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Vancouver’s winter weather chaos no match for UBC track team

The University of British Columbia track and field team rallied to shovel multiple lanes of their 400m track after heavy snowfall in Metro Vancouver.

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Snow hammered Metro Vancouver as winter weather chaos on the west coast continues.

Two races in southwestern British Columbia, including the Vancouver ‘First Half’ Half-Marathon and Sooke River 10K on Vancouver Island, have been cancelled because of poor weather. Environment Canada issued weekend weather warnings predicting upwards of 10-20 cm of snow for the area. According to the Weather Network, the “Vancouver area” had not received snowfall to this past weekend’s extent since 2008.

For some Canadians, this type of weather may just be a regular day. Perhaps not for Vancouver residents who are more accustomed to a milder winter climate.

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The snowfall warning has been lifted as of Sunday morning. On Saturday morning, members of the University of British Columbia track and field team didn’t let mother nature interrupt their weekly weekend workout. A portion of the team deployed shovels and went to work clearing the inner two lanes of the Rashpal Dhillon Track & Field Oval in hopes of getting some safe footing.

Though much of the team didn’t immediately run on the track (there was a local race the same day), the initiative is expected to pay off in the coming days as rain is in the forecast. UBC competed at the Harry Jerome Indoor Games at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Saturday.

Photos of runners taking on the snow in Metro Vancouver

"The greatest of empires, is the empire over one's self." Pubilius Syrus" This was my mantra for the last 3 months since I've started training for @vanfirsthalf with @mile2marathon. During every workout, long run, short run, there was one goal, PB. As of this morning, the race has been canceled due to the amount of snow we received in last couple days. There is absolutely nothing I can do. There are somethings that I can control and there are somethings that I can't control. Mother Nature decided that this year's race is no go. But I just can't stop thinking. Was I capable to put all this work together and manage to make a PB? Was I capable to shut my brain off and cruise in pain cave for 21.2 km? I guess this will have to stay as a mystery until the next one. Thank you so much @coachwatson26.2 @dylanwykes for an amazing training program. It was an absolute joy to be a part of the team. #firsthalfmarathon2017 #pacificroadrunners #mile2marathon

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