meet The team

Race Director:
Laura Townsend

Laura fills many roles but her favourite by far is mom to 5 kids. A few years ago she made the choice to run 50 ultras by the time she is 50 with the goal of raising funds for Strathcona County's sexual assault centre, an organization very important to her and many others in the community. She is looking forward to completing her 36th ultra at Sinister 7 in July 2021 and although she may not be the fastest, she gets better and better each time and always makes friends along the way!  Without Laura, this event would have never come to light and the team couldn't be happier to work with such an amazing and driven woman!

Favourite beer...Electric Unicorn

Racer Liaison:
Erica Kam

Erica has been both a runner at long ultra distance events (over 25 to date) and volunteers/crews for various members of the community and races. She has also been on the front-line as a health-care worker throughout the pandemic.

Erica has taken the lead on creating a virtual seminar series for our racers which will have short informative sessions on nutrition, race experience and more! Check out our 2021 Virtual Seminars under "2021 Virtual Event" page.

Eva Chalmers

With  Eva's infectious laugh and smile, Eva's passion is volunteering. She volunteered with Survivorfest in 2019 and couldn't stay away from joining the team when the opportunity arose.  Eva loves to stay busy and has spent several years volunteering in a variety of positions with United Way, Corporate Challenge and currently volunteers with four other groups!!! I guess you could call her an Ultra Volunteer!!  In between Eva still finds time to enjoy running, motorcycling, Pilates, golfing, OrangeTheory, walking,,,anything active with family and friends. Eva has a sweet tooth for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Charissa Scott

Charissa helped out as a volunteer in 2019 and loved Survivorfest so much, she wanted to come back in a bigger capacity. She is another BUSY mom with 3 kids, works with women experiencing domestic violence AND is working on her Sociology degree. We love that she's found some extra time to make sure that every cent goes to Saffron Centre!! Charissa is another hugger so if Laura isn't around, she's the next best one to hug!!! She may not be a marathoner but she's definitely a cheerleader!

Favourite thing to dark chocolate, just in case anyone would like to bring some.

Website Designer:
Ruby Townsend

Ruby is an Advanced Placement high school student at Bev Facey High School. Don't let her tough punk look fool you as her parents get many phone calls from teachers telling them "What a pleasure" it is to have ruby in their classrooms. Not a surprise, she won a Good Citizen Award in fall 2020. When Ruby is not working at pools, she loves hanging out with friends playing Minecraft online with Green Day playing in the background.