Sea to Sky runners flocked to Vancouver last weekend for the annual Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5K, joining almost 4,000 runners at the start line.
The fastest Whistler runner was Ashley McMillan, who placed second out of 212 racers in the men's 35 to 39 age category with a chip time of 1:18:15. He averaged a kilometre every 3:43 to place 31 st overall.
While happy with his result he said he would have liked to have been a little faster given all the training he's put in for the San Francisco and Berlin marathons.
"I had designs to get my time down a little bit more and I was hoping for slightly better, but it's been all about marathons and I'm tapering down right now. I think I could be a minute or two faster and a little higher up the standings, but the good thing is that I do seem to be improving with every race I go out there," he said.
McMillan would usually race in a few mountain bike events as well as running events, but he decided to make this season all about running - as well as his personal cause. He is racing this season to raise awareness for the Spinal Injuries Association, in recognition of his father who became disabled while serving in the British Armed Forces. The international association provides financial support for families that have been impacted by spinal injuries, as well as support for rehabilitation programs.
He is raising money online at www.justgiving.com/Ashley-McMillan.
"It's something I've thought about for a while, but living in Whistler and seeing the disabled guys in the bike park and out skiing - and hosting the Paralympics that showcased what people with disabilities can do - I decided to go for it."
Being associated with the Spinal Injuries Association has enabled McMillan to get into races, many of which have a category for charities. Once in, he hopes to be able to run fast and draw attention to the association in order to drive donations.
As well as competing in large events like the Scotiabank Half-Marathon, McMillan plans to compete in various local running events as well as long they fit into his schedule. He already participated in the Whistler Valley Trail Run, where he placed second overall and first in his age category. .
Next up in Vancouver was Walter Wallgram, who placed seventh out of 165 men in the 50 to 54 age category with a time of 1:34:03.
Daryl West was 75 th out of 246 runners in men's 30 to 34 in 1:42:06.
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