Monday, October 27, 2014

Perseverance 2014 Race Report

The 10th annual Perseverance Trail Run was a huge success with 350 racers, 70 volunteers, countless sponsors and supporters coming together this past weekend to raise funds once again for the Cumberland Community Forest Society. For this special 10th anniversary run, an anonymous donor will be matching 100% of the proceeds raised for the CCFS. The race was followed with a special After Party for the Forest including a massive silent auction and raffle. The total raised from this exciting 10 year celebration will be announced very soon. The CCFS is a local society working to purchase and protect forest lands in the Cumberland area.

The conditions could not have been better for a fall trail race with above seasonal temperatures, blue sky and endless puddles underfoot. Racers came from all over Vancouver Island and as far as Victoria and Port Alberni to tackle the 10K and 3K courses in Cumberland.

The competition on the 10k course was fierce with nearly 250 racers toeing the start line.

Top overall results in the 10k mountain run:
Derek Vinge 50:09
onathan Gendron 50:14
Shelby Drope 52:05

Britt Hason 1:04:10
Sophie Demers 1:05:08
Ivana Bisaro 1:05:24

Nearly 100 racers, young and old, tackled the 3k cross-country run through the Cumberland Community Forest trails.

Top overall results for the 3k cross-country run were as follows:
Gabriel Gledhill 12:38
Stephen Lamon 14:20
Alexander Swift 16:52

Naomi Swift 16:08
Laura Wyatt 17:10
Vivianne Lemay 17:43

The Perseverance Trail Run is run entirely by volunteers and head up by co-race directors Lene Curts (Extreme Runners) and Sarah Seads (Equilibrium Lifestyle Management /ELM) along with Arran Arthur, John Wall and Terry Lewis. It takes a village to put on this event and a huge thank you goes out to nearly 70 enthusiastic volunteers who donated their time and energy before, during and after this years race. Awesome volunteers tackled everything from registration, racer food, finish line, set up, course flagging, course marshaling, course sweeping, take down and more to make the day a success for the racers and the CCFS. A special thank you goes to the Comox Valley Search and Rescue and St. John Ambulance teams who spent the day watching over each and every racer on the course.

This years race once again brought out great costumes and prizes were donated by the Cumberland Village Bakery for the top outfits of the day. With close to 40 draw prizes donated from generous local business' many racers left with big smiles at the end of the day. A very big thank you to this years prize sponsors: Brooks, Riding Fool Hostel, Seeds Market, Mosaic Vision, Active Comox Valley, Comox Valley Acupuncture, Ascent Physiotherapy, Inner Pursuit Fitness, My Tech Guys, Jim Smiley of Remax, Riders Pizza, Wandering Moose Cafe, Valhalla Pure, Hi Tech Printing, Extreme Runners and ELM.

The following community sponsors generously supported the race and helped to make this years event a great success once again: Thrifty Foods, Tim Hortons, ABC Printing, Hi Tech, nrichmedia, Odlum Brown, Mosaic Vision, Comox Valley Record, 97.3 the Eagle, West Jet, SURE copies, Long & Mquade and Whitecaps Coffee. Landowners including the Village of Cumberland & Recreation, CCFS, Timberwest and Comox Timber.

A complete list of results as well as race day photos have been posted at .

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Videos: Weekend Film Fest!

Happy Weekend!  
I hope you got out to play in the puddles today like I did:).  The trails are beautiful right now...tacky singletrack and the biggest range of colours we get to see all year.  Get out and enjoy it!  You're not made of sugar...sorry...hate to be the one to break it to you, sugarcube;)

Onward with the weekend!

en Morgen pa Stranda   from Ryan Harris.  I stumbled upon this film today and it is lovely.  A short film that portrays the great beauty of a simple mountain run on a regular morning in Norway.  Enjoy!
en Morgen på Stranda from Ryan Harris on Vimeo.

Huayhuash from Joey Schusler.  The bike adventure of a lifetime.  Awesome.  Thanks to National Geographic for sharing this one.
Huayhuash from Joey Schusler on Vimeo.

And one for the bikers...and dog lovers!  Watch Casey Brown and Poppy the Dog rip it up! Thanks to the Adventure Blog!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Videos: Weekend Film Fest!

Happy Friday Friends!
I hope you are looking forward to a weekend celebrating thanks with your family and friends!  Here are a few great video's to remind us all how lucky we really are to be a part of this great world and this great life.

This weeks video's have a Euro flare...we are dreaming of a BIG adventure in the Alps and have the mountains on our minds...

