Runners flock to Whistler 5 Peaks 

458 athletes compete on Enduro and Sport courses

click to enlarge Take 5 Runners sprint out to the start at the 5 Peaks race in Whistler this past weekend. A record field of more than 450 athletes takng part. Photo by Ian Robertson, www.coastphoto.com.
  • Take 5 Runners sprint out to the start at the 5 Peaks race in Whistler this past weekend. A record field of more than 450 athletes takng part. Photo by Ian Robertson, www.coastphoto.com.

The annual Whistler 5 Peaks race was held Saturday, Aug. 25, with a record number of participants following a selection of trails in the upper alpine of Whistler Mountain.

There were two courses available, a 10.8 km Enduro course with roughly 730 metres of climbing, and a 5.6 km Sport Course with 355 metres of vertical. Both courses started and finished outside the Roundhouse Lodge.

The Enduro route started with a downhill run to the Peak Chair and then back up to the Roundhouse area, where runners were sent around Harmony Lake and back up to the peak of Whistler around Symphony Bowl. Following the climb, runners headed down to the top of Harmony before descending all the way back to the Roundhouse.

The Sport course also included a round-trip to the Peak Chair from the Roundhouse, followed by a lap of Harmony Lake.

Whistler’s Morgan Titus placed first overall in the Enduro race and won the men’s 20 to 29 category with a time of 53 minutes and 56 seconds, nearly three minutes faster than the next runner. Ryan Bremner of Coquitlam was second overall in 56:51, and second in the 20 to 29 group, while Vancouver’s Mark Bennett placed third overall and first in the Men’s 40 to 49 category.

The top spot for the women also went to a Whistler runner, with Venetia McHugh crossing the line in 1:10:52. She also won the women’s 30 to 39 age category. Victoria’s Carolyn Goluza was second in 1:12:08, and second in the 30 to 39 category, while Mirabelle Tinio of Vancouver placed third overall in 1:13:02, as well as first in the 20 to 29 age group.

Also from Whistler:

Walter Walgram placed 36 th overall and third in the men’s 50 to 59 race in 1:13:13.

Graeme Fitch was 37 th , and eighth in men’s 40 to 49 in 1:13:14.

Dusan Kafka placed 43 rd overall and 18 th in men’s 30 to 39 in 1:14:43.

Ehren Hess was 47 th overall and 10 th in men’s 20 to 29 in 1:16:42.

Hamish Yoshida was 61 st and 25 th in men’s 30 to 39 in 1:18:49.

Caroline L’Heureux was 86 th and eighth in women’s 20 to 29 in 1:21:47.

Noah Beauchamp was 92 nd and 13 th in men’s 20 to 29 in 1:22:37.

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