I ran my first ever ultra in Squamish at the Stormy 67 km in 2004 and my first ever 100-miler was the Stormy 100 in 2008. I resided in Squamish for three full years, and had always dreamed of designing a truly spectacular course that would encompass all that Squamish has to offer. Having worked with such reputable organizations as The MOMAR, 5 Peaks, Run The North Shore, and Red Bull Divide & Conquer, I was thrilled to finally bring a long-standing personal vision of a Squamish 50-miler to life in 2012. I have been thrilled with the success we’ve achieved since then and am continually committed to improving the overall race experience for all involved, whether they are volunteers, runners, crew, or spectators.
I’ve been a regular runner since the 80’s, an avid adventure racer since 1999, and the owner and Race Director of Frontier Adventure Sports & Training (FAST) since 2002. I’ve been lucky enough to have raced across Canada and through much of the world, in sports ranging from trail running, mountain biking, snowshoeing and adventure racing. Now as one-half of Ridgeline Events, I’m constantly inspired by the incredible trail running community at our events.
Racer Relations & Communications
Elaine has been an integral part of the Squamish 50 for a few years now, although she’s no stranger to the race having ran the 50k several times as well as being a regular volunteer. She loves the running community and we love having her as part of this team.
Gareth answered the call in 2017 to join the Squamish50 crew as Volunteer Coordinator. We told him it would be a moderate amount of email and a sleepless weekend in August. We might have undersold it – he ‘says’ he sent / received over 3000 emails last year for Squamish, and he can’t wait to do it all over again this year.
Graphic & Web Design
Paps has been with us from the beginning, answering the call when we first asked if he would be interested in putting together a logo for a rebranded revival of the old Stormy race. Paps is more of a road runner these days, and just achieved his 50th marathon on his 50th birthday this year, but he’s a multiple-time finisher of the Squamish 50, a 3-time winner of the Club Fat Ass New Year’s Day 50k and is the proud owner of a couple of Western States buckles.
HQ & Logistics
As 1/2 of our HQ / Logistics team, Taylor is the poster boy for cool, calm and organized as he juggles all the logistics of this crazy weekend and help keep the whole thing on the rails, down to the right number of pickles at each Aid Station.
HQ & Logistics
Arnault is from France and comes to us after four years of organizing adventure races in Vietnam. He found his own love of trail running and ultra races after moving to Squamish, which stoked his already strong passion for the outdoors. He has been a great addition to the team, helping take our logistics, course management and overall energy to new heights.
John has been involved with over 300 adventure racing events, first finding one in 2002. He now finds his time on the mic as the emcee for many races in BC and is proud to be a part of Squamish 50 since it’s very first start line in 2012. He looks forward to spending time each year with this great team, volunteers, and racers.
In-between her endless global travels, mostly to run or support someone at an ultra, Sonia finds time to coordinate volunteers at our CMTS events, keep the SQ50 team fed with incredible baking, and bring a sense of calm and good cheer to whatever event she’s at!
Logistics and Start/Finish Coordinator
Wing is a reformed city slicker who now enjoys running trails and bagging peaks on Vancouver’s North Shore. Between a full time “day job”, parenting, volunteering, and training for ultras, Wing knew he had to make some sacrifices, so he no longer cleans his house.
North Vancouver based outdoor adventure and lifestyle photographer. Ruggedly handsome and immensely funny.😉
Sasha ran her first ever ultra in Squamish in the Stormy 67km in 2004 and was hooked. She and Gary have been friends ever since.
Mr. Handsome and Funny above also ran that 67km in 2004, and now they’re married. There’s something special about these Squamish trails.