Running at the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival

I was hoping to truly partake in the activities of Squamish Days — namely, witnessing the lumberjack competitions held throughout the weekend — but work prevailed, alas. I will plan better for next year.

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One part of the festival that I did get to experience was the Squamish Days 8K Run. Eight kilometers — or five miles — may seem like an unusual distance, but I read somewhere that the goal was to make the race seem accessible by members of the community. Evidently, 10 km — the distance of races past — was deemed to be slightly too ambitious by some.

I joined 135 other runners on a perfectly overcast Sunday morning, ready to tackle the flat and paved route along Buckley Avenue. My legs were just a little tender from the previous day’s Red Bull 400, but enough with the excuses.

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The race went off smoothly, without much fanfare. There was no music blaring by the start or finish lines, and the start was a little anticlimactic (no major speeches or warm ups or anything), but the check-in was easy, the route was clearly marked, and the volunteers made sure that nobody got hit by a car.

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As for my performance, all I can say is dang, Squamish — you guys are fast. My 41:44 race placed me 5/10 of my age group and 39/74 for women overall. Looks like I’ve got some speed work to do before next year’s event. Incidentally, the woman who came first is off to the Olympics next week — so at least the competition was legit!

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One thought on “Running at the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival

  1. Pingback: My 2017 Running Goals/Races | Out of Bounds Squamish

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