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Friday, 6 November 2009

Fresh Air Experience Half Marathon

On October 25th, Kamview Ski Centre held the annual Fresh Air Experience Half Marathon running race. The race is entirely run on the trails and participants have the option of doing it solo or as a team of three. As you may have guessed, the course is roughly 7km so three laps are required. Participants were plentiful this year with 51 solo runners and 138 relay runners.

Last year Harry Seaton and myself ran it solo, however this year coach Eric wanted the team to do a shorter hard effort so we made a few teams. Chris Hamilton, Harry Seaton, and myself were the Dream Team aiming to take the men’s team win. Luke Viljakainen, Christina Groulx, and Leif Lennie were set to go head to head with Scott Sullivan, Erin Tribe, and Ghislain deLaplante (aka King Radio Shack) for the mixed team win in what was sure to be a battle of epic proportions. Unfortunately, Erin was unable to race due to sickness and one of the new Lakehead University skiers, Owen Grey, graciously volunteered to fill the gap. This of course put the team into the men's category where they would face off with the Dream Team. Can you guess the results? Was our mixed team able to take the victory in their category? Did the Dream Team crush the opposition, or were they unable to live up to their rep?

Give the RESULTS a clickety click to check them out.


The Dream Team's lead out man, Chris, tearing the trails up.


The Dream Team's middle man, Harry, making it look easy.


The Mixed Team vying hard for the victory with their middle woman, Giggles.


The King himself running the final leg for the opposing men's team.


Leif can smell the scent of Mixed Team glory.


Me bringing it home for the Dream Team.

All pictures are courtesy of Eric Bailey.

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