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Quote of the Week
“Unless you’ve got something against mountains, this is one of the most scenic trails you can be on.”
- Joe Larsback  
- on the Sinister 7   
   

 

 
The Sinister 7, a locally born and bred ultra marathon stretching 146 km throughout the Crowsnest Pass area, has proven once again that it is among the best and fastest growing race of its kind in Canada. Held July 10 and 11, a total of 660 racers, solo and in teams of seven, braved a rainy weekend to take part in the event, including more local Crowsnest runners than ever before.
"It was great," says Brian Gallant, one of the primary race organizers with the Full Moon Adventure Company. "It was our biggest event ever. The racers loved it."
Gallant says that the rainy weather slowed the racers down, especially the solo runners, but that everyone had a great time regardless. He said that the growing number of runners –– nearly doubling every year since they began in 2008 –– is making for logistical issues, but that they managed to get through well thanks to their volunteers. Gallant added that they will need even more volunteers next year.
He says that they could have easily been at 1000 racers this year, but capped the numbers at 660 to keep from expanding too quickly. He says that they are still discussing what to set the limit at for 2011's race.
The Sinister 7 is a hot topic among western Canadian runners, and has received a great deal of praise from those who take part. Joe Larsback, a seasoned and well-known ultra-marathoner from Fairview, Alberta, and a member of this year's first place team, says that the Sinister 7 stacks up against any other race out there.
"I think it's pretty much right up there," says Larsback, comparing the race favourably with the popular Canadian Death Race in Canmore. "I was impressed. It was really well organized, and they've got bigger and better things to come."
Larsback says that the Sinister 7 is a very challenging course, and that the Crowsnest Pass is the best possible location to host it. "Unless you've got something against mountains," he says, "this is one of the most scenic trails you can be on."
He notes that the Death Race started out small and has grown to 1500 runners. He sees a similar growth for the Sinister 7, and says that it will likely outgrow the community's infrastructure for hosting so many people. According to Larsback, the only way to get a local hotel for popular events like this is to book it a year in advance.
 
This year's top solo runner was 32-year-old Charles Miron, who finished the entire 146 km course with a final time of 17:11:33, more than an hour faster than the next closest solo runner.
The top team was Cool Running, an all-male team that recorded an overall time of 14:18:43.
More Crowsnest Pass participants than ever were featured in this year's Sinister 7, as six different local teams put their names in and did the community proud.
DIGGERS, a local mixed team, placed 5th overall with a time of 15:00:56. The team featured Darcy Wakaluk, Kathy Wakaluk, Ryan Kubik, Cari Aldriss, Laura Macready, Tracey Wakaluk, and Ian Lowe-Wylde.
My Teacher Made Me Do It featured seven students from the Crowsnest Consolidated High School. The young runners performed exceptionally well, placing 9th with a time of 15:45:18. This team consisted of Conner Lowe-Wylde, Lane Koentges, David Jungert, Alex Wakaluk, Jackson Knott, and Anelske Botha. Gallant notes that the CCHS team had a lot of supporters come out to cheer them on.
Finishing in 31st place was Big Flat Feats, a local mixed team that recorded a time of 17:51:17. This group benefited from the efforts of Rob Tkachuk, Daryl Tkachuk, Colleen Tkachuk, Trent Schuler, Scott Tkachuk, and Nicholas Burford.
Wii Not Fit, a mixed team of local runner, placed 40th among all teams with a time of 18:45:47. This team showed off the determination of Jenice Smith, Richard Milford, Charles Lefebvre, Jesi Sawchuk, Jeff Smith, and Denise Bruinsma.
Placing 82nd with a time of 22:49:23 was a local all-female team competing under the monicker Butts, Sweat & Beers. This team featured Lorraine Halton, Marylou Riviere, Carla Koe, Bev Smith, Sarina Olivieri, Monica Barnes, and Linda Bradbury.
Close behind them was the mixed team known as Tight Passes, Big Rocks, which placed 84th at a time of 23:07:01. This team consisted of Lee Mitchell, Mel Pavlus, Jim Mitchell, Donna Grier, Grace Dobie, Dale Kuta, and Meghan Dobie.
Gallant says that the Sinister 7 is a great opportunity for locals to try out an ultra marathon in their own back yard, where they can be a part of a team of runners.
He adds that registrations for next year's race will probably be filled up before the end of the year.
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