Sydenham Fall Trail Run – Results

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Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Sydenham Fall Trail Run today! Conditions were practically perfect for racing. 209 runners completed the course with many running personal best times over the beautiful 8 km route on the Cataraqui Trail. A new course record was established in … [Read more...]

Algonquin Provincial Park Sampler

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Algonquin Province Park is an area that Sara and I haven't really explored much for one reason or another. It has the reputation as being one of Ontario's true wilderness treasures, but we haven't spent much time running there. Whenever we are looking to go away for a trail running weekend to run … [Read more...]

Respect Recovery

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Rest and recovery is one of the biggest factors overlooked by many ultra runners. By nature we want to put in regular long runs on a daily basis and race crazy distances. The temptation is great to keep pushing, and what sometimes can help us excel by preparing us for races can also lead to injury, … [Read more...]

Reflections on Trans Gaspesia Stage Race

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Sometimes races don’t go exactly as you had hoped, but they still end up being pretty damn great experiences. That seemed to be the case with the Trans Gaspesia 7 Day Stage race. I didn’t have a lot of time to train specifically for this race, as it was a fairly last minute opportunity to … [Read more...]

Wakely Dam Ultra

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The Wakely Dam Ultra is a great race. It’s everything that I like in a summer ultra... a beautiful, technical, point to point, self supported (no aid) 52km run in the Adirondacks. It's a race where once you start, you have to finish as there is no other way to get off the course. This was mine and … [Read more...]

Swiftwick Socks Contest Winner

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Great job by everyone who took part in the Spafford Health and Adventure Swiftwick Socks Contest! We had some amazing photos posted and emailed to us including the following for your viewing pleasure. You'll have to scroll to the bottom of the page to see the winning entry... While all the … [Read more...]

Boundless TV – Yukon Arctic Ultra Episode

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We don’t own a TV and don’t tend to watch many TV shows online. I was however quite interested when I heard that the reality/adventure/endurance show Boundless was going to be filmed this past February at the Yukon Arctic Ultra in Whitehorse. In case you’re one of the few people who … [Read more...]

Swiftwick Socks Contest: Win Free Socks!

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As posted recently, Spafford Health and Adventure is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Swiftwick socks. Please check out the official launch and our initial review. To coincide with the launch we have decided to have a little contest to share some Swiftwick socks with a lucky … [Read more...]

Swiftwick Socks available in Canada!

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Swiftwick socks now available in Canada at Spafford Health and Adventure! Spafford Health and Adventure is pleased to announce that Swiftwick Running and Compression Socks are now available in Canada! As someone who has been in the sport for a long time, I pride myself in knowing quality … [Read more...]

Coaching – Is it right for you?

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With the increased popularity of ultra running over the past few years, there has been a tremendous amount of interest in athletes looking for information on the sport. Ultras, in general, seem to have a much wider variety of training and race nutrition approaches than for marathon-and-shorter … [Read more...]