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We are now almost one-quarter of the way through the week.

(In fact, tomorrow you will see a 40 KM sign early in the race).

We really enjoyed being back in Cambridge for the first time since 2011, and on such a great section of the Grand River Trail. There is a strong consensus that what we gained in scenery and shade at our new course made up for a more challenging course than in years past. And it was great to have Batman Battaglia back out on the course today!


No overall changes today, with leaders increasing their leads: Josh by 21 seconds, Robyn by 5:23, and H+P Men’s A by 19 seconds.

Today’s results | Cumulative results after 2 Stages

Personal battles:
Will S. now 26:36 ahead of 2013
Chris L. now 12:46 ahead of 2018
Aidan R. now 9:22 ahead of 2018
Mark I. now 8:16 ahead of 2018
Ian G. now 7:02 ahead of 2018
Rebecca K. 3:27 ahead of 2018
Denis A. 2:57 ahead of 2011 (his previous best after 2 stages)

H+P Men’s A currently 3:41 ahead of the record-setting relay team’s time
H+P Women’s A currently 1:23 behind last year’s top female team (fastest all-time all-female team)
H+P Masters Men A team currently 3:32 lead over record masters team pace


We tackle the first big test, a 30 KM cross country race at Bechtel Park in Waterloo. We asked the participants how they are approaching a challenge of terrain (mix of trails and grass with hills!) and and psychology (six loops).

Mark I: I, my wife Rika, and my bunny Ron are enjoying everything so far, doing better than my first Ultimate last year, thanks to the fabulous supporting staff and friends. I find myself less nervous than last year. However, Stage 3 will be a challenging one to me. Running 30k Bechtel (rain?), feeding me at the post race, one hour drive home, taking a shower, then appointment with my dentist at 2:50pm. The later I finish, the less time for food Otherwise I have to pay penalty for no show.
Costas: I am mentally preparing for the “real” start to ENDURrun, Bechtel park. Pacing is crucial…. start slow and build up to a comfortable pace.
Rebecca: I’d say that the competition lasts the whole week. Each stage has its own unique challenges – Bechtel is an easier stage than others, for some – and for some it may be the toughest. I personally enjoy Bechtel – because I get to pass by the start/finish area (and the cheer squads) five times! Other prep tips? Trail shoes, bug spray, and lots of sleep (and calories) today!
Mitch: I am nervous about Bechtel mostly because I have never run that distance before. My strategy will be finding a comfortable pace and settling in – ideally keeping my time for each loop consistent. I think mentally I am fine. Legs are tired – so another walk to help keep loose, a nice long stint in the lazy boy and another early dinner.
Merlin: Is stage 3 the “real” beginning of the challenge? – yes. Stage 1 and 2 are relatively level….but stage 3 throws in trails, dirt, grass…and hill climbs! – it requires focus – both physically and mentally!
Pat: For stage 3: I am laying on my living room floor, pondering the gruelling fun that is before us tomorrow- really hopeful that my Garmin’s suggestion of “52 Hrs rest”, after Stage 2, was a glitch.
Dave: It’s so different effort-wise from the prior two stages. It’s a long 30K time-wise not a road rip like Around the Bay. Can get away with some pacing errors in the first two stages, at Bechtel you’re in for a long morning if you burn too many matches early! Being more than two hours, for most of us… nutrition plays way more a role. Getting the extra carbs in today is hugely important and fuel early and often each loop during.
Reza: Afternoon naps are the best.
Ty: I’ve already raced back to back days. Stage 3 is definitely not the “real start”. Stage 3 is where it gets hard.
I walked to downtown Kitchener for recovery aids, epsom salts and beer. I’ll take my time tomorrow and treat it as a 5k run…. That I do 6 times.
Andrew M: I’d say half my thoughts while running today were on tomorrow. I’m not going in to Bechtel feeling I’ve been successful in sufficiently preserving energy. “Experience is what you get right after you needed it!”. However I always find joy & energy in the trails at Bechtel, so I’m hoping that helps tomorrow.
Bob: I think the race starts after stage 3 – after the body feels the pain of Bechtel.
Michelle: What do you mean, Stage 3 is the ‘real start’? I’ve never even thought of any stage being more or less than the others. I actually like Bechtel. I was intimidated the first time I did it, but now I love the varied terrain and the repetition. I have it broken into six zones in my head so each loop seems shorter than it really is. I also love that I keep seeing the other runners in multiple locations throughout the course.
Chris M: I’m not emotionally tackling the challenge well at all. I’m crying in my stage 2 celebratory beer – so much so that even though I am drinking the beer, the cup remains full. It’s been three hours and I do believe it is now just a cup of stage 3 emotional tears.

