Campbell, Louttit battle it out in Squamish 50 

click to enlarge PHOTO BY BRIAN GOLDSTONE, ARC'TERYX - 50-50 Adam Campbell battled Jason Louttit for the lead of the Squamish 50 ultra, finishing the 50 mile course under eight hours.
  • Photo by Brian Goldstone, Arc'Teryx
  • 50-50 Adam Campbell battled Jason Louttit for the lead of the Squamish 50 ultra, finishing the 50 mile course under eight hours.

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"It was nice to have a really good battle and to be challenged that hard," he said. "Gary (Robbins) and Geoff (Langford) designed one of the hardest courses I've ever run. There was no rhythm to it, no flow to it, it was a very dance-y, technical course, very west coast. I've done races with more vertical, and this one had no major climbs, but it was unrelenting, you were always going up or down and twisting and turning, so you had to be focused the entire time, which makes it really hard. It doesn't suit my skillset that well to be honest, which is another reason I'm pleased with the way I ran."

As for the race selling out in its second year and plans to build a three-day festival around the race next year, Campbell — who lives in Vancouver and trains in Sea to Sky often — said it has all the ingredients of becoming a major event.

"Ultra running and trail running are at an all-time high in popularity, races everywhere are selling out," he said. "Gary is a great ambassador for the sport, and you know Geoff is involved as well that it's going to be well-run. For an ultra runner that's a big deal. You want to know the course is going to be well-marked, that there's going to be water at every aid station, and it's just a great place to run... It has all the right ingredients to become a major international race."

After Louttit there's a sizeable gap in the results, with Ed McCarthy placing third overall — and first in the 20 to 29 age category — in 8:38:52. McCarthy raced a 50-miler two weeks before and was running at a slower pace. As well, two runners Campbell expected to challenge — Squamish's Nick Elson and Mike Murphy — were injured while running and did not finish.

The women's race was also a battle, with Kristin Moehl finishing sixth overall in 9:37:13. Hot on her heels was Lisa Polizzi in 9:39:47, less than two minutes back. Kathy Mckay was the third woman in 10:25:23.

Eric Carter won the 50km race in 5:27:21, followed by Blaine Penny in 5:32:25. Third place went to a female racer, Catrin Jones, who finished in 5:51:52.

The third male was Alex Dunn in 5:53:18, while the second female runner (fifth overall) was Samantha Drove in 5:59:12, with Stacie Carrigan placing 10th overall in 6:28:00.

The 23km race was similar with two men in front and a female racer in third. Brad Schalles took the win in a blistering 1:51:25, followed by Simon Stewart in 2:04:22. Anne-Marie Madden was third in 2:08:13. Garth Campbell was the third male in 2:08:19, and Claire Morgan (seventh) and Nicole Ker (13th overall) were second and third for the women in 2:13:30 and 2:24:08.

Complete results are online at www.squamish50.com.

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