Andrea Moritz started running in her early teens inspired by one of her favourite uncles. They logged many miles together on the trails in her native Germany, where she lived until the age of 18. In 1988, she strapped a race bib to her chest for the first time to participate in the 10 km Vancouver Sun Run. Andrea then ran her first marathon in New York City in 1996 and has since completed numerous standard distance marathons (42.2 km) in Europe and North America (personal best: Dublin Marathon, 3:17:04).
While living in Halifax and Ottawa, Andrea competed in the sport of triathlon for a number of years and participated in two age-group World Championships (New Zealand 2003 and Hawaii 2005). In 2008, she was ready to take on a new challenge and began ultra-distance running. She has successfully completed three Comrades Marathons in South Africa, a road race of some 89 km between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg (www.comrades.com). Her personal best time over this distance is 8:36:30 (2011) and she was the fastest female participant from North America in 2009. Andrea is also the official Comrades Marathon representative for Canada.
Andrea further completed ultra races, such as the JFK 50 Mile run in Maryland, USA (placed 7th woman) and the 100 km Röntgenlauf in Remscheid, Germany (placing 2nd female).
Andrea’s passions are running and travelling and she combines them whenever possible. Andrea lives and trains in Ottawa with her partner Marc Pelosse and works for Transport Canada as Manager of Communications.