Busy Race Weekend – WSER100, IRONMAN and BAA10

It was a busy race weekend with Benders racing all over the North America. California, Boston, Quebec and Toronto.

This weekend saw Steve along with Carol and Randall out in sunshine filled California. Lake Tahoe specifically where The Western States Endurance Run was taking place. The Western States Endurance Run is the granddaddy of the all ultra-marathon races. First 100 Miler in North America. Find more info here .

Steve who has been working tirelessly to qualify (multiple 100 mile qualifying races) and with the hope of being selected for this race for the past 5 years. His ticket was finally drawn from the lottery in December along with 368 other people (only 1 of 9 Canadians) to toe the line this past weekend. 

Conditions looked tough even for your most seasoned 100 miler with the first part of the course being still snow covered (It starts at Squaw Valley, which is still open with over 100″ of snow!!) and into the canyons where temperatures were over 40 degrees! Rising temps and rapidly melting snow left the course very muddy and not very runnable. 

Unfortunately Steve did not meet the cutoff timeline after the 30 mile aid-station and was forced to drop from the race. 30 Miles!! Did anyone else manage to run that far this weekend? Amazing work Steve, I’m sure you’ll be back there to get your buckle!


Lorraine and crew headed to Quebec to compete in The Mount Tremblant IRONMAN. As is the tradition it was Lorraine vs. Robert showdown. Lorraine coming out on top this year with 7:50 vs. 8:05. (those times are in hours! wow!)  Talk about a competitive family. Awesome work guys and way to keep it fun.  

After completing the 5k in Boston in April, Michelle B. returned this weekend to compete in the B.A.A 10K. Judging by the post race celebrations it looks like there was a different drink for every kilometer. Now that’s how you celebrate a race! Will she be back in October for the half marathon to complete the trifecta? That’s going to take some serious training…that’s over 21 celebratory drinks! Awesome work Michelle!

Anupam was out crushing another MEC race. This time it was the half. The MEC series are a great series of low-key races with various distances with minimal entry fee all over southern Ontario. A great way to checkout your fitness level. Well done sir!

Did we miss anyone? Be sure to reach out and share your race stories.

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