Nicola Gildersleeve

Age: 31, Years running: 10, Hometown: Vernon, BC, Favorite product: HELIOS SR


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

My ultimate goal would be to Run the Trans Canada Trail once it's complete Break 3 hours in the marathon (I've run 3:01 so I'm close!) Run a sub 5:30 at the North Shore Knee Knacker 50km Speed Hike the CDT, AT and the rest of the PCT. I hiked 1/2 the PCT in 2014 and it was a blast.

Do you have a claim to fame?

In 2014 I set a Fastest Known Time (33 hrs 50 min) on the 180km Sunshine Coast Trail in Powell River, BC. It was the first finish by a female and only the 2nd time anyone had ever completed it. The previous FKT was set 10 years ago (43 hrs 50 min).

Do you have any vices?

Of course!

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

I love being outdoors and just letting my body move (running, climbing, hiking, skiing, biking). It's where I feel the most like me and have the most fun. I also love making people laugh!

What drives you to run?

To adventure and explore. I love being in new places and the sensation I get from just being free to frolic around in nature. It also makes my day that much better if I get out for a run.

What is your favorite movie?

Dirty Dancing

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Gilder Sleeves I don't think they need much explaining!

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

The longest I went without sleep was when I did the FKT on the Sunshine Coast Trail.

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

British Columbia ;)

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

I had a donut from this coffee shop in Vernon that only has donuts on Fridays. They are gourmet and sooooo good. I also balanced it out with a salmon salad :)

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


What really scares you about trail running?

I am terrified of running into wild animals like cougars/mountain lions and bears. I've actually had a few bear encounters but they've all been positive.

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


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

I don't think I've seen enough of the world yet to make this decision but Squamish, BC is pretty rad.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

I was running through a maze of blackberry bushes and scared a bear down the trail. I had no where else to go but down this trail as well. The bear was lazy and would run a little and then stop. I kept making noise and it kept trotting along and I just hated the thought that at any point it could turn around, charge me and I'd be done!