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Use this projected start order as a guide. This Time Trial (TT) stage starts one runner each minute, in reverse order to their seed time, which is determined from previous results and expected finish times, with an effort to preserve the integrity of as many competitions as possible.

Dropouts and no-shows may still adjust the start times by up to 10 minutes from the Estimated Start Time – check in early. This list will be available at the start line at 8:00am August 12.

Estimated Start TimeNameGenderCityAgeDivisionRelay
8:00:00Chris BattagliaMBarrie62Ultimate
8:01:00Sue WempFCollingwood59Ultimate
8:02:00Stephen BennMNew Dundee39Ultimate
8:03:00Colleen SweeneyFTillsonburg57Ultimate
8:04:00Alison StrausFCambridge41RelayRunning Rarebits
8:05:00Jocelyn PedersenFKitchener47RelayH+P All Fit No Quit
8:06:00Wilf GoronMWheatley64Ultimate
8:07:00Deirdre LargeFWaterloo53Ultimate
8:08:00Ken B AndersonMKitchener76Ultimate
8:09:00Sara BlanchettFKitchener41Ultimate
8:10:00Heather J. DewarFWaterloo45Ultimate
8:11:00Maureen PecknoldFToronto51Ultimate
8:12:00Diane LacombeFKitchener54Ultimate
8:13:00Sharon DitnerFWaterloo41Ultimate
8:14:00Julie PhillipsFSt Jacobs44RelayRunners By Choice
8:15:00Mark RoestMWaterloo50RelayH+P Team Dalton
8:16:00Andrew HeijMWaterloo38Ultimate
8:17:00Chris LadubecMWaterloo39Ultimate
8:18:00Ronald IrwinMDurham58Ultimate
8:19:00Susan MoizerFMerrickville57Ultimate
8:20:00Mark McDonaldMPickering37Ultimate
8:21:00Mark IshikawaMBurlington55Ultimate
8:22:00William SpaetzelMKitchener36Ultimate
8:23:00Michael KleinMWaterloo33Ultimate
8:24:00Jeanette ThompsonFCambridge43Ultimate
8:25:00Nikkole WelshFStratford36Ultimate
8:26:00Andrea IozziFAjax58Ultimate
8:27:00Michael HewitsonMWaterloo36RelayH+P Team Boss
8:28:00Michele StudhalterFKitchener24RelayH+P Women's B
8:29:00Colleen CaplinFKitchener44RelayH+P Masters Women
8:30:00Andrew MoizerMMerrickville60Ultimate
8:31:00Costas FarassoglouMOttawa39Ultimate
8:32:00Trevor BossMWaterloo34Ultimate
8:33:00Savvas FarassoglouMOttawa39Ultimate
8:34:00Merlin FreyMElmira54Ultimate
8:35:00Patrick RobitailleMRockwood44Ultimate
8:36:00Mike CoughlinMGuelph45Ultimate
8:37:00Steven HunterMOrangeville49Ultimate
8:38:00Caroline Samson-BelairFSummerstown44Ultimate
8:39:00Andrew BlackledgeMWaterloo48Ultimate
8:40:00Tyler DaltonMKitchener34Ultimate
8:41:00Patrick KellyMOttawa56Ultimate
8:42:00Robert BaxterMKitchener59Ultimate
8:43:00Chris MintzMKitchener43Ultimate
8:44:00Antoine GauthierMWaterloo34Ultimate
8:45:00Denis AllenMKitchener57Ultimate
8:46:00Jack KilislianMEast York49Ultimate
8:47:00John PalmerMAyr67RelayRunners' Choice Ramblers
8:48:00David WulffMKitchener27RelayH+P Men's C
8:49:00Steven SchmidtMWaterloo50RelayH+P Men's D
8:50:00Rick StraughenMRochester38RelayLifetime Fitness
8:51:00Rebecca KruisselbrinkFWaterloo35Ultimate
8:52:00Vicki ZandbergenFKitchener40Ultimate
8:53:00Catherine DesrosiersFDrummondville43Ultimate
8:54:00Valery HobsonFKitchener49Ultimate
8:55:00Thaddeus HomewoodMListowel33Ultimate
8:56:00Mitch WilsonMWaterloo54Ultimate
8:57:00Reza SaputraMWaterloo30Ultimate
8:58:00Stefan GudmundsonMGuelph49Ultimate
8:59:00Robyn CollinsFWaterloo42Ultimate
9:00:00Ian GrzegorczykMWaterloo27Ultimate
9:01:00Dave RutherfordMWaterloo55Ultimate
9:02:00Greg PogueMWaterloo49RelayH+P Masters Men B
9:03:00Erin FoxFWaterloo33RelayH+P Women’s A
9:04:00Larry BradleyMMississauga45RelayH+P Masters Men A
9:05:00Mark CullenMMarkham29RelayH+P Men's B
9:06:00Christian BelairMSummerstown44Ultimate
9:07:00Nick BurtMKitchener25UltimateH+P Men's A
9:08:00Robin Richard-CampeauMSt-leonard-d'aston40Ultimate
9:09:00Aidan RutherfordMWaterloo22Ultimate
9:10:00Robert BrouilletteMCambridge27Ultimate
9:11:00Josh BoltonMParis29Ultimate

