Dag Aabye Runs and He’s Really Hard to Catch

The ‘most elusive man in America’ is a long-distance machine who may have figured out the secret to a good life.

Filmmakers Adam Maruniak and Justin Pelletier spent weeks searching for Dag Aaybe, a 76-year-old endurance running legend, who slips from the BC bush every August to compete (and regularly finish) the 125-kilometer Canadian Death Race, which has 17,000 feet of climbing. Aaybe, who grew up in Norway and became one of the earliest rippers at Whistler, is notoriously difficult to track down. It took a Canadian journalist months to reach him, and until now she’s the only one he’s shared his story with.

When the filmmakers do get this spectral, monkish man on camera, he doesn’t tell how he did stunts in more than 20 films, or that he was Sean Connery’s poker buddy, or that there’s a run at Whistler named after him. But what he does share is more important: how he lives as simply as possible, and why “never die easy” is the best way to live.


Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.
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  • Squampton

    Grew up with his kids. He worked as a faller and ran 20km into work every morning and the same 20km back. The work truck would just pick up his cork boots on the side of the road and meet him there.

  • DanO

    To me, He’s clearly got a lot figured out about the golden years. Also. I am such a slug. Going out to the squat rack now for penance…..and try to be a better person tomorrow.

  • Dennis

    Steve you gotta do a story on this guy….

  • Kevin

    Very Nice. I think he should get together with SLOMO for some type of a collaborative presentation:

    Disillusioned with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.


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