Monday, October 30, 2017

Perseverance Trail Run 2017 Race Report

Image: Deb Karlstrom

The 13th annual Perseverance Trail Run was a huge success this past Sunday with 475 registered racers, more than 70 volunteers and hundreds of supporters coming together to raise funds for the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS). Following the race the CCFS hosted a fun, community ‘Party in the Park’ featuring live music by DJ Lady K and the Luke Blue Guthrie, a tasty BBQ, craft beer, kids scavenger hunt, screen printing and more. The CCFS is a local society working to purchase and protect forest lands in the Cumberland area. Over the past 12 years the Perseverance Trail Run and After Party for the Forest have raised well over $500,000 for the CCFS.

The weather has never been better for the Perseverance Trail Run, the sun was shining and the trails were in perfect condition for a fast and fun trail race. Racers came from all over Vancouver Island and as far as Victoria and Port Alberni to tackle the 11.5K and 3K courses in the Cumberland trails.

The competition on the 11.5k course was fierce at the front and fun at the back with many costumes seen on the trail:

Top overall results in the 11.5k mountain run:


Melissa Ross– Queen of the Forest 1:00:40

Sarah Runyon 1:04:08

Aislinn Deenihan 1:11:23


Shelby Drope – King of the Forest 51:37

Graham Forsyth 53:29

Johnny Coffin 57:35

Over 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:


Carlene Van Tongeren 13:16– Princess of the Forest and a new Course Record

Hayley Martin 14:49

Loni Martineau 14:49.4


Hugo Henckel 12:53 – Prince of the Forest

Owen Caldwell 13:49

Graham Hatlilid 14:18

The Perseverance Trail Run is grass roots, community event, presented by Equilibrium Lifestyle Management /ELM and driven by volunteers. It takes a village to put on this event and a huge thank you goes out to over 70 enthusiastic volunteers who donated their time and energy in the months and weeks before the event, as well as during and after this years race. Volunteer teams tackled everything from registration, racer food (famous post race soup from the Odlum Brown food crew), finish line, timing, course flagging, course marshaling, course sweeping, set up, take down, sponsors and prizes and so 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.

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: Bayview Chiropractic, The Outback Nursery, Ascent Physiotherapy, Hornby Island Energy Bars, Comox Valley Record, 97.3 Eagle.

Douglas Fir Sponsors: Hakai Energy Solutions, Odlum Brown, SURE copy, Lorenz Jimenez, Fit Chiropractic, Tracy Kobus and Standingbear Construction.

Cedar Sponsors: Hi Tech Screen Printing, Blue Croft Family Farm, Lacasse Construction, Mosaic Vision Care, St John Ambulance, CVSAR, Riding Fool Hostel, Thrifty Foods, Shoreline Orthodontics, Dynamic Spine, sport and wellness, Comox Valley Road Runners, Colin Wilson (maps and timing), Whitecaps Coffee, Tim Hortons, Darkside Chocolates, Village of Cumberland, Timberwest and Comox Timber, Colin Wilson.

Draw prize sponsors include: MyTechGuys, Riding Fool Hostel, Valhalla Pure, ELM, Extreme Runners, Dodge City Cycles, Hi Tech, Jim Smiley/Remax, Seeds, Wandering Moose, Mountain City Cycle, Perseverance Physiotherapy Massage and Chiropractic, Shoreline Orthodontics, Dynamic Sport, Spine and Wellness, Long and McQuade, The Cumby Trail Race, Hornby Island Energy Bars, Cumberland Village Bakery, Riders Pizza, Island Mountain Rides, Mosaic Vision Care, Biblio Taco and more.

A complete list of results can be found on the Perseverance website as well as race day photos from Lorenz Jimenez, Deb Rolston and more at . Race organizers are looking forward to seeing you next October for the 14th annual Perseverance Trail Run! Registration opens in April 0f 2018.

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