Vancouverís Adam Campbell can add another Whistler-area title to his resume after claiming victory on Blackcomb Mountain during Saturdayís (Aug. 24) 5 Peaks Trail Running Series race.
Campbell, who has previously captured titles in the Comfortably Numb Trail Run and the Rubble Creek Classic, finished first overall on the 10.6-kilometre Enduro-distance course on Saturday, topping a field of more than 200 runners who tested themselves on the longer of two courses set up on Blackcomb.
The Vancouver resident set the winning time at 57 minutes, 42 seconds to secure the win. Squamishís Silas Wiefelspuett placed second at 58:40, just holding off third-place finisher Justin Hains (58:43) from Delta.
In the womenís Enduro race, Morgan Arritola took top spot at 1:00:59, while Whistlerís own Tara Gorman (1:06:31) finished in the runner-up spot. Anne-Marie Madden of Vancouver was third.
It was a good day for Whistler runners overall, including a crew from the Callaghan Valley Training Centre (CVTC) that filled up the menís top 10. The CVTCís Colin Foley finished fourth, Sam Morris and Geoffrey Richards were sixth and seventh, respectively, and Whistler runner Jake Breuer placed eighth.
Whistlerís Laura Bestow was also the fifth-fastest woman on the Enduro course Saturday and said the course was a challenging one.
"The race was pretty much all single-track and it was just really technical," she said. "There were two really steep climbs that were taxing on the lungs and the legs."
Bestow also said that while other races in the 5 Peaks series tend to be flat and a "a little more about running in the woods," this race was just "really tough mountain racing." However, the challenge was not without its rewards.
"Coming up to the top of the climb, once you reach the top you can just see everything, right over to the Overlord Glacier," Bestow said.
On a day that started somewhat cloudy and overcast, a further 166 runners completed the shorter Sport course, which featured a 6.5-km route up Blackcomb.
Mark Lister, also of Vancouver, took home top spot in the menís Sport race with a time of 36:15, putting him comfortably ahead of fellow podium finishers Michael Olson (37:23) and Thilo Tecklenburg (38:01). The top local finish belonged to Kyle Moen, as the Whistler runner finished seventh overall at 40:01 and was the sixth-fastest male on course. Pembertonís Joe Davies (40:29) won the under-15 menís race while finishing seventh among male runners overall, while Whistlerís Liam Wooltorton also climbed into the menís top 10.
North Vancouverís Emily Goodwin took the womenís Sport win, as the teenaged runner finished in 39:09. Vancouver runners Kim Taylor and Rachel Sanchez rounded out the womenís Sport podium.
At 51:16, Laura Davies had the top finish by a Whistler woman on the Sport course and placed fifth in her 30 to 39 age group.
Whistler was the fourth stop of the season on the 5 Peaks B.C. circuit. The fifth and final one takes place at Buntzen Lake near Coquitlam on Sept. 28.
ó with files from Eric MacKenzie