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The first day of ENDURrun is a rural half marathon, with a mix of hills, trails, and country roads. Participants described the temperatures as near perfect, and and the times didn’t disappoint!

Stage 1 is as close to a family reunion as we have, with many people who were unable to attend the pre-race meeting say their hellos and we have a massive BBQ. Rookies are accepted with open arms and dozens cooled off in the race director’s pool as the temperatures rose. On course support was amazing, from spectators, volunteers, partners including KW Health Connection. Runners’ Choice, Running Rarebits, and Health + Performance all came in big today with Ultimates, Relays, volunteers, and spectators. But let’s not delay the results any longer…


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For the seventh year in a row, the Gold Jersey was awarded to a new runner at Stage 1. For the first time since 2015 – it went to a competitor in the men’s division.

Starting in the men’s race, Josh Bolton set a new Stage record by 21 seconds. The last time a Stage record was broken (men’s) was 2004. This kind of accomplishment is what it took to de-throne Robert Brouillette’s four years of dominance, who now sits 2:16 back. (Does anyone know if Rob has any other jerseys?) After the top two guys, the next four sit 3:45 apart: Aidan Rutherford, Robin Richard-Campeau, Nick Burt, and Christian Belair.

Robyn Collins opened up a lead of 4:25 over 2018 champ Valery Hobson, up from her 0:53 lead after Stage 1 in 2018. But the week is long and as we’ve learned, much can change. After Robyn – and this is bizarre – the next four women are within 3:45: Valery, Catherine Desrosiers, Vicki Zandbergen, and Rebecca Kruisselbrink.

New bibs recognize accomplishments such as top rookies: Josh and Caroline, and top masters: Robin and Robyn.

There are 16 teams, where H+P Men’s A has a 5:30 lead over second, which is fifth all-time. The Women’s A team is also off to a good start with a four minute lead for fastest ever female team. As the week goes on we are going to get a good sense of where all the teams are performing in the women’s and master’s categories.

Closest battles:
Ultimate- Reza 10s back of Stefan, Catherine 4s back of Thaddeus, Patrick R. 9s back of Mike C., Savvas 2s back of Merlin
Relay- H+P Women’s A team 14s back of H+P Masters Men A, H+P Team Boss and H+P Women’s B are tied, H+P Men’s D is 12s back of Lifetime Fitness

Personal improvements:
Aidan- 6:40 faster than 2019
Nick- 34s faster than 2017 when he was 2nd OA (currently sitting 5th)
Dave R- 12s behind his fastest ERun (2012)
Ian G- 4:19 improvement over 2018
Robyn C- 50s ahead of 2018
Jack K- fastest time on Stage 1 since 2010
Denis A- PB, possibly first time under 1:40 (ran 1:37:30)
Robert Baxter – exactly 3min faster than 2018
Will Spaetzel- >17min faster than 2013
Mark I- 6:32 faster than 2018
Chris L- 7:40 faster than 2018


We are working as hard as we can to have photos ready for you ASAP. Here is the first peek at Stage 1 photos, with over 90% of runners already have at least one photo tagged to their name directly in the results.
2019 ENDURrun Stage 1: Sneak Peek

Ultimate questions:

Thanks everyone for participating in this project! We are very eager to share these insights with the world wide web, not only for fans and those interested in the event, but especially as the community grows past the point of being able to catch up with everyone at each Stage.

