Thursday, August 16, 2012

Trail "Sense" - win a pair of Limited Edition Salomon S-Lab Sense

I've been lucky enough to be given one pair of the brand new Salomon S-LAB SENSE trail shoes to give away via my blog. The shoe is extra special, because it is one of 106 limited edition special "Kilian Jornet" models, commemorating the Western States 100 trail race.

After coming up short and having issues at the Western States in 2010, Kilian worked with Salomon’s R&D department on a shoe that would deliver light weight, breathability, forefoot protection, flexible cushioning and would also be fast drying. Through several generations of prototypes and rigorous testing, the Sense shoe was born. Sense is exceptionally light, has a 4mm offset from heel to toe, and offers 3 unique technologies that improve performance:
- Profeel Film is a light weight layer under the forefoot that delivers
protection without sacrificing flexibility.
- EndoFit internal fit sleeves deliver seamless comfort and intuitive
- Dynamic Traction delivers grip on every surface that a race throws at you.
Kilian used the shoe in the 2011 version of the WS100, and despite getting lost twice and running a six extra miles, his dream of victory was realized. He even ran the last third of the race without socks.

To celebrate 20 years of shoe evolution that led to the development of the S-Lab Sense, Salomon developed 106 pairs of the S-LAB SENSE, each one uniquely numbered and designated (Kilian got pair number 001). To share our vision of trail running, Salomon is offering chances to win these
exclusive shoes via my blog to a Canadian reader.

I wore the shoe when I raced my first 100 miler in Japan and it has become my go to shoe for almost all my runs:

If you want to win the shoes, just write in the comment section by Labour Day, Monday September 3rd and describe what your personal running quest, or greatest running adventure in Canada has been, or describe a running project in Canada that you are currently working on. It can be a race, a charity, a trail, a personal goal etc... whatever your Canadian Running Quest is.

I'll sort through them and pick a winner from the various submissions. If it's something that you've done and you have a video for, or a blog post, I'll take that into account to pick the winner. So go ahead Canada, inspire me!

****The shoes in this collection are all a mens size 9. If you don't want the Limited Edition pair and would rather have a standard pair in your size, for you to run in, I'm sure that can be arranged as well.


seanverret said...

Hey Adam,

It's funny you put this up because I just signed up for my next quest. I've entered the Full Donkey at Rundle's Revenge in June of 2013. The event is a 100km mountain bike race followed by a 50km ultramarathon the next day.

For me, this might not normally be a quest, but it is this time around as I was hit by a car riding my bike home back in September 2011. Since then, I've been on the mend visiting physiotherapists and chiropractors for way too much of the winter and spring. Racing was pretty much non-existent in 2012 and I was fairly bummed.

Finally, after making some progress in the Summer I've set a goal to get back in to the shape I was once in and conquer something that is going to force me to train harder than I have in a very long time.

The hardest thing about been off your feet due to illness is that you form habits that are hard to break. Not only will I be training, but I'll be breaking bad habits that have formed due to my inactivity.

The 100km/50km combo is my motivation for myself to overcome this accident and get on living with my life!

Thanks for the opportunity to share my story.

Hiroshige Watanabe said...

I'm very slow runner but completed 46 ultra marathon races in my life so far(include Canadian Death Race 7times). 45 of them were in Alberta,Canada and 1 of them was in Japan(it's Ultra Trail Mt.Fuji as you know!).
I have 5 more races this year and next one is Kananaskis Iron Legs 50miles. It's the day after tomorrow.
Needless to say,I always need new shoes...please.....???

Andrew Casey said...

