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Denise Brady

Denise is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and mom of 2 active boys. She strives to bring her zest for life and passion for an active lifestyle to every aspect of her busy day to day activities. You can always recognize her by her swinging ponytail and giant smile, even when she’s in the Pain Cave. 

Denise found her love of endurance running after the birth of her first son in 2011 and has been adding on the miles ever since. What started on the road transformed into a passion for trails after completing the all-female FKT on the Bruce Trail with her teammates from the Wild Bruce Chase. Since then, Denise has completed numerous marathons, including Boston, and has moved into the world of Ultra running over the past few years.  She currently holds the female FKT on the Caledon Trailway and has stood on the podium of many trail races including The Bad Thing 50k. She hopes to work her way up to 100 miles in the near future. 

“I want to show everyone that they can do hard things if they put the work in, regardless of what life throws at you. I run for the mental clarity it brings, but also because I love beer and carbs. I never feel more complete than when I’m on a trail with the dirt under my feet. I am so stoked to be an ambassador for ITE. Their brand and values parallel what I bring to my running every day.”

 

Phil Dalton

A Huron County boy through and through, Phil grew up running country roads. He trained with Saugeen Track and Field club throughout high-school, competing at the provincial and national level. He then joined the Windsor Lancer family in 2006, competing for 4 years on the track and field and cross-country varsity teams. Phil was top 40 at CIS Cross Country Championships, winning a national bronze team medal in 2008, as well provincial gold in the 4x800m and overall team title in 2009. 

“I’ve returned to Huron County, living in Goderich, ON with my beautiful wife and 4 children. I have transitioned from middle-distance to long and am now a 3x Boston Marathoner. Running is my passion and my medicine. I’m so fortunate to belong to such a strong running community and I’m ecstatic to join the ITE running team. It’s a privilege to be hands-on with product design.”

 

 

  

Andrew House

Even from a young age sports and a sense for adventure played a big role in my up bringing. Mountain biking soon became a passion of mine and quickly led into racing. At age 16 I got into 8hr and 12hr MTB races and also started working my way up in Ontario standing. Age 19 I was the Ontario champion and even won a Canada Cup race for the 2nd year in a row.

This eventually led into Cat 1 road racing where I got the opportunity to race on a team with some of the best cyclists in Canada travelling across North America.

Around the same time Andrew started a career in road racing he married an ER nurse that was a huge support and often involved in the races as well.

With a growing family and busy schedule as a realtor, travelling for races every weekend hasn't fit the new lifestyle. Running soon became a new passion and one that fit with the family. With the option of pushing a single or double stroller I’ve been able to involve the kids and our stroller runs have quickly become part of our daily routine. Whether its 5k or an Ultra distance through the trails my daily run is always a highlight of my day. 

 

 

Amanda Nelson

A mom of two and health and fitness promotion graduate, Amanda Nelson started running consistently in the spring of 2015. Luckily from an early age, her kids loved the adventure and going fast with her – so she made it happen, and hasn’t stopped!

Along with being a busy mom, Amanda works on a dairy farm, and is dedicated runner – all with the help of her very supportive husband.

After some immediate success in 2018, her debut year of racing, Amanda progressed to ultra running in 2020 with a nudge from her friends Mickey and Cricket Scott. Incredibly, at her first ultra race ever, Amanda placed 2nd at That Dam Hill 24 Hour Road Race. A month after that, she was the first place female at The Bad Thing 50km Trail Run. Not a bad start to her racing career!

Amanda continued her success in 2021, winning multiple races, including Tally in the Valley Gong Show – an elimination race of 7 km every hour for 24 hours, where she was the overall champion with a 31:49 minute final lap. Next up was the Foxtail 100km Rail Trail Race, where she placed second. With a return to That Dam Hill in London, Ontario, Amanda came back to capture first place overall and set the Canadian soil 24-hour record with 227.33 km (on a hilly course!). Just 3 weeks after that record setting run, Amanda placed 1st in the female division at the Rugged Racoon, a night trail race. To wrap up her 2021 race schedule, Amanda again took on The Bad Thing 50 km Trail Race where she was the first place female for the second year in a row.

To date, Amanda remains the current 24 hour record holder (227.33km), and is busy plotting how much further she can push herself. To help her keep her training on point, Amanda also just might have the best running partner around to help her push her limits – her dog, Molly. Molly became an ultra-dog in April 2021 while running the start of an 88 mile (142 km) journey in which Amanda ran in honour of her grandpa and the Alzheimer Society. Molly ran a total of 45 km of that run, but due to the heat that day, Amanda thought it would be best not to let her finish the distance. Given the choice, Molly is always ready to go for a run, no matter what time of day or how far Amanda decides to go.

As she looks to the future, Amanda’s goals include capturing the Canadian 100 mile and 24 hour national records. In fact, Amanda will be looking to cross those goals off the list this June at the 2022 Survivorfest Canadian National Championships, this year’s Canadian 24-hour Championship.

