Don't Dream it.  Do it.

Welcome to my website.  I'm Mary Nielsen; ultra runner, personal trainer and owner of Go the Distance, Inc.


It is my personal goal to help you discover how amazing you can be and achieve what you only dared to dream of!  Whether you are looking for lifestyle change, training for your first 5 km, training for your first ultra, or taking part in a staged event, I will be there each step of the way.  For more on me read My Story.


Education

NAIT, Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma with Honours, - 2014

University of Alberta, Human Resources Management with Honours, 1995


Certifications

AFLCA, Resistance Leader and Group Fitness Leader, 2006

Pilates Mat work Certification - Body Works Pilates Studio, 2010

Reformer Module 1 - Balanced Body University, 2007

Schwinn Indoor Cycling Training - Nautilus Institute, 2007


Race Bio

2016

Blackfoot 50 km

Powderface 42 km

TransRockies 6 day run

Milford Mountain 50 km (Sufferfest)

Seattle Marathon


2015

Canadian Death Race 125 km  - 22:10 , 2nd place female in age group

River Valley Revenge 50 km - 6:07, 7th place female overall


2014

Grand to Grand - September, 2014 - 7th place female, 3rd in age group

Kananaskis 3 - 10th female overall

River Valley Revenge 50 km - 6:35

Blackfoot Ultra 50 km - 7:43


2013

Racing the Planet - Iceland - 11th place female, 5th in age group

5 Peaks Northern Alberta Series - 3rd place female overall - Sport Division

Blackfoot Ultra 50 mile - 11:11:23 - 5th place female overall


2012

Rodeo Beach 50 km - 6:16:46 - tied for 1st place female in age

Racing the Planet - Jordan - 16th place female, 6th in age group


2011

Alberta Triple - 2nd place female overall, 1st place in age group

Iron Horse 100 miles - 25:27:23 - 1st female and 4th overall

Lost Souls 100 miles - DNF

Death Race 125 km - 22:34:32 - 7th female in age, 16th female overall

Blackfoot Ultra 100km - 13:17:05 - 5th place female overall, 3rd place in age


2010

Death Race 125 km - 20:48:34 - 3rd place in age group, 14th place female overall

Blackfoot Ultra 50 mile - 10:52:29 - 5th place female, 3rd place in age group


2009

Blackfoot Ultra 50 km - 5:48:44