So, me fadder and his buddy, and me buddy and me were in da woods caribou hunting out east in newfoundland when the by'es decided dey wuz gonna go across da bog and scope out a spot where the caribou usually hangs. Me and me buddy decided to stay in da truck and listen to beats. Anyway, da fadders took ferever and it was so long that we got board and turned on de radio. Dat wus our biggest mistake. Drained the truck battery we did. Shit outta luck. So, neeedless to say I wuz shit baked fadder would get pissed. Picture me now, plad jacket, coveralls, and rubber boots. We were 35k in on a MUDDY ol road just nort of Corner Brook (were yer wife has raced tri's - saw her crash once. Sum bloody dat wuz) and the best ting I could tink of wuz run out over de dirt road and see if I could make it out to da highway and flag down another feller in truck who wuz newfie enough to come on in and give us a boost before faddier came back. I didn't make it in time. I did the run, took me tree hours, and I did find us a newfie of a feller, but by the time we got back in over da muddy dirt road fadder wuz back. My son, some arse slapping I got. So Adam, let me tell ya dis, If i had a pair of dem deer runners, I can guarantee, next time I gotta go running 35k over an old logging road, i wont have to use me rubber boots la. What'a say? Trade ya a caribou steak for em?!

Nathan Forester said...

Thank you for the inspiration that you provide to many, myself included, through your running endeavors to pursue our own! In the long run (no pun intended) that is more important than any pair of shoes. That said, I'd definitely like to slide on pair of those sweet shoes.

To answer your question, a couple of weeks ago I traveled northward to run the Yukon Trail Marathon--this I prepared for by running x-country ski trails in the shield and boreal forests of northern Saskatchewan (yes, this exists ; ) and found myself fit to the task--more gain/loss and more technical than you might expect. This race was a part of a broader quest to run a marathon or better in every province and territory or what I've dubbed my "Lucky 13". It is a long-term goal and one that will take time to achieve, in part, because the lure of the mountains out west is too great. Next up for me is a 50km in Kaslo, BC in September. It would be great to lace up a pair of standard issue men's 11s! You can keep the "Limited Edition" ones or pass them along to someone else. Cheers!

Mack said...

I started running ultras 2 years ago, this year I have been running for a charity Mito Canada, a charitiable organization provides support and awareness to Canadians affected by Mitochondrial Disease while also supporting the advancement of research in the field of Mitochondrial Disease.

Next race in the agenda is Iron Legs 50M tomorrow morning!!
Happy running L:)

Tri-girl Jess said...

as my "comeback" race from a very badly sprained ankle this summer i'm training for the Grizzly Ultra 50k race in Canmore, AB...the longest run i've ever done! I chose this because my injury came 3 weeks before my planned half ironman put off until next year. New shoes would really make my day and i'm sure my ankle would love them! also, you wife is one of my favorite triathletes!

Solana Leigh said...

Hey Adam! Great Job on Saturday at the Arc'teryx 50! I was also running the 21 km'er, and my husband was the guy running around the course with a camera - he said he saw you a few times, and that you were super pumped every time he cheered you on!

I'm taking on a trail marathon with my best friend in November, and it's our prep towards taking on a 50km'er next year! We're both marathoners, but have never run longer than 30kms on trails. We're hoping to get into the Kneeknacker lottery for next summer. *fingers crossed!*

Anyways, my quest is to get as many friends into trail running as possible, and spread the magic that we feel on the trails to as many people as I can inspire to go out and try it themselves. I recently wrote a blog post on this subject, titled Summer Lovin' since that's how I feel. I feel like every single summer, I fall deeper and deeper in love with the trails.

Check it out -

All of my gear is Salomon and I'd love to try out some new shoes!!


michaelyblam said...

I don't do ultras nor anything long and epic but I have been jogging on a regular basis since I was about 14. It all started being inpired by athletes like Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett, Alberto Salaza, Robert de Castella...Back then in the late 70s, there were very few shoes that were designed specifically for running (at least in the fast east) so I ou;d wear basketball shoes to run. Imagine I used to do up to 80+ miles per week with them! Now at age 49, my knees are a little worn out and coupling with my very flat feet, I still try to run a little every now and then as a cross training exercise to my cycling, indoor rowing and Grouse Mountain grinding. I ran my first (and last!) marathon when I was 19 so I might consider slogging one next year to celebrate my BIG 50...we shall see!

