Squamish 50/50 race reports
from Marie Boucher and Andy Healey
|Squamish, BC, Canada - photo from Squamish50 FB page|
Race Concept: Cumulative times for the 50 mile and 50 kilometer events on back to back days.
When: Saturday August 16 (50 mile), Sunday Aug 17 (50 km), 2014
Where: Squamish, BC, Canada
Distance/Elevation: 130 km, ~ 6096m / 20,000 feet of vertical climb and descent
Time limit: 16 hours (50m), 11 hours (50k)
No. participants: 75 max
RDs: Geoff Langford and Gary Robbins
50/50 Results: here Full results and iRunFar race coverage interviews: here
Marie finished in: 21:37:44 and Andy finished in: 21:37:00
Marie: Squamish 50/50 was my goal event this year, and I have been excited about attempting my first “stage race”.
Andy: I have yet to tackle the 100 mile distance, but ask in a month and I should be singing a different tune. I wanted to do this race for a couple different reasons. First and foremost, I love the Squamish 50. The race directors, the volunteers, the people who run in the race and the people who come out to support everyone are all the best. I've got a tonne of friends who were planning on running various distances and/or volunteering, so I knew it would be the party of the summer and I would have been a fool to miss it. This was my third time taking part in the race, I've done the 50 miler for the past two years and when the option of the 50/50 was announced, I figured I had to do it. It was a big challenge, it was ridiculous and I love trying things that I'm afraid of.
Chloe: So, how did it go?
|Photo by Elaine Fung|
Marie: This race was very well run and the volunteers were great. I would recommend this race for sure. I had no down moments the entire race during both distances as I was not afraid to DNF. I didn't over think or become too worried about any one thing. I decided to trust my training and just embrace the day. I respect all courses but this one deserves more respect. I welcomed the challenge and was fortunate that all went very well. This would be my advice for anyone doing the 50/50 race.
Andy's Blog: http://useextremecautionpastthispoint.wordpress.com/