Krista DuChene to sort out her first ultra-trail 100K race

Canadian Olympian and 50K nationwide report holder might have retired from aggressive marathoning, however she’s removed from completed tackling new distances. DuChene lately introduced that she’ll be taking over the Sulphur Springs 100K Path Race on Might 25, 2024. “I’ve heard nice issues about this race for years,” DuChene mentioned on . The runner was inspired by mates whom she credit with serving to her discover her means into ultrarunning and, up to now, guided her towards the Olympics.

The 2024  version of Sulphur Springs Path Race in Ancaster, Ont., wants 100 finishers within the 100K (below 18 hrs) and/or 100 finishers within the 100 miler (below 30 hours) to be granted Qualifier Standing, which is able to permit runners who qualify to earn a lottery ticket for that race. “After listening to the joy concerning the race’s potential to turn into a qualifier, I knew it was the yr,” DuChene mentioned.

DuChene, 46, has an extended and legendary profession in distance operating. Whereas nonetheless competing as an elite masters marathoner, DuChene made the leap into an unofficial in November 2020 (organizers known as it a “supported long term”). DuChene coated the two-lap route (which included 1,200m of climbing) in 5 hours and 4 minutes. Whereas she mentioned she felt good all through the run, DuChene added, “I don’t keep in mind once I final felt this sore.”

Krista Duchene setting the Canadian 50K report in 2021. Photograph: André Morgan

In Might 2021, on the Coolsaet GO 50K in Hamilton, decreasing the mark of three:28:20 (set by Catrin Jones in 2015) by a outstanding six minutes, to complete in 3:22:23.

As she prepares for the 100K distance, DuChene will probably be coaching below the steering of her coach, , who can also be a former Canadian distance elite who has moved into ultra-trail. “I look ahead to studying extra about coaching for and competing on this distance as a coach and athlete,” DuChene says. “I’m most excited to run alongside my closest operating mates with whom I’ve shared 1000’s of kilometres for over 20 years.”

DuChene will probably be commentating through the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 15, and followers can watch freed from cost by way of livestream. The free broadcast on is scheduled to start at 8:00 am ET. The marathon will start at 8:45 a.m. ET.


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