Z. St. J. said...


My roomate and I were talking one day and he told me about a book he was reading called "The Art of Travel" by Alain de Botton... He said how Botton talked about the feeling we get when we stand at the bottom of a mountain and how the size of the mountain makes us feel so small and helps us realize how insignificant we are, and how that feeling takes so many words for us to describe but to someone in the 1700's they would have had one word to describe it... Sublime...
My favourite author is Leo Tolstoy and he talks about that feeling aswell but he calls it "everything good and true".
I am a Canadian living in the US and this past winter I went home to Stratford Ontario for a few months. I began running on the trail that goes around the river and began to understand that feeling of "everything good and true" and the "sublime".

Because of that experience which has become so sacred to me, I continue to run. I get up every morning, run, have breakfast, tell my wife I love her, then cycle to work. The inspiration that that routine aswell as following the Salomon runners has helped me maintain has been so beautiful. So when I say that you inspire me to recognize the "sublime" I hope you realize how sincere and meaningful that is.

My Plan is to continue to run for the pleasure it offers aswell as in local competition and possibly one day at higher levels and I would love to be able to do that in a pair of the standard issue 7.5 mens.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.


j said...

Hi Adam,

Currently I`m on a one month cycling trip with my family through Germany, Demark and Sweden. We cycle 60km per day and then explore the small towns where we spend the night

My family likes to sleep in until 8 and I wake up at 6. I like to run at dawn and explore new trails before breakfast.

The best trail so far was in Sweden. Blueberries grew on both sides of the trail - they made a delicious snack! At the end of the run I had to dive into the lake to wash all the blueberry juice off my hands.

When I`m in Canada I enjoy running the trails at Heber Down Conservation Area north of Whitby. I also go on runs with the Hogtown Hash House Harriers.

My running quest is to keep in shape and explore new trails around the world.


Shari said...

Hi Adam, thanks for the opportunity to win a pair of shoes! Is size 9 the only one's available? I wear women's 8.5...

I do have various goals - I am running in the Kauai half Sept 2nd, the Bob Anderson Challenge in San Jose Del Cabo in October and I am planning my first full marathon for Calgary in May.

But, overall my personal running quest is to get out there and enjoy life! I do most of my runs out on the trails.

I trail run for the enjoyment and satisfaction of feeling alive. My dogs are my motivation - I can't let them down! My dogs are always game to go and enthusiastic about each and every day. From them I have learned that each day is a great way to start fresh and with no regrets. And of course they love every opportunity to get out and enjoy Mother Nature at her finest! And there is no way better to do then while my feet are running on a trail. My dogs never care about the weather hot or cold, rain, shine, or snow; they are always ready to go, and my trails are always there waiting for our feet pass over them.

Thanks for reading! Take care, Shari

Pascal Dumoulin said...


I'm 35 now and have been trail running for the past 3 years. I do it because I love it and because I can.

I was never athletic growing up nor did I play sports. The only exercise I got was during phys-ed. I went through periods of ups and downs with my weight over the years and for the 12 years up to 2009 I was 80lbs overweight. In 2009 in a period of unhappiness and depression, I chose to begin a new life. I cut back on calories and exercised every day for 7 months. I lost those 80lbs.

I though about what to do with my new confidence and new physique. I thought about my love for nature and heard about a trail racing series around my city. I signed up and ran my first race in 2010.

I did the series again the following year but upgraded to the 2 lap circuit as opposed to the one lap. In June of last year I ran my first ultra. 50miler. Longest race before that had been 16k. I just recently completed the Death Race solo this August.

I love nature. I love competition. I love meeting people and sharing the passion. I love pushing myself and seeing the improvement. Most of all, I want to travel the world through ultras running the beautiful landscapes of Europe and the U.S. I see all of you elite runners and think...could life be any sweeter?

Author said...

Hey Adam,

A belated congrats on your Mt Fuji race and on your Squamish win. I just got back from running half the Fat Dog and it was a blast.

