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Kelly Jennings and Mary Ann Sorenson
I wanted to take this opportunity to send out a huge thanks and congratulations to all of my Helly Hansen Relay teammates that competed in the inaugural Meet Your Maker 50 mile (80+ km's) trail running race that went down this past weekend here in our amazing backyard.
We started out running together in June on our Helly Hansen Trail Training Tuesday clinics with the goal of expanding our trail knowledge and training towards being able to enter a relay team for this epic event. Over the course of the summer we had 80 different runners join us over the course of 12 weeks and not only entered one team of seven, but two teams and a solo athlete! The camaraderie that developed among this group of all ages (20s to 60s) has been amazing to watch and I am proud and inspired having run alongside some really amazing people. It really speaks volumes about the diversity of people we have living here and yet how much we all have in common.
We here at Helly Hansen want to send a massive thank you and congratulations to the crew at 5 Peaks and the Meet Your Maker 50 organizers and volunteers for putting on an unbelievable event that showcased how truly amazing and humbling this valley's trail networks really are and how many amazing, some may say crazy, athletes there are out there.
Having run a leg of the race, I would also like to extend my appreciation to everyone that lives in the valley for allowing us to do what we did. From the gathering of supporters and onlookers at the relay stations and the finish line, to the downhillers in the bike park that stopped during their laps to allow our runners to keep their pace, to all the cross country riders/hikers that put up with all the essential flagging and signage throughout the trails.
I personally would like to thank Chris Kennedy, from Black Diamond Fitness, for all his efforts coaching us Tuesday evenings, as well as taking on the task of being Course Director for the amazing track that was laid out for us. Chris is a professional, a gentleman and an amazing runner who has inspired all of us to be better.
We live in a beautiful place and there is nothing better than exploring it with fantastic people. I personally am looking forward to next spring and getting started on training for next year's event(s) and for now, seeing as our HH Tuesday Night Clinics have wrapped up, trail running will continue with the crew from the Whistler Running Club on Tuesdays evenings, updates will be on theirs and our Facebook pages — Whistler Running Club & Helly Hansen Whistler.