How are you feeling?
Reza: I’m so hungry!!! (my stomach)
Rebecca: I am not a rookie….so this shouldn’t surprise me…..but the positivity and support of the ENDURRun family was beyond amazing and I know it’ll be a phenomenal week no matter how I run! ❤️❤️
Val: Today was a bit of a slog for me….legs were a heavy so decided to simmer a bit.
Tyler: Today felt great. Not looking forward to Northfield uphill to finish the Marathon.
Nikki: The first loop felt great, and I was on track to have my best Endurrun half-marathon time, but unfortunately, I didn’t hydrate properly and the last 6 man sucked the life out of me!! I’m still feeling positive despite the expectations I had for myself today – the food was incredible so I’m feeling full and ready to go at it again tomorrow!!
Dave: Super stoked. One of those runs where you look down and see your pace and think this is going to be a really good day or I’m going to blow up spectacularly. Turns out it was a good day.
Bob: I’m appreciative of Sean Delanghe’s help to remove knots in my hip flexors and legs and the result being I am able to run with all muscles firing. Today felt great – even pulled off. NYC qualifier based on half marathon time – Woohoo, bring on the remaining stages:)
Pat: Feeling OK. It should be good.
Caroline: Day 1 was awesome! I loved the course and everyone that I met along the way and after the race. Chris Belair, my husband, was not kidding when he said that you are all amazing people.
Merlin: This year’s field is extremely competitive – which is good for me because there is no congestion when I finally come through! The crowd support, the cheering was phenomenal – its hard to remain focused and pace wisely without feeding from their energy!
Michelle: As for how I feel; sore and proud. My last run prior to this morning had my Achilles making me walk at 2.5K, so to get to the aid station just after the 14K mark before having to walk is really good. I am sure that I will have things working properly in time to train for next year. Colin worked on my Achilles and now my other side hurts more than my original injury! I was blown away when I saw that you all had waited until I finished before announcing the results. Thank you. It made me feel as though I was still part of things, even though I was technically out at that point.
Michael: Feeling absolutely wonderful about Stage 1 leading into the rest of the week. A PB for me for the half marathon distance, and super strong finish. Knowing there were lots of Rookies like me out there with me made it feel less scary.

How are you preparing for Stage 2?
Costas: Stretch your muscles after the run, drink lots of water, and of course take a well deserved nap!
Ken: For tomorrow, I am resting ( nap number one – done! ) and having a hot bath with Epsom Salts.
Val: The rest of Sunday will be lazy, with a walk and lots of food.
Nikki: A cool dip in the Schmidt’s pool and maybe some relaxing this afternoon while the boys make new habitats for the grasshoppers, crickets, and caterpillars they caught today!!
Dave: Legs up. Food and fluids in. Really looking forward to racing the new Stage 2 course after my preview run on it last Monday. Should be beautiful, fast and fun.
Stephen: Quick recovery run rescuing my bib from the clutches of the ferocious puppy monster
Mitch: Had my first massage ever afterward. I really don’t know how to prepare for tomorrow but mostly rest, a walk and an early dinner. I will some stretching throughout the day too.
Andrea: After a much needed massage to my hamstring, bite to eat, time in the pool, return to air B&B for shower, I’m finally relaxing and hoping the muscle soreness will dissipate in time for tomorrow’s event. Rest well competitors!
Pat: I am just gonna take it easy.
Caroline: My day 2 prep started with a stop at Lloyd and Julie’s pool followed by a beer and a shower. We are resting up, stretching out and fuelling up for tomorrow’s TT.
Michelle: I hope to see everyone on Tuesday morning. I’d like to be able to do a couple of loops of Bechtel and take advantage of Colin again.
Michael: Preparing for Stage 2 spending some 1on1 time with my foam roller. We’re close. It’s getting serious.

