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Segger second in Costa Rica ultra
Squamish's Jen Segger settled for second place with fellow Salomon athlete Monica Aguilera in The Coastal Challenge: Costa Rica, a six-day, 250 km ultra run through the rain forests of Costa Rica with heat, humidity and thousands of feet of vertical gain on some days.
Segger started out with a lead of one minute and 20 seconds after the first stage, then finished day two about 17 minutes behind Aguilera. She made up over three minutes on the third stage, but called a truce on day four after they decided to run the last section together. They kept the truce alive for the next two days of racing.
Seger finished the race in 29 hours and 15 seconds, about 12 minutes back of Aguilera, who hails from Spain. The next competitor was Luz Perez, another Spanish runner, who finished in 33:38:12.
Complete race reports are posted at www.jensegger.com.
Sigge's P'ayakentsut going big
The last time racers went a full 50 km on trails at Whistler Olympic Park, Canada's Devon Kershaw came within a fraction of a second of winning an Olympic bronze medal.
Sigge's P'ayakentsut is being billed as the first big event in the Callaghan since the 2010 Games, with a variety of categories for the main event as well as a number of side events for the nordic community.
The main race includes distances of 5 km, 15 km, 30 km and 50 km. As well, there is a ski cross race for kids 12 to 14, mad dash sprints, team relays, and other fun events for kids aged 5 to 11.
The event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 26, getting underway at 9:30 a.m. Callaghan Valley Cross Country Ski Club is organizing it, with the support of the Squamish Nation, cross-country clubs from Vancouver and Sea to Sky, and other sponsors.
The word "P'ayakentst" is taken from the Squamish Nation, and means "A place to train oneself physically." Historically, the Callaghan Valley was a place where Squamish warriors went to train.
Depending on your category, early bird race entries are $5 to $35 until end-of-day on Feb. 16. Online registration is available until Feb. 24 at www.zone4.ca.
For more information on the race, visit www.payak.com.
Last chance to catch the Wolfpack
This weekend marks the end of the Junior B Squamish Wolfpack's third season in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League, and the team's last chance at redemption.
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