Race Report: 12-July-09
The weather was sunny and the SAA members were out racing.
21st Knee Knackering North Shore Trail Run – July 11, 09
Have you ever looked at the North Shore mountains and felt the urge to run from the far left side over to the right side? Two of our members had this crazy idea. Pat Malaviarachchi and Benji Chu both ran the 21st Knee Knackering North Shore Trail Run on Saturday. Congratulations to both of your for completing this very tough trail race. Here’s a brief description of the event.
“The raceÂ is a challengingÂ 30 miles (48 km) foot race along the Baden-Powell Centennial Trail from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. It porvides runners with magnificent city, mountain and ocean views, as they go up and over the mountains which grace the North SHore of the city of Vancouver, climbing 8,000 feet and descending another 8,300 feet in the process. Running Wild Magazine has recongnized the race as one of the 25 toughest races in North America.”
Persona Desert Half Iron – July 12, 09
Â Up in the desert of Osoyoos, BC Calvin Gehlen and Andy Palaniak were competing in the Persona Desert Half Iron race. This “Half Ironman” distance race consisted of a 2.0 km swim, 90 km Bike and a 21.1 km run. Both racers pushed their way through the heat of the Okanagan on a course that has them climb Richter’s Pass over into Cawston and then climb it again back to Osoyoos. Well done boys!
Group Health Seattle to Portland Ride – July 11, 2009
FourÂ of our members, Ben Hsu, Don DeVries, Bev Kong and Walter Kong rode in the Group Health Seattle To Portland ride. To quote fromÂ wikipedia: “The Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, or STP, is an annual one and two day supported bicycle ride from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon in the United States. The STP “is considered one of the 10 biggest recreational bicycle rides in the country, drawing riders from across the nation and from other nations”, and has been operating for more than 25 years. The ride is organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club. It is approximately 200 miles (322 km) in length. Most riders complete the distance in two days; however, about 15% complete the ride in one day.â€ Ben and Don were in that 15% and completed this ride a single day.
According to Ben and Don they started the ride nice and early, around 4:45am. As many of you know, traveling in large groups of fast moving cyclist can be dangerous. The boys witnessed a couple riders go down in front of them but they stayed upright and avoided any issues. Only one flat to deal with and 10h45min later they were all smiles at the finish line in Portland.
Subaru Vancouver International Triathlon – July 12, 2009
Closer to home, we had a lot of SAA members out supporting and competing in one of our official club sponsored events – the Subaru Vancouver International Triathlon.Â This event offers both a Sprint and Half Iron distance race.
In the Sprint division (500 m swim, 26 km Bike, 5 km Run), we had three SAA members competing. Joel Lemaire (5th in his age group), Michelle Horstmann (8th)and Brian Flett (6th) and Barton Pietras all had great races. Nicely done to Michelle who competed in her first triathlon.
In the Half Iron Distance (1.9 km Swim, 91 km Bike, 20 km Run), there were 5 SAA members racing. Colin McKay, Erin Lee, Susan Gelinas, Joel Waithman and Stephen Ptucha all ran great races. Joel snagged a 4th spot in his age group and Susan made a visit to the actual podium grabbing a 3rd spot in her age group. Well done to all!
A special thanks to all the SAA members who were out in support of their fellow teammates racing and to those that volunteered with the race. These races rely on the hard work of volunteers to make the day go smoothly and provide an enjoyable hobby forÂ the racers.Â Hopefully I haven’t left anyone out. Special thanks to the following supportersa and volunteers: Linda Hilts, Jim Fox, Rob Herron, Tim Lee, Jamison Lee, Michelle LaPorte, Mike LaPorte, Lauren LaPorte, Linda Waithman, Anne Hayes and Rob Sutcliffe. For the racers, it was such a lift to see so many friends / SAA members during the race cheering us on.
Look for additional race photos in the SAA photo page as the become available.