Support Sean's 100 for the Bruce Trail
When the Trail Fix Relay event was created in 2019, we partnered with the Caledon Hills Club of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, in an effort to support their work maintaining the hundred-plus kilometres of Bruce Trail routes within their region. Our hope was to do more in this our second year, but with the uncertainties surrounding events in the time of COVID-19, most races and race organizers have been forced into survival mode. Many fundraising causes will likewise be feeling the strain.
Despite all this, I'm hoping to draw some good from the current situation, by creating my own personal fundraiser in support of the Bruce Trail. My goal is to run the original Trail Fix racecourse and other sections of the Bruce Trail to the equivalent of 100 miles on October 3rd.
So what - 100 milers are done all the time, right? During this pandemic, some runners have been doing 100 miles in their backyards, on rooftops, or even on treadmills. With the incredible growth in popularity of ultras over the years, the 100 miler for many runners has become a pretty standard bucket list challenge.
But for me, it's the box I just haven't been able to check. I've not yet reached the finish of a 100 mile race.
My ultrarunning career started well enough - with some strong finishes at races in the 100-135km range, and even a couple of wins at some smaller events. But after a disastrous race in Nicaragua were I literally crawled through the final kilometres, things took a turn. My body seemed to start to recognize the signs of a long-distance run, and learned to react by just shutting down. After consecutive failed attempts at 100+ mile races in France, the U.S and here at home, I lost my competitive drive, and began to withdraw from ultrarunning training.
While I still love to run trails, it's mainly just for recreational enjoyment these days - indulging in a few just-for-fun ultras now and again. But the itch of not seeing a personal challenge through is still there, and I look at the very unexpected time on my hands this season as an opportunity to finally scratch it. With your support, I'm confident that I will see that 100-mile finish on October 3rd.
If you are able to, please click on the button below to contribute to my GoFundMe fundraising campaign in support of the Bruce Trail. Thank you!
Founder, Storm Racing