I just got this in my inbox first thing this morning:

Ellie, Gary,

On behalf of ACU executive, I am glad to announce you that you have been named the 2008 - ACU (Assoc Of Cdn Ultramarathoners) ultrarunners of the year. Your constant in your races has been, for both of you, a great factor in your nomination.
All Provincial representatives had to make proposals with the criteria established, and at the end, the ACU executives had to make the final choice...Your are our choices!


Michel Gouin
ACU president

(This is how I felt when I opened this e-mail! Notice the old school Montrail Masai shoes in there:)

First off, huge congrats to Ellie for grabbing this award, although I am sure she won by a landslide! I honestly can not remember the last time she did not win a race?

For myself, I am truly flattered by this. I won't lie, when I decided to fully pursue ultrarunning in July of last year, I had set out a long term goal for myself to try to win the 2009 ACU ultrarunner of the year...to win it in 08 however, was way more than I thought possible in such a short period of time! This is a by-product of a longer term goal and as such definitely took me by surprise!

Thanks so much to The ACU for this honor. I was almost speechless when I found out...almost.

Diez Vista 50k in three days...just gotta stick to the taper plan and not let the excitement of winning this award allow me to get carried away on my evening runs right now:)

I should also throw in a quick thanks to all my sponsors, they truly are amazing:

-Mountain Hardware
-Mind Over Mountain Adventure Racing
-Carbo Pro / 1200 / Thermolytes / Recover-Amino Power
-Princeton Tec Sport Lights