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Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Denis Allen is back for Ultimate #6, and his first three-peat!

How is your training going? I have a running coach (H+P) now and a solid routine with a lot recovery volume based running 80K to 110K weeks and I keep chipping away at increasing my speed. My week consists of 4-5 Recovery Runs, 1 Long run and 1 Speed run. It’s working to keep me healthy and I am enjoying it.

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? For 2019 my plan is stay healthy during the week and make some improvement on my time.

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Enjoy the week, treat it like a fitness vacation and have fun. Learn from the experienced Ultimates, engage in conversation and make friends. You can make the week competitive if you need that edge by finding a group of runners that match your pace and use them for your race strategies. That’s fun too.

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? A friendly, supportive and running family atmosphere.

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back? Besides the friendly, supportive and the running family atmosphere. I think the ENDURrun has now become my center for my overall running purpose and hope it will be there for many years to come.
Sophomore questions

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? The 2019 ENDURrun will be my 6th Ultimate and I have slowed down. This was mainly due to injuries. My fastest year was my first ENDURrun in 2011. This past year, I have got a running coaching to help me get back on top of things and have been very happy with the progress. This year should be a step in improvements and my goal is to stay healthy, have fun and improve my times.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Seeing everyone again this year and the camaraderie.

What are you nervous about, if anything? On June 24th 2019 I wiped out on a trail and sprained my right ankle. Everything looks OK after some recovery, but it will be in the back of my mind when we run Bechtel and Chicopee so I will need to stay focused on those run and make sure my root avoidance radar is turned on.

Can you share any details of your training? Lots of recovery volume based running 80K to 110K weeks. My week consists of 4-5 Recovery Runs, 1 Long run and 1 Speed run.

What is your runner profile? I ran cross country in public school and track in high school. That was over 40 years ago. At that time, I was able to run a sub-5 minute mile. In 2009, I got back into running for the fitness and being a competitive person, the racing. My main goal was a sub-20 minute 5K and I got close, 20:21. I changed my focus to longer distance and in 2011 started running the ENDURrun as an Ultimate. Out of the gate it went well, then over the years I started running into small issues with my left hamstring and glute and started slowing down, lost my running mojo too. But, I didn’t give it up, kept trying to get back at it. In 2017, I went back after my main goal again sub-20 minute 5K and that is where my bigger focus is right now but at the same time keeping up with the longer distance running. To help me get there I started with coaching (H+P) in Oct 2018 and this has helped big time. I am happy in the direction I am going and hopefully soon I will bust the sub-20 minute 5K. Once that is accomplished I will set a new goal.

What else would you like to share? I am really looking forward to this running week. I treat it like a fitness vacation.

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I can’t wait to run with all of you!

Colleen Sweeney is back for her second Ultimate and has promised to wear these shorts!

You’ve trained for Ultimate before. What did you learn that you will build from (or avoid) this time around? I learned that your mind can take you beyond what you think is possible. And hill….run more hills!

Besides training, what will be the same and/or different about this Ultimate compared to your first completion in 2015? The the family-like atmosphere of the entire event will be the same. So looking forward to it!

What is the one piece of advice that you’re glad you knew/you wish you knew before 2015? I wish I had known that you can get injured running down hills!

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

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? As a long time runner who was always mid-pack, I have found myself getting closer to the back of the pack in the years since I turned 50. I love pushing my personal limits and am striving to simply beat the cut-offs. That would be total victory for me! That, and to have fun each day!

What can we follow-up with you about in August for a profile part 2? Did I meet my goals?

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? The hills, the friends, the food!

What are you nervous about, if anything? The hills!

Can you share any details of your training? Trying to do as much hill training as possible but struggle to find adequate hills in my area so keep running up and down the same darn hill!

What is your runner profile? 30 years running, mileage has varied depending on what was going on in my life, mostly roads.

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SO happy to be running with you all again this year! Have the best time!

Rebecca Kruisselbrink has improved her overall time substantially in her second and third Ultimates. What is in store for number four?

How is your training going? good routine, building a bit of volume, and speedwork; trying to stave off a few threatening injuries that seem to stick around too!

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? no big changes….running because I can, because I love it, and because every race challenges me in different ways

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? 1. smile! 2. enjoy the week – every race, every loop of Chicopee, and every step of the second loop of the marathon! it’s a whole year till it happens again! 3. embrace the camaraderie of the ENDURrun family!

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? You will be challenged in a way you’ve never felt before; you’ll go places and accomplish things, running, you never thought you could….and you’ll receive more encouragement and support before, after, and during each event than you thought possible.

