Rob Krar had a homecoming of sorts this past weekend racing in the location where he grew up skiing as a child.

The Canadian ultra and trail running legend raced The North Face Endurance Challenge at The Blue Mountains, Ont. on Saturday. The two-time Western States Endurance Run champion, who currently resides in Flagstaff, Ariz., won the 50K on Saturday in 4:14:55, 10 minutes ahead of the next closest finisher. Rachel Pacquette was the women’s champion in 5:17:49.

The popular trail running series featured a 50-mile, 50K, marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K, relay and kids run at the ski resort north of Toronto. The Hamilton native will race the Leadville 100, one of the world’s most prestigious ultra-marathons, in mid-August. Krar’s previous notable results in 2017 include a win at the Arctic Triple 50-Mile in 9:41:56 and a second-place result at the Ultra-Trail Australia 100K on May 18.

Before the race, Krar joined locals on a shakeout run through Blue Mountain village.

The 50k @thenorthfaceecs race is underway with @robkrar in the front group. #ecson #ultrarunning #running #thenorthface

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Other notable results from Blue Mountain include Rejean Chiasson winning the 50-miler (80K) in 7:35:17, Laura Kline topping the 50-mile women’s field in 8:01:59 and current Canadian Running cover athlete Cassie Smith finishing third in the 50-mile in 8:38:35.

The North Face Endurance Challenge Ontario follows the western shores of Georgian Bay along the Niagara Escarpment and climbs and descends the ski trails of the Blue Mountains.


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