Usually I run to clear my head, or to solve a work problem, but mostly I run to find some peace. There’s some amazing runs in the Rockies, Whistler and in Manning Park, but my favorite is close to home. The Lynn Loop, which starts from the End-Of-The-Line corner store.

As for my running quest, I am a new father and an avid mountaineer. My mountain travels take me away from the city, and my partner, most weekends and for a month every spring. I am trying to focus on mountain running as a way to achieve life balance with a family. I need to be in the mountains regularly but more running (and xc skiing) will hopefully let me be home in the evenings and include my family in some of the travels. This quest started June 10th (her name is Thea) and I hope it all works as planned.

Good luck with the IT band. If you have time please post you’re recovery activities as several of us also have IT issues.

Wile E Coyote said...

Hey Adam!

Good to see that you are alive and well after your European vacation! :)

My Canadian Running Quest is to encourage, inspire and challenge any runner out there to try trail running! Karine and I just started a Thursday night social group taril run in our area of Nova Scotia. So far we've had 34 runners out (in 3 runs) and half of them thought that trail running was on 'Rail Trails' :) The looks on their faces when we had to cross through a brook ("No, there isn't a bridge."), through mud ("My road shoes WERE white!"), and up/down 30% grades bushwhacking ("Do Gnomes make these trails?")were very FUN! No wget some new folks out there and share the joys of the trails and woods!

Jodi Isenor

Keegan Brooks said...

Hey Adam,

I've only just really dipped my feet in running. I've done a few half marathons with happy results, sneaking under the 90min mark last year at the Okanagan Half Marathon. I've competed in more triathlons and was the Head Coach for the U of A Triathlon Club last year.

My first foray into ultra running was the Blackfoot Ultra 50k. It was a crazy experience.

Here is my race report,

I've got some unfinished business. I attempted to race another 50k at the Fast Trax Ultra but bailled due to serious lack of training for that distance. I know what I gota do this winter.

Anywho, I'm @keegansydney on twitter

All the best!

Andy McAnally said...

Hi Adam,

I live in a small community in rural Saskatchewan - Humboldt, pop 6,000. We are so fortunate to have 2 Olympic Athletes from here.

Lyndon Rush is a bronze medal bobsledder and Brianne Theisen is a heptathlete, who completed her first Olympics in London.

Canadian athletes are seriously underfunded, and our community has rallied around our homegrown talent, to supply some financial support for special equipment and coaching fees.

The main fund raising event is where I get to run around Humboldt for 24hrs non-stop (apart for washroom/food breaks!). People can pledge online, to guess how far they think I can run in 24hrs!

I've mapped out an 18.4km route around Humboldt. The event starts on Thursday 20th September and I could do with some comfy shoes... LOL!

Check out

Thank you Adam for this opportunity.

All the very best,

skikid64 said...

Hey Adam,
I'd just like to say i'm a pretty big fan of you, and would also like to remind you how awesomely lucky you are to be able to run as a professional! My "Canadian Running Dream" is a pretty long term plan but driven by a single goal. That is to have fun and appreciate the fact that I am able to run every day. I'm currently hoping to run varsity for Dalhousie this year (just need to sharpen up the speed) and when I'm done my undergrad I plan on going to europe to visit family and do some wwoof'ing (organic farming for room and board) in "the foothills of the Alps". This should allow me to get in some quality mountain running and skiing. We definitely have some world class technical trails here but I can't wait to explore trails in other parts of the world! I'd love to rep the east coast (and eventually Canada) a little more doing some longer distance trail running until I've worked my way up to the ultra's. Even in the short time that I have been aware of the nova scotian trail running community it has been great to see the enthusiasm with which people take up "the lifestyle" due to the initiative of certain local runners (kudos to Jodi Isenor here). I'm sure you can appreciate that for a student free shoes are a hot commodity, so I decided I had to at least give this a shot (plus I'm a size 9!) I'm super excited for the coming season and can't wait to run with the guys again! Good luck in your future races, have a blast!

Ross Collicutt said...

