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The 2017 Whistler Half-Marathon recounted in 20 stunning photos

When there's mountains in the background, and lush forest in the foreground, the race becomes ripe with photographic potential. Here's a few snapshots of the Whistler Half-Marathon

Held on the first Saturday in June each year, the Whistler Half-Marathon is about as good a destination race as one could envision. Beginning in the heart of Whistler Village, one of the sites for the 2010 Winter Olympics, runners tour the notable ski town through the extensive trail system, along the roads and around the much adored tourist destinations including Lost Lake.

RELATED: Race results, recap can be found here.

Words may not quite do the race justice, but the following 20 photos certainly do. (In case you missed it, check out the 2016 gallery from the Whistler Half-Marathon here.)

All photos are courtesy Rob Shaer, Andi McLeish, Scott Robarts and Sean St Denis.

Getting pre-race vertical in the town known for its elevation.

Photo: Rob Shaer.

Superhero socks!

Speedy socks! Photo: Andi McLeish.

The backdrop of the Whistler Half-Marathon start line.

Photo: Sean St Denis

When two sports collide…

Photo: Sean St Denis

Ah!

Photo: Sean St Denis

Making eye contact with the photographer may increase your chances at being published online.

Photo: Sean St Denis

The Whistler Half champion led the entire (Adam) Way.

Photo: Scott Robarts.

Whistler Half champion Marilyn Arsenault won for the third consecutive year.

Photo: Rob Shaer.

At 49, Arsenault is one of the country’s top masters runners.

Photo: Rob Shaer.

Stealth.

Photo: Rob Shaer.

The course has a mix of wood chip trail, crushed gravel and road.

Photo: Rob Shaer.

Number one on the race bib, number one in the results.

Photo: Rob Shaer.

When you have enough energy mid-race to strike a pose.

Photo: Rob Shaer.

That sweet feeling of finishing.

Photo: Scott Robarts.

The even sweeter feeling of finishing together.

Photo: Scott Robarts.

Eyes on the (finish line) prize.

Photo: Scott Robarts.

They’re all number one!

Photo: Sean St Denis

Future stars of the sport.

Photo: Sean St Denis

Post-race bling.

Photo: Andi McLeish.

Pain is temporary but results are forever.

Photo: Andi McLeish.

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