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.
The ACU would like to congratulate Dave Proctor on setting a new TransCanada speed record of 67 days 10 hours and 27 minutes
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
Once again despite the Covid-19 Pandemic, Canadian Athletes always find a way to excel.
Here are the latest Canadian Records posted in 2021.
W50 70.953 km Ts Bernadette BENSON, 52, CAN 27Mar2021 Canberra, AUS
44m 155y Ts
W50 67.659 km Ts Bernadette BENSON, 50, CAN 16Jun2019 Campbelltown, AUS
42m 72y Ts
W45 15:24:23 Ts Viktoria BROWN, 45, ON 1May2021 Taylorsville, NC
W45 15:38:18 Ts Bernadette BENSON, 45, CAN 5-6Apr2014 Coburg, AUS
OPEN 2:48:32 rob Chris BALESTRINI, 29, CAN 21May2021 Hamilton, ON
OPEN 2:51:27 rl Calum NEFF, 36, CAN 17Jan2021 Houston, TX
OPEN 3:22:24 rob Krista DUCHENE, 44, ON 21May2021 Hamilton, ON
OPEN 3:28:20 r Catrin JONES, 36, BC 4Dec2015 Doha, Qatar
To all Athletes and members of the ultrarunning community.
With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic sutuation, a very limited number of venues have been available to qualify for the National Team or to compete in general.
We are now starting to see more events being able to go ahead with their annual schedule depanding on the advisory of their Provincial Health Organization.
We received numerous inquiries about the National Championships and the announcement went out a few months ago referring to the cancellation of all Championships for 2021.
The same announcement came from the International Association of Ultamarathon (IAU) stating that all World Championships were cancelled or posponed for 2021.
At the moment, if the Covid-19 situation gets under control, we might start getting back to some type of normal in 2022 but it will all depends on the Provincial, National and International Health Organizations guidance.
We understand the concerns about athletes looking at qualifying for the National Teams or maintaiming their current qualifications. Selection is based on registered performances set 2 years prior and up to 3 months before the current World Championships.
For 2022, we will be looking at 2020, 2021 and up to 3 months before the next World Championships. The limited venues available during that period is a knowed issue and we will be coming up with an announcement once the situation improves.
The main selection tool used for selection is the ACU Rankings list. A reminder that while we are trying to list every performances set by Canadians around the globe, it is up to each invividual to make sure their results are posted, especially for Canadians living or competing abroad.
If your results are not posted, please contact the ACU National Rankings Statistician.
The ACU Rankings list is up to date as of Jul 31st 2021. Despite the pandemic, Canadians posted 494 performances in 2020 and 1342 in 2021 so far.
Those recent results produced 11 new Canadian records in 2020-21 plus 2 more pending ratification.
Ultrarunners are very resilient individuals who always find a way to keep up their fitness level
Well done to all, stay healthy and be safe out there, we got this !!
National Team Manager
Dear members of the ultrarunning community,
the last 8 months have been a real test of our resiliency to overcome the hard situation everyone is experiencing but as ultrarunners always do, we did not let that stop us from enjoying our sport by keeping up with training on our own or hosting virtual challenges.
Despite the limited number of events hosted in 2020, so far 1043 performances across the globe from Canadians have been recorded on our Ranking List (see update 30 Sep). If anyone has participated in an event which is not listed, please contact us so we can update the list.
The last 8 months has also been a very busy time for the ACU as we went through the election process of a new executive committee to move our sport forward nationally and internationally.
As I am typing this announcement, the final transition to the new executive has been completed and they are ready to assume their new functions.
Ryne Melcher is taking the helm as your new President
Lee Smith as Vice-President and Adam Takacs as Secretary/Treasurer.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best and to thank the whole ultrarunning community for your tremendous support over my last 10 years as President of the ACU.
A special thanks goes to our Directors, Technical team members, Provincial Representatives, as well as Race Directors and members, for their outstanding work and support year after year.
As I step down, I am confident that the same cooperation and support will be continuing with the new executive members.
To help with the continuity of the organization, I will be moving to the new function of Technical advisor and keep the position of National Team Manager.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, our memberships has declined, a few new members and limited number of renewal have been processed. The ACU is your association and without your support it cannot exist so I encourage you to renew or join.
On this note, I wish you well, be safe and stay healthy, we got this...
Yours in Sport
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