golden ultra

What’s your Favourite Trailside Snack?

Honey Stinger, the manufacturer of delicious waffles, honey gel and chews, will be providing Golden Ultra runners with the necessary on-course calories to reach the finish line each day. 

“I love natural energy sources, so I’m so excited to hear that Honey Stinger products will be available on course at the Golden Ultra,” says runner Magi Scallion.  “Their pure honey gel is one of my favourite trailside snacks when I need the quick energy boost... their chews are basically the best thing that has ever hit my tongue.”

Honey Stinger products will be included in race packages as well as provided at all of the aid stations on course each day.  The Golden IGA also carries a full range of Honey Stinger product for those runners needing an emergency mid-weekend re-stocking.

Honey Stinger headquarters are located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and their full range of honey-based products include energy bars, protein bars, energy gels, organic waffles, organic chews, and organic wildflower honey.

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.  For more information, please visit

Food vs. Dietary Supplements

This is the second article in a multi-part series about athlete nutrition and eating for performance.  These articles are written by Katie Mazzia, Clinical Dietician and Diabetes Educator at the Vail Valley Medical Centre in Colorado.  Katie is part of the Golden Ultra family and a fantastic runner herself.  As a multiple time podium finisher at the TransRockies Run, she knows a thing or two about healthy eating as an athlete!

Proper nutrition is the first line of high level performance and recovery for all athletes. 

Did you know...

1) Drinking tart cherry juice or concentrate before and after activity can help muscle soreness
2) Fatty fish such as wild-caught salmon and Barramundi can decrease inflammation
3) Carbohydrate + protein (3:1 ratio) intake within 30-60 minutes after a race or hard work-out can significantly decrease muscle damage.   

Although benefits may exist for some dietary supplements, poor manufacturing practices, cross-contamination, and illegal drugs disguised as dietary supplements can cause athletes to test positive for banned substances and result in serious consequences.

Dietary supplements and herbal preparations can also cause adverse health effects, especially if you already take prescription medications. Talk with your pharmacist and physician to determine what’s right for you. A sports dietitian can also review your current nutrition plan for optimal performance.

Resources that test, screen and certify dietary supplements for quality and banned substances:

Learn from organizations that provide dietary supplement information specific to athletes:

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!