Nat Couture, 36, has always enjoyed outdoor physical activity, spending the majority of his childhood in the woods, even working in the woods through high school and university. After graduating with a degree in Computer Science, Nat left the physical labor jobs behind in favor of a more cozy desk job, but quickly found himself looking for a physical outlet to blow off some steam on weekends. He initially found adventure racing and fell in love with the sport, completing over 30 adventure races before making the transition to ultramarathons. The introduction to running began as a way to get fit for adventure racing, but soon became the main physical outlet after his first son was born, in 2010. Running was easier to schedule around family activities and gave Nat more time at home with his wife and two young boys, now 4 and 6, who often accompany Nat to his races.
Nat now races 2-3 ultramarathons a year and typically looks for races that are both beautiful and challenging. He has completed some of the toughest races in the world having completed UTMB in 2013, Ultra Trail du Mont Albert in 2014, and Fatdog 120 in 2015, with aspirations of completing Hardrock and Western States. He also races frequently close to home having raced Vermont 100M(3 times), Brookvale 50k, Wascally Wabbit 50M (4 times). Nat also spends a lot of time playing in the woods nearby, running most local trail races and making regular trips around Chignecto, in Baxter State Park and on the Fundy Footpath.
You can follow him on facebook: Nathaniel Couture, twitter: @natcouture, or his blog at: www.nathanielcouture.com
Nat win the first Ultra Trail Gaspesia 100 with Florent Bouguin.
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