Rob Krar had a homecoming of sorts this past weekend racing in the location where he grew up skiing as a child.
The Canadian ultra and trail running legend raced The North Face Endurance Challenge at The Blue Mountains, Ont. on Saturday. The two-time Western States Endurance Run champion, who currently resides in Flagstaff, Ariz., won the 50K on Saturday in 4:14:55, 10 minutes ahead of the next closest finisher. Rachel Pacquette was the women’s champion in 5:17:49.
The popular trail running series featured a 50-mile, 50K, marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K, relay and kids run at the ski resort north of Toronto. The Hamilton native will race the Leadville 100, one of the world’s most prestigious ultra-marathons, in mid-August. Krar’s previous notable results in 2017 include a win at the Arctic Triple 50-Mile in 9:41:56 and a second-place result at the Ultra-Trail Australia 100K on May 18.
Before the race, Krar joined locals on a shakeout run through Blue Mountain village.
Other notable results from Blue Mountain include Rejean Chiasson winning the 50-miler (80K) in 7:35:17, Laura Kline topping the 50-mile women’s field in 8:01:59 and current Canadian Running cover athlete Cassie Smith finishing third in the 50-mile in 8:38:35.
— Laura Kline Ⓥ (@LauraJKline) July 16, 2017
The North Face Endurance Challenge Ontario follows the western shores of Georgian Bay along the Niagara Escarpment and climbs and descends the ski trails of the Blue Mountains.