For over 80 years La Sportiva has been the world’s leading manufacturer of climbing and mountaineering footwear, and has been making award- winning mountain running shoes for the past several years. Always inventing, always rethinking and always dreaming… just like the top athletes who use our products… and just like you. We combine old-world craftsmanship with modern design to help you do what you need to do. Innovation with Passion!

Derrick and Sara have been members of the La Sportiva Running Team since 2006. Thank you to La Sportiva for their continued support, and for making the best trail and mountain running shoes on the planet! And a big thank you for sponsoring the Sydenham Fall Trail Run.

La Sportiva links:
Mountain Running Blog


GU is widely recognized as being the standard in the industry for fueling endurance athletes. GU has been making quality gels, chews and electrolyte & recovery drinks since the early 1990’s.


I am very pleased to represent SUUNTO as a Trail Running Ambassador. I am a huge fan of their watches and strongly feel they make the best GPS, altimeter, heart rate and running watches on the market.

Check out Movescount to see my training and to record/review in detail all of the data from your workouts.


Elevate Me Bars

Elevate Me is a Canadian company that makes natural and organic energy and protein bars using only the best ingredients. The best part is that they taste amazing!



As a trail runner who spends long hours in the sun, and also someone who has the early warning signs of Glaucoma, I take protection of my eyes very seriously. The best sunglasses I’ve found for trail running are made by Julbo, The Zebra Light lens changes darkness quickly depending on the amount of sunlight you are exposed to. They are also super light and don’t fog up in humid or cold conditions.