Nice contest Adam. I'm a huge fan of the Salomon shoes. I've been running in XA Pros, Wings and CrossMax's.

My biggest adventure so far has been running the 47km Juan De Fuca Trail. We were up at 2am that day and made it to the trailhead by 5. Off we went. I was expecting the whole thing with breaks to take about 10 hours for us.

After thousands of feet up and down, numberous wasp stings, and many self-talk pickmeup sessions we hit Botanical Beach 7 hours after we started. And then a well-deserved beer at the end on the beach in the sun!

I'd love to do the West Coast Trail next.

Chad Stiles said...

Greetings Adam,

I will give you my pitch and hopefully it will sell you.

Back two years ago I was not where I'am today. I was about 120 pounds heavier and walking up a set of stairs,let alone a mountain was a huge undertaking.

In the last two years I have gone from 270 pounds to 160 pounds and I have my love for the mountains and ultrarunning to thank for that.

I have never run more than 5 miles at once until January of last year.And in the last year and a half I have completed 7 ultras and two marathons including the Canadian Death Race and Sinister 7.

I now appreciate and enjoy every painful yet rewarding step that I get to take in the mountains and I feel like I have a new lease on life everyday.

Having a nice new shiny pair of your shoes would go a long way to a little less pain and a little more enjoyment on the trails.

Thanks Adam and you are an inspiration to all of us crazy Canadian Ultrarunners.


Schmidty said...

Instead of promoting my own story I'm going to throw my support behind Hiroshige Watanbe's comment and hope he wins. As the editor for I did a story on Hiro awhile back ( Later I met him and his parents who came from Japan at the Lost Soul 2011. He's the nicest guy you'll meet on and off the trails and he's so inspiring for many runners. He competes in multiple 100 mile races each year with 'shorter' races (50k,100k) done in between the 100 milers. I can verify that he has finished 46 ultras and most, as I say in the article, with a giant smile. He's well known in the Alberta running community for his kindness and perseverance. And out of anyone he can probably use a new pair of shoes (or two).
~Jonathan Schmidt,

Schmidty said...

Instead of promoting my own story I'm going to throw my support behind Hiroshige Watanbe's comment and hope he wins. As the editor for I did a story on Hiro awhile back ( Later I met him and his parents who came from Japan at the Lost Soul 2011. He's the nicest guy you'll meet on and off the trails and he's so inspiring for many runners. He competes in multiple 100 mile races each year with 'shorter' races (50k,100k) done in between the 100 milers. I can verify that he has finished 46 ultras and most, as I say in the article, with a giant smile. He's well known in the Alberta running community for his kindness and perseverance. And out of anyone he can probably use a new pair of shoes (or two).
~Jonathan Schmidt,

Unknown said...

Hey Adam! I'm not the fastest guy out there but I completed the Lost Soul Ultra 100km and 50km races and have become a bit of a trail runner. I loved the trail running so much I'm a race director now :)

Ray Barrett said...

Nice looking shoe! I'm using the Salomon Speedcross 3 currently and finding it as light as my regular La Sportivas.

My next goal is running the Canadian Death Race solo next year. My jump from 50 miles to 125k should be a significant challenge. I'm also looking forward to attempting the West Coast Trail in a day. I just need to find someone else as crazy!


Thomas Reneau said...

I had a heart surgery and thought I could never run. The first thing I did was put shoes on, carry a flag all around Vancouver. This was not just a flag, but Terry Fox's flag. I ran 50 K across Vancouver on the main spots and 10 people joined me. Random. At the end I cried and those tears were just a testimony that spirit can go beyond a broken heart. Your spirit can heal any pain. My motivation is to carry on this authentic, human quest, to run beyond our limits.

I hope I can win those shoes to run in the mountain and put Terry Fox's flag as high as I can possibly go... If not beyond.

Christine Creer said...

Hi Adam,
I had the opportunity to meet you at the Victoria Frontrunners trail night earlier this year, where you spoke of your running adventures with so much genuine enthusiasm, humour, and humility. It was such a pleasure.

