MOMAR conquers The Chief 

More challenging adventure race puts competitors to the test

Revelstoke's Bart Jarmula was the man to beat once again at the third annual Squamish Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (MOMAR) on Saturday, May 23.

Jarmula finished the 57 km enduro course (16 control points) in four hours, 53 minutes and 47 seconds, 18 minutes faster than North Vancouver's Gary Robbins. Shane Ruljanicich of Victoria was third in 5:16:02.

"Bart Jarmula ran an incredibly clean race, finishing the enduro course in four hours and 53 minutes, almost 20 minutes in front of Gary Robbins," said race director Bryan Tasaka. "Gary fought hard to get from fifth place to second place after losing time in the orienteering section, which was truly impressive."

The course itself was extremely difficult with the late addition of an orienteering section, some challenging bushwhacks, a lot of navigation, and a selection of challenging singletrack trails on the mountain bike leg. The race also finished with a run up to the first peak of the Stawamus Chief to the rappel station, dodging all the Saturday hikers in the area. This was the first race authorized to use the face of the 230-metre Stawamus Chief.

The top local racer in the solo men's category was Jamie Pierotti of Squamish, who was seventh in 6:11:31. Michael Conway was 14 th , missing one control point, in 6:25:08, while Whistler's Duncan Munro was ranked 16 th after he wasn't given credit for two checkpoints - his map was in bad shape at the finish line and was missing a section that included stamps. Without those missing stamps he would have ranked sixth in 6:06:20.

While disappointed, he still had a great time racing.

"I honestly think that Bryan and (course setter) Jen Segger set a world class adventure race course, it's definitely one of the hardest courses out there."

Munro ran into trouble early. He was with the lead group through the opening trek section, and was fourth onto his bike at the first transition. He stayed there until the next navigation section where he made a few mistakes. He teamed up with Gary Robbins to get the last three navigation points, both of them dropping back, and then both riders went the wrong way on the next bike leg. They were still together, but a pair of flat tires bumped Munro back to the 30s.

"I used everything I had to get back into the race, and passed a lot of racers to get to sixth by the bottom of the Chief," he said. "By the time I got to the hike up to the first peak I was done, I wasn't passing anybody. It was getting pretty hot at that point and I was out of water at that point, so I was happy to keep my position to the finish."

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