10k, which should give me back some speed for ENDURrun.

 

How will your ENDURrun 2018 compare to previous years?

Better, worse, the same – with me you never know. I am capable of pulling out some PB’s or PW’s – usually the first stage sets the tone for my week.

 

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

Don’t get caught up in the mad dash at the start of each stage, run your own race as you prepared in your training. Sign-up for massage and then eat! Expect the worst from Chicopee and hope for the best. Do whatever it takes to stay in the game: massage, ice, stretch, elevation – but not at the expense of injury – live to run another day.

 

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect?

Rain during Bechtel.  Meeting the most supportive, friendly, like-minded crazy runners/volunteers that will keep you coming back year after year.

 

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

The history, the stats, the new and old faces, the accomplishment and uniqueness of the event. Lloyd has said before that often decisions made are to protect the integrity of the ENDURrun, and I couldn’t agree more.