Can-Am Challenge Awardees

The Can-Am Challenge is an award earned by finishing both a Canadian and a US 1200km or longer Randonneurs Mondiaux sanctioned Grand Randonnée in a single calendar year.

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Original Pin – awarded 1997 to 2010
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Current Pin – awarded 2012 forward

History – The award started as a cooperative initiative between Réal Préfontaine (vice president of Randonneurs Mondiaux at the time) and Jennifer Wise, event director of Boston-Montréal-Boston and RM president, as a way to promote 1200k’s in North America, build a sense of community, and give an added challenge to “overachieving” randonneurs.

The inspiration for the award came in 1997, when Dr. Préfontaine succeeded in finishing both the Rocky Mountain 1200 and Boston Montreal Boston, his personal Can-Am challenge, as he described it in a 2006 article in American Randonneur.

At that time, there were only two 1200k’s in North America: BMB, begun in 1988, and the Rocky Mountain 1200, begun in 1996.  Riding more than one in a year seemed exceptional to say the least.  Now, of course, there are multiple Canadian and US 1200k’s, and multiple riders who succeed at two or more 1200k’s in a single year.  So the Can-Am Challenge can be seen as a harbinger both of increased event organizer and rider aspirations in the ensuing years.  -jle

List of Recipients Alphabetically by Year – updated April 2021
Year Surname First Name Country US Event(s) Canada Event(s) Event
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2017 Akbarian Hamid USA NC: Taste of Carolina ON: Granite Anvil  
2017 Bernhardt Luis Can/USA CA: Gold Rush Randonnée ON: Granite Anvil  
2017 Donaldson Paul USA NC: Carolina Spring ON: Granite Anvil  
2017 Graham Larry USA NC: Taste of Carolina ON: Granite Anvil  
2017 Haddad James USA NC: Carolina Spring ON: Granite Anvil  
2017 Munekata Toshihisa Japan NC: Carolina Spring ON: Granite Anvil  
2017 Olson Bill USA NC: Carolina Spring
CO: Last Chance
ON: Granite Anvil 3
2017 Slocum Chris USA NC: Carolina Spring ON: Granite Anvil  
2017 Sturgill Mike USA NC: Carolina Spring ON: Granite Anvil  
             
2016 Auriemma Philip USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2016 Bernhardt Luis Can/USA WA: Cascade
FL: Cracker Swamp
BC: Rocky Mountain 3
2016 Bonner Ken Canada WA: Cascade
CO: Colorado High Country
BC: Rocky Mountain
MB: Swan River
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2016 Dixon Emma USA TX: Texas Rando Stampede BC: Rocky Mountain  
2016 Dixon Jonathan USA TX: Texas Rando Stampede BC: Rocky Mountain  
2016 Flannery Cary USA WA: Cascade
FL: Cracker Swamp
BC: Rocky Mountain 3
2016 Gernez Raphael USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2016 King Dave Canada WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2016 Munekata Toshihisa Japan FL: Cracker Swamp BC: Rocky Mountain  
2016 Nguyen Thai USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountian  
2016 Sturgill Michael USA WA: Cascade
CO: Colorado High Country
BC: Rocky Mountain 3
2016 Watts William USA TX: Texas Rando Stampede BC: Rocky Mountain  
             
2014 Auriemma Philip J USA WA: Cascade BC: VanIsle  
2014 Baker Gary Canada WA: Cascade BC: VanIsle  
2014 Bonner Ken Canada WA: Cascade
TN: Nashville Natchez Trace 1500
BC: VanIsle 3
2014 Butt Clyde USA CA: California Central Coast
NC: Taste of Carolina
BC: VanIsle 3
2014 Driscoll Dan USA WA: Cascade BC: VanIsle  
2014 Fraser Keith Canada WA: Cascade BC: VanIsle  
2014 Goodison Bob Canada WA: Cascade BC: VanIsle  
2014 Green Bill USA CA: California Central Coast BC: VanIsle  
2014 Guzman Jaime Canada WA: Cascade BC: VanIsle  
2014 Hoover George D USA CA: California Central Coast BC: VanIsle  
2014 King Dave Canada WA: Cascade BC: VanIsle  
2014 Knutson Ken USA CA: California Central Coast BC: VanIsle  
2014 Oswald John Canada WA: Cascade BC: VanIsle  
2014 Person Ed Canada CA: California Central Coast
WA: Cascade
BC: VanIsle 3
2014 Rupar David USA CA: California Central Coast BC: VanIsle  
             
