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Hi everyone! I’m back!

For those who are new, I’m the one who’ll be last to finish each leg. I don’t mind; someone has to lead the procession of police cars at the end of Stage 4. Again. I’m in it for the social aspect and the bragging rights (what, you ran how far?). I’m not a great runner like some of you, but I do what I can and feel a sense of accomplishment with each stage. I look forward to cheering you all on as you pass me and know that I’ll have the biggest cheering section when I come in because everyone else will already be waiting for me at the finish.

We are so glad to have five-time finisher Michelle Barnes back in 2019!! We missed you last year!

How is your training going? Too many issues to mention, so I know that I will DNF for time, but I will finish the distance!

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? It will be slow but fun.

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Get to know everyone, especially the volunteers. This isn’t just a ‘come out and run’ event; this is a family reunion and everyone who participates is part of the family.

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? Joy, more support than you can imagine, heat, rain (at Bechtel), high fives, pride in your accomplishment, sore feet, quads on fire for days after Chicopee, amazing food, the world’s best volunteers, new friends for life, and the belief that you can take on any challenge. Oh, and don’t be surprised if you preregister for next year before the week is out.

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back? For this turtle, it is the feeling that even though I am not one of the elite I am treated as though I am. I feel as though I belong and that I matter.

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? If I can finish the first two stages within the time limit then I will feel good. I don’t think I’ll finish Bechtel in time given my too-rough-too-talk-about-here year, but I’ll still do 10K on Saturday even if I’m technically out. My goal is to run 160 km over the week, be it as an Ultimate finisher or not.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Seeing my running family again.

What are you nervous about, if anything? Finishing. I had a rough year.

What is your runner profile? This is my sixth Ultimate, and I still don’t feel as though I really know what I am doing.

What else would you like to share?I didn’t participate last year and felt the biggest sense of regret. I decided that I’d rather DNF this year than not register. I have done the ENDURrun often enough that when training I will actually picture certain stages of the event as I run.

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Hello fellow people that run! I saw you all having so much fun at this event that I walked up to Lloyd before the marathon stage was even over and told him I wanted to be one of the charity spots for 2019. I’ve always been able to give back to my community through running and this race will be no different as I proudly fundraise for KidsAbility through ENDURrun.

Chris Mintz is true leader in the running community and having him in the field is a big coup for ENDURrun 🙂

What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2018? Guest runner, pacer, aid station help, on course photography.

What convinced you to take the plunge? People looked like they were having a lot of fun. I like fun.

What advice have you been collecting? Be sure to wear your favourite underwear on race days. You’ll need all the good luck you can get. Source: Dee Large

What are you still hoping to learn by August? Hoping to learn how I can combine my love of running with my love of charity as I work on my fundraising for KidsAbility heading into August.

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? My goal is to raise as much as I can for KidsAbility, a charity that levels the playing field for youth here in the Waterloo Region.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? The Chicopee stage. Love those hills.

Can you share any details of your training? I favour a good mix of mid mileage weeks and general strength training.

What is your runner profile? Been running forever, racing for 10 years. Leaning more towards trail these days but still love a good speedy road run to get the wind flowing through my beard.

What else would you like to share? The joy I have in my big runner’s heart.

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Good luck to all participants and I hope you reach your own personal goals.

Mitch Wilson is a long-time Run Waterloo runner who has run Chicopee for a relay team the past two years. No relay team this year, no problem!

What convinced you to take the plunge? My wife said she would pay for my registration and I was inspired by all the competitors

What advice have you been collecting? I have been following the ENDURrun Facebook page

What are you still hoping to learn by August? Whether ultimate running is something I will like and continue to do afterward

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? To be competitive and finish each race feeling well enough to be looking forward to the next day – if that’s possible

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? The friendly competition and testing my endurance

What are you nervous about, if anything? How I will feel during the later stages of the race and hoping I don’t injure myself along the way.

Can you share any details of your training? My training consisted of 2-4 runs per week beginning in April. Distances fluctuated between 8-15kms. I worked on making my last km as quick as my first. I also continued my workouts at Orange Theory Fitness 1-2 times per week.

