Gunner Shaw Memorial Cross-Country Race

Photo: Jan Heuninck.

Life jackets anyone?

In Vancouver, at the 34th Gunner Shaw Memorial Cross-Country Race, participants faced a rather sizeable obstacle on course in the form of a body of water. Hosted by the Lions Gate Road Runners at Jericho Beach Park, a past site of the Canadian Cross-Country Championships, the course notably features a daunting high ankle- to knee-deep puddle.

The course, which starts and begins at the Jericho Sailing Centre, includes sections of sand, often mud, trails and hills. Plus, the puddle, which has become somewhat of a legendary point on the course.

RELATED: 10 photos that show how rugged Canadian cross-country can be.

The Gunner Shaw Memorial race on Saturday served as the final event of the BC Athletics Lower Mainland Cross-Country Series.

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Benoit Gignac and Robyn Mildren were the overall winners in 37:08 and 38:49 for 10K. Benjamin Paetzel and Bridgett Baziw won the 5K in 18:05 and 19:52.

The cross-country race in Vancouver was the second of two Gunner Shaw-named events in as many weeks in British Columbia. On Nov. 25, the Prairie Inn Harriers hosted the Harriers Gunner Shaw Classic, which also featured a pass through a body of water.


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