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Husband and wife top 50-miler

Jakub Sumbera, Nadyia Fry win on tough Meet Your Maker 50 course on Saturday

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Campbell had a lot of praise for organizers and the race in general. "The course was well-marked, and everything went really well," he said. "I'm going to do what I can to promote this event and get more world-class runners here. This race has everything — you get into the alpine, there's the Peak 2 Peak Gondola section, lots of good singletrack. It's another beautiful day in Whistler, which in my opinion has some of the best trail running in Canada."

Third place went to Aaron Heidt in 8:28:15, followed by Jorge Maravilla in 8:51:28 and Jason Loutitt in 8:53.47.

On the women's side, Nadyia Fry placed sixth overall and first among women in 9:00:38.

She agreed with her husband's assessment of how hard the race was, but for different reasons. "I spent a lot of alone time on this one, I maybe raced with one or two people out there for a short time, so it was really hard mentally. It was a long day with your thoughts."

Like her husband she also enjoyed the singletrack, and was fast on the downhill sections as well. "As long as it's not too steep I love it, and the forests here are so incredible," she said.

While Fry normally races road, her trail running resume is growing. As well as Sinister 7, she also entered the six-day TransRockies Run in Colorado this year, winning the open women's category by almost 45 minutes after 188km.

"I like both the road and trail running," she said. "I like running road for setting goals and measuring paces, and focusing on specific events. I like trails because the events take you into the forest and get you out enjoying nature. It's more physically challenging, but it's less mentally challenging than the road."

Darbykai Standrick was the second female ultra runner in 9:52:10, with Abi Moore placing third in 10:07:27. Lisa Polizzi, who once lived in Whistler, was fourth — and first in the 40- to 49-age category — in 10:10:49.

In total, just 75 runners would finish the solo run out of the 103 racers at the start line. The last time was just over 15 hours.

In the relay, the top team was the Salomon Flight Crew #1, which featured a few Salomon athletes and managers. They finished the course in 7:57:49. Team Running Wild was second in 8:21:43, followed by the Hilton Herd in 8:41:04.

Complete results are online at www.meetyourmaker50.com.

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