On Saturday, April 29 PAWS, together with the Powell River Hiking Club and the BOMB Squad hosted the 13th annual Marathon Shuffle. Though most of the record number of 47 participants was hikers, about half a dozen were trail runners. Ean Jackson of North Vancouver, and Dennis Morgan of Kelowna set a new record for the 29 km long Sunshine Coast Trail section from Malaspina Road to the Shinglemill in 4:08 hours, and shared the brand-new Marathon Shuffle trophy.
Running conditions were ideal, dry, with cool overcast skies, which turned sunny by mid-afternoon. At checkpoints along the way, volunteers that also provided an out for those needing to exit provided participants with drinks and nourishments. The majority of trekkers covered the distance in seven to eight hours.
Some hikers completed a Half Marathon Shuffle, starting at the Sliammon Lakes section up Wilde Road and enjoying a more leisurely pace. Spring flowers were out in bloom, and one group of hikers saw a trio of baby bears galloping off into the bushes. At the finish, all were treated to refreshments at the Shinglemill.
|Pat De Leenheer||6:34|
Half Shuffle from Wilde Road:
Other participants who signed in:
Anne Marie Leenheer
Janet May, daughter with friend