Next up

Stage 2 is a 15k time trial, out-and-back on a linear trail, with some pavement and crushed gravel sections. Runners start every one minute from 8:00 a.m. – check the start list for an idea of your start time.

Follow along

Our virtual runner

Jodi couldn’t make it this week but she’s running along with us from the sunshine state!

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We asked this question to our contenders on the eve of the 8 day, 7 stage, 160 KM event.

This is a sampling of what they had to say:

“I’m antsy.”
“I’m super nervous.”
“How fast does one go for stage 1 of a 7 stage event?”
“I don’t know where my fitness is at. Tomorrow will tell me a lot.”
“Injury recovery! Tomorrow will be interesting!”
“Full. ;)”
“I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that I’m freaking out a bit, but know that once I get out on the course, everything will come together.”
“Not sure what to expect.”
“Some people rest up during Endur…I renovate. 1/2 marathon prep….porch cement repair 🙂 I will be working on porch and building new large main deck stairs during this endur”
“Great to meet old friends and see how their year has gone and exciting to see that there are so many rookies for this year.”
“I am looking forward to an early morning race and starting endurrun 2019 and making new friends.”

Great to see you again

On the evening before Stage 1, Race Director Lloyd Schmidt hosts the community for a meet-and-greet-style race meeting. Welcome back to Conestogo and huge thanks to the neon shirts. See you tomorrow morning!

The 63 expected starters are the largest field in ENDURrun history. 20 are Rookies. We went over handy details like course changes and rule changes. Reminder to keep this info booklet handy.

Favourites for Stage 1

In the women’s event, defending champion Valery Hobson is joined by Gold Club members Vicki Zandbergen and Robyn Collins, as well as Catherine Desrosiers, all four of whose ENDURrun best times span 0:15:09 (5 seconds per KM) and are all from 2017 and 2018. Looking for a dark horse? Rebecca Kruisselbrink is on the right trajectory to make some noise in this event.

For the men, four-time defending champion Robert Brouillette is challenged by coach Josh Bolton. Robin Richard-Campeau, Christian Belair, 2013 champion Stefan Gudmundson, Nick Burt, Aidan Rutherford, and Dave Rutherford all have best times within 20 minutes of each other, although Aidan and Nick have the most recent best times.

Valery, Vicki, Robyn, Catherine, Robin, Christian, Stefan, and Dave headline what is likely the deepest field of Masters in ENDURrun history.

In Relay, H+P is chasing records with Sean Delanghe, Victoria Siemon, Luke Ehgoetz, and Tracey Kuchma in their A teams for men and women, open and Masters.

We asked Twitter about the men’s race, and the 42 voters seemed to give an edge.

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Hello everyone, Caroline here! I’m really excited to meet you all and to spend an amazing week getting to know you. I’m looking forward to this experience and can only imagine the great friendships that will be formed during the week. Happy trails! 🙂

We are so excited to have Caroline Samson-Belair in the field this year! Credit to Christian for the five year sales cycle!

How did you find out about ENDURrun? My husband has run the race three times.

What convinced you to take the plunge? Hearing how much fun Chris has during the week, the great people he meets and the amazing food he eats. I just had to be a part of it this time.

What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2018? following my husband’s results

What advice have you been collecting? What are your sources? Most of my advice comes from Chris Belair’s experiences at this race. Eat well, rest a lot in between and get ready to run on sore legs. Oh, and don’t go out too hard on the first day!

What are you still hoping to learn by August? I need to get my head in check with what my body can do. I’m trying to stick to a smart training plan and need to keep incorporating some stretching and flexibility work.

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? My goal is to finish with a smile. I was registered for the 2015 event but surgery for a ruputured disc in my neck prevented me from being able to run. I knew then that ONE day, I would be back. 2019 is that day!

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Meeting other crazy, ummm like minded people 😉 who share the same passion for running as I do!

What are you nervous about, if anything? What to pack and the dreaded “horror hill” I’ve heard so much about.

Can you share any details of your training? I ran my first 52km ultra in June (Quebec Mega Trail). I figure that would help prepare me for EndurRun, especially when I ran on very tired and sore legs during the following few days. Currently training for 70.3 Ironman in September as well.

