The 2019 Canadian Long Distance Mountain Running Championships were held in Vernon, BC on Sunday May 5. The field was small, but it was mighty. The race had 64 finishers, with tough competition. The 50K championship race included two 25K loops with approximately 2,000 metres of elevation gain. For the fourth year in a row, Dirty Feet Trail Series hosted the Championship, where the top three male and female finishers received automatic spots for the Canadian Mountain Running Team to race at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Argentina November 16, 2019.
The weather was perfect for a 50K. The day started cool by Kalamalka Lake and gradually warmed up to 19 degrees. Arriving at the lake in morning, the event felt humble and quaint–like a true trail and mountain running race. Even while pushing their limits in the beautiful sunshine, runners were often shaded in the forest running the stunning single track. The uphills were fairly runnable and the downhills were flowing and (mostly) forgiving.
Female winner Emilie Mann all smiles. Photo: Adrian Lambert
Second place female Jeanelle Hazlett climbing like a happy camper. Photo: Adrian Lambert
Third place female Patricia Roney working hard
1. Emilie Mann – 4:53:51
2. Jeanelle Hazlett – 5:04:06
3. Patricia Roney – 5:12:22
The women’s race was full of grit and smiles. Emilie Mann from Fernie, BC not only won the women’s race, she won the award for the most smiles.
Third place male Marcus Ribi. Photo: Adrian Lambert
Second place male Dave Stevens. Photo: Adrian Lambert
First place male Aaron Robson climbing away. Photo: Adrian Lambert
1. Aaron Robson – 4:05:20
2. Dave Stevens – 4:06:00
3. Marcus Ribi – 4:06:30
It was a sprint finish for the men’s race. Dave Stevens was in the lead until the last kilometre. When Aaron Robson found out at the last aid station that he had closed the gap with 4K to go, he started hammering. In the last 400 metres, Stevens heard fast footsteps behind him, assuming the runner was in the 25K race. When he realized Robson was his competition, he started chasing to the finish. 30 seconds later, Marcus Ribi flew in behind them both.
Aaron Robson. Photo: Adrian Lambert
Dave Stevens. Photo: Adrian Lambert
Marcus Ribi. Photo: Adrian Lambert
Full results can be found here.