Mountain stars crowned on cold race day

The King of the Mountain race drew about 50 runners this year, and organizers guess the cold weather caused the drop in participation.

The King OF THE MOUNTAIN race Sept. 26 saw 50 contestants launch forth from the Sportsplex start line.

The King of the Mountain race, now in its 38th year, attracted about 50 challengers this time, and organizer Kristine Ewald says cold weather may have contributed to a smaller turnout compared to last year when 100 showed up.

But the race still turned out to be a triumph of sport and volunteerism, bringing the community together, with runners navigating the thin trails on the Terrace Mountain overseen by 15 volunteers, with a start and finish line located at the Terrace Sportsplex.

According to Ewald, last year the biggest hazard was the bees, while this year it was the slippery terrain and cold weather.

The runners said it was fine once they started sweating.

The King of Mountain volunteers, 15 in total, were apparently a bit on the cold side.

“All the volunteers were suffering,” said Ewald.

And while the runners kept warm from the rush of competition, they didn’t keep clean.

“I don’t think anyone bailed, but everyone had muddy legs, search and rescue [volunteers] came out and looked after us.”

Last year there was a bees nest located underneath one of the bridges the runners had to traverse, which meant many runners were targeted and stung by the irritated colony.

But that’s life for the wilderness runner, and part of the fun lies in the rugged unpredictability of one of Terrace’s most well-known races.

Ewald and her business partner, who together own Transcend Fitness, decided to take over organizing the event after the previously owners left town.

Results

In the Male 17 and Under category: Conner Block was first with a time of 0:52:29, Jackson Netzel second with 1:08:17 and Jonas Lecuyer third at 1:08:20.

In the Female 17 and Under, Avery Back was first with 1:24:56; Caelyn Christensen second at 1:53:55, followed by Kenlee Plunkardt, 2:05:55.

First place in the Mens 18-39, and overall best time went to Francois Dagenais Cote with a time of 0:48:10, then Jeremie Drouin at 0:51:02 and Maxime Guillaume 0:52:30.

The female 18-39 category: Kriste Johnstone took first with a time of 0:54:13, Reheannon Brooks second with 0:59:54 and third to Aliye Tuzlak with a time of 1:02:57.

In the Male 40-54 category: first, second and third went to Judson Rowse at 0:50:02, Cody Skog at 0:57:02, then Brent Webb at 0:59:40

The Female 40-54 tops went to Erin Baker with a time of 1:08:26, Eva-Maria Simms with 1:10:58, and Daphne Heenan at 1:20:39.

The Male 55 and over category saw Al Marleau take first with 0:54:39, Murray Wamer second at 1:00:10 and Robert Weir third with a time of 1:20:19.

In the Female 55 and over category, the single competitor, Sherrie Hamer, had a time of 1:12:25.

 

 

Just Posted

Police investigating after body found in Terrace

Discovery Friday afternoon near Olson Ave.

Skeena Voices | Painting the world a brighter place

Marilyn Lachapelle brings life to rocks to heal and spread happiness

Northwest mobile unit to help those at heart of mental health, addiction crisis

Province, Northern Health unveils new unit in Terrace to bridge gaps in services

New Mills Memorial project said to be on track

But Skeena MLA Ellis Ross not convinced

Bail hearing adjourned for April in Terrace manslaughter case

Veronica Leanne Bolton, 34, is accused in death of Rene Fagan, 85

Stolen Bentley spotted going wrong way down highway found in Summerland

The car has been recorded going the wrong way on the Coquihalla, found two days later

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training for

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

2 fires in Victoria caused by cigarettes prompts warning from deputy fire chief

Two separate fires caused by cigarette butts were avoidable

Wildlife activists slam B.C. business, clubs for ‘wolf-whacking’ contests

Chilcotin Guns, Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club and West Kootenay Outdoorsmen Club under fire

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Boy who went missing from park remains largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

Most Read