Trail Running Run-Down: April 2013

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I thought I’d introduce a new monthly segment to the blog, focusing on trail running. The plan is to do a recap of the races that occured during the month, post race reports, and look ahead to the next’s month races. All with sprinkling in some other trail running info and videos. Sound good?

In April, the big local trail event was the Diez Vista 50km. The men’s race was won by, guess who, Gary Robbins who beat his own course record coming in at a time of 4:05. The women’s race was won by another familiar face, Suzanne Evans who had won the race 6 times now and set the course record in 2007. Her time this year was 5:04.

I won’t go into the details too much, as has a nice summary of the race here.

Here are the race reports I was able to find off teh Googles. (Let me know if I missed any and I’ll gladly add!)

Outside of the Diez Vista, the Club Fat Ass Burnaby Mountain Run took place on April 14th, and unfortunately Survival of the Fittest was postponed (new date to be announced shortly).

And speaking of Gary Robbins, he was over in Japan last week running Ultra Trail Mt. Fuji and placed a remarkable 4th overall in a competitive field in a time of 19:50:13. It was great seeing the stream of tweets as the local trail runners were following a close race throughout the day and cheering Gary on. iRunFar has a nice recap of the race.

Race in May!

  1. North Shore Enduro – May 4, North Vancouver. 7.6km Loop course lasting up to 6 hours.
  2. 5 Peaks Golden Ears – May 11, Maple Ridge. 8.8km or 14km.
  3. PIH Island Runner Elk/Beaver Ultra Run/Walk, May 11, Victoria. 100km, 50m, 50km and marathon options.
  4. Mud Run Ride, May 11, Campbell River.  10km trail run/ mountain bike.
  5. Buckin’ Hell, May 18, North Vancouver. Solo 15km and 7.5km and relay options.
  6. Loop the Lakes, May 25, Squamish. 8km, 15km, 21km options.
  7. Iron Knee, May 26, North Vancouver. 25km.
  8. Tender Knee, May 26, North Vancouver. 10km.

And I know these videos are played out, but I saw this over on the Knee Knacker Facebook page and thought it was pretty funny.

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Karl W

Editor at Outdoor Vancouver
Karl Woll, born and raised in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland, has been exploring the area’s local mountains over the last decade. Beyond hiking, Karl likes to get into the outdoors by kayaking, cycling, scuba diving, snowboarding, and most frequently, trail running.


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  1. Which races are you running Karl??

    Jay and I are both doing 5Peaks Golden Ears Enduro. I’m contemplating Buckin’ Hell – which you seem to have missed on May 19th?? And I’m running Iron Knee! Fun times in May!


  2. Karl W says:

    Oops not sure how I missed Buckin Hell, I’m doing that one.

    And I’ll see you guys at 5 Peaks. Those are the two I’ll be doing this month after BMO. Trail season is here!