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The Finlayson Arm 25/50K race took place Saturday, September 12th under sunny skies and warm temperatures. Forty six runners took in the 50K race, while 66 completed the 50K.
Nanaimo’s Yann Bernaquez won the men’s 50K in the time of 6:00:46.52, while Victoria’s Jason Novecosky finished second in the time of 6:07:53 and third place went to Cody Callon of Vancouver eight minutes later in the time of 6:16:16. Race Director Myke Labelle told Victoria Sports News, “It was exciting to watch, our Men’s 50k wasn’t decided until late in the race on the final gruelling climb.”
The top male finisher in the masters division was Victoria’s Shay Averbach, who finished in the time of 6:18:03.
The final climb finished in Twinflower Park, runners traversed single track trails and mountains to end the race having gained over 2,740 metres of elevation.
The top three women, all from Vancouver were Drbykai Standrick who completed the course in the time of 6:54:22, she was followed in by Kathryn Drew (7:44:55) and Michelle Ford (8:05:09). “Our 50k women’s winner (Standrick) took the lead from start and kept it throughout to finish in commanding fashion,” said Labelle.
First master was Martha Grant of Courtenay. She finished in the time of 8:30:28.
“The course was so well marked, the course was tough and the organisation was awesome,” said one happy finisher.
In the 25K race, Victoria’s Shane Ruljancich won by over six minutes, just cracking the three hour mark with his 2:59:20. Vancouver’s Jesse Booi’s time was 3:06:42, while fellow Prairie Inn Harrier Running Club member (to Ruljancich) Andrew Pape was the first master and third overall in the time of 3:18:40.
Kaylee Beales won the women’s 25K in the time of 3:47:26, second was Aoibhe Glynn of Squamish, BC and Brittany Carey of Victoria, who finished in 3:51:12 and 4:01:32, respectively. The top female master was Kelly Campo of Victoria who finished in the time of 4:12:54.
“The event was well received by athletes and the finishing times demonstrate how difficult this course is; however, it is likely one of the most beautiful and scenic races in North America,” shared Labelle.