Living the dream, Serendipity

John had alway dreamt of living in the wilderness and have his own expansive playground. He also wanted to be self sufficient and away from the business of the city. Grit Farm Fitness is realizing this dream and more.


Allison spent her young adult life living and working with horses at Spruce Meadows. After moving on to athletics in college, the thought of athletics and horses have always been just a dream. Her passion for health and well-being also included backyard chickens, bees and an organic garden. She realized these on a small scale in her Vancouver home. Grit Farm Fitness made everything real on a grand scale.


Ama … “Dad, when we got Cinders, mom and I dreamt of having the horses in our backyard, look at them!”


Life has been an absolute adventure of new experiences at every turn. Nothing was easy but in everything, there was so much learning that molded the family to be where they are.


John was fortunate to have had many guiding experiences growing up: working in construction under brother Ed’s wings, working in the fisheries with mom’s mentoring, growing as and athlete behind brother Charles’ footsteps, understanding the basics of business as a realtor, discovering health and function as a RMT, exploring the world with the encouragement of friends. When meeting Alli, the exploration went far and wide in a cycling trip in the Caribbean and across South America. Then there was the exploration of North America and the Australian east coast in pursuit of OCR glory. Obstacle racing brought on many opportunities to build fitness challenges and work with both charities and schools.


Allison’s determination for happiness and health helped her turn a bad car accident into the driving force behind functional glory. Being a retired sedentary young adult equestrian in 2004, she found her love and talent in running when returning to college. This later blossomed into a 2nd place age group finish in the 2006 Ironman Canada. Shortly after she was rear-ended by a truck while cycling on the highway. Despite having 25% disability as per her doctors, she continued to live life to the fullest by attempting a 100mile foot race over California mountains and cycling partly across South America. She later discovered OCR as a run coach and excelled. This slim and sight runner went on to carry both her 3year old and new born up step mountains and setting world records running with a stroller. She built strength on her running fitness and condition her upper body to do weighted pull-ups from being unable to do 1 when she started. Now the 2018  World Enduro Obstacle Race Champion, she has developed the know how to develop a farm that will nurture happy, healthy people.


Grit Farm Fitness as the name implies revolves around growing mental toughness around fitness. Fitness involve functional ability to work and cultivate the land. Growing involves learning the essential skills and know how to live on the land in a sustainable way and to maintain the body in its best form for all conditions and life challenges.

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