Stage Races

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. 

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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. 

The Relay - How, What, Help!

Running is better with friends!

Running is better with friends!

So you don’t think you can run the entire Golden Ultra as a solo, but you still want to come and check out the scene for the weekend?  Grab some friends and enter a relay team.

Unlike some other running stage races, a team entry is not about running the event together: it’s about divide and conquer!  You'll need a runner that can complete each stage - one for each day.

Each team will require an individual with the stamina for the 55km “Sweat” stage, but the Blood and Tears stages are much more amenable to trail runners looking for a less-than-all-day commitment.  Consider putting in a team that can celebrate big goal achievements on each leg: first vertical KM, first ultramarathon, first 20 km.  How fun would that be?

Two-person teams (one person runs two stages) are totally legitimate and welcome, although there is no price difference between the two and three person teams.

We’ll be awarding prizes for the top all-male, all-female and mixed teams over the three days.

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.  

All the way from France...

Martin Gaffuri is making the trip all the way from Switzerland to run in the Golden Ultra this September.  That's a long way to come for a first year event, so we asked Martin a few questions about what motivated him to apply for a scholarship to attend the Golden Ultra.

(c) Sho Fujimaki

(c) Sho Fujimaki

First of all, tell us a bit about yourself and how you got your start in running...

I'm Martin GAFFURI, but people call me Goat. The reason why remains unspoken but it sure is easier to pronounce for an English speaker. 

I started running when I was 7 and ran my first XC race that same year. It was just what we did at our local running club. We'd show up there, run for fun, but also would get involved in the races to sport high and proud the colours of the CAMV (Club Athlétique de Mantes la Ville).

I had a 3 years break from running after I went to my business school in 2003. When I took a year off to work in product marketing at Salomon in 2006, I discovered mountain running, and after winning the Templier race in the Youth category, I got hooked.

In 2013 I finished 4th in the Skyrunner World Series in the Ultra category. I hope my most recognizable result is yet to come...

What does a typical day look like for you?

My typical day starts at 6am with a quick strength or core workout, a fruit shake, hop on my bike and off to work at 7.

I work as international communication and sports marketing manager at Scott Sports for the running division. I love it. Very active folks with a passion for sports deeply anchored in their DNA. Either a run or a bike ride will cut my work day in half.

I'm usually back home at 6pm and try and hit the local gym for a yoga or spinning session. It's more a social act than trying to fit in another workout in the day. I'm fairly new to this town and the odds of finding like minded people are better at the Gym than in a club...

I spend the rest of my evenings working on a side project I have been developing with two business partners. A startup called Twiinkly that lets users share photos into a single dedicated timeline to cover events live. It's a free app that can be downloaded for both iOS and android.

Let's be honest, I also spend days on weekends in bed watching movies and eating ice cream, it's all about balance!!

(c) Anna Frost

(c) Anna Frost

Where is your favourite place to run?  

I have a few place that made me feel something special, but don't get the chance to run on often. As a matter of fact, they are spread all over the world, here are a few : the jaw dropping beauty of a secret loop in Sedona, the humbling depth of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the almost scary isolation of trails in Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand, rolling trails around Lake Tahoe, technical ones up fourteeners in Colorado. Running the Rockwall Traverse in Canada was quite the epic run too.

Sure I know and enjoy closer ones from home such as in the Chamonix valley or around the Annecy lake, but you know what they say, the mountain is always steeper on the other side of the fence.  :-)

I guess beyond beautiful places to run in, to me the quality of the people who tag along, can turn a good run into an exceptional one.

What are you most excited about with the Golden Ultra?

The location and course are exciting and I look forward to discovering them. But I'm even more excited about the format. I have raced the TransRockies Run 6 years in a row and absolutely love the camaraderie between like minded people. After each stage, you get to hang out and chat with all the other participants, share stories, emotions and sometimes even more!!

What do you think will be the toughest day of the Golden Ultra, for you personally?

The "stage 4" will be the toughest (ed: a tribute to TransRockies Run infamous stage 7). Not only from the most likely hangover and banging headache, but also because we'll have to leave behind new friends and people who we will have shared beautiful emotions during the whole three days.

The rest will be bloody awesome, sexy sweaty, and tears of joy!  I invite you all to get involved as I look forward to getting to share good times with you, the more the better!

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 as part of a relay, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately.