Ultrarunning, mental health, sports psychology
Tory has been coaching endurance trail, road, and mountain runners of all ages and abilities for almost a decade. Fascinated by endurance in the mountains and life, she is a National Coaching Certification Program trained coach, utilizing an athlete and people-centered approach – combining her skills as an educator and mental health clinician.
Tory is passionate about exploring and understanding the parallels between endurance and mental health. She is the former editor of the Canadian Running Magazine trail running column. She was a public school teacher for ten years and now spreads her joy for exploration by educating, writing, coaching, and regularly co-hosting the Trail Running Women Podcast. She also works as a mental health clinician implementing an integrated model of mental health and substance use service delivery for the province of British Columbia, Canada.
Tory’s love for endurance running and exploration stems from her curiosity for challenges. She has dabbled in the triathlon and Ironman scene but resonated more with the minimalist simplicity of running long distances. As the former 50-mile Canadian Champion (2015), she has represented Canada in World Championships for 100K and qualified often for the National Mountain Running team.
She has raced 100 milers such as Rio Del Lago, Fat Dog 122 miler, and The Bear, and recently won and set the course record for Whistler Alpine Meadows 100-mile in September 2022. Although Tory has raced ultras of all distances around the world, her favorite ultras are the ones she shares with others, exploring new places and attempting new routes (and then accidentally discovering it was an FKT).