Merrell, a global hike and outdoor footwear brand, announced professional runner Reid Burrows has joined its international trail team. Burrows is an ultrarunner from Grand Bay-Westfield, New Brunswick, Canada. With an endurance background in triathlons, he started trail running professionally in 2019 and has earned multiple podiums in North America.
“Being able to represent Merrell in the Canadian and U.S. trail running communities has ignited a spark in me, and I could not be more grateful for everything running has gifted me,” Burrows said. “I’m an advocate for believing in yourself, chasing big dreams and learning from failure, and I hope I am able to inspire others to do to the same.”
Burrows’ latest races and podiums include:
- First at the 2022 Herring 20k Run in Mascarene, New Brunswick
- First at the 2022 Sulphur Springs 50km in Ancaster, Ontario
- First at the 2022 Rugged Racoon 25km Night Race in St. Mary’s, Ontario
- Eighth at the 2022 Run Rabbit Run 100-Mile Race in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
- First at the 2019 Conquer the Canuck 12-Hour National Championship in Cambridge, Ontario
Burrows joins Merrell’s roster of world-class athletes, including Ragna Debats (Netherlands and Spain), Rachel Tomajczyk (United States), Sanna and Lina El Kott (Sweden), and more.
“Reid is setting a new pace by challenging himself to professionally compete as an athlete in both countries,” said Merrell Marketing Manager Jessenia Flores. “Our trail athlete team has an unbeatable global presence and I’m eager to see how this program continues to evolve.”
Merrell’s athletes also play a key role in research and development through the Merrell Test Lab – the brand’s in-house product incubator. The lab is home to the brand’s most innovative, disruptive shoes made for elite trail runners that are lab-validated and athlete-tested.
Burrows runs in the MTL Long Sky 2, known for its ability to withstand the ever-changing elements, quick-dry design and featured in TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2022 list. He plans to run in the MTL Skyfire 2 – launching globally in April – a lightweight, agile trail running shoe with extreme use capability and ability to withstand vertical mountain race environments.
Burrows is slated to race this year in the Canyons Endurance Runs, Leadville Trail Marathon, Silver Rush 50 Miler and the Ultra-Trail Harricana of Canada 80k.
Burrows stays involved with the running community by sharing talks on mental health, participating in group runs throughout his travels and volunteering at races.
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