Athlete Profile

Alec Aird

Team Canada Program Athlete 2024


  • Born: 2007
  • Hometown: Hamilton
  • Currently Living: Hamilton
  • Orienteers for: Don't Get Lost
  • Occupation: Student
  • Training Log: Strava


Q: What is your best memory from the last orienteering season?
A: My best memory from the last orienteering season is probably winning the sprint at COC's in Montreal. The course at Université de Montréal was super fun and challenging, and there were quite a few checkpoints that tested my quick navigational abilities in a mostly vertical course. I had a great time at the race, and also at the St.-Hubert's nearby for a delicious lunch afterwards.

Q: How do you normally prepare for an important race?
A: The night before a race I always make sure to eat pasta for dinner, since it is a great way to get your body ready for racing the next day. If my race is in the morning or early afternoon, I make sure to eat as soon as I wake up so that I don't get cramps later on in the day, and I continue to stay hydrated up until about 1-2 hours before the race (at which point I ease off on drinking fluids to avoid cramps). Often I'll run through some goals/things to remember before the race to mentally prepare myself, and I always try to do a proper Cross Country warmup starting about 10-15 minutes before my call up time. I also get quite nervous before races, so I often need to remind myself to have fun!

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