We have exciting news to share, and you may have heard about this on social media first! Please welcome Dawna Jodoin, who has joined us as Nomad Nutrition's athlete and ambassador!
With 20+ years of experience in ultra running and trail running, Dawna is also a certified trainer and running coach with the Bush Babes and Bro's Trail Running Clinics in Vernon, British Columbia.
The Health Scare
As an experience ultra runner, Dawna is always on the lookout and keeps up with her health and diet to reach her competition goals. However, an unfortunate nutrition deficient accident during a stage race in Europe resulted in emergency hospital care for three days after she made her way back home to Canada.
The health scare was unexpected and was nothing like she had experienced before. Since then, it was a wake-up call to no longer compromise with the gluten options available at races, especially as an athlete with celiac disease.
Dawna must carefully consider and calculate her body's nutritional needs for race preparation and the competition. This meant that Dawna had to put in more work to prepare and bring her homemade gluten-free food to races, as not all event organizers can guarantee the refreshments and snacks at the aid stations are a 100% gluten-free and free from cross-contamination.
Search for Quality Nutrition and Finding Nomad
With the added stress of food prep and training for competitions back-to-back, Dawna shared,
"This had me searching, I couldn't do another large event without proper GF nutrition."
After many food trials and taste tests, Dawna chanced upon Nomad Nutrition at her local outdoor sports store, and decided to give us a go! Since then, Dawna shared with us that she has found it very helpful for her trail clinic and practices. She also shared our wholesome Nomad Nutrition meals with her fellow runners and coaches at the Bush Babe and Bro's Trail Running Clinics.
Four months after the health scare in Europe, Dawna was prepared to take on the next challenge, a 100 mile self-supported race in Patagonia mountain ranges of Argentina. This time, Dawna packed and brought along Nomad Nutrition for her race. Dawna said,
"Not only did your food fuel my body, I felt great and finished the event [as the] 4th woman, felt great, no sickness, no autoimmune flare up."
How amazing is that?
We're so proud of Dawna’s accomplishments throughout her ultrarunning journey, and we’re humbled to be part of the ride and adventures! We can't say enough about how inspiring Dawna is in her field, and we're lucky to have her as an ambassador for Nomad Nutrition. Keep going, Dawna! She made her accomplishments look easy, but let's face it, she's incredibly strong and fit, and we know she'll continue to inspire all of us in our journeys!
Upcoming Race Events
If all this talk about running and racing is giving you an adrenaline rush, the Bush Babes & Bro's Trail Running clinic, founded by Dawna, is organizing three exciting events in British Columbia this summer. Nomad Nutrition will be sponsoring meals at the aid stations during the races. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.
You can find the details of the races below, and remember to sign up now before the registration closes!
June 25, 2022
Welcome to Slay the Dragon with 3 distances to choose from: 13km, 25km, 50km Trail Running Race located at beautiful Silver Star Mountain Resort, located a short drive up the mountain from the gorgeous lakes of Vernon, BC.
Soup 2 Nutz Duathlon is Mountain bike and Trail Running combined at its greatest!
Far removed from civilization this event begins at 5500 feet where the air is sweet and crisp.
This event consists of some of the best trails Silver Star Mountain Provincial Park has to offer, rolling over rugged double track, fun flowy single track, tough climbs and some sweet descents. This exhilarating course will test your skills and fitness as you explore the terrain of Silver Star Mountain Provincial Park.
And before the season ends, join the Freaky Creeky 50 with four distances to choose from 11km, 27km, 50km, and 100km Trail Running Race located in the beautiful Okanagan’s Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, located virtually at the back door of the City of Vernon.
In this trail running event, we will take you through grassland dotted with ponderosa pine and groves of Douglas-fir, amazing lake views, and km after km of single track trail. Some gnarly climbs, rolling terrain and a cross between technical and cruisey descents. We are here to offer runners a challenging & scenic race course that leaves you feeling exhausted but overjoyed upon completion.