2013 Akbarian Hamid USA VA: Shenandoah
NC: Taste of Carolina
ON: Granite Anvil 3
2013 Bevan Roland USA CA: Gold Rush Randonnée ON: Granite Anvil  
2013 Bonner Ken Canada CA: Gold Rush Randonnée
CO: Last Chance
ON: Granite Anvil 3
2013 Bouhuyzen Henk Canada NC: Taste of Carolina ON: Granite Anvil  
2013 Bruce Bob USA NC: Taste of Carolina ON: Granite Anvil  
2013 Hoeltzenbein Peter Canada PA: Endless Mountains ON: Granite Anvil  
2013 Jagel Don USA CA: Gold Rush Randonnée
PA: Endless Mountains
ON: Granite Anvil 3
2013 Koen Bob USA CO: Last Chance ON: Granite Anvil  
2013 Miwa Makoto Japan NC: Taste of Carolina ON: Granite Anvil  
2013 Olsen Bill USA TX: Texas Rando Stampede
VA: Shenandoah
CA: Gold Rush Randonnée
AK: Big Wild Ride
NC: Taste of Carolina
ON: Granite Anvil 6
2013 Overduin Liz Canada NC: Taste of Carolina ON: Granite Anvil  
2013 Sturgill Michael USA PA: Endless Mountains ON: Granite Anvil  
2013 Thompson Dave USA VA: Shenandoah
CA: Gold Rush Randonnée
ON: Granite Anvil 3
2013 Verstegen Jos Netherlands PA: Endless Mountains ON: Granite Anvil  
             
2012 Andersen Carl USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Beebe Ward USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Ken Bonner Canada WA: Cascade 1240
CO: High Country
BC: Rocky Mountain 3
2012 Bouhuyzen Henk Canada CO: High Country BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Chin-Hong Patrick USA NC: Taste of Carolina BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Danicek Will Canada WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Fleck Chester Canada WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Fraser Keith Canada WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Goodison Bob Canada WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Himshoot Ron USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Inagaki Mitsuaki Japan WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Kramer John USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Litt David Japan WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Midura Larry USA NC: Taste of Carolina BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Olsen Mark USA VA: Shenandoah BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Olsen William USA VA: Shenandoah BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 O'Neill Matthew USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Press Nigel USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Scharffenberg Del USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Thomas Mark USA CO: High Country BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Thompson W. David Canada VA: Shenandoah BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Trason Anne USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2012 Wyne Theo Canada WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
             
2010 Bonner Ken Canada WA: Cascade BC: VanIsle  
2010 Bouhuyzen Henk Canada VA: Shenandoah
CO: Last Chance
BC: VanIsle 3
2010 Jensen Jan Erik Sweden WA: Cascade BC: VanIsle  
2010 Knutson Ken USA WA: Cascade BC: VanIsle  
2010 Nichol Keith Canada WA: Cascade BC: VanIsle  
2010 Olsen Mark USA VA: Shenandoah
CO: Last Chance
BC: VanIsle 3
2010 Olsen William USA VA: Shenandoah
CO: Last Chance
BC: VanIsle 3
2010 Russell Thomas USA WA: Cascade BC: VanIsle  
2010 Van Duyn Guido Canada CO: Last Chance BC: VanIsle  
             
2009 Baker Gary Canada CA: Gold Rush Randonnée ON: Granite Anvil  
2009 Bell Carol USA CA: Gold Rush Randonnée ON: Granite Anvil  
2009 Bonner Kenneth Canada CA: Gold Rush Randonnée BC: Ultimate Island Explorer 4
        CA: Gold Rush Randonnée ON: Granite Anvil  
2009 Bouhuyzen Henk Canada CA: Gold Rush Randonnée
CO: Last Chance
PA: Endless Mountains
VA: Shenandoah
ON: Granite Anvil 5
2009 Cernak Wayne USA VA: Shenandoah ON: Granite Anvil  
2009 Chase Barry Canada CA: Gold Rush Randonnée ON: Granite Anvil  
2009 Courtney Greg USA VA: Shenandoah ON: Granite Anvil  
2009 Dusink Hans Australia CA: Gold Rush Randonnée ON: Granite Anvil  
2009 Felton Dick Canada VA: Shenandoah ON: Granite Anvil  
2009 Knutson Ken USA CA: Gold Rush Randonnée ON: Granite Anvil  
2009 Koen Bob Canada CA: Gold Rush Randonnée ON: Granite Anvil  
2009 Morris John USA VA: Northern ON: Granite Anvil  
2009 Mudrakoff Jeff Canada CA: Gold Rush Randonnée
VA: Shenandoah
ON: Granite Anvil 3
2009 Muoneke Vincent USA PA: Endless Mountains ON: Granite Anvil  
2009 Olsen Mark USA CA: Gold Rush Randonnée
CO: Last Chance
PA: Endless Mountains
VA: Shenandoah
ON: Granite Anvil 5
2009 Olsen William USA CA: Gold Rush Randonnée
CO: Last Chance
PA: Endless Mountains
VA: Shenandoah
ON: Granite Anvil 5
2009 Smith Maurice USA CA: Gold Rush Randonnée ON: Granite Anvil 3
        CO: Last Chance    
2009 Thompson W.David USA VA: Shenandoah ON: Granite Anvil  
2009 Welsh Rob USA PA: Endless Mountains ON: Granite Anvil  
             
