It’s graduation season, so we thought it timely to celebrate a small crew of extraordinary humans that have been crushing the Golden Ultra since it’s inaugural start in 2015. This veteran alumni comes from all walks of life, but there are two things that they all have in common: their infectious zest for epic adventure, and their 5th consecutive registration for the Golden Ultra!!!
BEN YU SCHOTT
Ben is a steadfast and calming presence on and off course. He makes everyone feel at ease with his fun loving demeanor, and he has always stood out because of his infectious smile on course (even after 60 km). He treks all the way from the Yukon with a jovial northern crew each year. In Ben’s words, “fall just wouldn’t be fall without the Golden Ultra'.” Well Ben, the Golden Ultra wouldn’t be the same without you.
Jan, a former Golden local, has been crushing our Full Pint since signing up for his first ultra off the couch in 2015! After years of comedy and shenanigans, Jan is planning to conquer our beastly 120K this year...and no doubt he’ll be smiling the whole way. Jan always brings a hearty dose of hilarity in every activity that he chooses, and we’d be hard pressed to find a photo of him not grinning gleefully. Jan has recently moved to the coast, and has written a very relatable blog on what it’s like training for a massive goal as a family man. Check it out here.
Solana is a force to be reckoned with. She co-owns Capra in Squamish, she founded Ladies of the Trails in the lower mainland, she’s an active race director, and most importantly: she’s an animal onesie enthusiast who is ALWAYS on course (whether she’s running or not) to cheer on her fellow community. Solana’s support and compassion for other runners, and her enthusiastic and free spirited nature make her a cherished part of our race.
We recently chatted with Graham about his 5th year, and he had this to say (cue the waterworks): “Of runs that I’ve done since that first Ultra in Golden, it is still my favourite race. I plan to be one of the runners who has run each of the first 10 years when that day comes. The trails are fantastic and the scenery is incredible, and the weather is perfect that time of year… even last years ankle deep snow made for a surreal and special run. The photography is the best of any run I’ve ever done. In the five years my wife and I have been coming, we’ve discovered great places to stay, and are always charmed by the wonderful people that organize the race, and the nice people of Golden. ”
JENN & HAYDEN TATARYN
When Jenn isn’t locally kicking our butts on the pilates mat, she’s taking on a new challenge each year with her family in tow. Jenn and Hayden Tataryn have been participating since Day 1, and we’re so thrilled that it’s always been a family affair for them! She originates from the prairies, so she’s always in awe of watching her children conquer mountains. “Watching my son and his friends take on new challenges is the reason
we’ll return this fall,” Jenn states.
If you’ve run all 4 years, and are signing up for your 5th with us - please let us know! We would LOVE to highlight you along with the rest of our vets. We’ve also compiled a returning runners list of all you crazy people that have run with us over the years (AKA a massive attendance list, grade school style). If you’re interested, take a look here and let us know if we’ve missed ya!