RACE ANNOUNCEMENT

About ULTRA520K CANADA

This is an Invitation Only event. Applications will be accepted up to and including May 1st of the event year. Organizers will select
and invite 30(thirty) athletes on a first come, first served basis as the applications are received (don’t delay) and if otherwise qualified.
Additional slots up to a total of 35 (Thirty-five) may be considered if demand and circumstances warrant.

Application Process – 2018 Final Year

Due to what has become an unexpected and overwhelming interest in the final event for Ultra520K Canada, we are opening the Application Process immediately in an effort to manage the demand and hopefully get as many athletes to complete the event either in 2017 or 2018. It appears at this time that 2018 is likely to sell out and we will need to direct some applicants to 2017 if they are to take on the challenge of Ultra520K Canada. With that in mind please read the rest of the Application Kit and then submit your Application as soon as possible.
There are still lots of spaces available for 2017. There is no guarantee of an available space in 2018.

The ULTRA520K CANADA 2017 Application Information Kit and 2018 Application Information Kit will contain all the information necessary to apply for an invitation to participate in this unique event. Please note: to receive notification of application you must join one of the social media groups Facebook or Twitter.

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If you have additional questions about registration and acceptance after reviewing the Application Information Kit,
please email info@ultra520kcanada.com.

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PRESS RELEASE

ULTRA520K CANADA ANNOUNCES FINAL RACES

Penticton, BC – Steve Brown Founder and Race Director of Ultra520K Canada has announced, the event will only run for the next two years 2017 and 2018. “This has not been an easy decision, however after considering this move and consulting with my family over Christmas time, I finally came to the conclusion that the time had come to move onto retirement”, Steve said. “I’m not getting any younger and I have been presented with the opportunity to spend more time travelling and enjoying time with my family.”

“I also wanted to be fair to the athletes that have been so wonderful to work with over the years and to give those people that have said “I will do this one day” that final opportunity to do just that. It is kind of a now or never situation. We have places available for 2017 and for those that feel they need another year to get ready then 2018 will be that final date. We also recognize that our qualifications have often delayed people in taking that leap of faith in terms of signing up. We are announcing that we will waive the need for the qualifying race and time, however we still need to see a racing resume in order to make sure that someone doesn’t jump in that is clearly under qualified. The event is still by “Invitation Only”, we are just relaxing the entry qualifications for these last two events.”

For athletes we still offer the same quality event they have come to expect at the previous Ultra520K Canada Events with no change to course or atmosphere of fellowship and goodwill amongst those that participate.

For more information please contact Steve Brown at (250) 809 – 1798.

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What one of our athletes had to say!

“I am not sure why this has taken me this long to write but I think it might have to do with the fact that I have been on such a high from the event that I am finally coming back to reality.

I just wanted to send you an email to say THANK U.  Like I said, I have been in this sport for 18 years and have achieved some pretty cool things which i thought couldn’t be topped. I have raced professionally, been to Kona, won some races but NOTHING can compare to the 3 days I had during the 520k.  It allowed me to go back to the reason I started doing triathlons many years ago.  The weekend wasn’t about if I was going to win or how fast I was going to go, but if I was going to finish.

The atmosphere that was created is like no other and your speech during day 1, like I mentioned, really hit home for me.  I feel like this is just the beginning for me in this ultra world and I am excited!  I truly believe I found a new tri “family” and that is thanks to you.
I wish I could come back next year but I signed up for Ironman Lake Placid before I left not knowing how much I would fall in love with the race and it is the weekend before.

Basically what I am trying to say is THANK YOU!!!!!  Being part of the 520K Canada has been amazing and renewed my love for the sport :)”

~ Suzy Serpico

Calling All Ultra-distance Competitors!

The January 31st deadline for 2016 ULTRA520K Canada applications is imminent…yup, less than 3 weeks away!

We still have slots available so now’s the time to grab your spot. Don’t delay…take the opportunity to register now.

For American and British ultra-distance triathletes considering racing internationally in 2016, Canada’s the place to be. With the low Canadian $ we’re talking big savings for anything bought in Canadian currency.

Use the converter below to convert Ultra520K Canada race fees of $1995CAD and see for yourself how fantastic the exchange rate currently is.

http://www.bankofcanada.ca/rates/exchange/daily-converter/

Applications received after January 31st will only be considered IF there are any slots available. Don’t miss out – apply today!

2016 Application Information Kit and Application/Registration.

Registration deadline for 2016 ULTRA520K Canada approaching fast!

Amazing Opportunity to Secure an ULTRA520K Canada Qualifying Slot

We still have slots available at this time for 2016 ULTRA520K Canada, but the January 31st deadline is just around the corner.

For American ultra-distance triathletes considering racing outside the US in 2016, Canada’s the place to be. With the low Canadian $ we’re talking up to 30% for anything bought in Canadian currency.

Race fees of $1995CAD convert to savings of over $500 today! Use the converter below to experiment with the numbers and see for yourself how good the exchange rate currently is.

http://www.bankofcanada.ca/rates/exchange/daily-converter/

Secure your ULTRA520K Canada slot. Fill in an application form today!