What is your runner profile? I’ve been running for over 20 years. My mileage varies quite a bit, depending on what I’m training for. I typically run aprox. 50+ km per week, but that can fluctuate depending on what life throws at me. I’ve discovered a love of trail running in the past few years. Whole new kind of running out in the trails!

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Endurun community is a source of inspiration, motivation and personal growth and we are blessed to be part of this crazy adventure!

One smiley twin is not enough. Thanks Savvas Farassoglou for returning for #5, and dragging your brother with you!

How is your training going? In the past two years, I have started doing ultra-marathons and as I get into longer trail races (>50km), my speed has slowed but endurance has gone up 🙂

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? It will be slower than other years, but hopefully faster than 2015 as it was very hot humid summer! Hoping to bring between 14 and 15 hours!

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Enjoy the experience of challenging yourself, but also get the change to forge long lasting friendships that will follow up everywhere!

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? A community of dedicated, supportive and amazing runners that are supported by amazing group of volunteers and the amazing work and passion shown by Lloyd Schmidt, Julie Schmidt, and their Family.

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?
The amazing atmosphere and reconnect with my running friends once a year and celebrate other’s personal goals and achievements!

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Endurrun 2019 will be special as my twin brother (Costas) finally decided to compete after his older brother (me) was nagging him for years. The last Endurrun we competed together was 2009, so its a 10 year reunion.

What can we follow-up with you about for a profile part 2? My state of health and madness after completing my 5th Endurrun 🙂

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? To reunite with friends and volunteers that i have come to known for the past 10 years.

What are you nervous about, if anything? I am nervous about Stage 6 on track as i haven’t run on a track surface in over 20 years!

Can you share any details of your training? My 2019 training has been based on ultra-marathons, especially trail running, so i am often doing long trail runs without any pacing in mind.

What is your runner profile? I started running in 2004 and did mostly half and full marathons. I have completed 31 full marathons. The last two years, i am challenging myself with longer distances, and have completed four 50km trail races. In September 2019, i am going for my first 50 miles (80km) and eventually do 100km race next year.

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I’m looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

Vicki Zandbergen has it all: eight consecutive Ultimates, Gold Club and 2017 champion, and she even drives Jordan to some of the stages. (thanks in advance)

How is your training going? It’s starting to go OK, but I’ve been injured, so there was a big setback.

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? Unsure, but I’ll need to take it day by day.

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Get to the start line healthy.

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? The week will go by much faster than you anticipate!

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back? The people: runners and volunteers alike.

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? I injured myself pretty badly at Boston this year, so I’m just trying to get back at it. I had a 3 month gap in my run training this spring/early summer and had a 5 week plan to get ready for ENDURrun. Eek.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? The body cooperating and finally running higher mileage again.

Can you share any details of your training? It’s minimal this year. I’m just trying to get to the start line healthy and reasonably strong.

What is your runner profile? Started running casually in 2005, ran my first race in October 2006. First Ultimate in 2011. I race distances up to and including 50 miles, trail and road.

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Welcome rookies, welcome back seasoned veterans! I can’t wait to spend my runcation with all of you, the entire running community, the spectacular volunteers and Schmidt family!

Valery Hobson is back to defend her 2018 title, a time which ranks 7th in ENDURrun history.

How is your training going? I just try to run lots on tired legs. Back to back long runs, or long runs then something like Bechtel or Chicopee.

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? Well… will be just as fun and exciting….I am excited to see what I can do….and what others will accomplish.

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Run lots. Train on tired legs. And come and enjoy the experience.

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? Ridiculous amounts of support, smiles, hugs, great food…..and you will see what awesome things you are capable of.

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back? The people. The highs. The feeling of accomplishment. The challenge.

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Just keep on keeping on. When you feel like you can’t go any further, take another step.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Spending a week with my running friends and family and seeing what all I can accomplish…..

What are you nervous about, if anything? Blowing up. Lol

Can you share any details of your training? Lots of miles. Training at Chicopee (a must). Run when you’re tired. Even if it’s slow.

