In ultramarathoning efficiency and regulation is key. The main reason why many ultra runners continually go back to short (400m – 2km) loop courses is simple, your aid station is never too far away and the athletes need not carry extra gear, fuel, water, or pack. This added conveinence, even though it appears small, maximizes the athletes potential to rack up monster mileage and stay on top of potential issues. This is why we see vast discrepancies between large looping or point to point courses and short courses, sometimes even up to 5 hours in a 100 mile race.
When this bright idea of running across Canada came about just under 2 years ago (when I was recovering from MitoTreadmill) I got thinking about the logistics of what a TransCanadian speed record attempt would look like. The first thing that came to my mind was an RV. An RV is a perfect travelling aid station equipped with more than enough space to have anything you would ever need. It’s got a fridge to store cool drinks, freezer to store ice, power to charge electronics, we are even rigging up a 20W speaker system on the outside blasting Tragically Hip as I cruise down Hwy 1. Ultra running legend Wayne Gaudet and his amazing wife Trish will be driving and crewing 4-5 days per week. Wayne and Trish have gobs of experience in events like this and I feel I’m in very capable hands. Sharon, my love, will be crewing the other 2-3 days per week and needless to say she has successfully “managed” me many many times before. My only concern is Wayne’s singing voice as our 20W speaker has a mic that extends into the cab and knowing Wayne he won’t hold back when Sweet Home Alabama comes on.
When we reached out to potential sponsors almost a year ago, Fraserway RV was one of the first major sponsors to express interest. Their exemplary track record in the RV rental industry alongside their reliable and quality fleet of RVs made it a perfect fit to partner with Outrun Rare. Thank you Fraserway RV for supporting the Rare Disease Foundation and sharing Outrun Rare’s vision.