New blogger/athlete/ambassador: Nicola Gildersleeve
  Kurt Ellingson 12:00 AM
I first off want to say how tremendously excited I am to be an Elevate Me athlete/ambassador. Not only have I been using Elevate Me energy bars as fuel for years now, I have also had the pleasure of knowing the owner's, Trish and Earl Ellingson.

I first discovered Elevate Me organic energy bars through a friend I worked with at North Shore Athletics. He was diagnosed with Celiac disease a few years ago and had to change his diet drastically. One of the things he was able to fuel himself on were Elevate Me health bars. Besides being Gluten-Free they are packed with whey protein, making them the perfect snack on the go for a hungry athlete. I have experimented with a lot of different energy bars and Elevate Me protein bars are THE BEST! My favorite is the Acai Berry Bar.


I grew up playing team sports, mainly soccer and basketball. After high school I went on to play Varsity Basketball at Capilano College for 2 years. It was during these years that I discovered my passion for running. After College, I trained for my first marathon and I absolutely fell in love with the sport. I went on to work at North Shore Athletics and a co-worker introduced me to Ultramarathon running. Since then, I haven't looked back and have run distances such as 50km, 50 miles, and 100km. I hope to run my first 100 miler in 2010! Many of the ultramararthon's I have done are on the trails. I love spending time running in nature and it is definitely where I feel most at ease. There is something magical about running in the trees listening to the sounds of the river flowing along side the trail.

After Capilano College I transferred to U.B.C to finish my Human Kinetics Degree. I ran on the track and field/cross country team for 2 years. I currently work as a Personal Trainer and run coach in North Vancouver. I work with a wide variety of clientele who have their own individual goals. Some people want to lose weight, improve core strength, learn to run, and/or gain strength and improve balance and flexibility. I am also a Certified Lactate Threshold Tester through F.a.C.T Canada. This certification allows me to measure your current level of fitness and provide training recommendation based on your own personal physiology.

I am very passionate about health and fitness and I am proud to support and promote a health product I believe in.

Past Accomplishments:


  • Iron Knee 25km: 2nd place female, 16th overall/Time: 1:51 (First time)
  • Knee Knacker 50km: 2nd place female, 14th overall/ Time: 5:48 (PB: 52 minutes)
  • Stormy 50-miler trail race : 1st Place female


  • Knee Knacker 50km: 1st place female
  • Iron Knee 25km: 1st place female
  • Comfortably Numb: 1st place female
  • Hallow's Eve 21.2km: 2nd place female
  • Haney to Harrison 100km: 1st place female
  • Giv'r Take Around The Lake 30km: 1st place female


  • Way Too Cool 50km: 4th place female
  • Iron Knee 25km: 2nd place female
  • SFU 5 peaks 10km: 1st place female

Upcoming Races in 2009:

  • Giv'r Take Around the Lake 30km, 17/10
  • Mountain Masochist 50-mile (Virginia), 07/11

Nicola Gildersleeve

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