Throughout the month of July, Canadian runners have the opportunity to try and outrun one of our country’s best ultrarunners, Terri Biloski. Biloski has an impressive resume: she was a member of Team Canada at the 2020 Big’s Backyard Ultra and was the first runner to complete the original Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, beating more than 19,000 other participants. Think you can outrun her? This year’s virtual Don’t Fear the Sweeper gives you the chance to find out.
How the race works
All runners can officially start logging their kilometres on July 1, and can continue to track them until 11:59 p.m. on July 31 (that is, if you haven’t been caught by Biloski by then!). Biloski will also be tracking her kilometres, and if by the end of each calendar day you’re still ahead of her, you remain in the race. Should you be “swept” by Terri (meaning she has more kilometres logged by the end of day), you’ll be eliminated.
You can also opt to have a head start (1 day, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or 10 days), which means Biloski won’t start counting kilometres in your event until the day after your head start. For example, if you choose a five-day head start, she won’t start tracking kilometres until the sixth day.
The race is being hosted by Persistence Racing and all participating runners are eligible to win beer from Rally Beer Company.
Running for a good cause
Registration for the event is only $10, and 100 per cent of that fee will be donated to charity, with half going to the Huntington Society of Canada in support of those facing Huntington’s Disease, and the other half to the Children’s Health Foundation, in support of LHSC Children’s Hospital.
To learn more about the event and to sign up, click here.