The day truly has a family feel for us with Brennan, Heather and Tasha doing a ton to help with the logistics, Paul taking care of the race timing, Matt and Michael providing the live music, friends and relatives showing up to watch or run, the many racers we have gotten to know over this season and past coming from near and far, and generous neighbours helping out, taking photos, allowing the course to run over their properties, and grooming the trails multiple times. This made for a memorable morning.
My race went pretty well, I took advantage of the short single-track sections to try to gain ground, but the course was generally very packed and runnable so I just tried to chop away the best I could. Emma Saaltink won decisively again, while I worked on trying to gain a bit on Deborah Berry but she remained firmly in second, and just behind me was Katy Murphy getting the feel of the sport with her first snowshoe race. Next was Jenn Ross as first master. The men's winner was Katy's husband Charley Murphy, followed by Mark Williams and Graham Ross, with Erin McDougall as top master.
Full Results and more photos
All photos by Sean Scally Events Photography. Full set here.
|The Cabin, a highlight about two-thirds of the way along the route.|
|Up the last hill|
|Loving the woods|
|Jack and Rosemary|
|Matt performing his tunes|
|The cook's not eating|
|Race director not too stressed out|
|Great day for a great couple: Graham and Jenn Ross 3rd overall and 1st masters woman|
|Fun in front of the Red Barn|
|OMG (Oh Me Geeky)|