The King and Queen of Pain 

Duncan Munro, Sarah O’Byrne do all Month of Pain events

click to enlarge Six for Six Duncan Munro and Sarah O'Byrne completed all six events and then some in the September Month of Pain.
  • Six for Six Duncan Munro and Sarah O'Byrne completed all six events and then some in the September Month of Pain.

Dozens of local athletes took part in more than one event during the September “Month of Pain”, but only two athletes took part in every ride and run this month — Duncan Munro and Sarah O’Byrne.

The list of events includes the West Side Wheel Up on Sept. 8, the Squamish Loop the Lakes on Sept. 9, the Terry Fox Run and Soo Valley Rumble on Sept. 16, the full Cheakamus Challenge Fall Classic on Sept. 22, and the Rubble Creek Classic on Sept. 23.

The two also participated in some other events. For example, O’Byrne raced in all three Loonie Races hosted by the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA), while Munro took part in two out of three events — opting out of the event on Sept. 13 to ride PHD in the Rutherford.

On the morning of the West Side Wheel Up, O’Byrne and Munro also helped coach a half-marathon clinic and with commuting to and from the clinic to the start line they had already ridden close to 40 km before the race got underway at noon.

In the Wheel Up, O’Byrne finished seventh in the women’s category in 1:44:35.

“I cut one hour off my time from the year before,” she said proudly. “That was really good, I was so happy with the way I was riding.”

Munro was 30 th in the Wheel Up in 1:23:52, his own personal best in the race.

The next day O’Byrne finished second in the Under 40 category while running the 15 kilometre Loop the Lakes course, crossing the finish line in 1:22:05.

Munro, recovering from a sprained knee in the 80 km STORMY race in August, decided to do the shorter 8 km course, and won the Men’s Under 40 category. He also set a course record for the short course, coming in at 32:03.

The following Sunday, Sept. 16, Munro made up for running the shorter course by running the entire 10 km Terry Fox Run route in his volunteer firefighter gear — complete with the oxygen tank after he was dared by another firefigher. O’Byrne raced the 5 km Terry Fox route, saving her energy for that afternoon’s epic bike ride.

O’Byrne and Munro rushed from the Terry Fox finish line to the Soo Valley Rumble start at noon. The Soo Valley Rumble started on the Soo Valley Forest Service Road, and included the North Flank, Rick’s Roost, Cat Scratch Fever, Shit Happens, White Knuckles, No Girly Man, Big Kahuna, Section 102 and Kill Me Thrill Me.


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