Campaign updates!

My WTM race blog has been moved to here.

November 20, 2012

Hey everyone, the race is complete! I’ll be writing up a more substantial entry describing the whole race experience (which was incredible), but for the time being I’ve added this stuff to bring you up to speed with how it went.

First, here’s a map of the WTM 2012 10-mile course. Each lap included a potential extra quarter mile of running if you failed to complete the obstacle.

Next, here are the overall results of the race (I finished 12th overall and 10th in the men’s division):

And here are my individual stats:

Finally, here’s a little summary of those results as well as some interesting additional stats about my race:

  • Laps completed: 7
  • Time raced: 26 hours, 23 minutes, 41 seconds
  • Placement:
    • Top Canadian, out of 180 competitors
    • 5th out of 244 males in age group
    • 10th out of 1019 male competitors
    • 12th out of 1097 total competitors
    • Placement after each lap: 117th, 125th, 67th, 42rd, 38th, 16th, and 12th
  • Total distance run: 120 kms
  • Total distance swam: 2 kms
  • Number of obstacles completed: 224
  • Number of electric shocks received: 5
  • Total distance dragging two tires: 6 kms
  • Total calories burned: 15,000-16,000
  • Total calories consumed: 9,000-10,000
  • Total fluid consumption: 18-20 liters
  • Number of 3mm wetsuits worn at the same time: 2

November 16, 2012

  • Check out today’s video in the Winnipeg Free Press. Huge thanks go out to Ruth Bonneville and Melissa Tait at the WFP for lending their interest and talents to this story.
  • I register for the race today. This involves picking up my race kit and setting up my gear on pit row. I’m so pumped for this race.
  • A huge thanks to my good friends Nav and Kam Raman for their generous campaign donation. You two rock!

November 15, 2012

New York bound! I arrive in New York this afternoon and head down to Princeton, NJ to check out the scene. Race registration starts tomorrow afternoon. At that time, I’ll pick up my race kit and pitch my tent in pit row.

Check out a couple WTM videos that have come out over the past two days:

November 12, 2012

Not exactly the cold weather we were anticipating for a week before the race…..

November 10, 2012

Find a way….

November 8, 2012

November 7, 2012

  • Official word from Tough Mudder Headquarters (TMHQ) is that the race is on! All systems are go for WTM!

November 6, 2012

  • Ruth Bonneville and Melissa Tait from the Winnipeg Free Press met with me at West Hawk Lake and Sport Manitoba over the past few days to get some footage of training and to get some information about the mental health campaign. The story will likely be featured online in the near future.

October 31, 2012

  • Sandy may have rumbled over the east coast but nothing is gonna stop the recovery effort. Laguardia airport (LGA) is scheduled to open tomorrow, which means my flight to New York should be a go.

October 29, 2012

  • A big thanks to Drs. Lesley Ritchie and Andrea Kilgour for their donations! This will definitely help me get some warm gear for the race!

October 27th and 28th, 2012

  • Global TV featured the race campaign this weekend in their segment “Focus Manitoba”. See the video here.

October 23, 2012

Big day today!

  • I met up with senior reporter Lauren McNabb and cameraman Rudi Pawlychyn of Global TV to talk about the Mind Your Mental Health campaign and to show them a bit of my “off road” preparation for the race. The segment will be shown on “Focus Manitoba” this Saturday and Sunday night at 6.30pm with a early morning promo between 8.30 and 8.40am on Friday. We had a great time and got some great footage. They were troopers climbing with all those slippery rocks and roots on the trail! Looking forward to seeing the show!
  • Metro News has published an article on the race campaign (see the article here). Thanks to Shane Gibson for putting that great piece together.
  • The “Mind Your Mental Health” t-shirts, hoodies, and silicon wristbands have arrived!

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October 19, 2012

  • The Dean of Arts Office at the University of Manitoba has decided to help sponsor my race campaign. Thanks to Dr. Greg Smith, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Curriculum, Space, and International Studies, for his hard work in helping make this happen. Arts and Psychology will also provide some U of M training gear for me to sport during my training and at the WTM race. Awesome stuff!
  • A huge thanks to both Dr. Moira Somers and Dr. Pam Holens for their kind donations to the race campaign. Thanks to you both for your amazing support!

October 18, 2012 – Tonight, we (Manitoba Psychological Society) officially launched our “Mind Your Mental Health” campaign at our Member’s Night at the Inn at the Forks Hotel. This is going to be a dynamic campaign involving collaboration and cooperation with many other mental health and physical health organizations. A campaign website is currently in the works, and our intention with this website is to help the public to enact change at the government level. And our Mind Your Mental Health t-shirts have arrived! More to come.

October 11, 2012 – Just had a great conversation with Tori DeAngelis at the APA Monitor. Her article on the race campaign is likely to come out in gradPSYCH magazine in the next month or two.

October 11, 2012 – A good friend of mine, Amber Janzen, and I have decided to sell custom silicon wristbands as a means of raising money to help cover some of the costs of my WTM race. The phrase “the time is now” will be printed on them in a slick looking “Photonica Straight” font (see it here). We decided on “the time is now” as a catch phrase not only because it effectively captures the spirit of the growing mental health movement in Canada, but also because it embraces a critical and unavoidable message for our generation: Talking about our generation’s problems is not enough; it’s time for action. Whether it be taking steps to promote your personal well-being, making changes to your day-to-day activities so they are more in line with your personal values, making choices to help protect (y)our planet for future generations, offering support to those around you, and/or being more mindful and accepting of the range of experiences in your life…the time is now.

These wristbands should arrive in a couple of weeks and will be on sale for $5 each. To help you show your support for me in the race as well as for the broader mental health campaign, we chose colours that matched my training gear: green, orange, deep yellow, and, to represent the light from my headlamp while I race deep into the night….glow in the dark! These will look good on anyone and are great gifts for kids! Anyone interested in helping us sell these wristbands, please drop me line at Thanks for your amazing support gang!

October 9, 2012 – Check out this article in the Winnipeg Free Press! Written by Carolin Vesely; photos by Ruth Bonneville:

October 1, 2012 – Thanks to Alex Aleshka and Melissa Mestrovic at First Capital Insurance for their campaign donations!

August 21, 2012 – Canadian Psychological Association swag has arrived! Big thanks to everyone on the board at CPA, especially Mr. Tyler Stacey-Holmes.

July 3, 2012Adam Decker, MSc (Sport Manitoba) and Dean Kriellaars, PhD (University of Manitoba) have offered their expert services in developing an extensive 20-week training program for me.

June 22, 2012 – Manitoba Psychological Society (MPS) has decided to help support this initiative. Thanks to everyone on the board at MPS for their knowledge and support in this area, and in particular MPS President, Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman.


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Hi everyone,

I just wanted to quickly share a fundraiser for a friend of mine, Uliana Nevzorova. On June 25, 2017, Uliana, along with thousands of other cyclists will ride to raise awareness of mental illness in Canada, as well as raising $1,700,000 for mental health programs and services. Uliana is personally trying to raise $1000. If you’d like to place a donation toward this worthy cause, please visit Uliana’s fundraising page on Facebook here.

Good luck Uliana!


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