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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.
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    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.

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    Hi old & new friends: looking forward to sharing a very special week with you all.

    Pour one out for the banjo – we have Andrew Moizer on the start line this year!

    How did you find out about ENDURrun? Through my wife (who got a brochure in her race kit from the ScotiaBank Toronto Half Marathon in 2011)

    What convinced you to take the plunge? Tricky Question: I’ve run stages (1,4,6) as a guest, partially as a spectator (2, 5) and provided banjo entertainment (2,3,4,5,6,7). Have also volunteered, and served as a support crew to Susan for her 3 Ultimate finishes. The ENDURrun is a very special event for us, one slow run/walk lap of Bechtel with Susan in 2012 planted a seed that led to me having ‘one last try’ to be a running a year later. I never figured it could lead to this. Have been running more with Susan this year during her training and after finishing a 32k long run in July (my longest ever) decided to listen to the nagging voice wandering if I could finish.

    What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2018? 2018 was on-line only until the final weekend. Spectating/banjo playing/volunteering for stages 6&7.

    What advice have you been collecting? What are your sources? I’ve talked to lots of ENDURrunners over the years, read all the facebook advice, and have of course shared Susan’s experiences. And many extended conversations with Joanne, Mark & Lloyd over the years.

    What are you still hoping to learn? Whether I can finish all the laps of Bechtel and Chicopee, and my first Marathon.

    What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? My motivation is to experience the ENDURrun as an Ultimate competitor. My goal is to finish (my longest race so far is a 1/2M). Susan ran her first Ultimate the year she turned 50, I turned 60 last December, so it seemed appropriate.

    What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Experiencing the whole event as a competitor. Finding out what I’m capable of doing (or not doing!).

    What are you nervous about, if anything? I am nervous about lots of things. I appreciate the challenges of the ENDURrun and hope that I am fit enough to respect it. I have no idea how I will react during the three long stages, or the back-to-back racing days.

    Can you share any details of your training? My training is not what it could/should have been (didn’t decide to register until 4 weeks before). The main thing was long runs, which I’ve done more of with Susan.

    What is your runner profile? Started running in October 2013 with a goal to be able to make it to 5km and that my ‘fast’ could overlap with Susan’s ‘slow’. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d get to where I did. Haven’t ran as much in the past year or two for various reasons. Most miles are on country roads, but I look for trails wherever possible. I’ve run between 1200 and 2400 km/year since 2014.

    What else would you like to share? The ENDURrun is a very special running event, that attracts an amazing community of people who it’s just plain fun, inspiring, and motivating to hang out with. We have made so many close friends from our involvement, and it’s fair to say that it has inspired life changing habits for which I will be forever grateful.

    We’ve been at every ENDURrun since 2012 (except 2016 when our son got married Marathon weekend).

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    As is typical this time of year, Robert Brouillette is dark on social media. We made the effort to catch up with him and challenger Josh Bolton for a quick update.

    Each year since 2015, top finishers in the women’s race have been considerably closer than for the men. Robert Brouillette has excelled as he as chased times from 2003 and 2004, and has always won the week-long Ultimate race by over 30 minutes.

    Having Josh Bolton in the field this year presents the possibility of one of the most exciting men’s races of all time. With both guys chasing historical times, we could see Stage records fall this year, or even sub-10 hour times – none of which has happened since 2004.

    Since there is no apparent rivalry – these Grand River Endurance teammates say they’re just excited to compete with and against each other – we’ll take a look at some key factors:

    Experience – Rob

    Rob has raced and recovered at ENDURrun for four years and has a wealth of data and feel. Not to discount Josh, who has coached Rob during this time and has extensive recovery plans of his own. Rob defied some expectations in his debut in 2015, but even still, he had run Stage 7 the previous year as a Relay runner.

    Speed – Josh

    Josh has the edge here, with faster PBs in the 10k and half marathon. Rob isn’t far behind, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Josh snag a Gold Jersey in the first few days of the competition.

    Health – Wildcard

    Rob is healthy but not in his own top form, and Josh is on a strong comeback from achilles surgery in the fall. Until we see it, it’s hard to know how much separation there is.

    Course experience – Rob

    We put experience in twice because of the advantage that Rob has earned by leaving sweat and footprints on every turn of every course over a long period of time. Even the Stage 2 course move is directly into Rob’s stomping grounds of Cambridge, Ontario. Josh has strong reconnaissance on every Stage … except Chicopee.

    Motivation – Toss Up

    Both guys express sincere motivation to achieve historic wins. We don’t think it’s wise to doubt either of them.


