Whistler runners cover 100 km from Haney to Harrison 

For the 23rd straight year, hundreds of runners congregated in the early morning cold and wet in Haney for the start of a 100 km team relay run to the town of Harrison Hot Springs.

Stages varied between about 7 km and 14 km for members of each team of eight, while support vans and trucks drove from checkpoint to checkpoint to drop off and pick up runners.

As the last running event on the calendar the Haney to Harrison regularly attracts the top runners from around the province who, after months of training and running, are finally ready to let off a little steam. Whistler teams are a regular feature in the race, and 2004 was no exception.

In the overall standings, the top open men’s team, out of 315 total teams, was Unattached from Burnaby. Team members averaged five minutes and 16 seconds a mile, and wrapped up the race in five hours 26 minutes and seven seconds. The Peninsular Runners from Victoria were second in 5:33, followed by the PIH Swamp Trotters in 5:40:57.

The top Masters Men’s team was the LGRR Mountain Lions of Burnaby in 6:24:53, followed by the VFAC Masters Men of Surrey in 6:28:01.

The top women’s team was the Grims Gym Greens Team of Coquitlam, who finished the race in 6:33:41. They were faster than the top mixed team, the VFAC Open Mixed team from Vancouver.

From Sea to Sky, the top team was the Chachie Brothers of Garibaldi Highlands, who also happened to win the Corporate Division with a time of 6:48:25. The Chachie Brothers were Matthew Rainsberry, Graham Schulz, Phil Agiri, James Morrison, Colin Bullock, Richard Avedod, Chad Depol, and Rich Rawling.

Finishing 35 th overall and fifth in the open mixed category was Will Run To Party. The team finished the run in 7:34:20, anchored by Georgina Titus, Christine Suter, David Higgins, Tracey Silvester, Jonathan Silcock, Bob Deeks, Karen Martin, and Paul Nicholas.

Scrambled Legs, which was sponsored by Whistler Running Experience and Funhog, finished first of 28 teams in the Corporate Co-ed group with a time of 7:44:33. Scrambled Legs were Shelly Oldham, Julie Cummings, Greg MacDonnell, Alison Carmichael, Mike B., Vanessa Murphy, Duncan Munro and Stuart Carmichael.

Team Stompin Tom from Whistler was seventh in the open mixed group, finishing in 7:47:47. The team consisted of Brandi Higgins, Marie-Anne Prevost, Scott Young, Jen Keefer, Paul Suter, Trevor Newf, Greg Sandkuhl and Kim Wendell.

Squamish Lightning from Garibaldi Highlands was 28 th in the recreational category in 8:11:15. The team was Sandra Eaves, Neil Mckinnon, Dave Wilburn, Kim Tamakka, Ann Richard, Liz Shepherd, Elspeth Miller and Teresa Hoivik.

Studio 54 from Whistler was 72 nd in the recreational category, coming in at 8:46:27. The team was comprised of Brad Warner, Cari Turi, Ron Mayne, Attila Turi, David Nichols, Marla Zucht, Barb VanVugt and Wally VanVugt.

Complete results are available online at www.bcathletics.org/H2H/

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