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Alex

Alex Lea

Runner, Number Cruncher, Sommelier Alex loves to run: trails, mountains, dreamy seawall mornings. She’s made a lot of impulsive run choices, and they have turned out better than she ever thought possible. After getting to know Alex follow her exploits here:

Website: alex-poorlifechoices.blogspot.ca/

Twitter: twitter.com/alexlifechoices

 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Getting up at 3am and running through a volcano crater at sunrise

 

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Emily Dickinson – she was too scared to leave her house, and struggled with depression. Despite this, she got up and did what she loved – writing. Her poetry is beautiful and unnerving. She didn’t have an outer world, so she made her inner world rich, unsettling, and timeless.

 

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Selfishness. Running is a mix of letting go and ego, and I hate when the ego overrides the letting go.

 

What is the trait you most admire in others?

Empathy and lightness

 

What is your favourite cheat meal?

Is wine a meal?

 

What has sport taught you that you didn’t know about yourself?

My head can be my greatest strength or biggest enemy – I have the power to do so much more than I believe is physically possible. The flipside is that I can spiral and defeat myself before I even start, sometimes.

 

What song plays during your life’s closing credits?

“Suzanne” by Leonard Cohen (“you know that she’s half crazy / and that’s why you want to be there…”)

 

Who are your heroes in real life?

My dad, who ran a 4:20 marathon nine months after his surgery for prostate cancer.

 

What is that that you most dislike?

Usually disliking things says more about myself than the things.

 

What race / running route / hike / trail would you recommend?

Running Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim (40k, 1750m elevation) , running Comfortably Numb trail in Whistler (25k, 1500m-ish elevation), and running through Haleakala Crater on Maui (20k, 600m elevation).

 

What one event / race / trail do you want to do before you die?

…Western States? Oh god I said it.

Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson

Ultra Runner, Coureurs de Bois, RMT, Photographer Matt’s passion for health and wellness came long before launching his career as an RMT.  An elite level volleyball player, Matt rekindled his passion for the health sciences through trail running.  Having competed now for more than 4 years in trail events across North America, covering race distances of 10km to 80km Matt has gained a deep understanding and appreciation for the needs of endurance athletes and their bodies.

 

What is your idea of perfect happiness? 

Spending time with my Family and Friends at my cottage in Ontario’s cottage country

 

What is your greatest fear?

Being injured and alone in the wilderness.

 

Which historical figure do you most identify with? 

A group of young men in the mid 1800’s called ‘Overlanders’  They did a 3500km journey from eastern Canada to the Caribou region of BC in search of adventure wealth and prosperity.  Some made it some turn back and some died on the way, I would like to think I could have made it!

 

What is the trait you most admire in others? 

Patience.

 

What is your greatest extravagance? 

My outdoor gear collection.

 

What is your favourite cheat meal? 

A pound of bacon covered in maple syrup.

 

What song is first on your race day playlist?

The Birth and Death of the Day by Explosions in the Sky.

 

What song plays during your life’s closing credits?  

The Gael from Last of the Mohicans soundtrack.

 

What is your most treasured possession? 

My photo collection.

 

Who are your heroes in real life?  

WWII Veterans.  (WWI as well but unfortunately none are with us any longer)

 

What race / running route / hike / trail would you recommend?

Trails anywhere in Wells Grey Provincial Park.

 

What one event / race / trail do you want to do before you die?

Bear 100.

 

What is your motto?

‘Go while the going is good!’

Sarah Jamieson

Sarah Jamieson

Ultra Runner, Philanthropist, Survivor Sarah Jamieson packs a punch. She’s philanthropic crusading dynamo with more km’s on her feet than most people could ever imagine. Sarah has been featured on the cover of the Georgia Straight, spoken at TedX Kids @ BC and FEAT Canada. Here we get to know what’s helping drive Sarah to raise $1 million for various charities by her 35th birthday.

 

What is your greatest fear?

Mass Societal Apathy.

 

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Nelson Mandela, hands down.

 

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I do not trust easily; therefore, I find I judge or look for ulterior motives.

 

What is your greatest extravagance?

I purchase new running shoes every 5 months.

 

What is your favourite cheat meal?

My favorite cheat meal would be a toss-up between a gluten free burger, yam fries and a beer or a good plate of Italian pasta with spicy meat sauce and a good glass of pinot noir.

 

What has sport taught you that you didn’t know about yourself?

Strength and courage. I am fearless with an unwavering tenacity.

 

What song is first on your race day playlist?

The Dark Knight “Rise” Soundtrack.

 

What song plays during your closing credits?

The Muppets soundtrack with beaker running across the screen after the credits….”meep meep.”

 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement has been the ability to accept my experiences, process them and learn from the have shaped every trial and tribulation throughout my evolutionary process of how I define my human potential. To be able to stand in front of hundreds of people and say I am survivor of child abuse, I am survivor of sexual assault, I have survived my mother’s own passing of suicide, allows me the opportunity to not only heal, but to speak from a place of experience when I counsel others that they too can move forward and live a life full of acceptance, love and personal excellence.

 

What race / running route / hike / trail would you recommend?

Noosa Beach National Park, Australia- it is awe inspiring, life changing and the epitome of awesomeness.

 

What is your motto?

Own It. … nuff said.

Kelly W

Kelly Wong

Runner, Father, Friend Kelly is currently the Group CFO of Kinh Do Corporation (KDC).  He began running in 2012 deciding that the humid streets of Vietnam were a better training ground than the trails of Vancouver. He’s currently rocking Newtons and Pearl Izumi. A close friend of mine, Kelly and his family gave me a great place to relax after completing Racing the Planet: Nepal. Get to know a little about Kelly through the iRunAmok Questionnaire and follow him on Twitter at @kellyyhwong and instragram at @kyhwong – running in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is a bit of an adventure!

 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Standing on a mountain top in perfect silence and watching the lights turn on/go out.

 

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

JFK

 

Which living person do you most admire?

My father – his ability to keep on trying and trying is amazing.

 

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My ability to jump to conclusions almost instantaneously.

 

What is the trait you most admire in others?

Their ability to listen.

 

What is your favourite cheat meal?

Burger King (Yes its now conveniently available in Vietnam).

 

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Would probably have skipped the 15 years I spent smoking.

 

What song is first on your race day playlist?

Linkin Park – Iridescent

 

What song plays during your life’s closing credits?

Flo Rida – Whistle

 

What is your most treasured possession?

1945 Chinese (Now Taiwan) World War II war bond from my Grandfather

 

Who are your heroes in real life?

My dad and my grandfather, they faced 3 wars (2 world and 1 civil), moved to a bunch of different countries and managed to land us in Vancouver, Canada.  That’s luck and perseverance.

 

What one event / race / trail do you want to do before you die?

Kilimanjaro.

 

What is your motto?

Its never too late to change your life (again, and again).