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Five Peaks runners conquer Whistler Mountain

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"He’s a great runner, no question. I think I had a bit of an advantage in the mountains from adventure racing, mountain biking, and races like the Sea to Summit.

"Still it was a pretty exciting race. The organizers were great, the volunteers were great, the route was challenging, and everybody finished so it was a good day."

The top Whistler finisher in the men’s Open category was Ian Goard, 31, in fifth place with a time of 1:03:03. He was followed by Nils Robinson, 28, and Peter Drysdale, 31, in ninth and 10th respectively.

John McCrank of Vancouver, 30, finished third overall in 1:00:20.

In the women’s Open category, Jennifer Walker of North Vancouver, 39, took the top spot in 1:03:26. She was almost 10 minutes ahead of 22-year-old Brooke Gosling of Orangeville, Ontario, who finished second in 1:13:14. Third belonged to Lyndsay Belisle of Burnaby in 1:15:37.

Michelle Kaminski, 27, was the top Whistler runner in fifth place with a time of 1:18:45. Allison Megeney was seventh with a time of 1:21:01, and Leah Powell 20 th in 1:30:29.

The men’s Masters race was won by, Rod Campbell, 40, of Vancouver with a time of 1:03:56. John Prins of Abbotsford, 44, was second in 1:05:53, and Dave Pattitucci of North Vancouver, 43, was third in 1:07:27.

From Whistler, Mark Hornby was fourth in 1:10:42, John Blok sixth in 1:11:11, and Hideo Noguchi in eighth at 1:12:24.

The women’s Masters went to Val Chowaniec of Edmonton in 1:00:37. Chowaniec, 45, competed in the world mountain running championships last year, finishing ninth overall for Canada.

She was followed by Whistler’s Dawn Weberg-Titus, 44, with her time of 1:14:07. May Jung of North Vancouver was third in 1:14:35.

Terry Vincent was the only other Whistler racer in that category, finishing 11 th in 1:42:34.

The men’s Junior category went to 17-year-old Geoffory Webb of West Vancouver in 1:10:18. He was followed by Eric White of Langley, 19, in 1:14:45, and Ben Thomas of Whistler, who is just 12-years-old, in 1:21:36.

The one and only Junior girl was 19-year-old Kelly Matoul of Surrey with a time of 1:09:59.

By far the loudest cheering of the day was reserved for Stewart Goumans of Vancouver, the last place finisher who literally stumbled and fell across the finish line in 2:39:34.

By the time the top racers were finished, the middle pack was somewhere on Pony Trail trying not to go backwards.