The 2019 Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge ran yesterday at the Beatton River Valley, the first time the race took place on that course after spending the first few years at Big Bam Ski Hill. It was a successful event with beautiful scenery and cool temperatures perfect for a long run.
There were four distances — 5km, 10km, 15km, and a half marathon. Most of the races came down to the wire, with just seconds separating the top runners. Colby Snider finished the 10km course just eight seconds ahead of Celine Quigley, while Kane Schreiner and Quinlan Snider, racing the 15km course, crossed the finish line at the same time, though Schreiner won on account of having a faster split time.
Phillip Phelan beat Bruce Haley in the half marathon by just 33 seconds, and Dave VanderMeulen won the 5km race.
The Vertical Slam Committee is hosting the Friends of Steve Sadownik Memorial Run next weekend, June 15, at Fish Creek Community Forrest.
Below are the top three finishers in each distance and their times.
1. Dave VanderMeulen — 38:57
2. Chris Murrin — 40:56
3. Cory Vandal — 41:45
1. Colby Snider — 1:06:25
2. Celine Quigley — 1:06:33
3. Shawn Merwin — 1:08:21
1. Kane Schreiner — 1:38:09
2. Quinlan Snider — 1:38:09
3. Wendy Giesbrecht — 1:39:33
1. Phillip Phelan — 2:04:23
2. Bruce Haley — 2:04:56
3. Doug Baggett — 2:15:51
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