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Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi

Summit Run-It

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Group shop seconds before the start.  That’s me and Kobi far right.

We did it! We held our second Summit Run-It on June 5.  This time we advertised, last year we didn’t as we just wanted to test out the idea. This year we had 51 folks participate and about 12 dogs.  Several hiked the route and the rest ran.  The route is uphill for 6km and then you turn around and get to run all the way back downhill.  There are some steeper sections, but they aren’t too long.

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A real mountain man.  He always races in jorts and he’s very fast.

This event is free so you don’t get a race shirt, have catered food or win any prizes. You do get to drive yourself 1.5 hours up the Alaska Highway to the incredibly scenic Stone Mountain Provincial Park.  Water, granola bars and dog treats (for the canines) were available post-race and participants received handmade finishing medals.

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Low budget finishing medals

 

We did have two “aid” stations. We had a park ranger at the mid-point and a volunteer fireman at the turn-around.  These stations only had water for dogs and were primarily there just to provide assistance to participants should it be needed.  The other park ranger and volunteer fireman stayed at the finish line ready for dispatch in the unlikely event of an emergency.  We are in the great white north, so one never knows what one might encounter.

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We also provided free photos of participants taken during the race.

Now onto me, recall I have basically been off running since March with only a few shorter runs completed recently. My intent was to run to the turn-around and then just dawdle along and take photos of the other runners.  I realized early on that one does not sustain running fitness by not running for 3 months.  To avoid vomiting in front of folks, I changed plans and started taking photos much earlier than planned.  I was okay with that.

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Selfie time – aka rest time

I had Kobi in her harness and a bungee leash attached to my waist. This set-up speaks to her inner sled-dog so she pulls very well.  I was worried that her pulling my pathetically out-of-shape butt up a mountain might re-hurt her recently healed foot so she wasn’t on leash for too long.  I can see why folks like canicross.  Man, you can really give’r when you’ve got a dog pulling you.

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Mountain crocodile

Of course Wolverine (aka my heel spur) didn’t want to miss out on the scenery and fresh mountain air so he hung out with me too. On a pain scale of 1-10, I was at a 7 by the finish line.  Just so happens Mavis, our local massage therapist, completed the event and has been working on my foot a bit so she did some post-run work on me.

Let me tell you about Mavis:  she also did this event last year, is close to 80 years old (but looks way younger), still works as a massage therapist, is constantly taking new training in her field, swims three times a week, and hikes like no one’s business.  She is amazing.  She even brought almond cake to share with everyone post-race.

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Mavis the Amazing

It was a good day.  Happy running y’all!

Are you all about the swag or would you dig this kind of event?  Uphill or downhill runner?  Maybe I’ll encourage folks to bring baking next year like Mavis did.  Do you know of someone like Mavis?  Isn’t she the coolest?!  

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Author: Angie

I live in northern British Columbia, Canada. I found my dog Kobi in 2011 when she was only 5 weeks old and we've been having running adventures ever since.

13 thoughts on “Summit Run-It

  1. I’m a downhill runner. I’d totally do this race if you guys helicopter me to the top first. Mail me a slice of Mavis’s cake?

    • Careful! This race might grow and I might actually get helicopter support one day! The cake didn’t last long! Hungry runners and hikers took care of it pretty fast. Maybe I can get a recipe?

  2. Mavis sounds pretty cool. Those medals rock! But cake is the best reward. Kobi is awesome as a mountain croc. This run is on my bucket list. Next year (but i said that last year 😦 ) Next year for sure.

    • Mavis is very cool! I’ll make sure we have baking for next years post race snacks. The medals are going to be great next year – all thanks to your ideas!! I’ll see if we can lock down a date soon so you can plan around this race!!

  3. Sounds like you have an amazing PT!!!! She’s awesome! What a beautiful place to run…my, Canada is beautiful from coast to coast!

    • We’re lucky to have her! She even bought me a home made ice cream after. I had tried to buy her one by she wouldn’t have it! And I agree, Canada is so beautiful coast to coast!

  4. Mavis the amazing….so cool. There is guy name Hans who runs the Ontario Ultra circuit who is 78 He runs about 5 or 6 x 50k Ultras a year. An so much in awe.

    Sorry I missed seeing this post earlier. Swag is okay, what I like the most is food after an event. People tend to hang around longer, and you get to meet some amazing people that way. However I do love hand made medals. My favourite medal is from a 25k last year. And your medals rock! 🙂

    I much prefer running uphill. Much easier on the knees, though most courses are equal elevation up and down.

    Am sincerely sorry that Wolverine is still hanging around. This would not be easy!

    • Thanks for stopping by Carl! I love meeting and seeing amazing people like Mavis and Hans. There is another fellow who runs in Tumbler Ridge who is 70 something. He’s run the race for years and the crowd just goes wild when he comes in to the finish line. He just wears farm clothes too, pants and a button up long sleeve shirt. I will make sure there is more food at next year’s event as that is a great point. People love it and it gets people talking and socializing more. I prefer uphill too. Perhaps one day if you ever have time you’ll tour the north and time it with this event!

      • Thank you for sharing about this Tumbler Ridge gentleman So amazing. Would love to be at the finish line cheering when he came in.

        Would really love to do your Summit Run some year. That is a huge dedication and love for running on your part, as I am sure this would take a LOT of volunteer time. Was talking to the race director of my next 50k and he figures he spends about 800 hours a year. He makes his own medals, as well as handmade prizes for the winners, and boils down 60 litres of maple syrup for the participants. Plus of course getting the course ready with flagging, organizing volunteers for the day of etc. I thought, wow that is dedication.

      • I suspect a 50k takes a lot more preparation than my little mountain run. It still takes time, but when you love what you’re doing you don’t mind! I have great help from other volunteers the Parks staff too!

      • I checked on this fellows age. He was 81 at last years race. Can’t wait to see him this year at Tumbler Ridge!!

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