Jessica Wilson

Name: Jessica Wilson

DOB: 14.06.1992

Hometown: Ingersoll, Canada / Leeds, UK

Sport: Ultra Running

Growing up in the Canadian countryside, a love of the outdoors was instilled from a young age. I try to find adventure in the everyday and rarely pass up an opportunity to go exploring or try new things.

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2018 and always want to show others who have a chronic illness that there is always a way to continue enjoying the activities they love.

Get to know Jessica

Tell us about your successes so far?

After I got sick, I always said I didn’t care so much about racing, but just being able to continue running was my only goal. I like challenging myself and seeing how far I can push my limits.

As I’ve been able to race again, my most recent success came this past summer where I placed 5th at the UTMR Mischabel 60km.

What are you working on? What are your goals for the future?

This past year was about getting my mountain and technical legs back, this upcoming year is about working back up to the triple digit distances.

I’m building my 2023 race schedule at the moment and mixing it up with some long distances, technical terrain, and more orienteering style events. Stay tuned!

Why do you run? What do you love about running?

Running has always been a part of my life, whether it was training for other sports or becoming my main sport. The thing I love most about trail running is being able to explore remote places that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to access by other modes of transport.

Which Scarpa shoe is your favourite?

I love the Golden Gate Kima, it feels like I’m wearing nothing on my feet and is phenomenal on the technical trails.

Climbing, the Helix has been my go to all-around shoe. From the gym, to the cliffs in Croatia, they’ve seen it all.

Tell us about your best day running?

My best day running is usually anytime I’m out running with friends, having a laugh, and somehow always finding a way to end up covered in mud or in a body of water.

I do remember the first time I went running in the mountains when I lived in Alberta and how indescribable it felt, and that feeling hits every time I return to the mountains.

What do you do away from your sport?

If I’m not running, I’m climbing, cycling, swimming, snowboarding, skiing, skating. You won’t find me too far away from sport, as I studied biomechanics and environmental physiology and work in sport technology. I’m frequently experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes, pottering in the garden, or doing some sort of art project with a large pot of tea.

Where is your #NoPlacetooFar?

Right now, I would love to go on a running expedition on Baffin Island, a still relatively untouched and truly wild place in Canada.

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