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Larry Nylen. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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The 20th annual Prairie Inn Harriers Thetis Lake Relays took to the trails of the park that has provided the training ground for such elite athletes as Bruce Deacon, Lucy Smith, Simon Whitfield, Lori Bowden and Jon Brown, to name a few.

Between Deacon, Whitfield and Brown, they have been to the Olympics collectively nine times, meanwhile Smith is a 20-time Canadian champion in various sports, and Bowden is a two-time Ironman world champion, but today the youth served notice.

The Prairie Inn Harrier’s Youth Team fielded the first and second overall finishers. It was the first time that a youth team has won the Relays or placed second.

The third place team was Frontrunners – a senior men’s team – which included Nick Walker, who led off with a 15:16 first lap, followed by Shawn Nelson, Mike Chandler and Mark Nelson. The Frontrunners team finished in the time of 1:06:43 for the 20K run that encompasses four laps of approximately 5K of hills, roots, rocks and mud.

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The junior men won in the time of 1:04:00 exactly, while the second place juniors finished just 12 seconds back. Their lead-off runners completed the first lap, which starts on the asphalt road before turning onto trail, in 15:02. The remaining three laps start and finish on the main beach, in the sand.

The fastest solo runner – running all four laps by themselves – was Shawn Wilyman who crossed the line in the time of 1:09:11.

The first Family were the “Thetis Can’t Defeat Us” Deacon Family.

There were a total of 99 teams, 9 of which were solo runners.

Captains are encouraged to be creative with the naming of the teams, some of the more interesting team names were, Best Pace Scenario, The Young and the Beathless, Mid-Life Vices and Supercalirunningliciousexpialidocious.

Proceeds from the race go to a University of Victoria bursary, as do the proceeds from the Gunner Shaw Cross Country Classic, which takes place Saturday, November 26 at Thetis Lake. There are a total of three Thetis Lake races, the third one takes place Saturday, December 10 and is called the

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The hand-off. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Stewart Mountain Cross Country Classic.

Full results will be available at www.pih.bc.ca.

More images and video to be posted soon.

Top-30 teams:

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