Team Canada members for the IAU 6 Hour Global Solidarity Run: 18-19 March
Our 2023 representatives for Canada at the virtual event weekend include 6 men and 5 women. Follow along on our social media channels over the weekend to see how each person chooses to tackle 6 hours in this Global Solidarity Run!
The IAU 6 Hour Global Solidarity Run 18-19 March 2023
The IAU 6H Global Solidarity Run was first held on 29-30 August 2020, at the start of the pandemic. With most events around the world cancelled, it was a way to bring ultrarunners from around the world together virtually, over a weekend. There is no ranking list, as the IAU emphasises that this is a run "signifying global solidarity amongst the ultrarunning family." The virtual run weekend has been held every year since then in March.
ACU can name a team of up to 9 women and 9 men to represent Canada in this event. No qualifier is needed. If we exceed maximum numbers in applications, then a random draw will be held to select the team members.
You must be a Canadian citizen (but you can be living abroad) and a current ACU member.
You must run at any time in one continuous six-hour block over the weekend Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th in your own time zone. Results will not count for publication if they are done outside of these designated dates.
You can run indoors or outdoors and make your run as standard or creative as you like (e.g., laps of a track, a treadmill run, hill repeats, run with friends, start at midnight, run for charity....).
You must record your performance on a platform such as Strava or Garmin, where the Team Manager can verify the result within a day, in order to upload results to the IAU. Along with that, we would appreciate some comments and photos (plus possibly short videos) of your run experience, so we can provide that to the IAU Communication team. Prior to, during, and immediately after your run, as possible, we would appreciate if you can post to social media to foster community engagement with your fellow Canadians and with ultrarunners from around the world. ACU will profile runners in the lead up to the event and support the event on social media over event weekend.
Applications open 24 February and close 7 March! Click here to apply.
Run Report from Team New Zealand 2022
The image below is a collage from 2021.
Congratulations to the athletes below, who have had the following records ratified:
ACU New Executive
There being only one nomination for each of the three Executive positions at the time of the November 4, 2022 deadline, ACU's new Executive was acclaimed on November 18.
Incoming president, Bernadette Benson, is an expat Calgarian who lives most of the year near the Victorian Alps, Australia. She spends the summer months in Europe and Canada, mostly enjoying mountainous trails. Bernadette first ran for Canada at the World Trail Championship in Connemara, Ireland in 2011 (Team Canada bronze medal) and most recently ran for Team Canada at the IAU 100km World Championships / WMA World Masters Championships in Berlin in August. She has also been on the 24hr team. Bernadette is a child psychologist and was formerly the vice-president of the Australian Ultra Runners' Association.
Melissa Boisvenue, the new vice-president, is a communications professional who runs her own public relations and marketing boutique agency in the Bragg Creek, AB, area. Melissa is a busy mom of two young girls and has shared how trail running has brought her healing after pregnancy loss. She has audacious running goals and would love to toe the line in France in the near future.
Adam Takacs will be continuing in the secretary-treasurer role from his base in Toronto.
The Executive is currently supported by Carolyn Caskie in the social media role and Zoey Cheng managing memberships. Carolyn resides in British Columbia with her husband and dog. She has run numerous ultras on both trail and road including being on the 2017 and 2019 Canadian National 24HR running team competing in Belfast and France respectively. When she is not working her 9-5 day job she can be found out on the trails either on foot or bike.
ACU Executive Election
New Trans-Canada speed Record
The ACU would like to congratulate Dave Proctor on setting a new TransCanada speed record of 67 days 10 hours and 27 minutes
Canadian Records updates
Once again despite all the turmoil in the world, Canadian Athletes always find a way to excel.
Here are the latest Canadian Records ratified in 2021.
W55 6:31:34 rl Beverley ANDERSON-ABBS, 55, CAN 02Feb2020 Sacramento, CA
W55 7:52:39 rl Barbara McLEOD, 55, ON 28Nov1992 Valley Stream NY
W Open 346.593 km TS 215m 362y, Viktoria BROWN, 45, ON 18-26June2021 Milwaukee, WI
W Open 325.264 km TS 202m 193y, Viktoria BROWN, 45, ON 16-18Nov2020 Duncan, BC
W 45 346.593 km TS 215m 362y, Viktoria BROWN, 45, ON 18-26June2021 Milwaukee, WI
W 45 325.264 km TS 202m 193y, Viktoria BROWN, 45, ON 16-18Nov2020 Duncan, BC
W Open 440.350 km TS 273m 733y, Viktoria BROWN, 45, ON 18-26June2021 Milwaukee, WI
W Open 436.130 km rl 271m 0y, Marylou Corino, 35, ON 15-19May2014 Augusta, NJ
W 45 440.350 km TS 273m 733y, Viktoria BROWN, 45, ON 18-26June2021 Milwaukee, WI
W 45 354.056 km rl 220m 0y, Lisa VAN WOLDE, 45, ON 16-19May2019 Augusta, NJ
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