Dear members of our ultrarunning community,
with the relentless progression of the COVID-19 virus across the country and around the world, most of us are left with minimum options with regards to the upcoming running season.
Many if not all scheduled events are now cancelled or postponed until at least July and it does not look good for the Fall with a possible second wave of the pandemic.
The ACU takes this situation very seriously and the safety of our athletes/officials/support crew and members is our main priority.
A few weeks ago we had declined the invitation to send the National Team to the Americas 24 Hrs Championships in May, in Argentina. Shortly after the IAU announced that the Championship was postponed.
This morning (April 4th) the IAU has announced the cancellation of the World 100K Championships which was scheduled for Sep 12th 2020 in The Netherlands.
On the National level, all events that are part of the ACU National Championships Series up to July are cancelled or postponed.
Many will find themselves in financial uncertainty, several other are unable to train in a community setting due to the restrictions in place. The situation varies from region to region but in essence the conditions are very restrictive throughout the world.
Please take this time to stay safe and look after your family by respecting your local recommendations. Our borders might be closed right now, social distancing might seem what is pulling us apart but in the end all of this is what will bring us closer together.
We are all in this together, ultrarunners are a tough bunch, lets do our part. WE GOT THIS
COVID-19 National Team 24 Hrs Americas Championships
Due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus around the world, the invitation to participate to the Americas 24 Hrs Championships in Argentina, has been declined.
The safety of our athletes, officials and support crew is paramount and is not taken lightly.
The latest advisory from the Canadian Government is to avoid unecessary travel outside Canada and because of the possible closure of many countrie's borders, the decision was made to decline Canada's participation.
Another factor to consider, is that no travel insurance can be purchse until the crisis is over.
The IAU is monitoring closely the situation and will be announcing in due time the decision to cancell or postpone the World 100km coming up in September as well as the World 50km in November.
Many people are indifferent to the crisis and figured that if they get the virus, they will get over it. That might be true for those that are fit but it is those that they will transmit the virus to that are at risk.
It is everyone's responsability to do their part to avoid the spread of this virus therefore try to follow the guidelines provided by the Health organizations.
We will keep you invormed as soon as the information becomes available
In the meantime be safe and lets do our part.
Yours in sport
ACU Elections of the Executive 2020
Dear ACU Members and members of the running community,
The last 10 years have been outstanding for the ACU. Ultrarunning has taken the athletics world by storm and the recognition of the sport in the international arena has increased tremendously.
There has been an increase in the number of ultrarunning races around the world and in the IAU-endorsed world events on an annual basis.
The ACU has been delegated the sole governance of ultrarunning from Athletics Canada since 2010 and is now the sole association responsible for managing ultrarunning at a national level in Canada. Amongst its many responsibilities, the association is responsible for coordinating the national race series and selecting athletes representing Canada at the world and continental championships events as well as maintaining National Records.
The Executive is coming to the end of their elected term and it is time for National elections.
Armand Leblanc, Nadeem Khan and Joe Huising have provided outstanding leadership and commitment during these formidable years and have put Canada on the ultrarunning map. On behalf of the ACU members and the National teams, we thank them for their hard work.
Follow this link for the English version of the positions opened and their responsabilities: Letter to the memberships and running community
Suivez ce lien pour la version Francaise des positions ouvertes et leurs responsabilitées: Lettre aux membres et à la communauté de coureurs
It is your association and it is yours to be involved in !!
As we are approaching the new running season, the threat of the Covid 19 is on everyone's mind
We are also approaching the National Team Selection 2020 for the upcoming 100K, 50K World Championships and Continental 24 Hrs Championships.
During the annual meeting of the International Association Ultramarathon (IAU) in Athens 2 weeks ago, the COVID 19 virus and its implication on the World 100km Championships coming up in Sept in Holland and the 50km in Nov in Jordan, was discussed.
Also coming up in May is the Continental 24 Hrs Championships in Argentina.
So far everything is on track and they are following closely the recommendation of the WHO and IAAF before making any announcement of cancellation.
They are making every effort to announce cancellation (if necessary) early enough to make sure athletes and officials are safe.
That being said, we are putting on hold making any reservations at the moment because if cancelled, none of our bookings will be covered by travel insurance if it is cancelled or postponed.
As soon as a decision is made, it will be posted on the ACU web site as well as the ACU Facebook page.
More to follow...
ACU Athletes of the Year 2019
With the 2020 season on its way, it is now time to reflect on the achievements and performances through our running community and name the 2019 Athletes of the Year, Man and Women.
The ACU will be accepting nominations until Feb 29th 2020 so please ensure applications are completed and sent in as soon as possible.
Application can be found at the following address http:
Nominations are based not only on performances, but also on participation, promotion of ultrarunning and involvement in the running community.
Americas Continental Championships 2020
We are very pleased to announce that the 2020 IAU 24 Hrs Americas Championships was granted to Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina.
The Championships will take place on 16-17th May 2020.
The selection of the athletes that will represent Canada will take place shortly following the last qualifier date of February 15th 2020.
The selection will be based on the 24 Hrs performances posted in 2018, 2019 and up to 15th February 2020.
Qualifying standards are the same as for the World Championships and are posted on the ACU web site under the "National Team", "World Championships" and "Selection 24 Hrs"
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!
Membership fees increase for 2020
we are now entering in a new year of excitement in the ultrarunning community. Looking at all the achievements of 2019, I am sure that 2020 won't disappoint.
In the last year, we reviewed the overall state of the ACU, focusing on the administration, promotion and better ways to reach out to our ultrarunning community.
We implemented new policies, Social Medias and recruited new committee members who are eager to help developping and promoting our sport across the country and abroad.
Like any other businesses, changes comes with a cost. The ACU's main revenues are memberships, National Championships Series and donations.
Membership fees have been set at $30 a year for the last 20 years so I think it is time to adjust to the present.
Starting February 1st 2020, the annual membership will be raised to $40 a year with a 2 years option for $80.
This small increase will make a huge difference, especially with regards to shipping and purchasing of awards.
Here is a small overview of how you membership money is used:
Membership fees includes:
- ACU patch
- membership card
- Discount on personal coaching (see link on ACU home page)
- Discount on any products advertised on the ACU web site (when available)
What is your membership money used for:
- Web site hosting, maintenance and administration fees
- Awards production and shipping fees (Series events winners, overall winners, Athletes of the Year and Canadian Records)
- National Teams uniform shipping
- National Teams Athletes/Officials financial support to represent Canada at World Championships.
Other services provided to our members by the ACU team of volunteers:
- National Ranking list (with over 8000 results posted yearly)
- Canadian records (application verified as per IAAF Rules and ratified)
- Selection of athletes to represent Canada at the various World Championships
- Selection of athletes to represent Canada at the various Continental Americas Championships
- Voice between the National Federation (ACU) and the International Federation (IAU)
- National Championships Series calendar of events
As you can see, many points to cover annually.
On this note I encourage you to join or renew before the increase on February 1st 2020.
Yours in Sport
The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual so join us and lets grow together !!
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