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Whistler’s Poirier second in Warrior Dash

First time Whistler event a great success



Local runner Robin Poirier represented his home turf well on Saturday in the first running of the Warrior Dash in Whistler - a five-kilometre run with 10 obstacle course sections from start to finish.

Poirier placed second overall with a time of 21 minutes, 16.30 seconds, just 18 seconds back of winner Phil Rock. He was also first in the 25 to 29 age category, which had almost 600 athletes.

Joseph Charbonneau was third overall and first in the 14 to 19 age group in 21:35.85.

Dawn Anderson was the first female through the fire and mud, placing 35th overall and first in the 30 to 34 age group in 25:28.50. Laura Struve was second among women and first in 25 to 29 in 25:43.90, with Leni Meade third - and first in 35 to 39 - in 26:21.05.

Another local category winner was Squamish's Andrew Clegg, who placed first out of 250 athletes in Male 35 to 39 in a time of 23:07.

A few registered athletes didn't show up at the start for the first running of the Warrior Dash in Whistler, but almost 4,000 athletes took part in the race. That means upwards of 500 athletes at the start line for each of the eight waves.

This is the first time that the Warrior Dash has come to Canada. There are 33 events on the calendar this year including Whistler's and an event in Austrlia, with the other 31 events happening across the U.S.

The race is known for it's festive atmosphere, trademark viking helmets and beer gardens, and the Whistler event did not disappoint.