Some questions for ya:
Do you dream of running in the Alps? ELM is working on our next big travel adventure and would love your thoughts!
If so:
Would you join a 7-8 day trail running camp/retreat in the Alps? 15-25km/day on mountain trails in one of the most scenic places on earth.
If Yes, would you consider this retreat for July of 2015?
Would you prefer to run the famous UTMB route or travel to more 'off the beaten path' trails?
Would you like to experience a Euro trail or sky race as part of this type of adventure?

If you know someone that may be interested in this running adventure please pass this on!
Thanks for your feedback! Email with your thoughts!


Running the UTMB with Anton Krupicka via Victor Rins
"A few weeks back, hundreds of runners lined up to take on the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, a grueling run around Mont Blanc that crosses through France, Italy, and Switzerland. It is widely considered to be amongst the toughest foot races in the world, and a true test for ultra-runners"-The Adventure Blog

The Ridge is the brand new film from Danny Macaskill... Just in case you haven't seen this one on facebook yet!  For the first time in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline.

An Alps Travelogue To Mont Blanc
" Shot in the Alps near Chamonix, France this past July, this video follows a trio of climbers as they head to Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Western Europe. It is a wonderful three-and-a-half minute film of the journey to the summit, complete with mountain lodges, glacial traverses, and spectacular views."-The Adventure Blog

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Perseverance Party for the Forest!

There are only 50 spots left in this years 10th anniversary trail run for the Cumberland Forest!  Be sure to head over to the Perseverance website to register for the race and purchase your After Party Tickets asap!

Are you ready for a community fundraising celebration of epic proportions??  This years Perseverance Trail Run is a BIG deal and we hope that you will be a part of it!  Here is how you can help contribute to our exciting 'double your donation' fundraising campaign for the Cumberland Forest:

1.  Enter the Perseverance Trail Run!  Only 50 spots left and NO race day registrations!  Choose from the 3k Cross Country Romp or the classic 10k mountain run and put your climbing to the test.  Fun community event supporting a great cause, awesome draw prizes, yummy post race snacks and a costume contest are just a few reasons to come out and play!

2.  Attend the Perseverance After Party for the Forest Following the race from 1-5pm at the CRI beside race central in Cumberland.  You will not want to miss this 5 act, 5 hour fundraising celebration complete with a gourmet chili cook off, craft beer, circus performances and a massive silent auction with all proceeds donated (and doubled!!) to the Cumberland Forest Society. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online via race registration or in person at the Wandering Moose Cafe, Riders Pizza and Extreme Runners.

3. Raise funds, collect pledges or make a donation via our Canadahelps fundraising page for the Forest!  Once again, all donations collected will be magically doubled this year by our generous forest fairy!  Please take a moment to make or collect donations as every dollar = two!  Every dollar counts!

4.  Buy a raffle ticket (or two!) for our Perseverance Raffle for the Forest!  You could win an awesome prize from one of our awesome sponsors: 2 return tickets anywhere West Jet flies, 3 hour guided Hornby Island mountain bike tour with Island Mountain Rides, limited edition, framed Tracy Kobus print!  Tickets are $20 and they are going fast... available at Wandering Moose Cafe, Riders Pizza, Extreme Runners and ELMs classes!

With so many great ways to support this years special 'double your donation' drive, we hope that you will be able to join the celebration!  Thank you for helping us spread the word to your friends and family! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Videos: Weekend Film Fest!

Here...we...go!!!!!!!!!!!  It's Friday!! 

Happy Friday folks.  I hope you are already relaxing, laughing and enjoying the moment...and planning your adventures for the weekend:).  Well...I am, anyways! 

Here are my favourite videos from the week...there is a theme here...can you spot it?  Not very hard, I know.  But these 3 video's jumped out the most at me this week so I wanted to share them with you.  Regardless if you are a runner or not, these videos are sure to inspire you to your next adventure too!

No introductions...just sit back, relax and watch them...

The Ginger Runner: 'Squamish 50/50'

The North Face: UTBM: 'Curiosity'

Rob Krar: 'Depressions'

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Do you have a Need For Speed?!

ELM's Annual Need For Speed Clinic starts October 30th!

 Do not miss this opportunity to take your running to the next level this year! 

 If you are serious about your running, you want to run faster and further without injury.  ELM's Need for Speed Clinic will teach you the smart way to reach your running goals.

Runners who think that more mileage and longer hours are the only ways to improve end up frustrated or sidelined with injuries. The secret to running faster and further is training smarter not longer! Making simple changes in strength, flexibility, technique, and program design will help you reach a new level of performance.

