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Oh boy! Hello everyone! Hope to love you all!

Robin Richard-Campeau is the 2019 field’s second fastest man by ENDURrun PB. Through the injuries we know he’s going to give it his best effort and we’re excited to have him back for 2019!

How is your training going? Because of plantar fasciitis and broken bones in both feet, it cannot be perfect. Could be worst. I do run 130 per week on average with week as high as 200+ and as not low as 90km. I do 3 session with intensity per week (one short and fast intervals, one of long tempo runs and one in the middle). I will simulate the Endurrun mid-July with a 8 days plan matching the Endurrun but 3/4 of each stage (for example, 15k insteand of 21, 12k hilly road instead of 16, 18k trail instead of 25)

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? Going there without the previous expectations. Focus is more on feeling it again with the people, taking the week as a glimpse of the perfect life, and not going there as focus on performance as I have been before. That said, I am still a goal-oriented guy, so I may still try to get some stages or overall PBs…

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Warm-up and cool-down on each stage as you would for any other regular race; visit next day course every previous afternoon; don’t panic if you cannot even walk because of sore leg on the morning of stage 7

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? To discover that what everyone will tell you is true: it is a huge human, and social, experience. And that you are stronger than you think you are when people around you are so supportive and inspiring

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back? Lloyd as a role model! (am I really doing a joke here? Not sure) Seriously, all the attractions around Waterloo/Kitchener: there is so few that it is perfect to live the life of a running monk and to bond with people

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Well, that may sounds a bit cocky, but I am not… I got second place and the rookie award on my first try in 2012; then got second again in 2015. I don’t aim at the gold jersey since I am used to be being a Bob (either Jackman or Brouillette). For 2019, I don’t take at all for granted a second or third place finish. I will not toe the line with that kind of goal in mind. But I may have the male master award in mind since I am not turning 40. All that said, I will look for a third sub 11:30. But if all those small goals fall along the way or during summer, I will toe the line just for the sake of the experience to compete with so many inspiring runners.

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

What are you nervous about, if anything? Bechtel. It is already a love-hate affair between us

What is your runner profile? Started running 27 years ago; pushed my body a lot since then with track, cross, road with anything from 800m to ultras. Will toe the line in August with 90 000 km behind my belt since I started. I also did coach several athletes in the last 20 years (founded a running club)

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Hello, I’m Nick!

Nick Burt burst onto the scene in 2017 as the 13th fastest man ever. After taking a 45 minute setback last year, he’s back for the trilogy in 2019!

How is your training going? I was hoping to hit some higher mileage (mid/low 100k weeks), but I’ve been having an issue with my left tibia and I didn’t want to push it. I’m still happy with my training; I ended up doing some high-ish mileage weeks (80/90k) with a planned down week every third week, and I was able to keep that up for quite a long stretch of time.

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? For sure better than 2018. I had a good performance in 2017 which will be hard to beat, but I really want to crush it. I will test my speed at the H+P trackfest next week, and then depending on how I feel at Stage 1, that’s when I will consider chasing my 2017 PB.

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Start early, build slowly and develop a large base mileage before starting serious workouts. Sleep and nutrition are extremely important. I also strongly suggest doing training runs at some of the harder stages like Chicopee.

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

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back? It’s a huge accomplishment and there are soooo many supportive people that remind me of that fact at every stage.

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? 2018 was fun, but my goal for this year will be to make it more competitive.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Beating my 2017 time, and having lots of fast people to push me.

What are you nervous about, if anything? The last year has been a back and forth of really good training and absolutely no training due to injuries. I’m nervous my most recent one will pop up again.

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Hi. I am Slow Moe. I am an ENDURrunner. I’m told that recovery starts with admission of the addiction.

We are thrilled to have Maureen Pecknold back in the field for number nine! Maureen has improved in time each of the past two years.

How is your training going? Won’t know for sure until I get to Chicopee!

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? Hopefully favourably

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Have fun, eat a lot of food and thank the volunteers

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? Having fun, eating a lot of food and fantastic volunteers – and the unexpected

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back? The people, of course!

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Too many to list here, but the best stories are the people.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Seeing everyone again and having fun on the course

What are you nervous about, if anything? EVERYTHING!!!!

Can you share any details of your training? I try to do a lot of running.

What else would you like to share? my love of ENDURrun!

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Hi all! I’m excited to be an ultimate contender this year.

Antoine Gauthier is relatively new to Run Waterloo, but in that time has become a strong member of the community, including with ENDURrun, Running Rarebits, Happy Trails, etc. Welcome Antoine!