2008 Barill Tracy Canada WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2008 Bonner Ken Canada WA: Cascade
CO: Last Chance
BC: Rocky Mountain 3
2008 Bouhuyzen Henk Canada WA: Cascade
CO: Last Chance
BC: Rocky Mountain 3
2008 Chase Barry Canada WA: Cascade
CO: Last Chance
BC: Rocky Mountain 3
2008 Goursolle Kitty USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2008 Haynes Martin Australia WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2008 Huffman Sam USA CO: Last Chance BC: Rocky Mountain  
2008 Kramer John USA CO: Last Chance BC: Rocky Mountain  
2008 Olsen Mark USA WA: Cascade
CO: Last Chance
BC: Rocky Mountain 3
2008 Olsen William M. USA WA: Cascade
VA: Shenandoah
CO: Last Chance
BC: Rocky Mountain 4
2008 Read David USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2008 Roehrig Mark Jay USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2008 Scharffenberg Del USA WA: Cascade BC: Rocky Mountain  
2008 Schroeder Henrik USA VA: Shenandoah BC: Rocky Mountain  
             
2006 Bonner Ken Canada WA: Cascade
MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston
CO: Last Chance
BC: VanIsle 4
2006 Bouhuyzen Henk Canada FL: Cheaha Challenge
MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston
CO: Last Chance
BC: VanIsle 4
2006 Guth John USA CO: Last Chance BC: VanIsle  
2006 Guth Nancy USA CO: Last Chance BC: VanIsle  
2006 Knutson Ken USA CO: Last Chance BC: VanIsle  
2006 Kramer John USA CO: Last Chance BC: VanIsle  
2006 Kuchenmuller Manfred Canada WA: Cascade BC: VanIsle  
2006 Midura Lawrence USA CO: Last Chance BC: VanIsle  
2006 Wallace Dan USA WA: Cascade
MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston
CO: Last Chance
BC: VanIsle 4
             
2004 Bonner Ken Canada MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston
CO: Last Chance
BC: Rocky Mountain  
2004 Kaiser Kevin USA MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2004 Knutson Ken USA CO: Last Chance BC: Rocky Mountain  
2004 McLeod Grant Canada MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston
CO: Last Chance
BC: Rocky Mountain 3
2004 Ohlwiler Scott USA MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2004 Salonen Jukka Finland MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2004 Strong David USA MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2004 Waddell Robert USA MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
             
2002 Bates John Canada MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2002 Bonner Ken Canada MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston
CO: Last Chance
BC: Rocky Mountain 3
2002 Gray Robert UK MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2002 Laidlaw Danelle Canada MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2002 Lake John USA MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2002 McLeod Grant Canada CO: Last Chance BC: Rocky Mountain  
2002 Pauw Nancy Canada MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2002 Pritchard Marc USA MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2002 Thomas Mark USA MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2002 Wiedle Brian USA MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2002 Zaborac Greg USA MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
             
2000 Bonner Ken Canada MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2000 Eason Jack UK MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2000 Kuchenmuller Manfred Canada MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2000 Loewen Arvid Canada MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2000 Lundgaard Stig Denmark MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2000 Main Kevin USA MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2000 Peterson Kent USA MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
2000 Portway Oliver Australia MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
             
1998 Smith Glen Canada MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
             
1997 McLeod Grant Canada MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain  
             
1996 Préfontaine Réal Canada MA: Boston-Montreal-Boston BC: Rocky Mountain