BloodSweatTears

The Right Shoes for the Job

The Golden Ultra was designed to test the ability of a trail runner in a number of different trail disciplines - from the vertical challenge to the ultra marathon and the shorter, flatter, faster race. With all of these different styles of running, you might want to considering having a few shoes at your disposal that will perform on the different terrain and meet the technicality needs.

Salomon, the official footwear sponsor of the Golden Ultra and a pioneering trail and ultra running company has provided us with their recommendations to meet the unique challenges of each day.

Day 1 - The Blood

Consider the Salomon Sense Ultra 4 SG

If there was ever a climbing specialty shoe – this is it!  The Sense Ultra 4 SG is a super lightweight and made to go fast. It’s minimalist and low profile design makes it the ideal shoe for going uphill and the super tacky Contragrip SoftGround sole will give you all the grip you need to climb with efficiency. Sense Ultra 4 SG features include:

  • Minimalist 13mm-heel / 9mm-forefoot cushion for total of 4mm drop 
  • ProFeel Film underfoot protection
  • Endofit bootie for extra comfort
  • Seamless upper construction to avoid potential foot abrasion

Day 2 – The Sweat

Consider the Salomon SpeedCross 3

A fan favourite that fits like a glove. There’s  a reason why the SpeedCross 3 is our best selling shoe – it's super comfortable, very versatile and offers great wear & tear for long distance running.  This traditional drop shoe offers very good cushioning at the heel and provides amazing grip with the super luggy Contragrip sole.  Rain or shine, the SpeedCross 3 will get you up and down this 55km loop with ease.  SpeedCross 3 features include:

  • Traditional 31mm-heel / 20mm-forefoot for a total of 11mm drop
  • Sensifit construction for great foot control on the trail
  • Aggressive yet versatile Contragrip sole for the best grip possible on all terrain
  • Rubberized toe, heel and side protection

Day 3 – The Tears

Consider the Salomon Sense Pro or Sense Propulse

After 2 days of hard racing, you’re feet will definitely be craving some lovin’.  Both of these models offer a great cushioning story with a less aggressive Contragrip pattern for moving fast on all trails.  The Sense Pro is a slightly lighter/low profile design – whereas the Sense Propulse offers precisely tuned cushioning and propulsion for the harder striking runner.   Other benefits also include underfoot protection from the ProFeel Film to avoid those sharp rocks on the trail, and a comfortable Endofit bootie to maximize foot comfort.  Sense Pro and Sense Propulse features include:

  • Sense Pro: 23mm-heel / 17mm-forefoot cushion for total of 6mm drop 
  • Sense Propulse:  29mm-heel / 23mm-forefoot cushion for total of 6mm drop
  • Profeel Film underfoot protection
  • Endofit bootie for extra comfort
  • Seamless upper construction to avoid potential foot abrasion
  • Lighter Contragrip sole pattern for lighter trail use

Massage for Runners

Are you wondering what about the best way to recover between Golden Ultra stages?

While stretching, cold river baths and lots of sleep will be critical, so too will be a bit of massage and active therapy.  We are so excited to announce that Golden, BC's own Element Therapeutics and Claudia Richard from Active Vernon Massage will be available all three days to help your aching bodies!

You can sign up for your massage spot online (online registration now closed - Sept 17) if you're worried about getting the prime spots.  Otherwise we will have sign-up at registration and daily after each event.

Claudia Richard is an RMT from Vernon, BC.  Claudia has extensive event experience including work at SingleTrack 6 and BC Bike Race, not to mention she runs ultramarathons herself!  Claudia is also a certified Active Release Techniques (ART) therapist.

Golden's Kristi Easton is RMT with 6 years of experience working with Canada's Ski Cross teams, including a stint at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.  She's also a registered holistic nutritionist so quiz her about recovery food as you're getting your legs flushed.

Element Therapeutics owner, community supporter and physiotherapist Stan Metcalfe will be at the finish line assisting with First Aid when he's not helping runners recover.  

Yoga therapist, yoga teacher, and physiotherapist, Kristie McGregor, will be offering massage service as well as intriguing conversation on total wellness including yoga therapy.  Kristie is particularly interested in movement system impairments and wholistic wellness.

Tessa Keefer is a massage therapist at Element Therapeutics who enjoys both backcountry skiing and surfing.  She has worked at numerous backcountry lodges in BC and in Tofino for 6 years providing apres-surf massage.  

Mountain lover Marie-Michelle Lafontaine finished her physiotherapy studies in 2010 and high-tailed it to the mountains of BC.  An adventure seeker, Marie-Michelle is excited to hear of your Golden Ultra challenges as she helps you prepare for your next run.

Kierra Hautala is one of those elusive Golden-born-and-raised species that is also an avid outdoor adventurer.  Kierra has travelled far and wide to gain experience and training as both an RMT and now Osteopath, and is returning to work full time at Element Therapeutics, starting with the Golden Ultra!

