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.
The Gunner Shaw Memorial race on Saturday served as the final event of the BC Athletics Lower Mainland Cross-Country Series.
If I'm going to have a gimpy leg, I might as well have fun. . I've averaged a (for me) measly 27.9k per week for the last four weeks. Clearly I can't run much but total rest is not helping my leg either. . So today I ran only to have fun at the fantastic Gunner Shaw 9.5k XC race. Thank you so much Lions Gate Road Runners and all volunteers, as well as Jan H for capturing this moment!
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.