- Sep 16, 2021 5:00 pm
To all Athletes and members of the ultrarunning community.
With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic sutuation, a very limited number of venues have been available to qualify for the National Team or to compete in general.
We are now starting to see more events being able to go ahead with their annual schedule depanding on the advisory of their Provincial Health Organization.
We received numerous inquiries about the National Championships and the announcement went out a few months ago referring to the cancellation of all Championships for 2021.
The same announcement came from the International Association of Ultamarathon (IAU) stating that all World Championships were cancelled or posponed for 2021.
At the moment, if the Covid-19 situation gets under control, we might start getting back to some type of normal in 2022 but it will all depends on the Provincial, National and International Health Organizations guidance.
We understand the concerns about athletes looking at qualifying for the National Teams or maintaiming their current qualifications. Selection is based on registered performances set 2 years prior and up to 3 months before the current World Championships.
For 2022, we will be looking at 2020, 2021 and up to 3 months before the next World Championships. The limited venues available during that period is a knowed issue and we will be coming up with an announcement once the situation improves.
The main selection tool used for selection is the ACU Rankings list. A reminder that while we are trying to list every performances set by Canadians around the globe, it is up to each invividual to make sure their results are posted, especially for Canadians living or competing abroad.
If your results are not posted, please contact the ACU National Rankings Statistician.
The ACU Rankings list is up to date as of Jul 31st 2021. Despite the pandemic, Canadians posted 494 performances in 2020 and 1342 in 2021 so far.
Those recent results produced 11 new Canadian records in 2020-21 plus 2 more pending ratification.
Ultrarunners are very resilient individuals who always find a way to keep up their fitness level
Well done to all, stay healthy and be safe out there, we got this !!
National Team Manager