Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Perseverance Trail Run 2015 Race Report

Image: Lorenz Jimenez

The 11th annual Perseverance Trail Run was a huge success with more than 300 racers, 70 volunteers, a huge team of sponsors and countless supporters coming together to raise funds for the Cumberland Community Forest Society. Once again, an anonymous donor will be matching 100% of the proceeds raised for the CCFS and the race was followed with a special After Party for the Forest including a massive silent auction and raffle. The CCFS is a local society working to purchase and protect forest lands in the Cumberland area. The total raised from 'Perseverance Day' was $131, 784!!

The conditions could not have been better for a fall trail race with above seasonal temperatures, blue sky and endless puddles underfoot. Racers came from all over Vancouver Island and as far as Victoria and Port Alberni to tackle the 11K and 3K courses in the Cumberland trails.
The competition on the 11k course was fierce with well over 200 racers toeing the start line. This year special prizes were awarded to the overall course winners for both the 11k and the 3k- the King and Queen and Prince and Princess of the Forest.

Top overall results in the 11k mountain run:

Malaika Ulmi 1:05:46 – Queen of the Forest
Sophie Demers 1:06:
Genevieve Burdette 1:07:05

Yann Bernaquez 51:35 – King of the Forest
Shelby Drope 51:54
Tallon Noble 54:54

Nearly 100 racers, young and old, tackled the 3k cross-country run through the Cumberland Community Forest trails.

Top overall results for the 3k cross-country run were as follows:
Emma Wong 15:04 – Princess of the Forest
Madeleine Guimond 15:05
Naomi Swift 15:24

Calder Guimond 15:24 – Prince of the Forest
Evan Payne 16:52
Jesse Humphreys 18:20

The Perseverance Trail Run is organized entirely by volunteers and presented by Equilibrium Lifestyle Management /ELM. It takes a village to put on this event and a huge thank you goes out to nearly 70 enthusiastic volunteers who donated their time and energy before, during and after this years race. Awesome volunteers tackled everything from registration, racer food (famous post race soup), finish line, timing, set up, course flagging, course marshaling, course sweeping, take down and more to make the day a success for the racers and the CCFS. A special thank you goes to the Comox Valley Search and Rescue and St. John Ambulance teams who spent the day watching over each and every racer on the course.

Image: Lorenz Jimenez

A huge team of community sponsors generously supported the race and helped to make this years event a great success once again. Golden Spruce Sponsors include Bayview Chiro, Extreme Runners, Vancouver Island Prosthetic Services, Comox Valley Record, nrichmedia, The Eagle and West Jet. Douglas Fir Sponsors include Odlum Brown, Shoreline Orthodontics and Lorenz Jimenez Photography. Cedar Sponsors include Comox Valley Road Runners race timing equipment, Ascent Physiotherapy, Mosaic Vision, Riding Fool Hostel, Sure Copy, Thrifty Foods, Hi Tech/Brazen, Lacasse Construction, Dave Prothero Photography, MOMAR, Clive Powsey, Island Alpine Guides, Tracy Kobus, CVSAR and St Johns Ambulance and the Village of Cumberland. And with more than 40 draw prizes donated from generous local business' many racers left with big smiles at the end of the day.

'The Whale' - winner of the best Marshal Spirit Award! Image: Lorenz Jimenez

This years race once again brought out great costumes and prizes were donated by Silly Cakes Bakery for the top outfits of the day for the racers and Riders Pizza and the Cumberland Brewing Co sponsored the best Course Marshal spirit award.

A complete list of results as well as race day photos will soon be posted at www.perseverancetrailrun.com .

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