Jacob Puzey

Runner of a Variety of Surfaces and Distances

"It’s better to be 10% undertrained, than 1% overtrained."


I’m a father of four who directs trail running events across Canada and coaches runners from all over the world. When I’m not directing races and coaching other runners, I enjoy running, hiking, and cycling on my local trails. I enjoy competing on a variety of surfaces and do so as often as possible throughout the year. When I’m not training or working, I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors swimming, kayaking, hiking, and riding bikes.


50 Mile Treadmill

World Record Holder

Canadian National Championship

1st Overall: 6x

XTERRA World Trail Run

Top 10: 2x

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Goal(s) for 2023:

Get back into competitive groove post pandemic.

What’s your favorite quote?

"I run best when I run free." – Steve Prefontaine  

Who is your favorite author and what is their best work? 

Herman Hesse – Siddhartha   

What’s the best training advice you’ve ever received and who gave it to you?

"It’s better to be 10% undertrained, than 1% overtrained." - Greg McMillan  

How did you get started in your sport?

I signed up for cross country in middle school to get in shape for basketball.  

If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?

Running shoes.  

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A professional basketball player.

What is your proudest life moment?

Being a father.  

Guilty pleasure food item? 

Dark chocolate & sea salt covered almonds.

Where is your “happy” place? 

On the trails.  

What is something that you learned from a parent or grandparent that has guided you in life?

Tip well.  

Who is your greatest mentor and what did they teach you?

Probably my high school cross country coach. That relationships are important and all people have value.