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The Port Alberni Paper Chase 10K was back on Sunday, after a 15-year absence from the Island Race Series.
The masters dominated the day.
Two-hundred and 43 finishers took in the rolling, hilly course on a beautiful sunny day. The race started off with a countdown and the warning horn from the fire department located next to the start and finish area.
The winners were Duncan’s Dusty Spiller in the time of 33:17 in a hard-fought effort over Nick Walker of Victoria, who finished in the time of 33:23. Campbell River’s Mark Cryderman had a great show as the first master and third overall, finishing in the time of 34:08. He crossed the line shaking his head, looking at the clock knowing that sub-34 was in his hands. Walker and Cryderman are former UVic Vikes.
“It’s a tough race,” said Prairie Inn Harrier Shane Ruljancich, who crossed the line fifth and as the second master in the time of 35:11. The third master was Jerry Loeb, who was looking for sub-37:00. He finished in 36:45, which is a strong performance on the hilly route. He finished seventh overall.
Yana Debelic was the first female finisher and first master. She competes in the 45-49 age-group. Her time was a strong 41:43. She finished 20th overall.
Carolyn Coffee of Courtenay was the second female and second master, competing in the 40-44 age-group. She crossed the line in 43:44. Mel Russell was the third female, while the third master woman was Sheila Dorman of Nanaimo. She competes in the 55-59 age-group. Her time was 44:36, while Russell crossed the line in the time of 44:18.
The Paper Chase is race number seven of eight on the Island Race Series schedule. The final race takes place in Nanaimo at the Cedar 12K on April 9th with an 11:00 am gun time.
The Paper Chase was organised by the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Full results are available here>>
Check back for official race video coming soon.