DERRICK SPAFFORD - Owner/Head Coach

 

Derrick Spafford has over 40 years of competitive running and coaching experience. He has competed in hundreds of races in distances from 800 meters to 100 miles; from track to ultramarathons. While he enjoys competing in a variety of different events, his current favourite races include trail, mountain, ultra and snowshoe running races.

Derrick founded Spafford Health and Adventure in 2008.

CREDENTIALS​

  • Graduate of Loyalist College – Recreation and Leisure Services Program (including coaching and personal training certifications)

  • 35+ years of Coaching and Personal Training Experience

  • Managed and Instructed over 50 clinics for Beginning and Intermediate Runners

  • Over 20 years Special Event Management and Organization

  • Helped hundreds of runners meet their personal dream goals

  • Running coach for Impossible2Possible Youth Expeditions

SELECTED RUNNING/RACE/EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2021 Thirty One Year Running Streak of running every day since 1989. 

  • 2018 Akshayuk Pass Traverse of Baffin Island (with Ray Zahab)

  • 2015 Impossible2Possible Greece Expedition

  • 2015 Whiteface Mountain Vertical KM

  • 2014 Yarker to Sharbot Lake 13 Lake Route 84km Winter Run (Unsupported)

  • 2014 Wakely Dam Ultra 55km – unsupported trail run

  • 2013 Yukon Arctic Ultra 100 mile (Whitehorse, Yukon) – 7th overall

  • 2013 Impossible2Possible Peru Expedition

  • 2013 Beachburg Spring Chicken 50km – 1st overall

  • 2013 Wakely Dam Ultra 55km – 13th overall

  • 2012 Dirty Girls 12 hour night race (Mansfield, ON) – 1st overall (Course Record)

  • 2012 Yukon Arctic Ultra 100 mile (Whitehorse, Yukon) – 2nd overall

  • 2011 GORE-TEX TransRockies Run (Buena Vista, CO) – 6th Co-ed Masters Team

  • 2011 Seaton Trail Run 52km (Pickering, ON) – 1rst overall

  • 2009 Haliburton 100 mile (Haliburton, ON) – 2nd overall (2nd fastest time ever run on current Haliburton course of 17:52)

  • 2009 Finger Lakes 50 mile (Ithaca, NY) – 1rst overall

  • 2008 Haliburton 100 mile (Haliburton, ON) – 1rst overall

  • 2008 Rock and Ice K-Rock Ultra 135km (Yellowknife, NWT) – 2nd overall

  • 2003 Ontario Shore Marathon – 2nd overall

 

TEAM/PARTNERS:

  • Team Dion Snowshoes Canada

  • Xact Nutrition Ambassador

  • Julbo Sunglasses Ambassador

LISA LESKIEN - Associate Coach

 

CREDENTIALS:

  • UESCA Certified Ultrarunning Coach 

  • Over 15 years of coaching youth Cross Country, Track and Field, and various Kids Running and Reading Programs, and Recess run clubs. 

Lisa Leskien has competed at a high level in trail, ultra and snowshoe running. Highlights have included a bronze medal at the 2018 North American Snowshoe Championships, a 10th place finish at the 2017 World Snowshoe Championships (helping Team Canada take the silver medal in the team competition), and competing for Team Canada at the 100k IAU World Championships in 2015 and 2009.  Lisa has won the women’s title in the Dion Ontario Snowshoe Running series in 2017, 2018, and 2020.

 

Lisa loves to share her enthusiasm for running with athletes of all ages and abilities.  She has coached a wide range of runners from youth track and cross country programs to individual adult runners. She has also volunteered as a Guide runner for student Para athletes at W. Ross MacDonald School in Brantford, Ontario

Lisa’s experiences as a competitive runner throughout pregnancy, post-childbirth, and now as a busy mom helps her tailor training plans to suit runners as they train through life’s milestones.  She is positive, supportive and focuses on keeping training enjoyable, motivating her athletes to achieve their goals. 

SELECTED RACE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2020, 2018, 2017 – Dion Ontario Snowshoe Series Female winner

  • 2018, 2017, 2002 – Run for the Toad 25k Trail race 1st overall female

  • 2018 North American Snowshoe Championships Female bronze medalist

  • 2017, 2005, 2003 – Ontario 25k Trail Series Female champion

  • 2018, 2017 – Dion Ontario Snowshoe Series Female winner

  • 2017 World Snowshoe Championships – 10th overall, women’s team silver medal as a member of Team Canada

  • 2015, 2009 Member of the Canadian 100k Ultra Running Team that competed in the IAU World 100k Championships in Belgium 2009, and The Netherlands 2015 –top Canadian woman both years

  • 2009 Member of the Canadian 100k Ultra Running team for the Commonwealth Ultra Distance Championships in Keswick UK. Top Canadian Female – 6th place, Bronze medal for the Canadian Women’s team

  • 2008 – 12 hour National champion, Dirty Girls trail race (course record)

  • 2003 – Member of the OUA bronze medal winning 4x800m relay team – York University

  • 2003 – Distance Team Captain – York University Track and Field Team

TEAM/PARTNERS:

  • Team Dion Snowshoes Canada

  • Happy Trails Racing Ambassador 2020-21

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