Rookie Phenom Joining Golden Ultra Field

Travis Weller may not look like your typical rookie, nor have the running resume to match the rank, but he's only been running since January 2014.  Fuelled by the runner's high, a passion for the outdoors and a world class beard, Travis is coming to Golden in September to test his shoes north of the Border.

Where do you live & train?

I live in San Francisco, CA and train in the Marin Headlands. 

What are your goals for 2015?

My main goal for 2015 is to continue progressing as a stronger and faster runner. I just began running in 2014 and it served mostly as a learning year. I've been coached by Sally McRae since January of this year and have entered more competitive races. My other goal is to race strong enough to begin securing sponsorships for the 2016 racing year. My passions are traveling and running and I'd love to continue traveling to more competitive races in 2016 with the help of sponsors. 

What are some of your career highlights?

My ultimate highlight is becoming part of the San Francisco Running Company family. I've worked there for the past year and it has presented me with countless opportunities. Our local running community is amazing and I am so lucky to be at the center of it. As I am still very new to running and racing, my 2014 racing highlights included a 5th place finish at Dick Collins Firetrails 50 Mile (my first 50 miler) and a 6th place finish at The North Face Endurance Challenge San Francisco 50K. I've raced twice in 2015, winning the Folsom Lake 35K and placing 4th at the Whoo's in El Moro 50K. 

What are you most looking forward to at the Golden Ultra?

Like I mentioned earlier, traveling and running are my ultimate passions. I have never traveled North of Vancouver and I cannot wait to see the landscape that awaits me in Golden. The Golden Ultra courses look breathtaking, both in difficulty and scenic beauty and I can't wait to hit the trails up there. I am also looking forward to meeting the other runners who will be taking part in the races and experiencing the local community in Golden. Last but not least, I'm looking forward to the challenge of running with a competitive field during the Golden Ultra. 

This wasn't enough?  More Travis Weller here:

website: www.tsweller.com

instagram: @beardedgull

The Golden Ultra is a three-day stage running race (or relay) in Golden, BC from September 18-20, 2015.  Runners may participate in all three stages as a solo or part of a relay, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately. 


On Treadmills and Trails: Meet RunEMZ

We are so excited to bring such a diverse group of runners to Golden through our scholarship program and the next winner we want to introduce you to is Emily, or RunEMZ as you may already know her.

RunEMZ is a legitimate running superstar, not in the least because of the milage she logs on a treadmill.  Here's our quick discussion with her about her motivation, running and training for the Golden Ultra.

Tell us a bit about how you got into running…

An ankle injury cut my volleyball career short at a time when I was soaring. It was a devastating injury that left me without a physical passion. I had run a little but mostly only as a part of training for volleyball.  After the injury, I began running, mostly to just stay fit however, I found that each day I craved it more and more. 

I ran my first marathon in 1999 [unknowingly pregnant] where I finished with a time of 4:16. Although I continued to run over the next nine and a half years, I did not run another marathon until December of 2009, finishing in 3:36. This time qualified me for the Boston Marathon, which I ran April 18, 2011.  Once I had completed that second marathon, I knew this running thing was for me! 

How did you enter the ultra marathon world?

I had a friend at my husband's work say, "Okay so we know you can do marathons but why don't you try running a 50 miler?" I couldn't say no. I completed my first ultra in October of 2011. From there the desire to see just how far I could go kept growing. 

We’ve heard you really enjoy challenging yourself with treadmill running?  How did that begin and how often do you run on the treadmill compared to outside?  What drives you challenge yourself in this way?

I began treadmill running in August 2009.  Originally, I began it because my doctor had advised that that would be easier on my joints. I found that it did not annoy, bother or bore me the way it seemed to do so for others. In fact, it was quite the opposite I absolutely loved it. I do 99.9% of my training on my treadmill. For example this past month I ran 330 miles and only 27 of them were outside. Those 27 miles were due to a race-outside. ;) I just love the treadmill. It is just what works for me. 

Do you think treadmill running provides you with an advantage or a disadvantage going into The Golden Ultra?

I'm sure my treadmill running will be an advantage and a disadvantage. I find a huge advantage and the fact that when I get outside time just seems to fly by and I am so focused on the beauty around me that I typically don't see just looking out my sliding door at home. I make sure that my training includes a lot of hill workouts, so I don't think I will be at too much of a disadvantage in this regard. I have completed two trail 100 milers and felt pretty dang good throughout them. 

Tell us about your local running scene.  Where do you most enjoy training, and what will you be taking advantage of to train for the Golden Ultra?

My local running scene is full of a bunch of incredible runners. However, due to my treadmill training I usually only hang out with these individuals before, during and after races. 

Which aspect of our 3 day race scares you the most?  What are you most excited for?  Do you foresee any big challenges going into this unique race format?

I think the tears portion of the race is what scares me the most. I mean the word kind of scares me just reading it. I think when you combine the two days before it...it is probably exactly what will happen out there. But I'm super excited about it. The big challenge with this race will be to do the proper recovery each night leading into the next day’s race. Rest, refueling and recovery will be key. 

