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Canadian Running Trail Issue 2018

Dedicated to getting runners the tools they need to succeed, Canadian Running gives professional advice and inspiration on everything you need to be faster, fitter and healthier. The magazine provides the latest on training, gear reviews, nutrition information and recipes, tips on the best places to run and race, and the inside story on the elite running scene.

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10 questions with   nick elson

1 What would you say are your defining characteristics as a runner? I enjoy all types of running, but I particularly like longer days moving efficiently through the mountains. This has led me to become relatively comfortable on more technical running terrain and has given me a good base in aerobic fitness. 2 What do you admire most in another runner? I admire runners who are intrinsically motivated and pursuing goals that inspire them, regardless what those goals happen to be. I also admire runners who take running seriously without taking themselves too seriously. 3 What is your idea of happiness? If I could only figure that out, I’d likely be well on my way to achieving it. Thankfully, when I’m out in the mountains I’m largely distracted from worrying too much about such things. 4…

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the great equalizer

The ultra-trail scene is easily the most exciting in Canadian running right now. Although the first wave of the running boom over the past 15 or so years was kickstarted by road 5ks and half-marathons, many people are now being drawn to the inescapable allure of the trails. In Jennifer Faraone’s fun and revealing ‘Crossing the Line’ essay (p.80), she perfectly illustrates how hitting the singletrack and forgetting about the pesky details of the roads, like pace and PBs, is liberating and reintroduces us to why we first fell in love with running. One of the most exciting aspects of the ultra-trail scene is the emergence of women dominating races outright. Madeleine Cummings’ excellent feature on Ailsa MacDonald is framed around one of the defining races of the ultra star’s career…

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Entering the Void p.54 RHIANNON RUSSELL is a freelance journalist based in Whitehorse. She’s previously lived (and run) in Toronto, Saint John, N.B., and Montreal. Her work has also appeared in The Walrus, Maisonneuve and Arctic Deeply. Her upcoming feature in Canadian Running will explore anxiety and trail running. Follow her on Twitter: @rhrussell. Inside the Barkley Marathons p.44 WING TAYLOR is a trail runner living in North Vancouver. Taylor has written previously for Canadian Running about one of his favourite runs, the Lions Binkert Trail, which reaches Vancouver’s iconic Lions peaks. In 2017, he ran the New York City Marathon in support of the charity Fred’s Team, which raises money for cancer research. A Vegas Vacation p.42 TIM BANFIELD is an outdoor adventure photographer and writer, living in Calgary. He specializes in climbing photography, and is a…

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the warm-up

Whistler Alpine Meadows adds daunting ultra distance Whistler will have a 115-kilometre trail race in 2018 and is on track to be the site of a 175-kilometre route in 2019. Whistler Alpine Meadows, a Coast Mountain Trail Series race, added the new distance for the Sept. 22, 2018 race featuring more than 7,000 m of climbing in the Whistler Valley. Race director. As part of the announcement, race director Gary Robbins says that 100k of the 115-kilometre route “have never been used by us in a race before.” One runner finishes Yukon Arctic Ultra 300-Miler One finisher managed to complete the 300-mile race of the Yukon Arctic Ultra. According to Yukon-based writer Eva Holland, 21 people began the distance and the number of people in the mix to finish dwindled as temperatures dipped to…

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Across 2. Boston in the Alps (5,5,2,4,5) 3. Evil ultra named after mountain count (8,5) 8. Kipchoge of mountain running (6,6) 9. TNF event series (9,9) 10. No heel-to-toe difference (4,4) 12. narrow trail for one (11) 13. Colorado ultra with a bike race (9) 14. First outright female Death Race winner (6,2,7) 15. Gain it by going up (9) 16. Lucky Canadian trail runner (4,8) 17. Scottish-Canadian ultrarunner (5,9) 18. Stop and eat a burger here (3,7) 19. Tough, stoney 100-miler (4,4) Down 1. Gear cooperative (8,9,4) 4. Ankle protectors (7) 5. Loose mountain rocks (5) 6. Maximal shoe (4,3,3) 7. Canadian Western States winner, two times (3,4) 11. 0.01 over 42.2 (5,8) Answers Across 2. Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc 3. Sinister Seven 8. Kilian Jornet 9. Endurance Challenge 10. Zero Drop 12. Singletrack 14. Alissa St Laurent 13. Leadville 15. Elevation 17. Ellie Greenwood 18. Aid Station 19. Hard Rock Down 1. Mountain Equipment Co-op 4. Gaiters 5. Scree 6. Hoka One One 7. Rob Krar 11. Ultra…

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follow the light

When Eli Yon set out for his longest-ever training run in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country last March, his biggest worry was whether he’d make it to the start line for Sinister 7, the notoriously punishing 100-mile ultramarathon through the Rocky Mountains. Only an hour from Calgary but home to difficult, mountainous terrain, avalanche warnings and often more bear than people sightings, Kananaskis was to be Yon’s ideal training ground for what was supposed to be the biggest endurance test of his life. But when poor weather and bad visibility threw him significantly off course on his way back to his car, Yon found himself trapped in a far greater test of his mental and physical endurance – a 10-hour battle with -25 C temperatures, disorienting darkness and his own dark worries…