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Ambassador Spotlight: Ian Weir

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I am 28 years old and originally from Stratford, ON. I am currently living in Whitehorse, Yukon and have lived here for just over four years. I moved to Whitehorse for its incredible outdoor community and opportunities.  I was fortunate enough to get a job as a Paramedic. I work shift work which makes my training schedule a little unorthodox but has me well adapted to staying up all night, which has helped me during 24-hour adventure races. 

During my undergrad, at the University of Toronto, where I studied Kinesiology, I was on the Nordic Ski team for four years and the captain for the last two years.  After completing my undergrad I went to Flemming College in Peterborough to train as a paramedic. Colleges in Ontario unfortunately do not have ski teams so I decided to join the cross country running team, something I did a lot of in high school. I am also on an adventure racing team “The Warriors”, which includes a  group of my closest friends/ teammates from high school. I am also passionate about kiteboarding, downhill skiing, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, canoeing and just about any activity that involves the outdoors. 

What are you working toward in 2020:

After the 2019 season I had shoulder surgery, having previously dislocated my left shoulder 9 times. I was not sure what the surgery would bring and had my concerns about participating in races in 2020. Luckily the surgery went incredibly well and I was on the treadmill power walking just  days post-op. I quickly signed up for a few races and am excited for 2020. My goals are to continue to improve shoulder strength and mobility, not to fall and to post some great results. 

  • Diez Vista- 50km (White Pine Beach, Belcarra Regional Park Port Mort Moody, BC). 

  • The Lone Wolf- last person standing (Fernie, BC).

  • Reckless Raven- 80miler, as a team (Whitehorse, Yukon)

I have a few other potential races for late summer early fall, TBD. 

Why Hammer? What are your favourite Hammer fuels/supplements? 

I have really struggled with my fueling in the past leading to epic bonks in adventure racing, cramping and upset stomach during ultra-running. Hammer has helped me deal with some of these issues and as I continue to learn and experiment with Hammer products, I have grown more confident in my nutrition at  every race. 

Hammer Gel Peanut Butter: Gels are great for easy, lightweight calories for races of any distance and who doesn’t love peanut butter. 

Perpetuem Caffe Latte: Staple for adventure racing and ultra-running, my go too for exercise over two hours. The caffeine adds a nice added boost!

Recoverite Chocolate- Great for easy post workout recovery when you don’t have the time to cook up a meal.


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