While most Whistlerites were enjoying the snow, a group of nine Whistler runners took part in the Pacific Road Runners "First Half" Half Marathon on Feb. 10.
Almost 2,000 runners took part in the sold-out race, going from the Roundhouse Community Centre to English Bay and back again via the Seawall and Stanley Park. More than $27,000 was raised for the local Variety Club.
John Neels was the top Whistler runner, finishing in 50 th place overall, and sixth out of 151 racers in the mens 45 to 49 category, with a time of one hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds.
Daniel Havens posted a time of 1:27:29, finishing 75 th overall and 11 th in the 45 to 49 category.
Eric Nadin was 27 th in the same category, and 175 th overall, with a time of 1:33:44.
Dan Dennis, racing in the mens 35 to 39 category, was 50th out of 168 runners and 196 th overall with a time of 1:34:26.
In 299 th , with a time of 1:37:59, was Whistlers Walter Walgram. He was 34 th in the 45 to 49 age category.
Jon McCullough was 323 rd overall with a time of 1:38:59, or 50 th out of 169 competitors in the mens 45 to 49 race.
Marathon veteran Mae Palm was first out of nine competitors in the womens 60 to 64 group, finishing 558 th with a time of 1:46:03.
Marie-Anee Prevost was 41 st out of 139 racers in the womens 25 to 29 category, and 743 rd overall with a time of 1:50:17.
This was the third Pacific Road Runners half marathon, which is also part of the B.C. Timex Road Running Series and the Great Canadian Bagel Canada Running Series.
Many of the competitors use it as practice for the Vancouver International Marathon in May.