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? My goal is to run strong, avoid injury, PB a few stages, and negative split the marathon 🙂 Last year I finished in tears because I BQ’d on the marathon….this year I want to finish smiling 🙂

What can we follow-up with you about in August for a profile part 2? ask me how the right plantar fascia feels – ask me if I still love running in the heat…..and ask me if EndurRun is still my favourite running event in the entire year (ie, better than Comrades and better than Boston)…..because it will be, and I’ll elaborate!

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? EVERYTHING.

What are you nervous about, if anything? Injury. Plantar fascia has been giving me problems. I dont’ want to get hurt….I want to run!

Can you share any details of your training? I train on 30% trails, 70% road; 80-100 km a week, sometimes more and sometimes less; try to get in a workout once or twice a week with H+P or on my own; and have been out to Chicopee a few times.

What is your runner profile? See above. Running since 2014. Milestones in 2019: Boston marathon; Comrades back to back; and…..first 100 miler (registered for Hali) if all goes well!

What else would you like to share? EndurRun is one of the most unique events I’ve been part of. It gets better every single year. Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who makes it happen!

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The Health + Performance leaf with H+P logo is omnipresent during ENDURrun. This running and multisport club, centered in Waterloo, Ontario, partners with Run Waterloo all year long, but it really goes to the next level in August.

It’s incredible to note that in a record year for our race, close to 2 in 5 athletes across all finishers are representing H+P. That’s why race photos can sometimes look like club runs (see above, 2018 Stage 4)!

We interviewed head coach Dr. Sean Delanghe to get a sense of why, and what ENDURrun means to the club. We hope to give other clubs insight on what is working so well for H+P!

What does ENDURrun mean to the club?
ENDURrun has definitely been a staple for H+P almost since the inception of the club. With the variety of stages and different ways we have been able to set up fun competitions between our members, it has been an invaluable way to bring our athletes of all abilities together to compete and have a goal that helps springboard into performances for our big fall races.
We also like that this event gives us the opportunity to showcase some of the hidden demographics in the club. For instance, sometimes the masters women get lost in the shuffle of big races. But, when they all get together and hammer on one team proudly labelled the H+P Masters Women, people can see how deep and fast that part of the club is!

Can you give us a sense of the scale of the team this year?
I know that we had close to 20 Ultimates this year before some dropouts and that we have 12 relay teams consisting of 84 athletes this year. So if they all finish, that would make 52 relay teams all-time. Really though, these numbers aren’t a goal, they are more a symptom of how much fun we have training together, racing together, and specifically how much fun we have at this incredible event.

Continued below this collage from 2018

Why do so many H+Pers volunteer during the week?
Honestly, it’s just because we have amazing members who have fun being involved and giving back to a community that gives so much to them/us. We don’t actively discuss or apply any pressure to recruit volunteers. We just have super awesome people in our group who have decided on their own that they want contribute to making life better for all while they/we suffer through this grueling event!

What are the club expectations this year? What are you looking forward to? Any good battles (individual or relay)?
There is so much to look forward to! All of our A-teams are chasing event records. We have some serious contenders on the women’s side in Val, Rebecca and Vicki. We will have two men battling for a podium spot in Aidan and Nick. We are also excited to see how much some of our athletes have improved. There are a number of longterm members like Will (no pressure) who are primed to blow previous performances out of the water. We also have some fun battles between our evenly matched teams like including Team Boss vs. Team Dalton that will be exciting to follow. We also have some stacked B and C teams involved in team battles and chasing the teams ahead of them.

When will we see the H+P coaches in Ultimate?
In terms of % chance they will do it in the next 5 years, I would say:
Nick Burt 100%
Kayla Ng 45%
Mark Cullen 35%
Emily Hunter 11%
Gillian Willard 10%
Jan de Visser 2%
Sean Delanghe 0.1%
In other words, it’s much easier to make a plan for somebody to race the ultimate than to execute it. Respect to all of you crazy people!

H+P at ENDURrun

Those 52 teams Sean mentioned would be 45% of all 116 relay teams to finish ENDURrun since 2004. This for a club founded in 2011.

H+P athletes have won the men’s title once, the women’s title three times (twice defending in 2019), and hold the all time record for women’s relay and men’s and womens’ masters relay. They also sit fourth all-time for relay, less than 10 minutes behind the record.

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I’m from Paris Ontario. I started Grand River Endurance club back in 2014 and I work as a kinesiologist at Advanced Therapies clinic. I’m driven to get the most out of myself each day and throughout ENDURrun.

Josh Bolton is a great guy who has run several Run Waterloo events throughout the years. We’re always excited to welcome new runners to the community, and this time for for a new true contender for the Gold Jersey as well!

How did you find out about ENDURrun? Training partner Rob Brouillette

What convinced you to take the plunge? I had surgery on my achilles last fall and wanted to take on new challenges in 2019. The ENDURrun is a way for me to showcase the endurance base I’ve built since coming back from surgery.

