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Canadian winter toughness on display in Vernon, B.C.

(S)no(w) problem

Taryn O’Neill

Snow. It’s part of a runner’s winter life in Canada.

In the Vernon, B.C. area, one high school distance runner showed snow was no hurdle (for a photo opportunity) even if it blanketed the local track surface.

Taryn O’Neill, a silver medallist over 3,000m at the Pan American U20 Championships, shared a photo to her Instagram account hurdling a steeplechase barrier after what appears to be a significant snowfall. The photo was taken at the Vernon Athletics Stadium.

“How Canadian athletes take on winter training,” the George Elliot Secondary student captioned the photo. “Going into 2018 hoping to race in this kit again,” referring to the Canadian singlet and bottoms worn at international competitions. She was even wearing spikes.


O’Neill will attend Villanova University in Pennsylvania for the 2018-2019 academic year.