What is your runner profile? I was a hiker in my past life (until 2017, I love the Adirondacks and the Whites). After moving to Waterloo, I needed a new challenge and compensated elevation with distance. I decided to run my first ultramarathon 5 months after starting to run (The Beav in Nov 2018). 2019 will see lots of trail races and training runs on dirt roads.

How did you find out about ENDURrun? When I moved to Waterloo in April 2018, I discovered Run Waterloo and all the races it organizes. I raced as much of its races as I could, including two ENDURrun stages.

What convinced you to take the plunge? Sometimes its better not to ask any questions and just do it πŸ™‚ Despite being hard stages, I had so much fun at Bechtel and Chicopee I had to sign up for the whole thing. ENDURrun has everything of a world-class event: amazing organizers and volunteers, great courses and the best post-race food!

What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2018? I participated in two stages, Bechtel and Chicopee. I followed online from work the other days.

What advice have you been collecting? Dave Rutherford and Jack Kilisian post enough on Facebook/Instagram that you don’t need a coach, LOL. Just do whatever they do.

What are you still hoping to learn by August? To not give all I have in the half-marathon, otherwise it will be a LONG week.

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? 2019 is a big ultramarathon season for me with several 50km to 50mi races lined up from May-November. I see the ENDURrun as an ultra, but also as a training camp. I would like to beat my times from 2018, but I will not be disappointed if I don’t. All I want is to come out stronger.

What can we follow-up with you about in August for a profile part 2? Make sure I sign up for 2020!

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Joining the ENDURrun family and finally wearing the 2018 t-shirt I got as a guest runner (although I did secretly wear it in Champagne, no chance of seeing another ENDURrunner there)

What are you nervous about, if anything? Nothing. It’s not about overconfidence, but knowing anyone can overcome any challenge, no matter how big.

Can you share any details of your training? I run as much as I can.

Anything else? I ran a few ultramarathons, but the ENDURrun marathon will be my first!

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Hi I’m Paul (aka “rungeek”). I’m happy to be coming back for my 6th ENDURrun Ultimate.

Paul Mora is another one of our most veteran alumni, having completed the Ultimate as far back as 2009!

How is your training going? Training is so-so. Having some injury issues, but hope to be able to finish all the stages. My training involved trail runs, hilly runs, and back to back runs. I also added strength training into the mix, which is new. I have no simulations scheduled, but may add something in June or early July.

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? I hope it will be like 2012 ENDURrun, but depends on injury management

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Run lots of trails and hills in the heat, and double runs.

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? Camaraderie like no other event. Be prepared to get 25-50 new social media friends. The ENDURrun is essentially running camp.

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back? The hospitality of the Schmidt family and friends, the friendship of my co-runners, the beauty of the Conestogo area. Oh, and the food! SO GOOD!

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? I didn’t run the ENDURrun last year, but I volunteered at a water station. My goal was to break 17 hours cumulative time. That may be a stretch this year, but I’ll give it my best shot. Also, I missed hanging around with everyone at the event. It will be like a family reunion.

What are you nervous about, if anything? Stages 3 and 5.

What else would you like to share? Looking forward to beer floats at the Huether Hotel!

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Hi friends, old and new! So excited to see everyone in August!

We are so excited to welcome Susan Moizer back to the field for the first time since 2014!

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? The running of course but also seeing all my wonderful Endurrun friends!

What motivates you this year? My motivation this year comes from having to take the past 4 years off due to injury. I want to prove to myself that age is just a number and I can do anything I set my mind to.

What are you nervous about, if anything? I really don’t want to crash!

Can you share any details of your training? Lots of strength work incorporated this year. Also 15 pounds lighter than the last time I raced. This has certainly made running way more efficient. Trying to be consistent with my long runs and speed work.

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? My hope is to PB on each stage but one never knows what can happen.

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Have fun. Train on hills and trails. Train for the downhills. Oh and have fun! 😉

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? Expect a camaraderie like no other. You may show up not knowing anyone but you will quickly become part of wonderful running family.

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I’m a newbie – a nervous, excited, grateful newbie.

Jeanette Thompson is a local runner and RW member who has gained a lot of racing experience over the past few years and took the encouragement from fellow runners to take the Ultimate plunge in 2019!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I have several marathons under my belt, but definitely nervous about the unknown test of mental and physical grit that will be required to run 117.8km – BEFORE – the marathon. As the weeks to the start of Stage 1 diminish, my excitement to get out there and race alongside some pretty incredible local athletes is building. We are lucky to have such a strong racing community in our region. As I grind out my training plan, I’m grateful for each day that my body and mind continue to let me beat it up in this, my most intense training yet!! Let’s do this!

