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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 recently completed ultra #22 at Gords Frozen Ass 50 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!


Basia Kowal


Basia is our financial whiz with her MBA. She works full time as an accountant PLUS has her own company, B Calm Bookkeeping. We love that she’s found some extra time for Survivorfest and making sure every single cent goes to Saffron Centre!! 
Basia is a fellow runner as well who enjoys exploring the trails and making people laugh with her shenanigans. She is training for her first 50k @ Blackfoot Ultra in May but can’t wait to cheer and do what she can to make Survivorfest amazing.

Volunteer Coordinators:

Jessica Kinsella & Erica Kam


These are your Volunteer Coordinators - Erica Kam and Jessica Kinsella - whose objective is to give the very best experience to the army of volunteers that it takes to put on a successful 24 hour event! The safety, physical,  nutritional, and spiritual wellbeing of the athletes competing here at SurvivorFest24 depends on the commitment and energy of our volunteers and this duo will ensure you as volunteers know when, what and where to be... you supply the why!
Jessica has lead several events as both Race Director and Volunteer Coordinator bringing a wealth of experience to this position. She is proud wife to Jay supporting and crewing his events ranging from 50k's to 200 miles all over the globe. An avid animal lover , she enjoys the outdoors and is currently training for a 50k this May! 
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 understands the important role volunteers play for the racer and how creating a positive environment for the volunteer is paramount to that. Giving back and fostering community is what draws her to Survivorfest 24!

Media Coordinator:

Kathy Durell

Kathy (Kathryn aka KD) is our Social Media coordinator! She is a mom of 2, runner, volunteer and supporter of SurvivorFest and all it represents.

Running is a way of life and community for her and bringing the love of the sport to others is a passion. Running with FastTrax and RunLab she sets some serious goals every year and chases them with dedication. Recently, running Phoenix 10, L.A Marathon with more to come.

You will see her out at SurvivorFest cheering you along the way!