2013 The North Face Trail Ambassadors Announced

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The North Face and Trail Running Canada are proud to announce the 2013 The North Face Canadian Trail Ambassadors.

There was a great response to our second year call for applicants, with many extremely qualified submissions from across the country. The five chosen ambassadors represent a spectrum from record-breaking runners to age-group winners and mid-packers. The North Face and Trail Running Canada are excited about the contribution these ambassadors will make to the Canadian trail running community in 2013. The North Face Canadian trail ambassador initiative represents a significant contribution to the trail running community in Canada. Catch the ambassadors at your local races and be sure to visit www.trailrunner.ca and read our quarterly digital magazine throughout the year.

Stacey Cleveland, Female | Region: British Columbia (Penticton, BC)
Running Accomplishments: 2012 Canadian National Mountain Running Champion, 1st overall 2012 Scorced Sole 50k, 1st overall 2012Elk/Beaver Ultra 50mi, 6th place 2012 Chuckanut 50km
Website: http://staceyontherun.blogspot.ca/
Quote: “Trail running has opened up a whole new world to me. A natural world full of beauty and joy. My feet have led me along trails to hidden places that I never knew existed, yet can be found mere minutes from my house. Away from the noise of busy roads, I seek the deafening tranquility of the outdoors, broken only by a bird’s call or coyote’s howl.”

Calum Neff, Male | Region: Alberta (Cochrane, Alberta)
Website: http://thesoulofmyshoes.blogspot.ca/
Running Accomplishments: 1st – 2012 XTERRA Canadian Trail Championships 20km, 1st – 2012 Rundle’s Revenge 12.5km, 6th – 2012 XTERRA USA Trail Championships 21km
Quote: ” I really fell in love with the trail this year… As a representative of Trail Running Canada and The North Face it will be most important to be heavily involved with the community. Races are for celebrating all the hard work you’ve put in through training, although training far outweighs the races in volume so being involved outside of the events is important too.”

Bob Nicol, Male | Region: Saskatchewan / Manitoba (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Website: http://winnipegbarefootrunners.blogspot.ca/
Running Accomplishments: Completed countless trail races including: 2 legs of The North Face Canadian Death Race barefoot, Swamp Donkey 9 hr adventure run barefoot, Manitoba Trail Ultra 50km, Vulture Bait 50km, Polar Bear Run across Lake Winnipeg
Quote: “First and foremost, I am a trail runner at heart, it allows me to connect back to nature and run for the love of running. I love the intensity and spirituality of running on unforgiving terrain, looking for and finding the trails less travelled and pushing myself to and beyond my limits.”

Kelly Wald, Female |  Region: Ontario (Barrie, ON)
Running Accomplishments: Completed 2012 Limberlost 26km, 2012 Haliburton Forest 28km, 5 Peaks 2012 Rattlesnake Point 12.5km
Website: https://www.facebook.com/kelly.anne.wald
Quote: “It started with one winter trail run, and snowballed into a way of life. I love where I live, outside my house I can run single track trails for hours. The Canadian Shield has a lot to offer in the way of fun experiences spent trail running. This winter a small group of us will be out every Tuesday evening doing a trail run for anyone interested in coming out. It’s tons of fun to share what you love to do with others. I have a keen interest to help raise awareness of trail running in Ontario.

Maxime Lagacé, Male | Region: Quebec & East (Ste-Julie, Quebec)
Running Accomplishments: XTrail Asics Sutton 10k 2010, XTrail Asics Orford 21k 2010, Ultimate XC Mont Tremblant, 58k, 2011, 8th, XTrail Asics Orford 21k 2011 7th, Defi Gerard Cote St-Hyacinthe 15k 2012 4th
Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/maxlagace
Quote: “When I look at athletes like Mike Wolfe or Elizabeth Hawker, I’m inspired by what they have done, what they do and what they aspire to accomplish. So I want to be like them, to inspire people to move, to explore, to try new things, new challenges, to get outside and appreciate what’s already there, in front of us. What’s good is that people are drawn into this sport more and more every year.”

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