Looking for gift ideas?

The Christmas shopping season is suddenly upon us!

To give the gift of running & adventure this year drop by Peach City Runners & Adventure Sports for lots of great gift ideas. There’s something for all those special runners, triathletes and even Nordic skiers on your list this holiday season.

In fact, if you have a Nordic skier on your gift list now’s the perfect time to shop. We are currently clearing out of all of our Nordic ski equipment (including rentals) and have everything marked down at least 40%. We won’t be bringing in any new stock so come in now before it’s all gone!

If you want to make giving a gift a little more personal this year, try a gift card! The PCRAS Gift & Rewards Card replaces our old gift certificates and can be value-loaded with any amount from a minimum of $20.

Learn more about our gift card program:

http://peachcityrunners.com/gift-reward-cards/

Have a peaceful & happy holiday season!

Ultra520K Canada Applications – Jan 31st Deadline

The January 31, 2016 Ultra520K Canada application deadline is not all that far away…yep, less than 2 months already!

Applications received after January 31st will only be considered IF there are any slots available.

If you’re one of those rare folks contemplating testing your mental, physical, and spiritual boundaries on the extraordinarily challenging and breathtakingly stunning Ultra520K Canada course, now’s the time to get that 2016 application in!

In fact, we already have 15 entrants so getting your application in as soon as possible is the best chance of getting a slot!

Click here for the 2016 Application Information Kit and Application/Registration.

The Runner’s High

The Runner’s High: every runner has heard of it. Some call it myth, some have experienced it and believe it, and some swear it’s the only reason they run.

What is it anyway?

The Runner’s High has been described as a feeling of euphoria while running. According to Scientific America this is sometimes coupled with reduced anxiety and a lessened ability to feel pain. For decades, scientists have associated this phenomenon with an increased level in the blood of beta-endorphins, opioid peptides, thought to elevate mood. There are also claims that the brain’s endocannabinoid system—the same one affected by marijuana’s THC—may also play a role in producing Runner’s High.

Here in Canada we know EXACTLY what produces the Runner’s High.

The Canadian guide to politeness while running demands that all those encountered on any given training run will be met with the traditional “hi”. So the Runner’s High is actually a lack of oxygen to the brain produced by constantly saying hi to passersby while running!

As a Canadian runner one might literally pass a couple of hundred joggers on the pathway on a nice sunny day. While in an oxygen depleted state of exertion this extra effort to confront fellow runners and general citizenry can lead to cerebral hypoxia causing a feeling of light headedness or euphoria, thus…the Runner’s High!

In our research material we set out to discover just that…view our video below.

Listen to Your Body & Enjoy Your Sport Free of Pain

A race is a celebration of your training so heaven knows the last thing an endurance runner or triathlete wants to miss is a race, especially after so much heart, soul, dedication, not to mention time, have been invested. The key – avoiding and overcoming running injuries.

Endurance athletes alternate periods of intensive physical training with periods of rest and recovery. An imbalance caused by overly intensive training and inadequate recovery, can result in overuse, and ultimately, the dreaded running-related injuries.

While all runners are unique, two common running problem/injury-prone areas are the knee and the illiotibial band (or IT band).

The Knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome)

The primary symptoms of a knee injury are PAIN along the medial (inner) aspect of the kneecap or just below the kneecap when climbing or descending stairs or hills, can be worse after prolonged sitting with knees flexed and at times the knee may want to “catch” or feel like it wants to “give out”.

Stretching, strengthening and supporting along with ICE and REST have been found to be the simplest and most effective treatment for these injuries.

1. Stretching of the hamstring, quad, calf and IT band will help to decrease pressure at the kneecap.

2. Strengthening of the quad will help the kneecap to glide more correctly through the groove at the knee joint.

3. Supporting the foot with proper shoes and insoles, can prevent or help to eliminate the vast majority of lower leg problems due to faulty bio-mechanics.

The Illiotibial Band (IT Band)

The primary symptoms of an IT band (fibrous band that spans from the hip to the shin that lends stability to the knee) injury is PAIN in the lateral knee exacerbated by running. May also be aggravated by prolonged hill running, running on a slanted road shoulder.

The IT band can be rested, iced, compressed and elevated (RICE) to reduce pain and inflammation, followed by stretching. Using a foam roller will help to loosen the IT band. Ultrasound and electrode stimulation can be used around the area to relax it. This can result in more comfort and/or a wider range of motion.

Healthy training and gear practices will help runners avoid injury, but if you do find yourself to be one of those running lovers who has a tendency to ignore the signs, you may not only find yourself missing your scheduled workouts, but on the sidelines cheering on your would-be competitors!

Experience should make you wiser about injury avoidance and the importance of strengthening your weaknesses. If you’ve fallen victim to one of the two injuries mentioned above, the upcoming off-season is the perfect time to give yourself some TLC and get the rest and therapy your body needs so that you’re ready to go when the new season rolls around.

Be smart. Listen to your body and enjoy your sport free of pain.

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