The shoes are not in my size, so I am not as interested in winning the shoes as I am in sharing a story. I am not an ultra runner, but I do like to push my limits and running the Juan de Fuca in July was a chance for me to discover my strengths, weaknesses, and what having a support crew and people who believe in you can actually do. I will post a link to my story on my blog in hopes that people enjoy the adventure and are inspired by my organization: MOVEment X 100. Thank you for the opportunity!


acari99 said...

Hi Adam love your blog, and I would love to win the shoes. I am just trying to be able to run 100 miles someday. As they say baby steps first as I run my first 100 kn race in less than a week.


Warren N said...

Hi Adam!

After reading all the great goals and accomplishments of others, I am actually quite intimidated to enter my post. But here goes...

A few years ago, I decided to get active again and started doing the Grouse Grind in North Vancouver, BC. When I first started, I found it really hard, but I absolutely loved it! My times started getting faster, and I started doing multiple grinds in a day. This newfound love of fitness in the outdoors led me to try different races such as Seek The Peak, the Grouse Grind Race, 5 Peaks BC, the Spartan Race, and the Warrior Dash! I have never enjoyed running more!

With the Grouse Grind being an inspiration to have a more active lifestyle, I set a goal to do as many grinds as I could in one day. I combined this goal with initiating a charity with the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation (a charity dear to my heart), collecting pledges for each grind I completed.

On June 20th, 2012, I started really early in the morning, and finished at 10:30 at night. By the end of the day, I completed 13 grinds, each one under one hour! I raised almost $2500 for the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation! I was exhausted yet exhilarated, and in the end, pleased with this accomplishment.

I still do the Grouse Grind regularly, along with other trail runs and hikes... I can't get enough of it now!

So this is my story for now! Thanks for reading this!

Take care,

Jeremy said...


So many worthy entries you are going to have a tough decision! I can relate to one poster who shared a tale of turning around a sedentary lifestyle by the inspiration provided on the trails. In 2009 after spending my 20s as an inactive guy, I took up running as a way to lose weight (I was 270# then). I soon learned I had a true passion to run, and find it hard to contain my enthusiasm.

Since then, I have had many incredible adventures on the trails, continuing to draw inspiration from the likes of yourself, Grant, Robbins, Krupicka, Greenwood, Garneau and the list goes on. Earlier in the year I was race director for a local trail race raising $6,000 for charity.

This summer I won the Kusam Klimb in course record time, have run the West Coast Trail, Skyline Trail, and the Squamish 50 amongst others. I raced in the NACAC Mountain Running Championships narrowly missing selection to the National team. In October I hope to qualify for the ACU trail team by running under 6 hours at the Whistler 50 so that I can participate in the World Trail Championships in Wales next summer.

There is one run I will never forget. Last summer I did my first solo mountain running adventure at Mt Robson park in BC. The Berg Lake Trail is a sublime world famous trail containing everything a trail runner could dream of. Pristine singletrack, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, lakes and of course all of this is around the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. I made a blog post to share some images here

I returned in 2011 to run the inaugural Mt Robson Marathon, and plan to return next week with the goal of beating some tough competition to take the win. I am sure it won't be easy.

I hope my thoughts do not come off as bragging. In the same way that I have been inspired by yourself and others, I hope others see how far I have come from being an obese never athlete in the course of 3 incredible years. There is nothing impossible if you have the passion to go after it! Thank you for indulging me!


Unknown said...

As a city dweller my Favorited trails at the moment are in the Rouge Park on the outskirts of Toronto.I am currently working on a way to connect all the separate trails into one continuous trail run from Lake Ontario to Markham.

Dawoitte said...

I am a fairly new convert to ultra trail running, having spent most of the last 13 years running road events. I did my first trail ultra this summer and am hooked.
I have signed up for a 50K run this coming weekend, and am very excited.
My next BIG event will be running the La Cloche Silhouette trail in Killarney Provincial Park.
I am most excited when I can see that my enthusiasm for running has positively influenced someone else.