There is something exhilarating and intense about trail running that drives people in droves towards it. Compared to the steady, rhythmic pace of road running, the twists and turns, the ups and downs, the hopping and falling of trail running keeps the mind more alert. For those of us that grew up climbing trees, jumping off of rocks and swinging off of jungle gyms, trail running offers us an excuse to revert back to our youthful nature and conquer these obstacles once again. Most people can confess to jumping in puddles as a kid and having complete disregard for getting dirty or falling down. Dressing up like a ninja, or like a princess or to become Batman while running through the forest would be the finishing touch in completely becoming a kid again!
On October 25th a handful of IF customers and coaches did exactly this as we dressed up in our Halloween best to participate in the Hallow’s Eve 10k and 22k trail run. The morning started out at Lynmour Jaycee House in North Vancouver with a crisp, overcast setting to stage the morning’s run perfectly. The mood was lightened with many people’s outrageous costumes and it helped relax the nerves of many nervous participants. Both the 10k and the 22k run started up Lillooet Rd before ducking into the North Vancouver Cemetery. As an eerie morning fog rolled up the hill along with us, the Halloween atmosphere couldn’t have been replicated any better. After a quick hill climb up the street, both courses duck into the trails of Lynn Canyon Park.
The North Shore offers some of the most beautiful and most challenging trails that BC has to offer and sometimes it’s hard to believe that all of this is right in our own back yard. These trails have everything from mildly undulating graveled paths, challenging switchbacks, bridges crossing creeks and trails running through towering forestry. Not to mention enough puddles to jump in to fill your heart’s content! There were a number of steep stairways that definitely ramped up the heart rate and slowed a number of runners to a slow climb. But no one said that the Hallow’s Eve trail run was an easy race.
The course was lined with amazing volunteers who sported their festive costumes as well and kept everyone motivated with great humor and loud cheers. Aid stations of juice, water, gels and Halloween candy kept everyone fueled and hydrated and this race wouldn’t have been the same without those volunteers who made this happen.
The final leg of the race was a nice downhill trot through the same cemetery that we ascended through earlier that morning, back down Lillooet Rd to the finish line at Lynmour Jaycee Community Center. Like any race, it’s always an amazing feeling to cross the finish line and be done and share your stories of the journey with your friends, like how Mike Fugman forgot to wear body glide and chafed his nipples bloody, for example. After a complimentary coffee and hot chocolate at the finish line, everyone went home to rest up. In November IF will be coming back to the North Shore as we will be taking on the Phantom Run on Saturday the 14th, and we hope to see everybody there!
story by Cory M.