In ELM's Need for Speed clinic, Kinesiologist and Coach, Sarah Seads, demonstrates the key training principles and techniques designed to improve your running form, decrease your risk of injury and personalize your running program. Learn how the science of Kinesiology and biomechanics can help you reach your running goals in this specialized clinic.

12-Week Program Includes:
  • Weekly coached group running sessions with Sarah Seads.  Sessions will focus on specific running workouts designed to improve lactate threshold and VO2max using speed and hill work.  Workouts will also focos on improving running economy, turn over, mid-foot technique and sense of pace.
  • Weekly coaching topics and 'homework' to develop your own personalized running plan.
  • Field tests for lactate threshold and VO2max and heart rate zone creation.
  • Strength and flexibility exercises designed to improve running technique.
  • Running skills and drills to increase efficiency, decrease risk of injury and improve performance.
  • ELM Running Clinic Manual
  • Running Gait Video Analysis complete with personalized technique and exercise prescription.
This unique running program is divided into two 6-week sessions. 
Part 1: After a long training or racing season it is time to take a step back and develop a plan of attack for the coming year.  This is the time of year to focus on technique, muscular imbalances and program design. 
Weekly Education Topics include: Fitness Testing, Biomechanics of Running & Mid-Foot Running Technique, Cadence, Barefoot Running, Periodization: Annual Program Design, Strength Training For Runners, Muscular Imbalances: Identification and Correction

Part 2: In the second half of this clinic we will continue to focus on techniques for building speed and power.  Learn additional training techniques that will allow you to make a breakthrough in your running ability.
Weekly Education Topics include:  Dynamic Strength Training for Runners, Speed Training Techniques, Exercise Physiology, Key Training Principles, Injury Prevention and Nutrition for Optimum Performance. 

Next Session: FALL/WINTER 2014/2015

Times: Thursdays 5:30-7:00pm
Part 1:: October 30th-December 4th, 6-weeks & Video Analysis Saturday November 1st 9:30am-10:00am (Vanier Track this session only)
Location: Comox Recreation Centre, Noel Ave.
Part 2:: January 8-February 12 , 6-weeks
Location: Comox Recreation Centre, Noel Ave.
Prerequisite: Ability to run 8-10K distance or a minimum of 60 speed requirment!
Yoga for Runners Time: 7:05-8:00pm *See details below*


 Winter Yoga for Athletes!
Running & Yoga...the perfect combination.
Complete your fall & winter training runs with a relaxing yoga session designed specifically for athletes with tight muscles!  Lengthen and tone muscles, improve core and postural strength, focus on deep breathing techniques, and enjoy a serene moment in your busy life.  This class is the perfect compliment to any fitness enthusiasts training program.  Runners, bikers, hikers and other adventurers will not want to miss this rejuvinating weekly yoga practice. 
*Option to come for only the Yoga as well.

Next Session: FALL/WINTER 2014/2015

Part 1:: Oct 30-Dec 4th, 6-weeks
Part 2:: Jan 8-Feb 12 6-weeks
Time 7:05-8:00pm
Prerequisite: None!
Instructor: TBA
Location: Comox Recreation Centre, Noel Ave


Friday, September 26, 2014

Videos: Friday Film Fest!

It's baaaaaack!  I know you missed my Film Fest Videos!  I have been busy living my own real life adventures, so I hope you can't blame me for slacking off a bit on the blog.  Have no fear, I have an awesome list of videos to share with you over the coming weeks and months...ideas, adventures and inspiration to get you dreaming, planning and doing:). 

I, for one, am always dreaming and scheming of my next adventure.  The dreaming is just as fun as the doing IMO!  And so, I have created a FB support group for all of us who live to dream, plan and do... Check it out and share your bucket list dreams so we can all dream, plan and do together!

 Beautiful Scotland by John Duncan.
Sit back, relax and let this video take you on a tour of beautiful Scotland.  You may just be adding this magical country to your bucket list...

Beautiful Scotland from John Duncan on Vimeo.

Above Sea Level: Climbing Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya by Miguel Compos Unique video idea that takes you on a climbing journey with friends who appear to be having quite a fun adventure in Africa!  Is Kili on YOUR bucket list?  It's definitely on mine... Thanks again to the Adventure Blog for sharing such great videos!

The North Face: The Explorer
This is an awesome video.  Thank you North Face for creating The Explorer and reminding me of one of my main purposes in this life... Thanks to the Adventure Blog for sharing it!