The Squamish 50 has become one of the biggest ultra races in Canada, and this weekend runners took to the trails of Squamish, B.C. for the ninth annual event (it was canceled last year due to COVID-19) to compete in the 50K, 50 Mile or 50/50 double. Here are your top results from a wet, cold weekend in the mountains.
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Brendan Hunt was the winner of the men’s race in 5:12:03, the fourth-fastest time in the race’s history. This is a considerable achievement, considering the conditions, which were so wet that several of the descents had turned nearly into waterfalls. James Tilly was hot on Hunt’s heels, crossing the finish line in second place in 5:12:40, followed by Etienne Robert in 5:14:23. Robert has now completed what race director Gary Robbins called the “podium trifecta”, and has finished first, second and third at the Squamish 50.
Squamish 50km is well under way, and conditions are every bit as soggy as yesterday.
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Katherine Short was the fourth-place finisher overall and the top woman of the day, crossing the finish line in 5:41:24 followed by Alexandra Harriss in second (13th overall) in 6:03:32. This was Harriss’ first race in a few years after being plagued with injuries for the last few seasons. The bronze medal position went to Lisa Perrett, who finished 14th overall in 6:24:06 in her first-ever 50K ultra.
The 50 mile
Mike Sidic was the winner of the men’s 50 mile event in 7:43:47, followed closely by veteran Nick Elson in 7:44:18. Third place went to Marcus Ribi, who crossed the finish line in 7:55:03. Anne-Marie Madden won the women’s race and placed 15th overall in 9:44:36, followed by Marieve Legrand in second (21st overall) in 10:04:53 and Tara Berry in third (22nd overall) in 10:07:40.
Splish splash, we’re all takin’ a bath 🛁. Our lead pack is over halfway done now, but there’s still no shortage of rainy fun to be had out there. Trails are slippery, and everyone is guaranteed to have a free spa day out there 😜.
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— Squamish50 (@Squamish50) October 16, 2021
Perhaps the most gruelling event of the weekend, participants in the 50/50 run the 50 miler followed by the 50K on back-to-back days. This year, that meant 130 km in cold, wet and slippery conditions. James Newby was the winner of the 50/50, with a combined time of 15;41:45. John Harrison Pockler, who set the Bruce Trail FKT (which has now been broken twice) in 2020, finished second in 16:10:36. “The rain was gnarly – it did not stop all weekend,” says Pockler. “It felt like we were running through rivers.” Collin Miller was third in 16:46:09.
It was Marieve Legrand of North Vancouver, who won the women’s 50/50 in 17:53:40. Katherine Butcher of Vancouver closed the gap on the second day, but it wasn’t enough to catch Legrand, finished second in 18:27:11. Birgitte Marthinsen of Brackendale, B.C. placed third in the 50/50 in 22:05:01.
For full results from the weekend, click here.