Trail races – with significant elevation change, distance and tricky footing – are hard enough. Now, imagine trail running in knee-deep snow.
Run Ridge Run, the first race in the Coast Mountain Trail Race series, was held in the Port Moody, B.C. area on Saturday, the day after significant snowfall in Metro Vancouver. According to the CBC, the area received upwards of 20 cm of snow.
To accommodate the snowfall, Run Ridge Run organizers altered the 25K course slightly. A “precipitous rock face” was one of the deciding factors in the course change as runner safety was the race’s number one priority.
Race co-director Gary Robbins shared a video to his Instagram page of the snowfall and trail conditions the morning of Run Ridge Run. “We figured it all out and safely guided over 250 happy runners through our Run Ridge Run 13K and 25K courses,” Robbins wrote in the post’s caption. “So impressed by our team. So impressed by all the volunteers. So impressed by all the runners.”
5:45am, driving through a foot of fresh snow to set up our aid station, before we knew the plough had broken down and we'd soon be scrambling, Arnault learns that I have a dashcam 😄 The next three hours were pure madness but we figured it all out and safely guided over 250 happy runners through our Run Ridge Run 13k & 25k courses. So impressed by our team. So impressed by all the volunteers. So impressed by all the runners. Thank you so much for making what we do so damn rewarding! Full results went live to TrailSeries.ca
World-class stair climber Shaun Stephens-Whale and Anne-Marie Madden won the altered 25K event in 2:09:02 and 2:28:49.