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 !!
From all of us at the ACU
Once again new Canadian Records are being set by amazing athletes.
Congratulations to Bernadette Benson for her most recent performances.
W 50 67.659 km Ts Bernadette BENSON, 50, CAN 15/16JUN 2019 Campbelltown, AUS
42m 72y Ts
W50 127.909 km Ts Bernadette BENSON, 50, CAN 15/16JUN 2019 Campbelltown, AUS
79m 843y Ts
W50 9:07:13 Ts Bernadette BENSON, 50, CAN 15/16JUN 2019 Campbelltown, AUS
W50 15:24:44 Ts Bernadette BENSON, 50, CAN 15/16JUN 2019 Campbelltown, AUS
Awesome, well done !!
The following new Canadian Records have been ratified and accepted:
M60 7:43:57 rl Keith WAKELIN, 60 BC 11MAY2019 Victoria, BC
W75 434.523 km rls Erlinda BIONDIC, 79, ONT 9-19MAY2019 Augusta, NJ
W75 632.472 km rl Erlinda BIONDIC, 79, ONT 9-19MAY2019 Augusta, NJ
M65 22:23:42.4 rl Steve TOMAJKO, 66, ONT 16-17MAR2019 Alcoa, TN
Congratulations to Keith, Erlinda and Steve !!
its is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dave Carver, friend, athlete and all around good guy.
Dave passed away on Sunday May 12th from a tragic accident in London, Ontario.
I was just talking to him a few weeks ago about his return to competition after a couple of years of injuries and surgeries, and his requirements to qualify for the 2019 World 24 Hrs in France. He was looking forward to be on the team again to represent Canada on the world stage.
Beside holding the M50 Canadian Records at the 100 Mile, 6 Hrs, 12 Hrs and 24 Hrs distance, he represented Canada at the World 24 Hrs 2012, 2013 and 2015 always proud of wearing his Canada uniform. He is the type of guy that always had time to cheer you up even when he had a bad day.
An ambassador to our sport, a great athlete, awesome Race Director of the That Dam Hill race weekend, a family man and great friend, you will be missed.
Our deepest sympathies goes to family and friend in this difficult time, from the running community.
You made the TEAM, Dave, you will be with us in spirit in France in October, that one is for you.
Rest in Peace my friend !!
We are very pleased to announce that the 2019 IAU 100 km Americas Championships was granted to Bertioga, Brazil.
The Championships will take place on 27th July 2019.
The selection of the athletes that will represent Canada will take place shortly following the last qualifier date of April 15th 2019.
The selection will be based on the 100 km performances posted in 2017, 2018 and up to 15th April 2019.
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 100K"
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!
We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and have some great 2019 running plans in the works!
Just an update regarding the selection for the 2019 National Trail Team:
4 of the 6 spots will be named on January 31st. We had 1 male spot and 1 female spot claimed at the UTHC 65km auto qualifier back in September.
We will be using the Chuckanut 50km on March 16th, 2019 in Bellingham, Washington as an opportunity for a final auto qualifier.
The event is sold out, HOWEVER, if you are interested in competing and attempting to garner a spot on Team Canada for 2019 you are still able to get into the event. You need to contact myself (Ryne) and NOT THE RACE DIRECTOR. I will liaise the entry process on behalf of the event. You will still need to pay the entry fee ($95USD plus taxes) but will be given a code to bypass the waitlist and get into the event.
The criteria to gain an auto spot on the 2019 team we be: 1st Canadian Male under 3h55m and 1st Canadian Female under 4h25m. If someone who is already on the team named Jan 31st tops the Chuckanut results the spot will roll down as long as the time barrier is still achieved.
Any questions please don't hesitate to ask -
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