Avery Collins, award-winning ultrarunner, placing 15th in the UTMB CCC.

Avery Collins: Pro Ultrarunner and Cannabis Advocate

Elite ultrarunner Avery Collins is one of the fastest in his sport, and guess what?  He was the first professional runner to be sponsored by a cannabis brand.  He utilizes cannabis during his training blocks and after his races to optimize recovery. He is not afraid to let the world know, too! He’s done some of the most challenging races on the planet including his most recent 100K in France.  We spoke with Avery once he returned to Colorado and got to hear all about it and more.  Here’s what he shared with us.

Ultrarunner Avery Collins zipping up a Quiq cannabis-branded coat.

Q&A with Avery Collins, award-winning ultrarunner

Avery, we’d love to hear about the race in France you just finished.  How’d it go?

Well, it was the most competitive race by far.  It’s a 101km race called the UTMB CCC (Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc through Courmayeur, Champex and Chamonix) in France.  I came in 15th out of 2500 runners which is actually the furthest back I've ever finished in any field.  That definitely says something about the competition because, at the same time, I can say it was undoubtedly one of the top three to five performances of my life.  Traditionally speaking, my time would have put me between fifth and eighth in previous years, and as soon as last year I would have finished six or seventh with my time, so the sport is clearly growing really fast.

My goal was to run it in 11 hours and I came a little short of that with 11hrs and 47 minutes.  I'm not displeased with that by any means.  I ran the hardest race I could in terms of pushing myself.  In terms of training, had my season gone a little bit differently, perhaps I would’ve been closer to that goal, but I believe that was the best potential outcome on that day and I am excited for that.

Avery Collins, award-winning ultrarunner, placing 15th in the UTMB CCC.

Credit: Colin Schultz

Is there any footage from this race we could watch?

I would highly encourage you to go onto YouTube and just type in UTMB CCC.  (click here for video).  It's worth watching just to get an idea of the magnitude of the race.  In the US, when you do an ultra, it’s very quiet and there are not very many people in the field size.  If you are lucky, there are a few hundred people.  Whereas in CCC, there were tens of thousands of fans; helicopters flying over filming you live, and it's being broadcast on television.  It’s a totally different world there and the sport is legitimate, whereas here, there are a dozen sports you have to get through before ultrarunning is even relevant.

We’d love to hear about some of your past achievements.  What are Avery Collins' favorite races? 

There've been plenty of race wins I've had that were incredible, but at the end of the day, I don't think it's really the wins that are most notable or that stand out in my mind.  It's more specifically the races that have been the most difficult, maybe perhaps even more mentally than physically, that I pushed through and finished despite whatever underlying issues I was having.

The one that stands out the most is a race called Tor des Geants (Tour of the Giants) in a valley in Italy.  It’s a 210-mile race that circumnavigates the Italian Alps.  I would definitely say it's one of the hardest races in the world and my expectations were pretty high.  The race did not go the way I assumed it would go.  I was dealing with some really difficult injuries, so persevering through them and finishing was one of the harder things I've ever done.  For context, I was in a very serious car accident two weeks before the race and it shifted a lot of things in my body from my rib cage to my pelvis, and then running 210 miles over 32 mountains took a big toll on my body.  The six months after were a pretty tough time, very depressing and I had extreme back pain.  I don't deal with daily pains like that anymore but with that being said, I also spend an hour and a half to two hours a day doing yoga and functional strength training.

A group of three athletes running in Courmayer, Italian Alps.

What are some of your favorite cannabis products you work with for training and racing, and how do you incorporate them?

For training and racing, I use Quiq.  I love how quickly I start feeling it.  I take one 10 milligram piece of chocolate every two to three hours, and if I'm going out for an 8-hour run, two to three pieces are plenty.  When I get home, I’ll take Quiq's indica chocolates to wind down post-run and before bed.

The other product I use regularly is trupura CBD.   I use it in smaller amounts, like 50 milligrams of CBD oil each day, and with longer efforts, I'll take anywhere from 500 to 1000 milligrams when I get back.   I find that it helps reduce inflammation quicker than normal and expedite the recovery process.  I'll also take 50 milligrams of trupura CBD alongside my multivitamin every morning to help my body absorb more of the nutrients I’m giving it.

Ultrarunner athlete Avery Collins picking up a piece of Quiq cannabis chocolates.

Can you share a bit more about your recovery protocol?

A lot of people really like to preach about how great CBD is, but honestly I think THC is vital and great for recovery.   There's nothing I've ever found that can relax me more than THC after a giant effort such as a 100 mile race.  People assume that you can just sleep after a run like that because you're incredibly tired, but the thing is your legs are really throbbing, you can feel your blood pumping through them and through your veins.  I’ve found that for me, the only way to really calm that down is with THC.  My experience is that it’s the true component of recovery.  So, I combine that with a high dose of CBD and find my recovery time to be greatly reduced.

I’d love to add something that I think is really important and not promoted enough, which is taking breaks from consuming cannabis. Three to four times a year I don't use cannabis for four to eight weeks at a time and I’ve found it helps me keep a healthy relationship with cannabis.  I have no dependency upon needing it for a run.

An athlete holding a bottle of trupura CBD tincture on a Colorado mountaintop.

Hear more from Avery Collins and his experience runnin' high

Avery is based in Silverton, Colorado, and is happily engaged to pro ultrarunner, Sabrina Stanley.  He attributes his love for running long distances to cannabis, as it helps bring his awareness fully into the present moment, to both enjoy every moment of the run and be attentive to all the subtle messages his body is communicating to him.  He is truly one of a kind and we love him!  Follow Avery’s journey on IG at @runninhigh

And experience for yourself how incorporating Quiq and trupura CBD products into your fitness regime can benefit your mind and body. 


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-Khristina Tresp
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