The Association of Canadian Ultra Runners Names National Team for 2011
by Carolyn Smith
(Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Every year, there are over a thousand ultra races around the world, with more than a hundred thousand participating ultra runners. With 27 years of involvement in the ultramarathon running world, the International Association of Ultrarunners organizes four major events each year, commemorating not only its winners, but all of the ultramarathoners selected to participate in the run.
This year, a highly qualified group of Canadian men and women have been selected to participate in one of the largest IAU events, each competitively selected based on their outstanding performances in this extreme sport over the last two years.
National Team for 2011
The Association of Canadian Ultra Runners has named the National Team for 2011 that will represent Canada at the World 50 Mile Trail Championships, to be held in Connemara National Park on the west coast of Ireland on July 9th, 2011.
This impressive team is comprised of six men and six women who will represent Canada from coast to coast in the Canadian Delegation of Ireland:
Men's & Women's team members:
- Ryne Melchner - Denise McHale
- Jason Loutitt - Jude Ultra
- Glen Redpath - Jackie Muir
- Adam Hill - Laurie McGrath
- Tim Wiens - Tracy Gameau
- Andy Nicol - Lisa Leskien
the first National Team nomination for Jackie Muir, who is a physiotherapist in Vancouver B.C., and a member of the Kintec/HOKA Race Team (www.kintec.net).
With over twelve years of running experience, Jackie first discovered her love for the sport in the simplicity of putting on a pair of shoes and going where her feet would take her. Jackie enjoys running both as a way to explore when traveling and to keep her striving towards her goals. Her accomplishments have lead her to qualify for the international ultrarun back in April, at the Mount Si 50 miler in Snoqualmie, Washington.
This will be her first time representing Canada at the World Championships, qualifying at the 2010 Mount Si 50 mile race with a 7 hours, 40 minutes race time.
As part of the Kintec/HOKA Race Team, Jackie was selected based on her role in the running community, being a good ambassador and educator of the sport. Her Kintec/HOKA Race Team shares numerous podium finishes and race completions of varying distances. While she isn't training for her international race in Ireland, Jackie and her team will be knocking off events such as the Boston Marathon, Western States 100-miler, Wasatch Front 100-miler, and many more.
To learn more about the Kintec/HOKA Race Team, visit www.kintec.net.