Derrick Spafford

Age: 48, Years running: 33, Hometown: Yarker, Ontario, Canada, Favorite product: CROSSOVER 2.0 GTX


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

To continue to run longer distances in races and training, including self supported winter expeditions in more remote regions of the world.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I have a running streak of over 25 years. I have not missed a day of running since December 25, 1989

Do you have any vices?

Love a good dark roast coffee and dark beers (stouts)

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

Connecting with some place in the natural world each day.

What drives you to run?

The pure joy of running trails and being away from technology.

What is your favorite movie?

Whatever is playing at the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Spaff - I grew up playing hockey in Canada and everyone had a nickname. Just a short form for my last name.

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

Probably after my first 100 miler. I was pretty pumped up on adrenaline and caffeine that I couldn’t sleep.

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

I’m Canadian, so I would say after my favourite territory… Yukon

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Hummus, veggies, seeds on a wrap with a ridiculous amount of Sriracha sauce!

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

Definitely music, and a loud assortment of Canadian and Irish Punk Rock.

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?

Whitehorse, Yukon in Canada…but very fortunate to live where I live with a great trail system out my door.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

Having to Bivy in the middle of a 100 mile race in Northern Canada in the winter due to being sick. I eventually finished, but it was a major struggle. Have also had lots of wildlife encounters but nothing that I felt two much at risk. Probably the one I was most concerned at the time was when my siberian husky squared off with a bear and neither would back down for the longest time. It ended well though.