Friday, January 29, 2010

12 Mile Coulee XC Race

The CRR 12 mile coulee XC event took place last Saturday and although the cold scared off all but the most hardy, the Harriers had 2 finishers in the top 10. Harrier Mark Fewster took a very determined approach to the race and really went for it from the gun. "I wanted to go hard from the gun but stay relaxed" Fewster said afterwards and he was certainly fast. A gap of about 20 seconds at half way looked unassailable until Trev Williams (bedecked with his video camera) came through strong in the last 2k to nick victory at the last. Harrier Rawlyk took a similar approach and had designs on 7th at half way until, by his own admission, his legs failed him although he did finish 9th, his first top 10 of the year. "I was hanging on at the end" he said.
Harrier Syl Corbett (pictured) finished a fantastic second in the women's division.
Full results are here:

Other Harriers have been taking the opportunity for some cross training. Harriers Pryce and Penny in particular did the 72k Lake Louise to Banff XC ski loppet last weekend, with Blaine Penny taking both the victory and the course record!! Good work boys!

Finally, don't forget training on Wednesdays. We are starting to get quite a crowd. 7 of us last week and the numbers just keep growing. Come join in the fun! 8pm at the Oval for the warm up. Session starts 8.20-8.30...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2010 Nose Creek XC - Jan.9

Results say it all at this one:

Next race is this weekend at 12 Mile Coulee

Invitation to attend 2010 World Snowshoe Invitational Event during the Olympics in Vancouver

Hello to all our Mountain Running friends around the World.

My name is Mark Elmore. I serve as the Sports Director for the
United States Snowshoe Association ( and the
Secretary of the International Amateur Snowshoe Racing Federation
(IASSRF - My reason for
contacting you is to inform you of a very important event coming up
February 27th, 2010 in Vancouver British Columbia Canada during
the 2010 Winter Olympics.It's the 10km World Snowshoe Invitational to be conducted on Mount Seymour. This is a very important event. We have been lobbying the
International Olympic Committee for over ten years for inclusion in
the Winter Olympic Program, thus far, to no avail. This event,
occurring the day before the Olympiads Closing Ceremonies, will enjoy
unprecedented media coverage by sports media from around the World.
Past Olympians will be there, supporting our efforts for Winter
inclusion. All that we need to send this event, and Sport, over the
top is a truly international field of athletes. I am working with the
two local event directors, Marc Cooney and Dave Howells
( to provide free accommodations to all incoming
international athletes. We will most likely be billeting athletes as
hotels are completely sold out due to the Olympics. I am prepared to
serve as a shuttle driver to ensure athletes get where they need to be
without having to rent a car, to further reduce expenses of travelers.
Prior snowshoe running experience is not needed. Bring an athlete or
two and we will provide snowshoes for you to race on. There is no
learning curve involved with snowshoe racing. If you can run, you can
snowshoe race. This is an extremely important event that we hope we
can entice you to attend. We are trying to secure a sizeable prize
purse, but at this time, we can not gaurantee that. What we can
gaurantee is that we will provide you a world class event, as
inexpensively as possible, in a City and region all geared up for the
2010 Olympics. I sincerely hope you will consider attending. Should
you have any questions, or need further information, please do not
hesitate to contact me. My contact information is below. Thank you for
considering this request and I hope to hear from each of you in the
near future. Any assistance you could lend us in promoting
international attendence to this important event would be greatly

Sincerely Yours on Snow,
Mark Elmore
Cell - 518-420-6961

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Oval Intervals - Wed, Jan.6, 2010

Another fine night at the oval. Lanny, Scott, Heath and Marie (all of Canmore/Cochrane) and myself got the intervals started around 8:30 after some strides, etc. 5x400 @71" with 90" jog between, then a water break, followed by 5x300 @49"(ish) with about 60" jog. The oval is open every Wednesday in January so hope to see a few more local BVH's out in the coming weeks. Warmup from 8-8:20, intervals start at 8:30, usually done by 9:20 after a few barefoot laps (thx Lanny). //Mark F.