Amanda’s motivation is simple, she explains, “if I don't dream big, I won't succeed". To that we say, dream big – we can’t wait to see where those big dreams take you!

 

 

Mike Tate

Mike is the Customer Success Specialist of Onboarding at Race Roster in London. Mike has an 8-month-old Golden Doodle puppy named Ted with his girlfriend Stef. His mother Cathy was an avid runner and introduced Mike to the sport at a young age. He started competitive running in Grade 6 and started to see success in Grade 7 where he won Nova Scotia provincial titles in cross country, the 800m, 1500m, and 3000m. During his high school career, Mike won 28 provincial gold medals, 4 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals. He also won 2010 Midget national title in the 2000m in a record time that still stands today. In 2012, Mike doubled up on gold at U18 nationals, winning the 1500m and 3000m.  After high school, Mike attended Southern Utah University on a full athletic scholarship. At SUU, Mike set school records in the indoor 5000m and DMR relay. He is also a 2018 All-American. He continued to succeed on the Canadian scene adding a 1500m junior national title that qualified him for the World Junior Track & Field Championships where he finished 14th. In 2016 he won a bronze medal at the Canadian Olympic trials in the 5000m. He followed that up with a silver medal for Canada at the NACAC U-23 Championships over 1500m After university Mike moved to Guelph to continue running. While in Guelph, Mike placed 3rd at the 2018 Canadian Road 5km Championships, 2nd at the 2018 Canadian Cross country Championships, 3rd at the 2019 track and field championships over 1500m and won the 2019 Canadian Cross Country Championships. He also represented Canada at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships and the 2019 World University Games where he placed 6th. In the fall of 2020 Mike moved to London to be coached by Dave Mills. Dave has coached many great athletes including the former Canadian marathon record holder and Olympian Lanni Marchant. Under Dave, Mike won the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials over 5000m. Unfortunately, Mike did not have the time standard required to compete in Tokyo. Over the years Mike has represented Canada on 10 different occasions and has competed in 10 different countries. 

 

National Medals:

2010: U16 1200m silver and 2000m gold

2012: U18 1500m and 3000m gold

2014: U20 1500m gold

2016: Olympic trials 5000m bronze

2018: 5k Road bronze and 10km Cross country silver

2019: 1500m bronze and 10km cross country gold

2021: Olympic trials 5000m gold

 

International Medals:

2016: NACAC U23 1500m silver

 

Sarah Wensink

Sarah grew up near Clinton, on a farm on Tipperary Line. She was completely new to running when she started running in grade 9 and had immediate success with the sport. She would go on to set multiple grade-level and school records at LCH while also competing for the Saugeen Track Club. She was recruited to run on scholarship at Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa where she would run at the national level multiple times for both cross country and track and capture All-American honors at the NAIA level. She dealt with multiple injuries throughout university, but always found a way to come back stronger than before. Since graduating, she’s added swimming and biking to her weekly routine in addition to running and has found a lot of success competing at sprint and Olympic distance triathlons in the area.

“After competing for Dordt for 4 years, I joined the coaching staff while also finishing out my master’s. Coaching the Cross Country and Track teams allows me to stay connected to the sport and occasionally train alongside my athletes. Training for triathlons has been a new and exciting challenge for me, but running was always my first love. I’m excited to be an ambassador for ITE and the values the brand represents.” 

 

Sam Wensink

Sam grew up in Oostburg, Wisconsin - a small Dutch community on the shores of Lake Michigan. He was introduced to running at a young age by his father who would run 5k fun runs and road races with him. In high school, Sam was a “state qualifying” athlete all 4 yrs, and set multiple school records. He eventually was recruited to run at Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa where he became an 8-time All-American at the NAIA level and also set multiple school records on the track.

“I still live in Sioux Center today, now with my Huron County born wife, Sarah. We hope to one day move back to the Huron County area to be near Sarah’s family. For now though Sarah and I still enjoy living near Dordt University, working with the track and cross country teams there, and continuing to run ourselves for both leisure and for competition. Even though I’m no longer competing at the high school or collegiate level, I still haven’t been able to shake the competitive bug within me. I’m constantly trying to be the best runner that I can be. It’s very cool that we can be connected and involved with the running community in Ontario through ITE even though distance separates us at this time. We’re stoked to be ITE’s ambassadors here in the states!”

 

Jason West

Jason is the Managing Director at an Experiential Event & Travel company in Toronto and father to two young women.  In Grade 9 he shattered his femur while skiing and has been a gym rat ever since.  He wasn’t introduced to running until a friend and talented runner from Niagara brought him to his first race after only training for a couple weeks.  After breaking 20 mins in his first 5K he was immediately hooked.  5K’s led to trails, which led to OCRs which were the gateway to trail ultras.

Jason has completed and placed on many podiums in OCR and trail races across Canada.  He continues to believe in strength training as a foundation to being a well rounded athlete.  When he travels the world he always makes sure his running gear is in tow.   As he looks towards the future he hopes to continue to perform at his highest level, explore the world while doing it and hopefully inspire a few people in the process.