You can follow Emily during her training for the Golden Ultra and her other events this year on social media at:

Twitter: @RunEMZ
Instagram: @RunEMZ

The Golden Ultra is a three-day stage running race (or relay) in Golden, BC, Canada.  Runners may participate in all three stages as a solo or part of a relay, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately.

Volunteers - We Can't Run Without Them

Volunteering is better with friends!

Volunteering is better with friends!

Volunteers!  We love them!  Events simply would not happen without a huge number of volunteers putting out a helping hand.  Just like most events, the Golden Ultra is also in need of some super stars to help us bring all the runners home safely with giant smiles on their faces.

There are lots of volunteering opportunities and we encourage you to select something that interests you.  The more detail you provide on your sign-up form, the better!  The volunteer sign-up form is now online (or click "volunteer" under the Details menu). 

Here are a few of our critical and very interesting roles:

Aid Station - if you have a group of 5 or more people (and a vehicle) you can qualify to host one of our aid stations!  We will provide you with all of the required supplies, a $150 donation to a charity of your choice, and a small budget to get some more food, costumes or bling to really make your zone memorable.

Course Marshal - Course marshals are a critical part of our safety plan.  We need singles or pairs to stand on course to assist in directing runners in the right direction, recording runner numbers & times for our timing and safety program, and cheering.  If you've got some knowledge of the Golden trails (or are good with maps) this could be a great role for you.  It's also fantastic for somebody who can only volunteer for a partial day.

Course Crew - You like to combine your volunteering with exercise?  Well... have we got a role for you.  We need some keeners to help with marking and cleaning up the course.  You get to do it all (on foot or bike) and you get some swag in return!

Finish Line - Ideal for the person who likes to get sweaty hugs and be on the front line of celebrating huge achievements.  We need a few superstars to welcome runners to the finish, make sure they get some nutrition, refreshment and their finisher award.

Registration & Information - If clerical duties at a high rate of efficiency and cheer is your forte, we'd love to have you on our registration and information team.  You'll be the front line of of answering questions, providing information and handing out bibs, swag and smiles.

The Golden Ultra is a three-day stage running race (or relay) in Golden, BC, Canada.  Runners may participate in all three stages as a solo or part of a relay, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately.

Mueller Pacing for Top Spot in Women's Field

Mueller winning the 2014 Grizzly UltraMarathon

Mueller winning the 2014 Grizzly UltraMarathon

Nadine Mueller is no stranger to epic races, the Golden Ultra might even be tame for her.  As the reigning champion and course record holder of of the Grizzly Ultramarathon in Canmore and silver medallist at the 2014 Canadian Mountain Running Championships, Nadine is clearly a great runner.  That's not all she is, though.  She's also four-time solo champion of 24 Hours of Adrenalin and age group world champion in Xterra triathlon.

We caught up with Nadine between her training sessions to see how her training is coming along for the 2015 Golden Ultra.

Where do you live and train?

I spent the past few years living in Canmore but have recently moved to Victoria, BC.  It's been great so far and I love all the running and biking trails.  The west coast cities are great for their mountains and trails so close to the urban center.

What are your goals for 2015?

I've had a pretty big life change this past year, so just being able to train during this huge lifestyle adjustment is a bonus. Due to my circumstances, I've had to adjust my goals for this year. I have two main goals: the first is to podium at the Singletrack 6 (6-day mountain bike stage race) on a 2-women competitive team and the second to is to keep up with the elite runners and 'successfully' complete my first ultra-running stage race at the Golden Ultra in September.

Nadine with her bike.

Nadine with her bike.

What are some of your career highlights?

I had a successful year last summer in which I finished 3rd in my category in the ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships in Zittau, Germany, finished 1st for the 4th consecutive year at the 24 Hr Adrenalin Solo Mountain Bike Race in Canmore, AB, finished 1st in my age category at the XTERRA Triathlon World Championships in Maui, HI, and finished the racing season, winning and breaking the female course record at the Grizzly Ultra 50km Trail Run. 

What are you looking forward to at the Golden Ultra?

I'm looking forward to running alongside and learning from the elite ultra-runners during my transition into ultra distance running. I'm excited to enter my first ultra running stage race, albeit an inaugural ultra stage race, and being among other like-minded runners during 3 days of pure suffering bliss where friendships will be made and stories exchanged!

What motivates you?

I'm still searching for that answer myself...LOL! People ask me where I get my determination and discipline but I think it's just me wanting to push myself and see how far I can go. You usually can always go further than you think..."Just one more..." seems to be my saying as well as "It's not pain, just manageable discomfort!"  I'm always up for new challenges!

We're looking forward to having you in Golden in September, Nadine!  

The Golden Ultra is a 3-day trail running stage race (or relay) in Golden, BC, Canada.  Runners may participate in all three stages as a solo or part of a relay, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately.