The Sea to Sky Scramble in Squamish, B.C., located between Vancouver and Whistler along the Sea to Sky Highway, doubled as the Canadian Mountain Running Championships on Saturday morning. The national championships also served as a qualifying race for the World Mountain Running Championships, set for Sept. 11 in Bulgaria.
Nick Elson won the event for the second consecutive year, this time winning by more than three minutes over second-place finisher Eric Carter. Brooke Spence won the women’s race in 1:01:55 followed by Meggan Franks, the winner of this year’s New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. The winners earned $300 for their efforts.
Per the selection criteria, the top five men and the top three women from the championships will automatically qualify for the world championships if they so choose. Additional athletes can be selected if an automatic qualifier decides to decline his or her spot on the team.
The Sea to Sky Scramble begins at the base of the Sea to Sky Gondola and finishes at the peak. The 6K trail, with an ascent of almost 1,000m, weaves through the lower sections of the Stawamus Chief and Shannon Falls Provincial Park.
Some sections of the run were so steep that runners needed to use a rope to help propel themselves up the mountain. Saturday’s race was the second edition of the newly-formed event.
Race organizers posted on Facebook before Saturday morning’s event that conditions would be “fairly muddy in parts.” The event sold out ahead of race day.
1. Brooke Spence – 1:01:55
2. Meggan Franks – 1:03:36
3. Mk Cirelli – 1:04:12
4. Mirabelle Tinio – 1:05:01
5. Ashley Ramsay – 1:05:12
1. Nick Elson – 45:29
2. Eric Carter – 49:03
3. Shaun Stephens Whale – 50:02
4. Damien Humbert – 50:32
5. Kieran Lumb – 50:44