What is your runner profile? I ran a lot in my late teens/early twenties but got away from it for many years. Picked it up again in my late forties when my wife expressed an interest and suggested it was something we could do together.

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Hello! Welcome to the dark side. We have cookies.

Ashley Sametz is one of only four people all-time who have DNFed Stage 7, and we can’t even pretend to know what that feels like. We’re really glad to have you back the next year!

You’ve trained for Ultimate before. What did you learn that you will build from (or avoid) this time around? I DNF’d with 12k left at the Marathon last year. I learned that sometimes, it’s not your day. If things don’t feel right from the start, just slow it down and try to buddy up if you can.

Besides training, what will be the same and/or different about this Ultimate compared to your first completion? I’m hungrier. From a performance perspective, I mean. I can always eat.

What is the one piece of advice that you’re glad you knew/you wish you knew before your first completion? Run your own race. It’s easy to get caught up in the speed demons and push too hard too soon. Remember: YOU HAVE SEVEN DAYS OF THIS LUNACY. Slow down *Unless you’re Robyn or Rob or Val

How were you feeling in the days and weeks following your first Ultimate completion? Even with the DNF, I felt pretty good. The ENDURrun family won’t let you feel low for long. And then I registered for 2019 when I got home. I also felt oddly motivated and excited for my next race, which was Haliburton 50 Miler… which was the best and most comfortable 50 miler I’ve ever run.

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Get it done. Laugh a lot. Make new friends. Don’t push too hard… I have a 100 mile race 6 days after Endurrun finishes, so I’m mostly looking forward to getting a lot of fun motivation from the Endurrun family.

What can we follow-up with you about in August for a profile part 2? Whether or not I survived running 200 miles in the span of 14 days.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? The people. Lloyd’s jokes. The tanlines.

What are you nervous about, if anything? Injuries… but I figure if i go slow enough, we should be ok.

Can you share any details of your training? Lots of 50ks and a few back to back long runs, including Conquer the Canuck Ultimate weekend, which I’ve never done before! I’m also really enjoying a hamstring injury, so I’ve actually started stretching and doing physio…which is something I’ve avoided for 35 years.

What is your runner profile? The laziest ultra runner you’ll ever meet. I’ll do maybe 40k a week (I work 3 jobs and have a kid and dogs, so it’s mostly treadmill), and a “heavy” week is 80K. I run on anything, but prefer trails (Which is why I love Chicopee and Bechtel!). I’ve been running for about 20 years.

What else would you like to share? Guys. GUYS. I’m so excited to see you all again. Please have donuts at the 10k TT 🙂

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So looking forward to hitting the courses with you all again!

Bill Dost had a rough finish in 2018, but he has the experience and motivation (and training and health) to make 2019 a killer! So glad to have you back for the week Bill.

How is your training going? All good

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? Best year ever

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Don’t. Ever. Quit.

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? Community. Pain. Mental Toughness.

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back? Lloyd and family Schmidt. Other runners year by year

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? After the challenge it was to finish last year, i’m Simply looking forward to running with the pack!

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Finishing without cellulitis!!!

What are you nervous about, if anything? Don’t get nervous

Can you share any details of your training? On top of all the training i’m Running 2.5M every night barefoot on a treadmill. Hoping to toughen my feet up

What is your runner profile? Been running all my life

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Hi, I’m Steve – looking forward to meeting everybody, I’ve heard it’s a great event.

For rookie Stephen Benn, the Dopey Challenge is just a warmup for ENDURrun 😉

How did you find out about ENDURrun? Heather and Andrew Heij

What convinced you to take the plunge? A few too many beverages

What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2018? None, until the Heij’s came over for a swim on 10K Saturday

What advice have you been collecting? What are your sources? Just trying to figure out how to survive!

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Sometimes it’s kind of fun to do the impossible

What are you nervous about, if anything? Heidelberg

What is your runner profile? A friend convinced me to do a half at Disney, my first race. I’ve never done a race longer than 10K outside Disney

What else would you like to share? Every single half I’ve done, I’ve been dressed as Donald Duck

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Hello, my name is Diane. I moved to the Waterloo region 15 years ago where I met wonderful people via the running community.

