On September 16, 2021, one of Näak’s elite ambassadors, Luca Papi, crossed the finish line for what is called to be the ‘world’s hardest endurance’. With a time of 134 hours and 10 minutes, Luca claimed victory at the Tor des Glaciers, a truly unforgettable event for ultra trail runners. Our team at Näak proudly congratulates Luca for his amazing accomplishment and asked him to share about his journey to the finish line.
Elite triathlete, and Näak ambassador, discusses the benefits of yoga for endurance athletes. From strength training, to breathwork, learn how she believes incorporating yoga into your training schedule can help benefit your importance. We also give a small list of activities for those who are new to yoga to try for themselves at home.
Sarah Korpach, a certified personal trainer and one of our top running ambassadors, talked to us about the effects of strength and power training on endurance athletes. She gave us some amazing tips, and a few exercises for you to try out!
It all started after my victory in the Quebec Mega Trail 110 km in July 2019, where the prize for the winner was an invitation to the Grand Raid de la Réunion. Without hesitation, I embarked on the adventure! At the beginning of 2019, when I was only in my first year of trail racing, I planned to stay in Quebec to see how I was doing in my province before venturing on a national or international level. However, my goals have changed and my training was now focused towards the Grand Raid taking place in October.
Elliot Cardin, his name may ring a bell, because this young Quebecer from Bromont is one of the elite endurance athletes. Elliot started racing a few years ago, and has never given up. Trail running has become a passion for him and our Näak ambassador shares it with us today.
Elliot shares with us his best racing memory, his achievement at the Black Canyon Ultra 100k 2020.
Andressa Ericksen started triathlon last May, and has progressed immensely. After having participated in many races over the summer, she decided to register for the 70.3 IRONMAN in Cozumel, which took place in September 2016. She finished in 8th place out of 48 people in her age group (25-29 years old). A nice revenge for the young athlete from Quebec who suffered from disordered eating a for a few years. Andressa tells us about her journey with humility.
At 21 years old, Arnaud Côté Boisvert was the youngest participant in the 3rd edition of the Gaspésie International Raid (RIG). During this 4 day challenge, teams of adventurers must complete a 300km journey by running, swimming, and paddling. Arnaud and his teammate Pierre Poirier finished in 18th position out of 40 teams. Our Näak athlete, a smoke runner and trail runner, tells us about his first time participating in the RIG.
Marc Flageole finished 2nd in his age category (45-49 years old) and 14th overall at Tremblant's 2016 IRONMAN, which means he qualified for the IRONMAN world championships in Kona. Marc is used to Kona, as he has already been 11 times. Next year, he is aiming for a top 5 in his age category. Marc tells us about his race in Tremblant, his progress in swimming this year, and gives us some tips for those of you would like to qualify for Kona one day.