Run Wild Vancouver and Ridgeline Athletics present an interactive Speaker Series with expert talks from local athletes, sports professionals, and adventurists.
Get ready for this three evening series of presentations aimed to get your trail stoke high! Join us for one or all three nights of learning with the trail running community. Minimum $10 donation gets you access to all three evenings, with proceeds benefiting BC Search and Rescue.Register for All 3 Evenings
Check out the full schedule of speakers below.
Thursday, May 21st
6:00pm – Ridgeline Athletics
Ridgeline Athletics (@ridgelineath) is a BC based coaching team focusing on trail, mountain, and ultra running. Coaches Eric, Gary, Jeanelle, and Ryan will be having a group discussion on training during the COVID crisis, avoiding overtraining as we transition from spring to summer, and establishing goals when races get cancelled.
We’ll be sure to leave plenty of time for questions at the end!
6:45pm – Alicia Woodside and Tara Berry
Alicia (@funtimes.woodside) is a Squamish based runner with an incurable obsession for old school topo maps, trip planning logistics, and the running dress category. After a few years of running ultras in a very Type-A competitive style on roads and trails for Team Canada, she’s discovered that her biggest passion comes from the long days and nights out exploring wild places.
Tara (@tara.berry.adventures) is a Vancouver based runner with a love for bacon, beer, and the occasional mountain run in a banana or taco costume. She’s run 40 ultra races including the classics like UTMB and Fat Dog, and she’s earned a spot on the podium at many races across the Pacific Northwest. More than races, Tara’s main reason for trail running is for the adventure and exploring beautiful mountains.
Together, they have completed many longer self-supported adventure runs, and have set female fastest known times on some of the most rugged routes around the Coast Mountains. They will be speaking from personal experience about the preparation and logistics that go into planning self supported adventures and FKT attempts.
8:00pm – Anne-Marie Madden
Anne-Marie Madden (@am.madden) is a Canadian trail and road runner and full-time anesthesiologist. A Salomon Team athlete, she’s stood on the podium of races all over the world as well as representing Canada on the Trail World Championships Team.
Anne-Marie will be telling us about a few of the highlights of her racing career, including a few races she highly recommends, as well as talking about the challenges of balancing a full-time career as a physician while training and racing at an elite level.Register for All 3 Evenings
Thursday, May 28th
6:00pm – Jackie Muir
Jackie (@mjmuir) is an accomplished physiotherapist and ultra-distance runner who will be sharing her knowledge on injury prevention and recovery from both a personal and professional perspective.
Jackie decided to run her first marathon on a whim straight out of physio school in 1999. In 2006 her first trail race was the dirty duo 25km after which she said she would never run longer than 25km on trail again. Well, many 50k, 50m, 100km, 100milers and four 200milers later she’s made many mistakes and celebrated many successes. Jackie graduated physio school at Dalhousie University in 1999 and has practiced physio in various locations mainly working in return to work rehab. She is currently working at Back in Motion/Legacies Health Center in North Vancouver and furthering her training in Clinical Pilates and Cancer Rehab.
6:45pm – Hilary Matheson
Hilary (@thehilaryann) is an award-winning outdoor photographer and graphic designer based in Vancouver, BC, though usually found travelling around the world or perched on a mountain somewhere. Also a competitive ultra runner and mountain enthusiast, her endurance training allows her to cover large distances in remote corners of the world with her camera and gear.
Hilary tries to answer, through her photos, the oft-asked question “Why?” – why do people willingly choose to push themselves to the limits of their physical and mental abilities? Her work has been featured on magazine covers and spreads internationally. She is always looking for new ways to continue challenging herself, and to inspire others to do the same.
8:00pm – Pascal Egli
Pascal (@pascalegli) is a Swiss mountain runner and ski mountaineer and PhD candidate, fond of steep and technical races. Pascal discovered sky and trailrunning and won a number of skyraces and verticals across the world. After becoming vice world champion in long distance mountain running in 2017, he won the Skyrunner World Series in 2018 before suffering an injury in the 2019 season.
Pascal’s presentation will introduce you to some of Europe’s most exciting and prestigious skyraces and mountain marathons and describe his experiences running races like Zegama, Dolomyths Run, Tromso Skyrace or Sierre-Zinal.Register for All 3 Evenings
Thursday, June 4th
6:00pm – Jeff Pelletier
Jeff (@jpelletier) is a trail runner and filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. He competes internationally in events from 50km to over 200 miles, and has completed self-supported adventures such as the Wonderland Trail, Sunshine Coast Trail, and Tahoe Rim Trail.
Jeff will share some of the lessons he’s learned along the way, and will share tips about planning and gearing up for lightweight overnight trips in the backcountry. This talk will cover logistics, safety considerations and of course the gear you’ll want to have to prepare for your own fastpacking adventure.
6:45pm – FX Gagnon
FX (@fx_the_guide) is an accomplished Outdoor Guide and Educator, based in Vancouver, BC. He has always felt a strong call of the outdoors, but stronger yet was the call for sharing his passion and experience with others. FX finds great fulfillment being a mentor and inspiring others.
With many years of experience managing an adventure guiding company and being a search and rescue team leader he has learned the importance of risk management, and believes a high standard of safety can be achieved with good planning and by adhering to industry best practices. FX will present on Leadership, Group Adventures and Risk Management in the backcountry.
8:00pm – Caitlin Patterson
Caitlin (@caitlinmpatterson) is an elite cross country skier. She’s a 2018 Olympian with the US Cross Country Ski Team and 11 time US National Champion. Caitlin is also a member of the US Mountain Running Team and competed at the 2017 World Mountain Running Championships where the women won a team gold medal.
She’ll be presenting to us about the trajectory of her career as a professional athlete and how she uses trail running to supplement her XC ski training as well as some of her favourite home trails.
Register for All 3 Evenings
A Zoom link will be shared prior to each event to any registered participants. Talks starts at 6:00pm sharp.