2012 Trail Running Canada Award Winners

Media Release | 2012 Canadian Trail Running Awards

For Immediate Release (January 10 , 2012)

Trail Running Canada and impossible2Possible are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Canadian Trail Running Awards (2012). There were over 50 nominations for four award categories.

 adam Canadian Male Ultra Trail Runner of the Year – Adam Campbell

Adam Campbell from Vancouver, BC had another incredible year on the world ultra running scene, despite reducing his racing schedule due to injury. He began the year with a win at the highly competitive Chuckanut 50km in Fairhaven, Washington, USA. Adam then ramped things up, completing his first 100 miler at the Ultra Trail Mt. Fuji in Japan and placing an impressive second amongst another world class field. He then came back to Canada to win the Arc’teryx Squamish50 21km race in August before heading to San Francisco for The North Face Endurance 50. During one of Adam’s toughest races ever, with cold rain and wet muddy conditions he took a wrong turn with the lead group and still ended up an impressive fourth overall. Adam’s commitment to the trail running community in Canada, combined with his world class results and determination makes him the 2012 Canadian Male Ultra Trail Runner of the Year. Congratulations Adam.

Honourable mention: Scott Garrett for completing twelve 100 milers in 2012. 


 ellie Canadian Female Ultra Trail Runner of the Year – Ellie Greenwood

In 2012 there was only one word to describe soon-to-be Canadian resident Ellie Greenwood – unbeatable. Few people know that it all started in February, with Ellie beating the entire local field at the Frozen Ass 50k. She then followed it up by traveling south of the border to win the Chuckanut 50k followed by American River 50 miler. Greenwood then crushed the course record set by legend Ann Trason in 1994 at the Western States 100 miler by 50 minutes! No rest for the weary, she continued to storm the trail running world with wins at White River 50 mile, Arc’teryx Squamish50 50miler, UROC 100km and JFK 50 miler. The trail running world may never see another year of such dominance on a global stage at such a variety of distances. Ellie’s incredible determination, ability to perform at all distances, lovable personality and ability to encourage and connect with the trail running community makes her the 2012 Canadian Female Ultra Trail Runner of the Year.

Honourable Mentions: Melanie Bos, Abi Moore


 cody Canadian Trail Running Performance of the Year – Cody Gilles

At the beginning of 2012 rumours began to swirl about a young man named Cody with a big goal – to set a new fastest known time (FKT) for the 885km Bruce Trail in Ontario. Few in the ultra running world knew about him and I think few felt he would be able to endure the continued mental and physical toll that such a challenge was sure to pose. Over the course of the year Cody continued to pour in some big training mileage and seemed to have done all the proper planning. In addition he was raising money for a cause dear to his heart, pediatric care at Headwaters Hospital. Cody supported by trail running community in Ontario tackled the tough terrain one day at a time and finally touched the monument in Queenston Heights at the termination of the Bruce Trail with a new fastest known time of 12 days 7 hours and 39 minutes, over a day faster than the old record set back Charlotte Vasarhelyi. Along the way he inspired many runners young and old and a few days after completion he reached his fundraising goal.

Honourable mention: Ellie Greenwood Western States 100 course record

 dave-lise Canadian Trail Running Contributors of the Year – Dave McMahon & Lise Meloche

There are few people that are able to give of oneself  to others and at the same time achieve amazing personal goals. Few great coaches are also great athletes. Dave McMahon and Lise Meloche are just some of those unique people. Dave and Lise organize what may be the largest trail running club in Canada, all the while training as elite masters athletes. Together they have created many helpful trail running resources, including books and DVDs for both beginner and advanced runners. Dave and Lise’s enthusiasm for trail running has made the Ottawa-Gatineau region a hotbed for Canadian trail running. Despite being in the business of coaching, Dave and Lise offer many free trail running clinics, fun runs and advice to beginners and elites alike. They both encourage a lifelong approach to running, exercise and health that is a model for runners everywhere.

Quote from nominee:I cannot imagine there are other people more dedicated and generous in their support and promotion of the sport of trail running….this couple seem to have a bottomless well of energy and resources they freely and enthusiastically share with others….Dave and Lise maintain a rigorous free training program for trail runners that continues into winter with snowshoeing and skiing. The program is for athletes at every level and to run with the group is to feel part of something. The team spirit is strong as is the ‘team’.” ~Geoff Wonnacott

Quote from nominee: “I can’t thank Dave enough for introducing me and so many others to trail running. The thought, effort and the fun that he brings to each of his weekly organized (and free!) trail runs is amazing.” ~Suzanne Ramsay

Honourable Mentions: Jodi Isnor (Nova Scotia), Kamren Farr (Alberta)


Awards: Winners of the awards will receive a professionally custom framed 8×10 photo with text indicating the award and year, a pair of Compressport trail socks and Compressport calf sleeves and other prizes TBA.

Trail Running Canada is Canada’s premiere online media source for trail and ultra running found at www.trailrunner.ca. Trail Running Canada is dedicated to the promotion of trail running in Canada.

The mission of impossible2Possible is to encourage youth to reach beyond their perceived limits, and to use adventure as a medium to educate, inspire and empower our global community to make positive change in the world.

Contact: Jonathan Schmidt, Trail Running Canada | www.trailrunner.ca | run@trailrunner.ca | @trailrunningCan

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