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Ultra marathoners to flock to Pass
for annual Sinister 7
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
In September 2013, it was announced that the Sinister 7 ultra marathon would be lengthened from a 92 to a 100-mile race.
“The running community really did ask us to do this,” said race organizer Brian Gallant at a Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce luncheon on June 11. “Whereas marathons used to be the pinnacle of the running world, now the 100 miler is taking that spot.”
Gallant says athletes will be arriving from Germany, Finland, Venezuela, Mexico and all over the United States to participate.
Approximately 1400 runners signed up for the race within ten minutes of the registration period.
“Sinister 7, believe it or not, has become one of the most renowned ultra marathons in North America,” he said. “It’s something we can all be proud of.”
The race will begin in Blairmore on July 5. The course snakes 100-miles through communities, trails, mountains and around the Seven Sisters before finishing at the Coleman Sports Complex.
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Demand for accommodation is so high that racers book their hotels a year in advance. There is also a home billeting system set up for the athletes, said Gallant.
“They like to spend money,” Gallant said of the athletes. “Our average racer is between 35 and 45 years old. Most of them are professionals.”
“You don’t need our permission to get involved,” Gallant said to the assembled Chamber members. “Put out a sign outside your business advertising the Sinister 7.”
Race organizers are giving out cash prizes for the top male and female runners but there are also many fun/macabre awards being given away including the ‘First Blood Award’ to the runner who bleeds first and the ‘Red Lantern Award’ for the last person to cross the finish line.
“One thing we continually hear from our runners is they really enjoy the genuineness of the people in the Crowsnest Pass,” added Gallant.
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