Community and the Runner

If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.

African Proverb

Committing himself to running his first half-marathon in April 2010 in Ottawa, Byron immediately found himself looking for the next challenge. But this time, he wanted to challenge more than just his body – he wanted to challenge his body, mind, problem solving and time management skills. This led to Byron tackling his first ultra marathon, the Canadian Death Race in Grande-Cache, Alberta.  After completing this race over approximately 22 hours, Byron again began contemplating what’s basically become his trademark phrase – “That was great! Now what?”

Since entering into the world of Ultra in 2013, Byron has gone on to run several 100 mile endurance trail runs including, but not limited to Zion 100 Mile, Fat Dog 120, and HURT 100. On the local scene, Byron has finished in the top 10 in several races and placed 2nd at Limberlost in 2014 with finishing a time of 6:07:15. In 2018, he finished 2nd overall in the 50 km trail series.  

But it would be remiss to talk about Byron’s running achievements without talking about what he’s done for the running community in his adopted hometown of Waterloo, ON.  Leading half-marathon clinics (often with record attendance), beginning his own trail running and ultra group  and organizing and scheduling cross training sessions for new and experienced runners, Byron truly epitomizes the proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together. “

Most recently, Byron has found himself as a member of the Happy Trails Racing team, assisting the founders with volunteer coordination and as Race Director for the kid’s races.  With his incredible experiences and relentlessly positive attitude, Byron is an incredible asset to the race company, which prides themselves on a welcoming and inclusive experience. 

Beyond the ultra environment, Byron and his wife, Lindsay, are proud supporters of Team Diabetes as fundraisers and Byron as the national team trainer.

For more than a decade, Byron has inspired others to move beyond their comfort zones, think big, chase challenges and above all, believe in themselves. With his boundless energy and relentless drive, Byron is a true ambassador not only for running, but also for going after the things that exist far beyond the confines of “average”.