The fifth and final race in the 5 Peaks Trail Running Series
took place at Buntzen Lake this past Saturday, with over 450 runners coming out
for the half marathon (21 km), Enduro (13 km) and Sport (8 km) races. The
amount of elevation gained and lost depended on your category, but ranged from
500 metres for the half marathon and 60 metres for the sport course.
In the half marathon, Whistler’s Greg Camirand placed seventh
overall out of 75 runners, also placing first in the men’s 20 to 29 age
category, with a time of two hours 39 minutes and 26 seconds.
Robert Tan was 25
overall and seventh in the men’s
40 to 49 group in 3:00:53.
In the Enduro, Walter Wallgram placed 30
out of 182 runners and fifth in the men’s 40 to 49 category in 1:39:26.
In the Sport group, Tracy Jackson was 49
and sixth in the women’s 40 to 49 race in 1:06:36.
Kristy Mitchell was 18
in the women’s 20 to 29
group in 1:17:31.
Titus brothers rule the Grind
The Grouse Grind is one of the toughest trails anywhere.
Although the distance is just 2.9 km, it includes a vertical gain of 853 metres
— twice the height of Toronto’s CN Tower — over tough ground.
On average, for every 3.4 metres you move forward you also gain one metre of
elevation. The gradient is close to 40 degrees, which is steeper than most
The level of difficulty doesn’t stop over 600 people from
racing the trail every year, with the 16
annual Grouse Grind
Mountain Run taking place this past Sunday.
The course was a little on the wet side, which means nobody
came close to breaking any records this year. Mike Simpson of Delta was 36
seconds off the record pace he set last year with a time of 27 minutes even to
take the elite title.
Hot on his heels were Whistler’s Morgan and Joren Titus, who
placed second and third respectively with times of 27:57 and 28:05. This is the
second year Morgan has placed behind Simpson, and Joren moved up from sixth
onto the podium.
Squamish athlete Teresa Hoivik was the third female, was first
in her age category and placed 15
overall in a speedy 34:48.