Wakely Dam Ultra

Wakely Dam

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

Swiftwick Toes

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


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!


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!


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?


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...]

Springtime in Frontenac Park

Big Salmon Lake

Springtime in Frontenac Provincial Park is a wonderful time. After a long winter with deep snow in the park, it's always a great first run of spring when you can get back on bare ground. As much as this winter has been such an amazing season for running trails, lakes and snowshoe running, I have … [Read more...]

Welly Smith Trail

Beaver Dam

I don’t find things much more exciting than discovering new trails. Finding new trails that connect to other trails is just that much better still! Sara and I have done a lot of running over the years at Puzzle Lake. It’s an undeveloped provincial park that is also surrounded by an abundance … [Read more...]

Sharbot Lake 84 km Unsupported Run: It’s not about the race shirt

Sharbot Lake Map

I woke up Monday morning, loaded up my pulk and started running... Ever since I had to cancel running Arrowhead 135 due to illness, I’ve been looking to find a race to replace it. Most of the races were too soon as I needed to get healthy first. The one race that really spoke to me was White … [Read more...]

Dion Switzerville Red Barn Snowshoe Race (Series Finale) – Results and photos

red barn snowshoe race-260

The Dion Switzerville Red Barn Snowshoe Race was held today under ideal snowshoe racing conditions. The 'Red Barn' is the traditional end of the snowshoe racing season, and a celebration of a great year of snowshoe racing. Hanging out around the campfire, eating soup, drinking gourmet coffee and … [Read more...]