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Meet the Dream Team: Brendan Urlocker
Where are you from?
I am from the Ottawa Valley, but have been living in Squamish since 2009.
What are your pronouns?
Tell us a little about yourself?
I love to explore, whether it’s running, biking, or skiing! I’m a competitive trail runner and love to race anywhere from 10 km to 50 km. I’ve had the honour of representing Canada internationally at the World Mountain Running Championships in 2019. I have some longer distances on my bucket list as well as some FKT’s I'd like to give a run for their money!
What sports did you practice as a child?
I mostly played hockey and soccer. I used to do some running events with my family as well!
What brought you to the mountains?
I came out to the Whistler region to ski as well as watch the 2010 Olympics! But I stayed because of the lifestyle. Whether you run, climb, bike or ski, Squamish is a world class destination. There are so many like-minded people that live in the Sea to Sky Corridor and you only need to look outside to get some mountain inspiration!
What “personal touch” do you bring to SkiUphill / RunUphill?I bring a lot of trail running shenanigans to SkiUphill / RunUphill. If you aren’t having fun, what’s the point? I also love to help people with their various needs. Whether it’s finding that perfect product in store, sharing beta on new places to explore, or any other questions they might have, I’m happy to help!
What other sports are you interested in?Anything that makes me go fast! If I’m not running, I’m usually on a gravel bike or skate skiing. I’d also like to do more cyclocross races in the future!
What is your favourite area to run/ski?It’s hard to beat Squamish, but I like to visit the Okanagan in the shoulder season. The hardpack & fast trails are a nice change of scenery compared to the coast.
What are your other hobbies/interests?I’ve taken up Disc Golf recently, which is a nice change of pace from running. That being said, Speed Disc Golf quickly became a thing with our friends!
What’s your ideal day out in the mountains?Traveling fast and light with good company and nice views!
What’s your favourite piece of running gear?I’ve been liking the Norda 001’s! They look awesome, but they are also highly capable. With a tread pattern inspired by Canadian landscapes, they offer a predictable grip over a variety of surfaces. It’s a great training shoe as the build quality is fantastic. My feet feel comfortable yet secure, and I appreciate the sustainable approach Norda has taken with their construction!
Favourite coffee/tea?Espresso. Usually three to four per day if I’m feeling adventurous!