Meet Your Maker 50 Mile
On Sunday Sept the Kintec/North Shore Athletics team participated in the inaugural Meet Your Maker 50 in Whistler, BC. This race is a 50 mile trail running event the takes place throughout the Whistler valley and surrounding mountains. On the team was Peter Watson (30km), Barry Tucker (20km) and myself (30km) and a special thanks from all of us has to go out to Salomon Canada for providing the race entries and for being the title sponsor for the event.
For those that have never been on the trails in and around Whistler there really is only one way to describe them – Epic. Whistler is blessed with miles and miles of single track in large part from the support of Whistler Off Road Cycling Coalition (WORCA) and the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW). The race started in Celebration Plaza in the early hours on Sunday morning and headed up past Green Lake to the start of Comfortably Numb at the bottom of Wedge Mountain. CN took runners back to the base of Blackcomb Mountain along twisting winding single track with views of Green Lake. Peter handed of to me here with a smile on his face and blood on his knee (always the sign of a good time in the woods).
The next two legs were probably the toughest of the course (and were 2 of the 3 that I was running – the legs felt these ones for days following) and took you to the top of Blackcomb Mountain, over the Peak to Peak Gondola and down Whistler into Creekside. Before you could let your legs settle down the course took you back up another 500m above the top of Kadenwood and then down to the Cheakamus river to Function Junction. The run along the river was probably one of the nicest sections of the course to run.
A hand off here to Barry took him up the Flank Trail to the Rainbow Lake parking lot and then back into Celebration Plaza. This was the longest run that Barry has ever done and he finished strongly.
Meet Your Maker is an outstanding event and will surely grow in the coming years. I highly recommend putting it on your calendar for next year and getting out to enjoy all that Whistler has to offer.