Several Sea to Sky Runners took part in the inaugural SPIRIT of the Shore half marathon run on Sunday, Oct. 6, an event organized by Whistler’s Dave Clark — also the organizer of the popular North Face Whistler Half Marathon.
By all accounts the course was spectacular, hugging the seawall along the water in West and North Vancouver, starting and finishing at Park Royal.
Squamish long distance runner Margreet Dietz was a force on the run, placing fourth overall and first among women in one hour, 27 minutes and 12 seconds. She was seven minutes faster than the next woman in the race.
From Whistler, Jim Budge finished first overall in the male 60 to 69 category with a time of 1:42:28, as well as 31st overall out of close to 200 athletes.
Erin Kennedy finished 18th in female 30 to 39 in 2:03:32.
Pemberton’s Christine Cogger joined forces with Jen Glavas and former Whistler resident and racer Liz Cullen, all finishing in 2:05:01.
Also from Pemberton, Lee-Ann Barczynksi finished the race in 2:05:37.
Danny Mason of Whistler was 16th in male 30 to 39 in 2:08:21.
Alana Buckton of Pemberton was 13th in women 20 to 29 in 2:22:21.
Complete results are online at www.spirithalfmarathon.com.
Cole Manson gets unlucky draw at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition
Whistler marshal arts instructor Cole Manson had an unlucky draw at the Master and Seniors World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Long Beach, California, facing a fighter in his first elimination round named Steve Hargett who would go on to win the title out of 38 competitors in his age and purple belt division.
Manson has black belts in several martial arts disciplines, including karate and Japanese Ju-Jitsu, and he is currently working towards his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well. The sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is increasingly popular as the result of the popularity of mixed martial arts competitions. Almost all of the top athletes train in BJJ.
Saints remain undefeated after come-from-behind win
The Whistler Saints flag football team is finding new ways to win this year, this time coming from behind to beat the North Vancouver Packers in the closing minutes by a score of 14-12.
Josh McKenzie scored for the Saints in the first half and Liam Forsyth scored in the second half to bring the game to a 12-12 tie. Griffin Brown kicked a two-point conversion to put the Saints up, and the team clamped down on defensive to preserve the win. Quinn Goertson, Griffin Brown, Liam Forsyth, Beynon McKeen and Josh McKenzie all took flags in the Packers’ last drive to win the game.
The Saints Play in the North Shore Football League, and are the only undefeated team in the standings.