What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2018? Followed online as well as talked to individuals at the time via messenger about each stage and how are they were doing throughout the event.

What advice have you been collecting? I’ve got advice from various individuals in regards to how to attack each stage. I’ve also run a few of the courses so I know what to expect going into these stages.

What are you still hoping to learn? I’m working on the fueling aspect of ENDURrun as well as the recovery part. I have a few resources to help with the recovery part of the event.

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? I’ve been motivated by Rob;s past success in the event. My goal is to win the event but I’m also motivated to beat some stage records as well. I’m pumped to be apart of the community that is ENDURrun and share some laughs with people as we put ourselves through the grind.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Digging deep within myself to run the best I can each stage. I’m also looking forward to working with Rob to crush some stages.

What are you nervous about, if anything? Running through soreness.

Can you share any details of your training? I’ve done some back to back workout days. Went to Bechtel park and did a workout on the loop for the race. I’ve done more workouts on the rail trail as I have to work harder to hit times.

What is your runner profile? I’ve been running for 14 years about 12 years competitively. I started as a track and cross country runner but ever since graduating last 6 years has been road racing. I still train on all these surfaces but only compete on the roads. I will be doing track races again next summer.

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Hiya! Good luck everyone – I look forward to eating your dust again. See you in a few weeks!

Sharon Ditner got her feet wet with ENDURrun through the old Sport category. Now she’s back for a second Ultimate with an impressive goal!

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Hope to raise some money for the Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis Centre (GWWICC) services and programs. They do some great work! Check their website out!

Besides training, what will be the same and/or different about this Ultimate compared to last year? This year I am fundraising for GWWICC. I’ve nearly assembled a 6 x 5km relay team made up of (mainly non-runner) fundraising coworkers to join us at Bechtel Park so hopefully that happens because they’d get a unique ENDURrun experience.

How were you feeling in the days and weeks following your first Ultimate completion? Proud and grateful. I was missing the Run Waterloo Community so I volunteered at the Harvest Half a few weeks later just to keep the party going!

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Hi everyone! My name’s Mikey and I’m an ENDURookie! I’m looking forward to seeing you out there, either running with me, or as a volunteer, or cheering us on.

Michael Klein is new to ENDURrun with a ton of support behind him. Welcome Mikey!

How did you find out about ENDURrun? My running crew in the Running Rarebits

What convinced you to take the plunge? Personal Challenge – Friends Support

What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2018? No exposure to last year’s race, no.

What advice have you been collecting? Running on sore legs day after day, working with different terrain for different lengths and getting those KM’s up. My sources have been Deidre, Merlin, and a large group of veteran Endurruners that are in my Rarebits Crew!

What are you still hoping to learn by August? by August I am hoping to learn how to pace myself at the start for the larger, more lengthy Stages them just diving in.

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Well I will admit, the mental confidence is there, but the motivation from my fellow runners has been the best feeling ever!
My motivation for ENDURRun is simple: Get into the best shape of my life, and have an absolute blast while doing it.
My goals? Honestly, to finish all the stages. Finish them exactly as planned months ago? Not sure yet.

What can we follow-up with you about in August for a profile part 2? See how much sweat I can lose from my body over the course of 160 km’s!

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? I am looking forward to kicking ass at Bechtel Park and Wilmot Line, but the most fun will be tackling all this with a large group of intense people.

What are you nervous about, if anything? I am nervous about the final Stage, the Marathon at the end. There’s so many factors, heat, injury, and you just don’t know until the day of how much of a feat it will really be.

Can you share any details of your training? As a rookie, it’s impossible to know if this is enough but here we go:
70-90 km per week of running, mix of trails and road running, with Wilmot each week.
– I have my favourite treacherous trail in Guelph where I am getting pummeled by rocks and roots each week.
– Weight training at the gym, taking care of my hips.
– The sauna is my friend a couple times a week.

What is your runner profile? I’ve been running for 7 years – Outdoor Adventure Races to start (Spartan Spring, Spartan Beast, Tough Mudder) then moved into longer races (Harvest Half, , Arc Race Syracuse, Toronto Waterfront Marathon) and recently took to the trails with Conquer the Canuck in 2019.

What else would you like to share? I think I’m the only one running with both a theatre degree and 12 years of musical theatre experience (RENT, Jack Black in SCHOOL OF ROCK, Donkey in SHREK). I doubt that will give me any extra speed, but at least i’ll be making everyone laugh the whole time !

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I am an avid long-distance runner, and having been running for over 25 years. I will be completing my 40th Marathon in the Ultimate, all before I turn 40 years old. I plan on expanding my running experiences to ultra marathons in 2020.

We’re thrilled to have Costas Farassoglou back back this year. He has the chance to set the record for most time between Ultimate completions (2009 – 2019)!

