Friday, December 31, 2010

Cheers to 2010!

The final day of 2010.
WOW. What a year it has been for ELM! I am sitting, thinking, reminicing and realizing a massive sense of gratitude. My heart swells with thanks for the opportunities I have been given, the adventures I have lived and the warm people I have been lucky to do it all with.

Raise a glass and give cheers to 2010! Here are my Top 10 ELM highlights from the year gone by...

Peru Trek. Of course, this year was all about Peru and the amazing team of trekkers that completed the challenging 7 day journey to Machu Picchu in September. There are a lifetime of memories in this highlight alone... Check out the short movie if you have not already done so...

Peru Fest. This celebration of all things Peru at the Riding Fool Hostel last month blew me away. I had so much fun reliving the trip, chatting with future adventurers and raising awareness about the needs of the remote Peruvian people. We raised $1500 in one night which will go a long way to support these children in the mountains of Peru. Thank you!

Adventure Running 2010! I think this was one of the best 24 weeks of Adventure Running we have ever had at ELM. The trails were steep, gnarly, flowy and rewarded us with breathtaking views. We discovered many new routes, trails and areas in our own backyard. Looking forward to next year!

ELM Members Events! Coastal Trek hike and feast up on Forbidden in February, Cycle and Sip to Beaufort Winery in the summer, discount shopping nights at Valhalla and more - it was a fun year playing with the ELM Members. Another highlight was welcoming Kathy Penner into the ELM family as our new Membership Co-Ordinator...thanks for all your amazing work Kathy!

Snow to Surf Relay: ELM Women Snag FIRST PLACE OVERALL in the womens category of this years S2S !! What a great race we had! The stars lined up and our superstar ELM team made it happen to take the gold medal in this years race. Way to go Team ELM!

Boston Bound! 3 amazing ELMers qualified for the Boston Marathon at this years Royal Victoria marathon in October. Congratulations to Korky, Karen and Diana who are all Boston bound this spring!

Fit & Free! After years of research, writing, editing, designing, and finally printing, I released my first book this fall. Yippee! What an amazing learning experience...and a huge relief to finish the book! Stay tuned for book promotions and events in 2011! Pick your copy up today!

Route of Fire: ELMer Jen Joliffe completes an amazing 7 day staged race across the country of Costa Rica! Learn about the route here and watch her do it all again in Feb 2011! Way to go Jen- you are amazing!

New Sponsors: I was stoked to bring on 3 new Sponsors as part of the ELM Membership program in 2010! Welcome to Valhalla Pure, Mountain City Cycle and Lotuswear! (PS Check out the membership page for a list of our current sponsors including our first 2011 addition:: Oh Spa!!)

Top Personal Trainer Award: I was shocked and stoked to win the Get Out There Magazine Peoples Choice Award for the Best Personal Trainer in Western Canada on New Years day last year. What an amazing way to start the year! Once again, thank you to who ever nomitated really did make my day, my month and my year:)

I hope you had a fantastic 2010 and that you lived, loved and laughed more than the year before...
Now...onto 2011!
Happy New Year!

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