What is your runner profile? I’ve been running for about 9 years….mileage has increased substantially over the years as have my efforts and goals. I love trails…..they are my special place. They force me to go slower and focus on time spent running rather than pace or distance. In addition, they strengthen your ankles, knees , hips….etc and make you happy 🙂

General mileage ranges between 70 and 130km/week. I love big miles. But need to be careful not to get carried away with them and set myself up for injury. I do try to incorporate a bit of speed work in…at least once a week ideally 2x.

What else would you like to share? Enjoy the journey and try to remember how many gifts running offers you. It makes life better in so many ways.

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The Ultimate has always had sub-contests – and now we’re bringing them to life!

The Ultimate competition is a well-rounded competition with a well-known formula: 8 days, 7 stages, 160 KM. Less well-known are the sub-contests that are designed to reward runners who specialize in certain disciplines of running.

This week we have launched a results tool to make results for any year, and historical records, easy and interactive!

Our hope is that through the growth of this event, the continuing progress in our results capabilities, and new prizing (cash prizes for these titles is new for 2019) will help these contests as they continue to gain interest and prominence over time.

This is what it looks like:

It’s worth noting that since this data wasn’t easily accessible in years past, it’s unlikely that Jackie Jackman knew in the moment that her record Trail in 2010 (which still stands) beat April Boultbee’s 2007 time by a mere 15 seconds! But we’re happy now to give participants and spectators alike the ability to see and use this information.

Besides choosing between years or all-time, you can also drill down into the demographics, and that highlights the great masters performances over the years. Both of the women’s records belong to Joanne Bink from 2008, while the men’s records were set in 2012 (Mark Meyers – Sprint) and 2014 (Patrick Kelly – Trail).

The contests in 2019

This year, we are awarding two contests with prize money ($100) for the first time:

  • Sprint – combined time at Stages 2 and 6
  • Trail – combined time at Stages 3 and 5
  • In Trail, the courses at Bechtel and Chicopee offer a range of trail challenges and are essentially unchanged for 6+ years. For Sprint, lots has changed. The 25k of total distance is constant, and the Stage 2 time trial start remains, however Stage 2 is now on a linear trail and Stage 6 is now a track event with heat starts. These two flattest Stages still offer the best opportunities for hammering during the week.

    Historical winners

    Five times, the Sprint and Trail King were different people, but only once for Sprint and Trail Queen. In total, eight “crowns” have been awarded to people who ultimately didn’t win the title.


  • “Trail” wasn’t officially contested or awarded until 2015. From 2003-2014, it was the Mountain contest (combined time in Stages 4 and 5) that was recognized. But we are including historical results for comparison purposes, and feel that these two contests in 2019 are the best representations of specialized runner discipline.
  • An Ultimate must finish the week to count in Sprint and Trail. This first version includes those times, but they will be removed soon.
  • Posted by & filed under 2019, Contender.

    Thank you EndurRun family and friends for giving me a fabulous experience. I look forward to seeing all of you there again!

    We’re honoured to have Mark Ishikawa back this year, especially for Stage 7!

    You’ve trained for Ultimate before. What did you learn that you will build from (or avoid) this time around? Keeping myself in a good condition is the most important thing to enjoy everything I will experience.

    Besides training, what will be the same and/or different about this Ultimate compared to your first completion? I feel I know better than before how to manage the body condition after each stage.

    What is the one piece of advice that you’re glad you knew/you wish you knew before your first completion? I’ve heard everybody in this community is nice and friendly. I found it was true.

    How were you feeling in the days and weeks following your first Ultimate completion? For the first few weeks after my first completion, I felt I would be able to run better “Yes, I can do this better next year!”. I now feel I am still worried “Can I really complete the Ultimate this year?”

    What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Day 7 Marathon will be my 100th Anniversary Marathon. It took 35 years since my first marathon. To celebrate the anniversary with this great community, I need to complete all stages.

    What are you nervous about, if anything? I don’t want to miss any stages this year. Unexpected injury is the worst thing I am nervous about.

    Can you share any details of your training? I’m doing less mileage than I did last year, but doing the same thing such as all types of surfaces with various speeds. I’ve learned from my chiropractor that taking care of the muscles after training is as important as the training itself, so I’ve focused more on recovery than training itself this year. I hope I can start Day 7 in a good condition.

    What is your runner profile? 1st marathon 35 years ago. I’ve completed 1-5 marathons per year since then. And countless ultramarathons as well.