Yukon Arctic UltraDerrick Spafford has over 30 years of competitive running and coaching experience. He has competed in hundreds of races in distances from 800 meters to 100 miles; from track to ultramarathons. While he enjoys competing in a variety of different events, his current favourite races include trail, mountain, ultra and snowshoe running races.

Derrick’s passion for running is obvious to his clients and those he speaks with about running as is evident by the fact that he has not taken a day off from running since 1989.


  • Graduate of Loyalist College – Recreation and Leisure Services Program (including coaching and personal training certifications)
  • 30 years of Coaching and Personal Training Experience
  • Managed and Instructed over 50 clinics for Beginning and Intermediate Runners
  • Over 20 years Special Event Management and Organization
  • Helped hundreds of runners meet their personal dream goals
  • Running coach for Impossible2Possible Youth Expeditions


  • 2015 Impossible2Possible Greece Expedition
  • 2014 Yarker #101-TranCanada Trail Sharbot Lake Unsupported 84km Winter Run
  • 2013 Yukon Arctic Ultra 100 mile (Whitehorse, Yukon) – 7th overall
  • 2013 Impossible2Possible Peru Expedition
  • 2013 Beachburg Spring Chicken 50km – 1st overall
  • 2013 Wakely Dam Ultra 55km – 13th overall
  • 2012 Dirty Girls 12 hour night race (Mansfield, ON) – 1st overall (CR)
  • 2012 Yukon Arctic Ultra 100 mile (Whitehorse, Yukon) – 2nd overall
  • 2011 GORE-TEX TransRockies Run (Buena Vista, CO) – 6th Co-ed Masters Team
  • 2011 Seaton Trail Run 52km (Pickering, ON) – 1rst overall
  • 2009 Haliburton 100 mile (Haliburton, ON) – 2nd overall (2nd fastest time ever run on current Haliburton course of 17:52)
  • 2009 Finger Lakes 50 mile (Ithaca, NY) – 1rst overall
  • 2008 Haliburton 100 mile (Haliburton, ON) – 1rst overall
  • 2008 Rock and Ice K-Rock Ultra 135km (Yellowknife, NWT) – 2nd overall


  • Member of La Sportiva Running Team (since 2005)
  • Suunto Trail Running Ambassador (since 2012)
  • Clif Bar Trail Running Ambassador (since 2013)