We’re really excited that Diane Lacombe was able to make such good use of our Pacer policy last year, and one year later join the field!

How did you find out about ENDURrun? My friends

What convinced you to take the plunge? I paced my friend Dee last year and I think it was the endorphins registering

What advice have you been collecting? Following the Facebook page, talking to past participants

What are you still hoping to learn by August? How to be calm before every stage

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? After pacing a friend last year and experiencing the challenges, the complexity and difficulty of this race, I decided to register. My goals are to finish all events within the time limit, not getting injured and most importantly trying to have fun along the way with this unbelievable group of runners.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? I am not sure as I am nervous about the week.

What are you nervous about, if anything? Not making the cutoff times

Can you share any details of your training?
What is your runner profile? How long have you been running, general mileage, surfaces, etc.

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I can’t wait to see everyone in August at the start of this event. I’m looking forward to running (suffering) with all of you and enjoy the sense of accomplishment at the end of the marathon.

Tyler Dalton has only been running in Run Waterloo for 14 months, but he’s already a regular. Welcome to ENDURrun Tyler!

How did you find out about ENDURrun? After I signed up for my first Run Waterloo event I looked to see what other races they had.

What convinced you to take the plunge? I wanted to take on the challenge. It looked like a very unique experience from the outside that I wanted to see for myself.

What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2018? I may have done some digital creeping through social media during the 2018 event.

What advice have you been collecting? Run. A lot. Get time in on trails and hills. Get used to running on tired legs. The EndurRun facebook group has been great for tips. Members of H+P have been great for sharing their past experiences and tips as well.

What are you still hoping to learn by August? How to deal with the heat.

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Before I signed up for the 2019 event I was barely a runner. I would maybe run once or twice a week and not very committed. The day after the 2018 event I signed up for the next EndurRun and joined H+P. Since then I have been running consistently, been to many races and am enjoy putting on the kilometers. Running has become a big part of my life.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? The camaraderie with other Ultimates. Eating a lot. Need to replace those calories burned.

What are you nervous about, if anything? Hitting the wall during the marathon.

Can you share any details of your training? Running with H+P as much as I can. I’m slowly increasing weekly mileage and going to start running more trails and hills.

What is your runner profile? I’ve been running for a couple years now. The last year I’ve been more committed. I’m trying to get out about 4 or 5 times a week. I enjoy running the many trails we have here in Kitchener Waterloo.

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Hi, I’m Reza!

Reza Saputra is a high mileage runner who has become a main character in Run Waterloo over the past few years. He got hooked on ENDURrun last year and we’re excited to see what he can do!

How did you find out about ENDURrun? Run Waterloo

What convinced you to take the plunge? Cuz I’m crazy

What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2018? Volunteering last year, it’s very cool!

What advice have you been collecting? What are your sources? I got some advice from Endurrun veterans, well, it’s secret.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Food

What are you nervous about, if anything? Not nervous

Can you share any details of your training? Mileage is king, I do up to 200km/week with B2B2B2B2B Long runs, and I have completed a 100 mile ultra!

What is your runner profile? I’ve been running for 4 years, mileage is about 5500km/year, mostly road, but I begin to like hills and trails.

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So excited to see you all in Conestogo!

What we’re losing in our livestream, we are gaining in having the fit and focused William Spaetzel back in the field for his third Ultimate!

How is your training going? I’ve been doing a lot more team workouts to get the speed up and have added weight training and a focus on weight loss. Doing intervals once or twice a week with H+P. Plan to spend more time on the actual race courses. Goal is a few 90+Km weeks with at least one 100K week.

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? Hope to be a lot faster than previous years.

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Train hard, but don’t stress too hard. The experience of ENDURrun makes the miles go by fast and easily.

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? One of the best weeks of your life

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back? The community

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? I am very excited to see how my training for the last year helps me to set big PBs at ENDURrun this year.

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

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Testing my fitness and training

What are you nervous about, if anything? I know I’ve got the endurance to finish, but can I finish while also focusing on my speed goals?

What is your runner profile? I’ve been running for almost 10 years. Usually road, but have been doing more trail lately. Ran my first ultramarathon in 2017 and have dreams of completing a 100 miler some day.