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? My goal is to enjoy the challenging and rewarding journey, while making connections with old and new running friends, the Schmidt Family and the volunteers.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Completing the Ultimate, and finishing the Ultimate with my 40th Marathon before the age of 40. Also, I am looking to connecting with old and new running friends, volunteers and the Schmidt Family.

What are you nervous about, if anything? Bechtel (Stage 3) scares me the most. I have only completed it once (2009), and pacing will be crucial.

Can you share any details of your training? I currently run 40-50km per week due to my crazy work schedule. I try to do my long runs on my off days, which can be weekends or during the week. For the most part, I throw in various runs with hills and trails.

You’ve trained for Ultimate before. What did you learn that you will build from (or avoid) this time around? Hills and trail races play an important role in the Ultimate, especially Stage 3 and 5. This time around, I will practice the hills a lot more. Also, I learned from the first time that it is best to conserve your energy in the early stages for the “tough” stages near the end of the week.

Besides training, what will be the same and/or different about this Ultimate compared to your first completion? I completed my first Ultimate 10 years ago (2009). I was much younger and had a lot more speed. Over the last ten years, I have learned that the beauty in running is enjoying the journey along the way.

What is the one piece of advice that you’re glad you knew/you wish you knew before your first completion? I wish that I knew that your body can handle a lot of stress. For instance, the first couple of stages in my Ultimate in 2009, I struggled physically and mentally to bring the times that I wanted. What I found out was that as I became more mentally strong, my body followed. I actually got stronger near the latter part of the Ultimate competition.

How were you feeling in the days and weeks following your first Ultimate completion? I was thrilled to have finished the Ultimate, but felt Ultimate letdown in the coming weeks. I met such amazing people during the week, and we build close relationships. After the race, we knew we had to go back to our regular lives.

What is your runner profile? I am an experienced marathoner (38) with over 25 years of running experience. I have raced from 5K to 42.2K on all kinds of surfaces including gravel, trails, roads, pathways, etc. My main goal is to complete 40 Marathons and 40 Half-Marathons before the age of 40. I love to travel, discover new places and run marathons at the same time. I have completed the Authentic Athens Marathon (2nd Marathon), and that was really special because I am Greek and the finish was the white marble Panathinaiko stadium in Athens, Greece (site of first Modern Olympics in 1896).

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

Link to the ENDURrun Booklet 2019 PDF

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

To our returning participants: there are a few changes of note in this booklet with respect to 2018. Stage 2 is in Cambridge and Stage 6 is on a track. There is a tweak to the grass trail section at Stage 3. Dollar Pacers are now Toonie Pacers. Lots of enhanced rules including timing, pacing, and track. It also includes track etiquette.

Let us know what you think on Facebook!

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Hi I’m Pat Robitaille and I am excited to join my first ENDURrun Ultimate

Patrick Robitaille is a rookie with a familiar story – joining close to two dozen couples to complete the Ultimate challenge! Welcome Patrick!

How did you find out about ENDURrun? Wife Amy ran some guest stages for a few years and then she raced in the Ultimate (2017). I know others from The Guelph Victors and Discomfort Zone Multisport who have also participated.

What convinced you to take the plunge? Subtle nudges from Amy!

What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2018? Have followed other’s race stories for a couple years

What advice have you been collecting? Primarily Amy’s input and the Facebook group

What are you still hoping to learn by August? The art of recovering well and starting the next day ready to roll!

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Goal: To have a good time, smile through some tough running and make it to the daily buffet table!
Motivations: Wow, thinking of this, makes me realize there are lots of things that push me to lace up my shoes and participate; my own physical fitness goals, trying to set a healthy example of daily activity for my kids (..or to keep up to them, rather..) to honour those that can’t participate in activities that I can often take for granted. All these things may help me keep my spirits high when the running gets tough.

What can we follow-up with you about in August for a profile part 2? Ask me if I’d rather be running or skiing at Chicopee?
If August is really hot, Ask me if I went to the Farm Supply Store for a big salt-lick-block and an ice-bath trough.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Meeting some great running pals.

What are you nervous about, if anything? Yup, a bit of nerves: I’ve enjoyed running/training and racing for many years, but this’ll be some new territory for sure. Both in weekly volume and repetitiveness of the weekly Stages.

Can you share any details of your training? I mix it up each week, but incorporate at least one Run, bike and swim, sometimes two of those activities 6 days a week. My volume has increased steadily since the winter.

What is your runner profile? Have always enjoyed running, have trained and raced more consistently the last 8 years. I’m as happy to run on roads as I am to get muddy on trails. I *like* Guelph Victors track workouts and benefit from having my wife toy with me as she drags me around country roads for faster long runs. Running routine changes often due to work and kids commitments, but each week I try to blend a long run, track or speed workout, some easier runs for recovery and a tempo or hilly run.