Ellie Greenwood

About Ellie Greenwood

Date of Birth:
March 14, 1979

Place of Birth:
Dundee, Scotland

Current Home town:
North Vancouver, BC

Primary Race Distance:
Anything from 50km to 100 miles

Other hobbies or sports:
Skiing, snowshoeing, travel, writing about running!

What Mountain Hardwear/ Montrail gear and clothing is in your quiver for a typical day at/ on the trail?
Geist jacket or effusion jacket for colder days. Fairhavens are my go to shoe for everyday runs.

Six-word bio… 
Work hard, run hard, have fun.

When singing karaoke, what song do you sing to bring down the house?
I will NEVER sing karaoke, I REALLY can’t sing

What music gets you fired up?
Pearl Jam at full volume on my iPod for the last 5 minutes in the treadmill.

How were you introduced to your sport?
Through Club Fat Ass in Vancouver, a low key group who are all about having fun on the trails

What inspires you?
Pushing myself to be the best runner I can possibly be, setting new challenge in terms of distances, terrain and speed. My Montrail team mates!

Which athletes or other individuals have been your biggest source of inspiration?
Krissy Moehl for having been involved in ultra running for so long at such a great level. Lizzy Hawker for her wide ranging achievements and always pushing herself to the next level.

What advice would you give to newcomers to (your sport) today?
Find some buddies to share the trails with and go have fun. Don’t be afraid to ask more experienced trail and ultra runners for advice. Set some goals that will challenge you but work you way up gradually so as to not overwhelm yourself before you are ready for longer and tougher races.

What’s your favorite pre race meal?
Going to Wholefoods or a similar grocery store and hitting the salad bar with some pasta and lots of veggies, quick and easy and something you can pick up in most race locations.

What the first thing you look forward to doing after a long run / race?
Having a cup of tea! A great way to rehydrate with a little buzz of caffeine and warms you up after a cold run.

How do you balance your training schedule with your “real” job?
I am efficient with my time and will work through lunch so I can get out on time to train. Plan my training schedule at the start of the week and stick to it as if it’s an appointment. Train right after work otherwise I end up procrastinating which only makes getting out the door harder!

Do you have any pre-race/ pre-competition rituals?
Not really, I try to stay low key as rituals can just add to the stress and pre-race nerves

In 10 years I hope to be… 
Content with wherever I am at and surrounded by friends and family.


Career Highlights

  • June 2011, Western States 100 miler – 1st place female
  • Nov 2010, IAU World 100km (Gibraltar) – 1st place female
  • August 2010, Canadian Death Race (Grande Cache, AB) – 1st place female
  • Female Ultrarunner of the Year 2011 (voted by Ultrarunning magazine)

Course Records: 

  • Chuckanut 50km
  • Canadian Death Race 125km
  • Kneeknackering North Shore Trail Run 30miler
  • Scorched Sole 50 miler
  • Run for the Toad 50km
  • Calgary Marathon
  • Edmonton Marathon
  • Stormy 50 miler
  • Powderface 42km
  • Elk Beaver 100km



2012 Race Plans:

  • April 22, London Marathon
  • June 3, Comrades Marathon
  • June 23, Western States 100
  • August 31, UTMB
  • September 29, UROC – Ultra Race of Champions
  • October 7, Haestune
  • November 17, JFK 50

2011/2012 Race Results

  • 2012 – December, TNF Endurance Challenge 50 miler – 2nd
  • January, Bandera 100k
  • March, Chuckanut 50k – 1st place female, Course Record by 3 min (beat her own)
  • April, American River 50 – 1st female/5th Overall, 6h18m
  • 2011 – March, Chuckanut 50km – 1st place female, Course Record
  • April, American River 50 – 1st place female
  • March, Comrades Marathon – 4th place female
  • June, Western States 100 – 1st place female
  • July, Powderface 42km – 1st place
  • August, Edmonton Marathon – 1st place female, Course Record
  • September, World 100km Championship – DNF
  • October, Run for the Toad 50k – 1st female, 2nd overall
  • October, Ultramarathon de los Andes – 1st female