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.
Dale Nichols was 78 th out of 223 in the men's 25 to 29 race in 1:43:43.
Chris Gamel was 19 th out of 107 men in the 55 to 59 age group in 1:43:32.
Jordan Glasser was 100 th in men's 30 to 34 in 1:47:29.
Mark Clifford was 57 th in men's 50 to 54 in 1:52:39.
Justin Monahan was 122 nd in men's 25 to 29 in 1:51:07.
Lindsey Ataya was 60 th out of 390 in the women's 25 to 29 in 1:54:03.
William Huckvale was 137 th in men's 25 to 29 in 1:56:09.
Laura Pulleyblank was 94 th in women's 25 to 29 in 1:56:09.
Dale Marcoux as 150 th in men's 35 to 39 in 1:59:58.
Jane Nielsen was 11 th in women's 40 to 44 in 1:59:58.
Carly Lewis was 173 rd in women's 30 to 34 in 2:07:48.
Nicole Leddy was 223 rd in women's 30 to 34 in 2:11:59.
Jacqui Tyler was 47 th in women's 55 to 59 in 2:21:43.
From Squamish, James Newby was ninth in men's 35 to 39 in 1:26:40.
Margreet Dietz was fourth out of 295 in women's 40 to 44 in 1:28:30.
Brent Williston was 18 th in men's 45 to 49 in 1:31:02.
Jason Ross was 35 th in men's 30 to 34 in 1:34:30.
John Redpath was 82 nd in men's 30 to 34 in 1:42:35.
Karen Newby was 36 th in women's 30 to 34 in 1:47:15.
Heather Bell was 43 rd in women's 30 to 34 in 1:50:00.
Heather Gordon was 37 th in women's 25 to 29 in 1:46:10.
Jennifer Roberts was 44 th in women's 40 to 44 in 1:50:04.
Deborah Finck was 15 th in women's 50 to 54 in 1:47:52.
Keith Josephson was 116 th in men's 30 to 34 in 1:50:45.
Adina Bois was 110 th in women's 25 to 29 in 1:57:28.
Louise Griffioen was 45 th in women's 50 to 54 in 2:00:12.
Michael Lyons was 121 st in men's 50 to 54 in 2:07:53.
Stephanie Moccia was 210 th in women's 30 to 34 in 2:11:22.
Christina Gunn was 219 th in women's 35 to 39 in 2:13:05.
Danielle Doucette was 344 th in women's 30 to 34 in 2:45:20.
Carol Tanner was 72 nd in women's 55 to 59 in 2:54:21.
Susan Bernhardt was 73 rd in the same category in 2:54:21.
From Pemberton. Lee Edwards placed fifth out of 237 in women's 45 to 49 in 1:37:19.
Daniel Cindric was 124 th in men's 30 to 34 in 1:52:38.
Carlee Cindric was 68 th in women's 30 to 34 in 1:53:20.
Christine Cogger, less than two months after the birth of her third child, was 69 th out of 336 in women's 35 to 39 in 1:54:00.
Jennifer Prescott was 176 th in women's 30 to 34 in 2:09:47.
Names are not in order chronologically because the official site lists athletes by real time, while Pique lists athletes by their more accurate chip times. Complete results are online at www.raceheadquarters.com.