What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2018? Following online/volunteering

As a Rookie, what advice have you been collecting? Sources: Gained some insights from previous event participants either through direct messages or meeting up for a run. Facebook group. Event page/website. Pretty sure I’ve read through the training tips 6 times. Advice: Having a specific training plan would have been greatly appreciated, but there doesn’t appear to be one. The most common answer I received when checking in with people I know that have run this event was to just build on a marathon plan and ensure to do some back-to-back training.

What are you still hoping to learn by August? Take advantage of running the courses. Continue to increase mileage/hill training and stay injury-free leading up to the race.

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? “Everyday, do one thing that scares you!” – Baz Luhrman – This quote plays on repeat inside my head. It has always inspired me to push past my fears and test my limits. That, and being inspired by ultra runner Rhonda-Marie Parke, motivated me to sign up for this race – my big scary goal. I’m excited to tackle this huge goal race and look forward to finishing! Hanging out with some great runners I know all week is a pretty sweet bonus.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Testing my limits, but mostly a nice cold beer at the end!

What are you nervous about, if anything? The unknown. Fortunate to be able to train on the courses.

Can you share any details of your training? With no official training plan to follow, I asked some veteran runners of this event a ton of questions about training. With their advice and following them through their training for the event, I created a two-year training plan which essentially built on my existing marathon base and training plan. Beginning in 2018, as part of my marathon training, I began incorporating an extra 13-16KM back-to-back run on Sat at a moderate pace and signed up to run multi-stage races (Mississauga/Road to Hope). I also aimed to strength train 1X per week. This year I added on to that base/build with the Hanson’s training plan, speed training, strength training 2X per week, running the courses ect. Now to stay injury-free, listen to my body and not peak before the race. Fingers crossed!!

What is your runner profile? I started running about 6 years ago by training for a 5km mud run. I quickly got hooked and built up to a half marathon. With a half marathon in the books, I joined the Running Room Kitchener to extend my training to run ATB. And well, once you’ve done 30KM, you might as well train for a marathon, right? I’ve been lucky to help some first-time marathoners crush their goal races as an instructor at RR and most recently helping my work team complete a 10-week, 0-to-5KM program and they all completed their goal race!! Better than completing my own goals is sharing that passion with other runners. There’s nothing better than being a part of a new runners’ journey as they push their limits and, with encouragement, hard work and some luck, ultimately succeed!

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Hello my name is Jack, and I am an ENDURrun-aholic πŸ™‚

Jack Kilislian is a pillar of the community, being the first entrant in 2019 (and most years), as one of the “crazy eights“, and for keeping our facebook group rocking all year long.

Jack was also the first to respond for this interview, so it’s fitting that the first contender profile goes to #teamskins.

Runner profile: Jack Running for 23 years. This year I’ve got my weekly mileage up to 100+ km per week, on a mixture of surfaces. Try to hit the trails as much as possible.
Training update: Training is going well. Lots of mileage this year, with a couple of weekend double-race simulations.
How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years?Not sure. Hopefully, one of my better results! How 2019 is going compared with 2009?
Advice to Rookies?Focus on recovery techniques during the week.
For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect?The best running experience ever!
What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?The people and the food!
What are you nervous about, if anything?The marathon.

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As with any change to The ENDURrun, here is some historical context.

The original purpose of our Relay competition was to introduce participants to the event, and engage those with an interest but reservations about tackling the entire 7 Stages. The hope that the exposure would ultimately translate into more Ultimate entries has proven to be fruitful as the two divisions have grown together, and we can trace much of the Ultimate growth to Relay participation.

Ultimate participants have been allowed to compete on teams since the Relay was added in 2004, simply to make more Relay teams possible, but also to allow Ultimate runners in on the extra competition. The rule has worked very well over recent years, but it has never specified the number of Ultimate participants that could join any single Relay team.

Most past Relay teams have included 0 or 1 Ultimate participants, but we did see 2 as recently as 2018. In July 2018, we announced that we would start enforcing a maximum of 1 in 2019; however, we will be revising that in our final 2019 rules. We want to take this opportunity to formally allow and cap the maximum at 2:

In 2019, each Relay team will have the option to include at most two Ultimate runners, for a maximum of one Stage each.

We are expecting this to encourage more potential Relay teams, and thereby continue to expose more runners and potential Ultimate entrants to the community. Each team is still allowed one free entry for one Ultimate team member, so if a team has two Ultimates, one will have to pay (or both pay half price).

