Victoria’s Jerry Hughes won the Cedar Ultra 24 hour race Sunday, finishing with 188.1 kilometres run in that time.
The race takes place just outside of Nanaimo in Hemer Park on a 3.3K loop. The runner, who goes the farthest in the 24 hour period of the race, wins the event. Hughes set the event record in 2017 going 208K.
“My race went as planned with the route change and added elevation,” said Hughes. “My goal was 180-90K.”
This year the race was run clockwise – each year it changes direction. “From running this race last year counter clockwise I knew it would be a lot harder and was I ever right about that, it had roughly 60-metres of elevation per 3.3km loop. Last year, it had about 40-metres per loop.”
“The race started and I went into my steady pace plan. Everything was great for the first three hours. However, I did have some stomach issues and I had a nasty fall on some roots that knocked the wind out of me for a few minutes,” shared the father of two boys. “Conditions were ideal, slight ran and no wind and mild temperatures.
Hughes ran most of the 188K at 6:30 per kilometre pace.
He ran 188.1km over 57 loops.
“I am extremely happy with the results considering that the elevation was roughly 3800meters/12000 fleet.”
Hughes runs to support Help Fill a Dream Foundation.
“The motivation of helping kids who are suffering really got me through the last hours of the race.”
In Port Angeles, Prairie Inn Harrier Christopher Callendar won the North Discovery Half Marathon finishing in the time of 1:22:14. Callendar has won the marathon event in the past.
He said over social media, “This weekend was the fourth time I went down to Port Angeles to race in the North Olympic Discovery Marathon, this year running the Half Marathon as it’s the only one I hadn’t done (Marathon in 2011, 5K in 2012, 10K in 2013). Once again I was incredibly lucky to win the race! It was such an amazing experience.”