    If you like the top-end speed, or if you value the experience even higher, then you have your obvious answer. But until he is unseated, Rob is the four-time defending champion.

    Pictured: Rob and Josh at Stage 4 in 2016.

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    Hi I’m Chris! I love running. Especially trails. This will be my second Endurrun Ultimate. Before that I did Endurrun Sport once, and have participated in several stages as a guest over the years. It is my favourite week of the year! I am looking forward to running and eating great food with everyone!

    We were super happy to see Chris Ladubec squeak into the Ultimate less than a week before it starts!

    What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? I didn’t think I was going to be able to sign up for Endurrun Ultimate this year, but thanks to the support of my wonderful wife Robi, I was able to sign up. It would be nice to beat my time from last year, but realistically I will be happy with a finish.

    What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? The entire 8 days!!

    What are you nervous about, if anything? I rolled my ankle at the end of July, I hope it holds up.

    Can you share any details of your training? Like last year I didn’t specifically train for this event, but will again attempt to rely on whatever fitness is left from my last race. I attempted the Sulphur Springs 100 miler this year at the end of May. I ran 140 km, but was too slow for the final 20 km. I wasn’t fast enough for all the mud and the 30 hour cutoff. Since then I have been mostly trying to recover, while working a bit on getting faster. I have mostly been recovering with short runs and maybe 20-50 km a week. I have also been lifting weights about once a week. I only found out that running Endurrun this year was possible for me at the beginning of August.

    What is your runner profile? I have been running for about 10 years now. I started to help me quit smoking cigarettes. My weeks are inconsistent, some I don’t run at all, and my peak weeks in training are about 80-100 km. I run about 1400 km a year. Over the last few years I have run many marathons and ultras (slowly). I prefer trails, but run on all surfaces.

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    Running is terrific fitness and provides great wellness in my life.

    Bob Baxter has made a habit out of signing up in the last week before ENDURrun each of the past two years! Welcome back!!

    You’ve trained for Ultimate before. What did you learn that you will build from (or avoid) this time around? Likely important to do more trail and hill running at Chicopee or similar than I did.

    Besides training, what will be the same and/or different about this Ultimate compared to your first completion? I have better knowledge of stretches for post race and will get massage after chicopee and marathon.

    What is the one piece of advice that you’re glad you knew/you wish you knew before your first completion? Spend lots of time stretching, and focus on sciatic nerve, IT Band, inner quads, and hip stretches.

    What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Have a healthy race.

    What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Congratulating Lloyd on an amazing event and seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

    What are you nervous about, if anything? Getting a flat on a downhill:)

    Can you share any details of your training? I was able to put in several back to back long runs in the last 4 weeks, and one week with lots of km (only time I had after recovering injury).

    What is your runner profile? Running since 2011 to prepare for 1st marathon in late 2011.

    What else would you like to share? Run for fitness forever.

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    Hey everyone, looking forward to meeting the new rookies and catching up with everyone else

    Mark McDonald is one of five members of the 2019 field who are going for Ultimate Number 9. Number 9. Number 9.

    How is your training going? Training was going well until I was sidelined with a stress fracture in March 2019. I have been back into routine since June, but it has been a struggle to find my way since then, I have not been successful in getting long runs in – still too many aches and pains

    How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? It will be a disaster lol 😂

    What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Pace yourself, don’t get caught up in the races of others and have fun.

    For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? A summer camp like experience

    What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back? The physical challenge and the camaraderie

    What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? I don’t have any expectations going into 2019 – I will take it one stage at a time and keep pushing until I can’t push any further.

    What can we follow-up with you about in August for a profile part 2? Are my legs holding up to make it through the week.

    What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? I like seeing the rookies experience endurrun for the first time. I have a friend that will be a first timer coming and looking forward to seeing her experiences.

    What are you nervous about, if anything? Finishing

    Can you share any details of your training? I have only been running a few days a week and my mileage max was 14km. Prior to my stress fracture I was running a 30km every weekend

    What is your runner profile? I started running in 2006 as a way to combat weight loss. I started at 10km distance for racing, and jumped to the half marathon distance the same year in 2007. In 2009 I joined a Running Room clinic and this began my racing career and helped develop my skills and knowledge of pacing, nutrition, cross training, etc. I have made significant gains since then, and progressed to marathon distance and triathlon, completing 4 Ironmans since 2012. I have completed 26 marathons, countless half marathons and 8 ENDURrun Ultimate finishes. I now lead a group of runners out of Lifetime Fitness Ajax

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    To those that know me… Hello Again… to those that don’t… well I am sure you’ll hear my voice throughout the week.

