The results are in! Two laps of the Sask-quatch Hustle race course was enough for this tired snowshoer!
There was a lot more wind than we expected on Thursday, but we kept warm on the course and off the course. Although my legs are sore now, it was well worth the day spent outside on snowshoes and in good company.
A big shout out to Patti W. who lead the development of this new event for the Regina Road Runners Club and was there for set up, race timing and take down (basically all day). And, another thank you to Lee U. and Susan B. who helped with setting up the course and tents today.
We lost a few folks to the wind and poor road conditions today, but seven brave souls dressed for the weather and had a blast! The South Saskatchewan Mountain Bike Club had 29 riders out for their IceCycle, double the attendance over the past two years. Hopefully in a couple of years, the RRRC will have that many out snowshoeing!
The SSMBC led the social aspects of the event, hosting a beer tent with beer from Slow Food Pub (very nice), cookies and hot chocolate from Magpies (tasty), and smokies freshly off the BBQ.
We even made the evening news! Check out the video at this link for CTV, particularly about 5:24 into the video.
Congratulations go to Gareth Dillistone (Vice President of RRRC) overall winner of the event (and trail blazer through fresh snow for those of us following him). Gareth takes the Men’s event, and Jennifer Buehler won the women’s. There was a tie for the kids event, with Hannah Miller and Ellie Currie crossing the finish line together.
The Men and Women snowshoed the course once, then took a brief break to watch a few laps of the IceCycle, and allow duathlete Susan Bladyko to compete in IceCycle. The Men and Women took to the course again, with the best combined time winning the event. All participants bested their time from the first lap. The kids event was one lap of the course.
Participant Lap 1 Time Lap 2 Time Combined Time
Gareth Dillistone 20:10 18:12 38:22
Mitchell Japp 20:11 18:55 39:06
Jennifer Buehler 20:42 19:42 40:24
Susan Bladyko 21:38 21:09 42:47
Lee Ubell 24:29 23:11 47:40
Hannah Miller 14:29 — 14:29
Ellie Currie 14:29 — 14:29