My name is Kara Leinweber and I am the Race Director of The Lewiston Ultra events.
I am a trail/road/mountain/ultra runner. I am a momma to two incredible boys that are full of personality & spunk and a wife to an extremely kind and giving husband. I am fortunate and forever grateful to be involved in many run communities. I believe 100% in giving back/contributing to community and will always offer up time, support & energy to others because that is how my momma raised me.
Moose Mountain Trail Races was introduced to me in 2016 and I was blessed to be one of two volunteer Race Directors until its final sanctioned event in 2019. I also work full time in the Oil & Gas sector and support events for the Rare Disease Foundation. For the most part I have been able to juggle life and am energized by an incredible family & extended family. I take nothing for granted and live each day fully and mindfully as possible.
I have been involved in trail running & community for more than a decade. In 2014, I incorporated One Cycle Spin Studio into my ultra marathon training and this is when Jessica Janzen crossed my path (Lewiston’s momma). I attended many of her classes and was attracted to her energy and enthusiasm. She was unwavering and I definitely turned up the dial when she prompted me to spin my heart out and give it my all.
In June 2015, my family purchased a home in Sicamous, British Columbia & I immediately started searching out the trail community and running options. I came across the Larch Hills Traverse and surrounding trail system and pretty much fell to my knees; it was stunning, it was real life Narnia, lush, giving, peaceful and a hidden paradise. I immediately reached out to the inviting trail community and started brain storming. Several skype, phone and emails later, we had a rough course map and a dream I was running for. I was going to create a sanctioned trail race event that was about community and showcasing the trails, the support network & sharing a memorable and inspiring day.
In the heart of all of this, I heard of Jessica’s gorgeous baby boy, Lewiston James. One of the communities I am fortunate to call family was coming together to support this precious baby as he was diagnosis with SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). My heart ached and immediately I signed my husband and I up to attend the first fundraising spin class at One Cycle Spin studio. We cried and we spun our hearts out. When we came out of the class, Ronnie Olstad was in the lobby with baby Lewiston in his pram. My husband immediately went to Ronnie and they shook hands and shared conversation. I will find out in the car ride home that they grew up in the same community, their parents were connected and Ronnie played on the same baseball teams as my husband’s brother. We were shaken at how close we are all connected. I remember settling for bed the same evening, captivated by how we are all connected and this precious baby. Without a second thought, I said to my husband, the race should be called The Lewiston Ultra. The race was about rising up, giving back, supporting one other and a cause bigger than you or I. I had the race course, the community and the purpose and now we had heart; a reason to run towards your roar, push past your limits, push forward and give back to community what would be The Lewiston Foundation.
After several emails, texts, meetings and phone calls between Jessica & Ronnie Olstad, I was honored to present The Lewiston Ultra Shuswap. Ronnie and Jess were on board without hesitation and started planning their race weekend and who would be on each of their relay teams. It is a breath of fresh air each time I connect with Ronnie & Jess. They are unstoppable, committed and I am more than grateful to bring some joy with this trail race event.
In 2019, I was presented with the option of adding Moose Mountain Trail Races to The Lewiston Ultra family. It is an incredible honor and I am forever grateful to take the reins on a 26 year event and present The Lewiston Ultra Moose Mountain in 2020.
The Lewiston Ultra events give back to community & will honour Lewiston’s legacy and introduce Lewiston to the trail community and beyond. The Lewiston Ultra is about no limits, no restrictions, going for it and knowing there is community behind you every step of the way. The Lewiston Ultra is about each & every one of you that has contributed and/or will participate in race day. It will be a day full of memories and moments that matter.
I am forever grateful for this community for the love, encouragement and support along the way.
I can’t wait to see you at the start line!