Denise mchale

Denise, started as an adventure racer, and not as an ultrarunner. In 2007, she won the 100km Canadian Championship with a course record of 9:15. 

In 2008, she bested her time by 43 minutes finishing 1st Canadian woman and 23rd Female at the 2008 IAU World Cup in Tarqunia with a time of 8:32. She has also run several marathons and has a personal best of 2:58:30. 

This year, Denise is looking forward to running the Canadian 50 Mile Championship (Victoria, B.C.), IAU 100 World Cup (Torhout, Belgium), the 100 km Commonwealth Championship and the Adventure Racing World Championships (Portugal)


Views on the Commonwealth Championships…


Nadeem Khan (NK): What are your thoughts on running in the Commonwealth Series? 

Denise McHale (DM): I am very excited to run in the Commonwealth series and to represent Canada again at the 100km distance! I look forward to racing some of the best women in the Commonwealth countries and pushing myself to improve my 100km time.


NK: How will this race be different from your other international races?

DM: This race will be very different in that most of my international races have been adventure races, which involve racing as part of a four person team in very remote settings. This race will have it’s own set of unique challenges much different from adventure racing.


NK: The thing you are most looking forward to at the Championships…

DM: Running with the Canadian team again and exploring the Keswick area.


Get to know Denise…


NK: Most memorable athletic moment…

DM: Athletics brings about so many amazing opportunities and experiences, but when I think back on my running career specifically, it would be breaking the 3 hour barrier in the marathon for the first time. It was the Niagara falls marathon and all my friends and family were there to support.


NK: What is your typical training week?

DM: Because I also do multi-sport races, I don’t have a typical training week, but rather structure my training based on what my upcoming races are. Generally I run 5-6 days a week with at least one long run on the weekend and plan my other workouts around my running schedule.


NK: If you were not a runner, you would be…

DM: A 24-hour mountain bike racer. I love the whole mind set of endurance sports and the pain and suffering that goes along with it!


NK: Your biggest supporter in your running career…

DM: My husband, who is also my training partner and adventure racing team mate.


NK: Who is your first call after a major race?

DM: My husband if he is not at the race with me, and then my parents.