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Harrington, Ryan take Ken Quon Ride On

Funds go to equip Pemberton ambulance

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Clements also had good things to say about the course.

“You never had a chance to relax, you were either riding up something technical or down something technical,” she said. “For this one you had to be on your game, it was actually a lot harder than you’d think. To be able to put together this kind of course in your backyard, in Lost Lake, is unbelievable.”

Clements wished there were more racers on course, as she finished the last two laps by herself.

“It was actually a bit boring sometimes, it was me by myself with a few tourists on the course. You almost wish you had someone to ride with, but the time went by pretty fast,” she said.

Mike Charuk and Fanny Paquette won the open-mixed team category, with times of 2:01:09 and 2:29:00 respectively. Craig Hamilton also raced with his daughter Kerry-Anne Hamilton, finishing together in 3:18:25.

In the combined age categories, 80 to 99, Keith Ray and Eric Crowe finished in a combined time of 3:49:13, followed closely by Bob Allison and Keith Reid in 3:49:45, and Dave Smith and Brent Murdoch in 5:07:53.

In the male 100-plus, Todd Allison and Rick Reid finished in 4:54:47.

Jesse Melamed and Mac Brunniy won the junior category with times of 2:03:39 and 2:47:16 respectively.

While the third annual Ken Quon Ride On had a solid turnout in the Re/Max Corrid Cup Challenge, organizers were disappointed by the turnout for the recreational race.

The event is a fundraiser for the Ken Quon Memorial Fund, commemorating local mountain biker Ken Quon, who died of an undiagnosed heart condition while guiding a Wild Willies group in 2005. To remember Quon, his fellow guides created the foundation to help purchase emergency health care equipment that could help others.

The first two Ride On races purchased three Welch Allyn Propaq Encore patient monitors for Whistler’s ambulance fleet. The monitors are portable diagnostic machines that can be used to quickly check vital signs on patients as they are transported from the bush to the ambulance to the hospital.

The goal of this year’s race was to purchase monitors for Pemberton’s ambulance fleet.

Money was raised from entry fees, draw prizes and a silent auction held at the post-race barbecue. For more information visit www.kenquonrideon.com.

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