Patrick, Hamilton On

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Jacob Haas over the past year through the WE Run Club in Hamilton, Ontario. To say Jacob has helped me take my running to a new level would be an understatement! Previously, running for me was an outlet to blow-off steam after work and to maintain my cardiovascular health with age. Now through Jacob’s mentorship, I am equipped with a suite of tools or workout types including fartlek, tempo and interval training that are enabling me to run farther and faster.

In 2022, with limited racing experience, I competed in Hamilton’s Around the Bay 30K road race, the Chase the Coyote 25K trail race in Mono Cliffs, and the Hamilton Half Marathon. Most notably, in May I competed in the Sulphur Springs 50K trail race in Dundas, Ontario without ever competing in a full marathon (42K). Not only did I finish, but I placed 21st out of 152 with a time of 5:07:47!

I owe a great deal of gratitude to Jacob for helping me achieve these accomplishments (dreams, really!), but above all, for introducing me to trail running. I am more confident than ever that the natural world is best explored at a runner’s pace J

Thanks, Jacob!