    Trevor Boss has already made history by being the first person on the wait list. So the expectations are sky high 🙂

    How did you find out about ENDURrun?
    Adam Dixon

    What convinced you to take the plunge?
    Adam Dixon

    What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2018?
    Relay member with H+P

    What advice have you been collecting? What are your sources?
    run hard relax harder

    What are your ENDURrun 2019 goals?
    Finish each day with a smile… avoid cramping

    What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019?
    Burning a lot of Calories

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    The Running Rarebits will be out in full force next week, with a Relay team, at least 10 Ultimates, and a massive spectating, cheering, and volunteering contingent.

    Before the week kicks off, we wanted to draw some attention to the massive effort that the Rarebits are undertaking in 2019: Rarebits do ENDURrun Food.

    For this piece, we talked with team leader Rachael Drost and committee members Adrienne Farrell and Nick Maude, as well as ENDURrun Race Director Lloyd Schmidt.

    Rarebits do ENDURrun Food

    ENDURrun food is legendary, which is a blessing and a curse. With our longtime food crew retiring after 2018, we needed a fresh take in 2019 and so we approached the first group we thought would be up to the challenge.

    What sets The Rarebits apart from any other running club we know is the focus on community service as an essential part of the culture. Not only have Rarebits always had a strong volunteer presence in Run Waterloo/ENDURrun already, but they have tons of experience doing coordinated volunteering activities at events of all kinds. So we presented the group with an offer they couldn’t refuse – or something like that. Either way, we were both thrilled with the opportunity.

    As to what participants can expect: the old favorites, with a few updates. “We don’t want to mess with success! Therefore, we will be following the general meal plan and process that has worked for years. Expect a few new dishes and many new faces.”

    It’s hard to describe the enormity of the undertaking. At least 30 Rarebits are directly helping with food preparation, shopping, delivery, setup, service and clean up. They are enthusiastically up for the challenge of maintaining our high standards, which include feeding around 140 people each day, ensuring there is plenty of food for all regardless of role and finish time, along with accounting for allergies, sensitivities, and preferences. All the food must be portable to all the different race locations. There is extensive planning and preparation for this event – not just the food but organizing the volunteers and dealing with issues that arise.

    2018 ENDURrun Stage 3: 30k

    As an Ultimate alumna (2017), Rachael has extra insight. “It’s given me a good foundation of the level of expectations that are expected by past participants! The food has always been plentiful, mostly home made, and of great quality.. and past participants have come to expect that .. it’s been helpful to know the bar that’s been set!”

    Please Share the Love!

    Volunteers in general are an essential part of our community. Rarebits have extensive experience volunteering, so we worked with them to come up with a few easy reminders to keep everything running smoothly:
    • Thank your volunteers early and often 🙂
    • Remember that volunteers are people – not pylons 🙂
    • Don’t take any frustrations you have out on the volunteers 🙂
    • Bring your own plate! 🙂

    More on the Running Rarebits

    The Rarebits are a running community that focuses on charity, good sportsmanship and inclusivity. The motto “You don’t have to be fast – but you have to be fun” sets the tone for a group that welcomes runners of all skill levels and capabilities, and supports each member’s individual running goals. There is no official membership fee or paperwork – you can become a member by having an existing member vouch for you as Rarebit material. There are currently over 250 members across Ontario, and even a strong Northern chapter in Yellowknife.
    You will always see a Rarebit volunteer at any local running event, and beyond. Rarebits also volunteer for many other events and causes. Rarebits are very involved in fundraising and volunteer work. Members fundraise for many great causes – there is always a fundraising campaign going on, for example, current campaigns include:
    Chris Mintz for Kidsability
    • Rich Peers is coordinating his Job Runner 24 hour run/walk for the Grand River Cancer Centre
    • The Hergott family is working on the Terry Fox run
    • Clay Williams is organizing the Monarch Ultra run as well as the Canal Pursuit to raise money for the Mood Disorders Society
    • Jill Monroe is helping to organize Strides for Melanoma.
    Jen Gaduoa‘s Race Across Waterloo region fundraiser for the Sexual Assault Support Centre
    The Rarebits also organize many social events and runs. From regular run groups to informal organized runs (eg. a recent Campfire race / Smores event BBQ). ENDURrun kicks off for Rarebits with a Rally weekend featuring softball (Go Burnt Toast!), a pool party, and the second annual 2K Cider run.
    Believe it or not, they find time for running too. From those working on their first 5k to 200mile races and everything in between.

    Thank you Running Rarebits, on behalf of the ENDURrun organizers, and all participants!