Nicola Gildersleeve

Age: 26, Years running: 6, Hometown: Squamish, British Columbia, Favorite product: Crosslite


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

I want my running to take me to some of the most beautiful places in the world. Some of my future big goal races include, badwater, UTMB, hardrock, wasatch, trans alps...the list is always growing. I would also like to complete the John Muir trail, the Appalachian trail, and maybe a run across Canada (dream big)!

Do you have a claim to fame?

I run downhill like a madWOman. Nothing gives me more satisfaction that ripping a gnarly technical descent. I have the scares on my knees to prove it!

Do you have any vices?

Home baked goodies like cookies and muffins.

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

I love exploring new places and being with people who are totally stoked to be out adventering with me.

What drives you to run?

Curiosity, physical challenge, and a little bit of craziness.

What is your favorite movie?

I'm going to cheat and pick a T.V series: Dexter!

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

My last name is Gildersleeve so I often get...Gilder, Gilda, and Sleeves,

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

I think it was during the Western States 100 mile race last year. I must have been awake for over 35 hours.

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

Sadly, being Canadian I am not too familiar with all 50 states. If I had to pick a province it would be British Columbia because it has everything to offer to the endurance junkie.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

I was away ski touring and after skiing a lap on the most amazing untouched powder I had 2 rye crackers with aged cheeder and a stick of lanjager!

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

Definetly music, it's like a 24 hour dance party in my head.

What really scares you about trail running?

Encountering a bear or a cougar when I am running solo.

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

Mountain Life

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

I could live anywhere as long as it had mountains for me to run/ski/bike, coean for me to swim, and rock for me to climb.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

My boyfriend encoutnered a bear while course marking high up in the mountains for the Fat Dog 100 trail race. Luckily, he knew exactly what to do and took the lead. While I, shaking in my crosslites, made noise anf follwed slowly behind him.