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Local Sinister 7 runners make Crowsnest Pass proud
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s Sinister 7 Ultramarathon. Here are our local winners. Clockwise from top: Andrew Fairhurst, (left to right) Kendra Kennedy, Jackie Woodman, Laurie Huska, Kathy Wakaluk-Yanco, Christine Misseghers, Lana Ross, Jody Peebles), Shirlene Gietz.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
The 10th annual Sinister 7 Ultramarathon kicked off and kicked serious butt this weekend on July 8.

It was a scorching hot day with temperatures up in the 30s that challenged and devastated the participants over the 161km course through the backcountry terrain of Crowsnest Pass. According to a statement by the Sinister 7 team, the SAR and Medical Crew responded to more incidents of dehydration than ever before. They also had the lowest finish rate for solo runners of any Sinister 7 Ultra at approximately 18%.

That's what makes our local Crowsnest Pass victors even more remarkable.

Andrew Fairhurst finished with a time of 20 hours 45 minutes, placing him in second place for the Male Solo category, a mere 13 minutes behind Edmonton's Alex Petrosky, who came in first.
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Shirlene Gietz won second place for Female Solo runner with a time of 24 hours 28 minutes.

The all-local, all-girls team BBK (Laurie Huska, Kendra Kennedy, Christine Misseghers, Jody Pebbles, Lana Ross, Kathy Wakaluk-Yanco, Jackie Woodman) placed second in the Female Team category with a finishing time of 19 hours and 43 minutes. They were defeated by only 33 minutes by RRAC, a team out of Edmonton.

This race also held a milestone for a female runner completing the ultramarathon in overall first place. With a time of 18 hours and 54 minutes, St. Albert's Ailsa MacDonald dominated the course. Only nine female solo runners completed the race, out of the 84 that registered.
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The awards ceremony was held on July 9 at the Coleman Sports Complex. In addition to prizes and trophies for the winners, special recognition was also given to unique categories, like to the oldest and youngest competitors, to those that travelled the farthest to compete, to participants who helped other racers and a variety of other categories. A special award was given out to the team that placed 150th in honour of Canada 150.

According to a statement by the ultramarathon organizers, they have already begun planning for next year’s race, which will get going on July 6, 2018.

“I've already started planning for next year. I am reading comments and making notes about how we can keep on making it better for everyone. A part of that is looking at cutoff times, and the overall big picture of the race,” said the statement.
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