Ultra-marathon runner, Troy Dzioba, is looking for triple crown title

It’s hard to imagine running a 100-mile endurance race throughout rocky, steep terrain in blistering heat, but for Spruce Grove’s Troy Dzioba, it’s just another day at the office. Dzioba, who has been running ultra-marathon races throughout Canada and the United States for years, is about to tackle his newest challenge, the Black Spur Ultra. Black Spur Ultra is a three-day, Kimberley, B.C.-based ultra-marathon that sees runners travel up to 108-kilometres in just 24 hours. All of this is done while reaching heights of 4,460 feet above sea level. For Dzioba, the decision to take part in the Aug. 25 race is part of his strive to earn himself a triple crown title — an honour reserved for athletes who complete the Sinister 7 ultra-marathon, the Canadian Death Race ultra-marathon and the Black Spur ultra-marathon. Thus far, Dzioba has completed both the Sinister 7 and the Canadian Death Race. 2018 marks the second time he’s completed the Sinister 7 and the fourth time he’s completed the Canadian Death Race. “In the Sinister 7, I placed second in the triple category and 11 overall in the men’s category,” Dzioba said, while taking some time off in Grande Cache. “In the Canadian Death Race, I placed second in the triple category again and was 18th overall in the men’s category.” Dzioba said he’s feeling positive about the way this season of endurance racing has been going, adding that he’s focusing on maintaining his fitness and not overdoing it in preparation of Black Spur — a course he’s never run before.

posted Friday August 17th