2015 Dion Frontenac Snowshoe Race – Results

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Start Video: Start Video #2: Conditions were ideal and the course was fast for the Dion Frontenac Snowshoe Race. Racers travelled from as far away as Kitchener, Cornwall, Ottawa, Quebec and the Adirondacks, New York. The race course featured a moderately rolling route over packed snow, … [Read more...]

2015 Dion Ignite the Night Snowshoe Race – Results


Wow! What a magical night at the Dion Ignite the Night Snowshoe Race! 144 participants made this the largest snowshoe race ever held in Ontario for this first year event. The race was held at Upper Canada Village, with competitors racing through the night lit by the lights of the village; in … [Read more...]

Out of Arrowhead


I have officially withdrawn from Arrowhead 135. With only three weeks to go until race day, and dealing with an injury where I haven’t been able to do much, if any, real training over the past seven weeks, there was really no other option. I’m very disappointed about not being able to run this … [Read more...]

Injury & Year End Reflection


The final month of 2014 didn’t exactly end the way that I wanted it to, but there have been encouraging signs over the past week. My calf injury is now five weeks old and counting. The first few weeks included a bit of denial with thinking that I could turn it around with previous tricks of the … [Read more...]

Injury Woes


Seems as though I can’t catch a break these days. After cracking my nose up pretty good last month, I’ve managed to continue with the injury bug with a messed up calf recently. Training for Arrowhead 135 had actually gone well right up to until a little over a week ago. I’d had some plenty solid … [Read more...]

Snowshoe Running Tips


Joanne Richard of iRun Magazine interviewed me for her article A New Movement: Snowshoe Running. I also included some tips to help you get ready for the snowshoe running season. You can check out the article here. … [Read more...]

Fallen Leaves, Busted Nose and Porcupine Selfie


Life has been quite busy lately. I just finished a pretty busy period of coaching with many of my clients finishing up their seasons with amazing performances in their goal races; and now rightly taking some down time for a bit. Did I mention how amazing everyone did? Awesome! I also helped to … [Read more...]

Sydenham Fall Trail Run – Results, Photos & Video


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


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

Derrick Spafford

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...]