Quick reference of Relay eligibility rules:

  • Any team: maximum two Stages by two different Ultimate participants
  • Any single Ultimate participant: maximum one Stage on one team
  • Any single non-Ultimate participant: maximum 6 Stages on one team
  • Check the official rules (2018 PDF) for substitution criteria.

    Stay tuned for the 2019 rules to be released in July, 2019.

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    We are excited to announce changes to both time trials at the ENDURrun in 2019. First, some background.

    The ENDURrun concept and the Stage format took years to create. The primary goal was to find a formula that would test the Ultimate runner, but would also offer variety of course terrains, explore much of Waterloo Region, and not favour one running discipline over another.

    Focus groups weighed these factors and came to a format in 2003 that you know and love (and hate). For reasons of continuity and historical comparison, our format has remained the same since inception. Most changes have come from items beyond our control, such as the paving of Wilmot Line and the trail availability at Chicopee.

    We knew from the very start that the ENDURrun did not include all of the elements we wanted. Elements that made the cut include road and trail, flat and hills, time trials and mass starts, and morning and evening Stages. Elements that did not make the 2003 version include a track race, a double day Stage, and perhaps a 100% technical trail course. All elements worthy of being included in the ENDURrun.

    The changes for 2019

    The simple truth is that road races are not as easy to get as they used to be, and as the Region grows and demands on our roads increase, finding new road courses is difficult, and not possible in 2019. Moving some parts of the ENDURrun off the roads is a new reality for us. To find suitable trails and tracks for our two “sprint” Stages is a big win that we are very excited about.

    Summer 2019 construction on Sawmill Road in Woolwich Township will render our Stage 2 and 6 courses unrunnable this summer. So we are taking the opportunity to make two long-considered changes:

    Stage 2 is moving back to Cambridge – on the Grand Trunk Trail

    Ever since the long-term construction on the Mill Run Trail forced us to change the course for 2011 and abandon Cambridge for 2012, we have been itching to get back to this great city. The 2019 course will incorporate one of our favourite sections of the Walter Bean Trail, and become an out-and-back entirely on trails. It will maintain the individual Time Trial format. We are very excited about re-introducing this element of geographical diversity.

    Venue: Moyers Blair Landing, 780 Fountain St S, Cambridge
    Map: 7.5k out-and-back

    An interesting note is that both records were set on the previous course, which with Cress Hill, other rolling hills, and about 5 kilometres of trail, was considerably more difficult than the 2012-2018 course which featured exceptionally flat country roads including some gravel. This 2019 course is somewhere between the two: more turns and elevation, but still considerably flatter than the original version.

    Stage 6 will become a 10,000m track race

    This is the big change. The format will be three heats, with all cumulative Ultimate and Relay times after Stage 5 sorted together and broken into thirds, with the faster third starting at 7:00, second at 8:00, and third at 9:00. No competitors within 1 minute of each others’ cumulative times will be separated. Accounting for withdrawals, we estimate that each heat will see fewer than 30 competitors. As we have previously announced, no Guests (including Ultimate withdrawals) will be included in Time Trials. Timing and location are TBA, but we expect the track to be rubber. We will work with you on coming up with track rules and etiquette.

    We expect participants to see positives and negatives in this, depending on their own preferences. On the plus side, more people will run earlier in the day and there will be greater access to water stations, making this event overall cooler than it was previously. We are excited to take another 10 kilometres off roads, which drops the road share of the 160 kms to 50% for the first time. This will also introduce a new social element to the Stage, where more participants have more access to watching and cheering for other competitors. On the flip side, some might be wary or inexperienced about running on a track, some may be running later into the day than they would have previously, and with 25 laps, lapping other runners will be inevitable. (Taking the second lane for an entire curve is an extra 3.3m).

    For those who are initially less than thrilled, consider this: Some ENDURrun participants do not like various aspects of the trails, roads, hills, locations, times, etc. Some are not true marathon runners. Does anybody consider this to be ideal weather? But this gets at the point of the ENDURrun challenge – to test the complete runner. We aren’t making gratuitous changes for the sake of change – this is a small but fundamental update, well considered, and we believe that the satisfaction of the challenge and the pushing of comfort zones is part of the One Tough Runner ethos.

    Note that everything is always up for review each year and the success of the track race will certainly be considered.

    Other Stages

    We don’t expect any changes to the other Stages (1, 3, 4, 5, or 7).

    Terrain of Stages for 2019