Alpine race draws a crowd 

325 racers for Whistler 5 Peaks Running Series

Runners were greeted by grey skies and a smattering of rain at the start line for the Whistler stop of the 5 Peaks Trail Running Series on Saturday, Aug. 20 – it was probably for the best, because with two high-altitude courses composed of mainly black diamond hiking trails, the last thing the runners needed was a hot day.

There were two options for runners, a 5 km sport course and an 11 km enduro route, both starting and finishing at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain.

In the 5 km race, Pemberton’s John Teitzel took an early lead and never looked back, finishing the course in 31 minutes and 51 seconds. Whistler’s Duncan Munro chased Teitzel out of the gate, but pulled back after rolling his ankle in the first hundred metres. Munro finished second in 33:54.

"I’m happy with that. I’ve been ramping down my running training recently, doing short, fast runs instead of going for hours at a time. I’ve also been focusing a lot more on biking," said Munro.

Both runners were in the men’s 30 to 39 age category.

Third place overall in the 5 km went to D.J. Zalit of Surrey, who also won the men’s Under 20 race in 34:59.

Whistler’s David Shaw won the Men’s 20 to 29 race in 39:16.

Dan MacLellan was ninth in the men’s 30 to 39 race in 43:31.

The top woman was Vancouver’s Meghan McCollum in fifth overall, first in the 20 to 29 group with a time of 35:36. Lisa Brougham of Bowen Island was second among women in 39:14, as well as first in the 30 to 39 category. Devon Mihalyi of Langley was the third woman in 39:24, as well as second in the 20 to 29 group.

Talya Shore was third in the women’s 30 to 39 race in 47:17. Tracy Jackson was sixth in the women’s 40 to 49 group in 16:22.

Shannon Susko was 17 th out of 28 runners in the women’s 30 to 39 group, while Maridee Fitch was 17 th in the women’s 40 to 49 race.

The top time on the 10 km Enduro course and the men’s 30 to 39 title went to Mark Bomba of Coquitlam with a 46:26.

Bomba is a competitive track runner, and back in June won the national title in the 10,000-metre. He is currently training for the half marathon world championships in October, as well as the Commonwealth Games marathon in March of 2006.

This was Bomba’s first trail run. Ever.

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