Another memorable Actif Epica

Actif Epica is more than an ultra endurance race. It is a celebration of human resilience, of the unique landscape and culture of southern Manitoba, and a call to action– to get outside and have fun. Last year’s edition proved a great success.

After last year’s strong beginning, there was no question about whether we would do it again, and I am once again pleased to report that an incredible time was had by all. On February 16th, 2013, we saw an astounding 29 cyclists and 13 runners attempt to traverse nearly 130km of frozen trail, river open prairie and even a few city streets from St Malo to Winnipeg’s historic Forks, while hundreds of others participated in other celebrations of human resilience with family and friends or at one of several co-actif events.

Thousands of people from across the continent followed our live coverage of the event—something both unexpected and encouraging: we set out to celebrate human resilience, using the sheer will of these amazing racers as inspiration, and it seems that people are up for it.

With racers from as far away as California and Colorado, the warm reception given to us from the communities along the route and the dedication and determination of our many volunteers (nearly as many volunteers as racers!), it’s clear that something special is happening here.

We’ll have a few more reports in the days ahead, together with more photos, official standings and so on, but we wanted to make sure to say thank you right away. On behalf of Ian Hall and the entire organizing committee, we would like to say thank you. Thanks to the volunteers, to our sponsors, to the people who organized co-actif events, to the people who provided moral support and most of all, to the racers. You are an inspiration to us all. Your determination, your ingenuity—your human resilience pushes us all forward. Thank you.

Oh, and if you can’t quite get enough, we’re delighted that CBC Manitoba newsCBC’s The National will be running a story about one Actif Epica runner tonight at eleven ten. Be sure to tune in.

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  1. Haven’t lived in Wpg for 40 years but still get back every year… have run the less-than-well-organized Manitoba Marathon several times as well as a couple of the Manitoba Trails races in Birds Hill Park. Now live in South Florida and in fact ran my 30th+ Half Marathon on Sunday in Daytona Beach which included a start/finish on the famed Nascar track and even a short stretch right on the beach. It was cold for us… just a degree or so above the freezing mark and very windy… but during the whole 13.1 miles I kept thinking about what it would be like to be finishing up the 130 Km Actif Epica. As I shift my racing interest to longer endurance races in my older years (just where did that speed go?), perhaps I can add a future Actif Epica to my running CV. Right now I have Boston on April 15th, the Keys 100 in May… hopefully 13 months later, Comrades in June 2014. Looking forward to reading more about the 2013 Actif Epica and seeing the photos too. Congrats to all participants and organizers. All the Best, RJ Simms

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