Photos by: Robert Shaer – http://www.robshaerphoto.com/
Location: Mt. Seymour ♦ Distance: 9km ♦ Elevation: 327m
This is why people started to call June in Vancouver June-uary but apart from the obviously foggy, rainy weather the race was full of bright faces and trail runners who seemed excited to get out in the mud!
Race day started off smoothly, even with the change of start times to get people moving before we froze. The sport and enduro courses started together and made for a really quick pace from the beginning. Trails were well marked, with volunteers at each major turn. The first 6km (entire sport course) was extremely technical and it was difficult to find a smooth rhythm. This course is a great example of a technical north shore race and slightly less beginner friendly than the other sport courses, especially because of the weather. I took a slow motion slide into the mud at one point in this 6km and am honestly quite curious how many racers managed to stay on their feet the whole way!
The remaining 3km (to make the total of 9km) in the enduro course included the technical climb up and across a small boulder field. I loved trying to search for each orange flag through the dense fog. At one point this required coming to a full stop to scan the rocks for the next flag. Then after cruising along the rocky trail, up over some snow patches, we headed down a steep and technical 1km straight through to the finish.
Post race activities occurred as usual, with games and giveaways (including multiple pairs of Altra shoes). 5 Peaks swag at this race included the short brimmed snap-backs and Xact energy fruit bars (in the Maple flavor, YUM). Even though the weather did not hold up for us it made for a typical muddy adventure on the north short of Vancouver!