One of the most challenging downhill races of the season took place in Mission last weekend, as local riders organized the inaugural Arduum Challenge. The race was held to celebrate the connection and reopening of two extremely technical trails on Red Mountain.
The course including everything from drops to steep fall-line sections through the trees, made tougher by the rain and mud. A video of the course is online at www.Arduumchallenge.com .
Registration for the inaugural race was mainly by word of mouth, but about 50 riders turned out.
Dan Skogland posted the fastest time of the day, coming in at four minutes 53 seconds. He was followed by Ewan Fafard in 4:56.5, and Ryan Walters in 5:21.0.
Whistler’s Greg Grant made the top-10 in 5:51, while Marc Zurbuchen was in at 7:38.5.
North Shore rider Danice Uyesugi was the top woman in 6:42.5, followed by Kat Duffels in 8:13.1, and Chelsey Stevens in 9:02.5.
Local runners in women’s only marathon
Five Whistler and Pemberton runners made the trip to San Francisco this past weekend to race in the Nike Women’s Marathon, all posting solid results in a sold-out field of close to 5,000 runners. All local runners finished well within the top 10 per cent of participants. Proceeds went towards the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Marie-Anne Prevost had an amazing marathon, placing 17 th overall and third in the 35 to 39 age group in three hours, 27 minutes and 16 seconds.
A handful of men did participate, which means that Prevost finished 12 th overall among women.
Christine Cogger finished 108 th overall, 95 th among women, and 17 th in the women’s 30 to 34 age group in 3:45:33.
Liz Cullen was 156 th overall, 138 th among women, and 30 th in the women’s 25 to 29 race in 3:52:16.
Brandi Higgins was 322 nd overall, 285 th among women, and 56 th in the women’s 35 to 39 race in 4:07:41.
Jennifer Glavas of Pemberton was 355 th overall, 317 th among women, and 59 th in the women’s 30 to 34 group in 4:09:47.
He didn’t make San Francisco, but Dusan Kafka did enter the Burnaby Lake Half Marathon this past weekend, Kafka finished eighth overall and fourth in the men’s 30 to 39 race in 1:34:36.