Gary Robbins is an unstoppable beast right now. After toiling much of last season with injury Gary has found much of the form from previous years and then some.
With a load of talented Canadians pushing the pace early at the Diez Vista 50km, Robbins pulled ahead and really poured it on towards the latter half of the race, taking the win and setting a new course record in a time of 4:06. Colin Miller and Dave Cleveland, both talented racers in their own right, could do little to keep up with the torrid pace that Robbins put down and took 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
The female race was a bit closer with Suzanne Evans edging out Lisa Polizzi by a mere 6 min in a time of 5:04 over the challenging 50 km course. The North Face Ambassador Stacey Cleveland rounded out the podium taking 3rd overall in a time of 5:12.
While the elites hammered the trails at Diez, others were taking to the trail for the first time with the Run the North Shore crew. The 6th annual My First Trail Race is a 5km and 10km race held at the beautiful Lower Seymour Conversation Reserve in North Vancouver. The 10km overall was a race of the sexes with the males just barely taking the overall win. Joel Payers’ 44:37 was only 21 seconds faster than the women’s overall winner Shannon Penway. The race was close right through the top 10 races with 5+ minutes between 1st and 10th.
The 5km race was won overall by Patrick Jones in a time of 21:21. Female race winner Mikaila Brown won in a time of 25:45 and also place third overall. If this race is any indication of the pool of runners coming up in the ranks of our trail community its going to be an exciting season of racing this year!
Congratulations to all who raced this weekend.
News of Interest:
The second race of the Coast Mountain Trail Series had to be cancelled. The next race in the series is now the Buckin’ Hell Race being held at Mount Seymour on May 18th. This is what was posted on the CMTS Facebook page about the cancellation:
Unfortunate news; unforeseen and unpreventable circumstances have led to the postponement of next weekend’s Survival Of The Fittest trail race in Squamish. All registered runners should have received an email from us. We are working diligently to lock down an alternate date and apologize for this inconvenience. Your patience and understanding is appreciated. We’ll update our social media pages once we can clarify our next move. Again we greatly apologize for this and are working diligently towards an immediate solution.
For further information about the race series and the next race in the series the Buckin’ Hell please follow this LINK
Reminder that the deadline for the first race in the Ontario Ultra Series is fast approaching. The Pick Your Poison Trail Races is a great race and a awesome chance to test your spring fitness and get your hands on some honey and the best logoed shirt in the series. For further information about registration of the race in general please follow this LINK
~Keith Iskiw is a trail and ultra runner from Kingston, Ontario. Find his blog at http://keithiskiw.wordpress.com/