Runners might have crossed the finish line of Lumpy’s Epic trail run last Sunday (Oct. 30) with mud splattered up the backs of their legs, but most also had smiles on their faces.
Michael Murdoch, 16, won first place in the annual 10km race, which finishes at Pemberton’s One Mile Lake, for the second year in a row. Trailing behind him was 15-year-old Joe Davies. They finished with times of 42 minutes and 42:19, respectively.
“It was good, but pretty technical on the downhill,” Murdoch said. “It was pretty hard on the knees.”
“Pretty wet as well,” Davies added.
While the scenic course might have been slick, “most of the rocks were pretty grippy,” Murdoch said.
The pair knew they were at the front of the pack of about 34 runners and three walkers throughout the race. “It was a bigger turnout this year, which is good,” Davies said.
For both boys running serves as pre-season training for cross-country skiing.
“The race is fun,” Davies said. “It’s a great view when you get to the top as well.”
The race, put on by Spud Valley Nordics, attracts largely Nordic skiers, said organizer Delores Franz Los, while keeping an eye on the finish line to record runner’s times.
“Usually we do have cross-country skiers from Whistler and Pemberton that run,” she said. “Then there’s just local people that come every year.”
A variety of prizes lay on the picnic table behind her: “we have potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, eggs, honey and crabapple jelly,” she said.
Meanwhile, in third place was Tom Ballhausen with a time of 42:58 followed by Jon Tweedale at 47:15 and Stacey Myrah at 47:54. Merrily Harris was the first female finisher at 48:06.
For those who ran the kids 5K — which took them up the Sea to Sky trail rather than the technical Lumpy’s trail that the adults ran — there was a basket filled with treats for all 11 young runners (four adults also ran with them).
Logan Sadan, 11, came in first place with a time of 25:42. “It was good,” he said, shortly after crossing the finish line. “There were lots of hills.”
While it was a challenging race, he said he was happy that he came in first place. Coming in behind him was Sierra Pochay-McBain with a time of 31:02 and Naomi Solar Robert with a time of 36:02.
Rounding out the kids’ race was Ethan Wood with a time of 37:05, Abby Simpson at 51:54, Andrew Simpson at 51:54 and Jessica Heaton at 55:41.