On Saturday, May 10, Squamish will host its second Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (MOMAR) competition in as many years, with a one-day course set by international adventure racer Jen Segger-Gigg that was designed to appeal to everyone from experienced racers to beginners.
The event is nearly sold out, with roughly 250 racers signed up, although there is still some room for last minute entries. Because of mandatory gear checks on Friday night and rappelling certification requirements, the latest anyone can sign on is Friday morning.
The course will cover 45 to 50 km of trails in the Squamish area, and includes sections of trail running, mountain biking, and navigation, as well as on-course challenges and a special rappelling section. Racers are competing solo and in pairs, and organizers estimate that the course will take participants anywhere from four to eight hours to complete.
Everybody finishes, according to Segger-Gigg, as slower teams will be diverted to a shorter course after a time limit has been reached.
It’s promising to be a fast race with last year’s champions back to defend their titles.
“Gary Robbins and Todd Nowack are definitely going to be fast as a men’s double team, although they’ve got some good teams chasing them, and we have some good competition in the single men’s and women’s categories. It’s shaping up to be a good battle,” said Segger-Gigg.
For recreational racers, Segger-Gigg says that the day should be enjoyable and challenging. Most participants should make the cut-off times, but those that don’t will still get to finish after completing the short course options.
“Finishing is still what it’s all about, and our goal is to get everybody to the finish,” said Segger-Ggg.
The race gets underway at 9 a.m., and is based out of Quest University in Squamish,
For everybody already registered, some last minute course changes were made to accommodate logging operations that are impacting several trails.
“That took a chunk out of the course I designed, and I spent last week revamping, rerouting and figuring out ways to work around it,” said Segger-Gigg. “We’re back on track now, it’s just a matter of estimating times for each new section and mapping it out.”
Registration is still available online at www.mindovermountain.com.