Locals shine in Revelstoke Dirty Feet trail race
By Rory Luxmoore
220 runners converged on Revelstoke’s own Mount Macpherson trails to take part in the Dirty Feet Trail running races last Sunday.
Runners chose between 5, 10 and 21 kilometre distances. The scenic, challenging trails were popular were participants. Many runners commented that it was their favorite running race of the popular Dirty Feet trail running series. Others were impressed with the beautiful Nordic lodge and the fine food provided by Revelstoke’s Nordic Ski Club.
Many Revelstokians laced up their shoes for the event and represented the town well with their results and their efforts.
Melanie Bernier was the top female finisher in the 21 kilometre event with a time of 1:59:11, with Ann-Marie Gill placing a close second in 2:01:23. Five other Revelstoke women cracked the top 10 — Sarah Newton, Natalie Stafl, Jody Lownds, Leslie Opatril and Tanya Wolgram.
Matthew Fortuna from Oyama, B.C., won the men's 21 kilometre run in a time of 1:39:29. Rory Luxmoore was the top Revelstokian with a time of 1:44:24, good for a third place overall finish.
14-year-old Elizabeth Elliot topped the podium in the women’s 10 kilometre race in a time of 55:04. Fellow Revelstokian Clare Peacock finished third and Simone Palmer was fourth. Liliane Lambert, Alana Brittin, Tayla Koerber and Alex Heeps also cracked the top 10.
The men's 10 kilometre race was won by Joshua Tremblay from Kelowna in a blistering 44:46. Revelstoke's Thomas Nelson finished second in 51:24. Stefan Hood and Matthew Johnston of Revelstoke also cracked the top 10.
The five kilometre race was won by Sarah Cordeaux on the women's side and Jon Shephard on the men's side.
The event saw runners of all ages and abilities take to the trails. To see the full results check out the Dirty Feet website.