As a brand that targets athletes, it would only make sense that we would seek ambassadors that are actively pursuing their sport. Stephanie Case is not only pursuing her sport, but also having some pretty spectacular (albeit sometimes scary) adventures!
Stephanie is a 35 year old Canadian human rights lawyer based in Geneva who discovered ultrarunning nine years ago. Since then she has competed in a number of races all over Europe, Asia, and in the US.
The standard definition for ultrarunning is “anything past the marathon, or 26.2 miles… the shortest standard distance that is considered an ultra is the 50 kilometer distance, or 31.07 miles” (courtesy of Ultra Running Magazine). Stephanie frequently competes and places in races significantly longer than the standard 31.07mi – her preferred distance is 100+ miles. Her favorite race, Tor des Geants, is a 330km (205+ mile) mountain race in Italy. Tor des Geants remains at the core of her heart (Stephanie’s own words) and she is planning on running it in 2017 (she also ran it in 2015 and came second among women on a shortened course in 2016).
As if competing in ultra’s all over the world wasn’t impressive enough, Stephanie has also started her own charity, Free to Run. Free to Run’s mission is to use running, physical fitness and outdoor adventure to empower and educate women and girls who have been affected by conflict. They support those living within conflict areas as well as those who have been forced to flee and live as refugees outside of their home countries.
Stephanie’s blog, The Ultra Runner Girl, has also been her vehicle for telling not only running stories, but also the adventures her training has taken her on. In January 2017, Stephanie had a terrible fall while training in the Italian Alps, which left her injured nearly to the point of death. In her blog, Stephanie tells the story of her fall, her recovery, and her like-a-phoenix-from-the-ashes return to running.
To say that Stephanie is an amazing human being is an understatement. We are so grateful to have found her (we noticed she was buying a lot of Chafex and decided to ask her is she was buying so many tubes for an athletic team… Turns out running ultras can lead to some serious chafing problems!). We are thrilled to have her on Team Chafex.