2013 Squamish 50 Recap
This past weekend, five hundred trail runners from across the globe descended on Squamish, BC for the Arc'teryx Squamish 50, one of the toughest ultra races on the circuit. Vancouverite (and Arc'athlete) Adam Campbell took first place in the 50 mile distance with a time of 7 hours and 37 minutes – a hard-fought battle with Squamish local Jason Loutitt, who finished in second place with 7 hours and 40 minutes. In the women's division another close finish as American Kristin Moehl took first place in 9 hours and 37 minutes over local Lisa Polizzi at 9 hours and 39 minutes.
Gary Robbins, one of the two main organizers and no stranger to ultra running, couldn't be happier with how the event went – especially the finishers' reactions to how incredibly tough the course was: "Nothing pleases me more that having my fellow ultra runners loathe me while they are running this course, and many an expletive was issued at me as they crossed the line. But ultra runners have a peculiar sense of humour – they need it to get through these races. I know they enjoyed every bit of the pain!"
"The conditions were great, weather was perfect, and it was impressive to see how close some of the top finishers were – all the distances were tightly-fought, highly competitive races". But Robbins, who personally greeted almost every finisher, says, "watching everyone else come over the line – that's truly what makes this event so rewarding. The first-time ultra runners, the average daily runners, all pushing their own personal limit, that's truly inspiring!"
We are very proud to sponsor this amazing event – now in its second year – and even more proud that three Arc'athletes each won their category. Adam Campbell finished first overall in the 50 mile distance (7:37:23), Catrin Jones was the first woman in the 50k (5:51:52), and Anne- Marie Madden took the podium as the first women's finisher in the 23k (2:08:13).
Catrin, who'll be representing Canada in marathon at the Francophone Games, had the following impressions of the Squamish 50: "There was a lot of diversity in the course, tough climbs and scrambles, lots of big power hikes, but some beautiful rolling switchbacks and wood work too. A challenging course set in a beautiful area – ultimately, I loved it!"
For 2014, the Arc'teryx Squamish 50 is set to become a Trail Race Festival, held over three consecutive days (August 8th to the 10th) and incorporating a film festival along with the races. Happy training and we hope to see you there!(Photography by Brian Goldstone)