Derrick Spafford

Age: 43, Years running: 28, Hometown: Yarker, Ontario, Canada, Favorite product: C-LITE


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

To run further, faster and higher than I ever thought possible. Race wise, I would love to represent Canada at some international ultrarunning events.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I have a running streak in that I haven’t taken a day off from running since December 25, 1989.

Do you have any vices?

Beer, pizza, cinnamon buns and jujubes

What makes you tick as a runner and in the real world?

Balance and consistency. I need my daily fix of running on the trails and in the woods for everything else in my life to make sense

What drives you to run?

The joy of being at one with nature.

What is your favorite movie?

We got rid of our TV a number of years ago, so don’t really watch many movies. If I had to pick one though, I’d say ‘Hard Core Logo’. Basically it’s a Canadian Punk version of the Blues Brothers.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

“Spaff”. Short form of my last name that probably started when I was playing hockey as a kid. Everyone had a nickname when you played hockey.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?

The longest I’ve gone without sleep was during my first 100miler. I was exhausted but excited, so don’t think I really slept most of the next day.

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?

Since I live in Canada, I’ll say that I would want to be named ‘Yukon’.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Banana Split Sandwich (banana, peanut butter & jam)

If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?

Definitely music. I love music, but never run with it, so you’d probably hear The Pogues blasting quite loudly in my head.

What really scares you about trail running?


If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

Confessions of a Running Streaker

Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?

North-Western Canada

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

I’ve encountered a number of bears on the trail, but they’ve never bothered me as they just take off in the other direction. I've had a couple of close calls with skunks too. My worst encounter was a nasty hole caused by an all terrain vehicle resulting in a broken ankle.