Sufferfest: it sounds like an oxymoron. What makes suffering a festival? Well, if you love to bike, run and paddle, you’re in luck. The Burton Amazing Race was held on Saturday.
The overcast day didn’t seem to bother any participants and it’s preferable to a scorching hot day. The events were: The individual long course, which consisted of a one kilometer paddle in a canoe, then a very rough 18 km bike race up McCormack Road and into the backcountry on a logging road, with a 5 km run to finish them off.
Tammy MacPherson was the champion of the individual long course with a time of 1:47:02 and commented that it’s pretty tricky to go from riding to running until the body loosens up and gets the idea that it’s time to run. Megan Jamison finished with a time of 1:53:18. It was a pleasure to watch these two athletes smile their way across the finish line and share a well deserved drink of water and a hug.
The two-person team event consisted of a one kilometre paddle, a 7 km bike race and a 2½ km run. Six teams participated. The winning team in the short course race was the Rough Diamonds consisting of Bill Sones and Crystal Cross with a speedy time of 0:45:04. The other teams were: Short Bus (Issac and Jake Flamand and Leah Gilliland), Lamp Monkeys (Silas and Elias Lampimaki), Team Tollers (Valerie and Todd Hill), Monashee Marauders (Susan and Jason Rogers), and Dabonators (Trinity Didier, Victoria Youmans and Michael Driedger).
The winner’s awards were given out in the Burton Park gazebo when the clouds finally gave up some drizzle. Every racer got the traditional cookie on a string, placed around their necks by this year’s race organizer, Linda Harrop. The cookies come from Home Sweet Home Bakery in Nakusp, but didn’t last too long on those hungry racers. They were a well deserved treat.
A concession stand run by the Arrow Lakes Vintners served some very delicious cheeseburgers and Polish sausages. A pot luck supper was planned for the gazebo in the evening, which became a movable feast when it was decided to use the Burton Hall due to the chilly weather. It was a yummy shared meal, with great entertainment. The Bombassa Drummers came down from Nakusp and got everyone bouncing in their seats or dancing. They’re a real treat to hear. If you get the chance, go give them a listen.
This year’s Burton Daze was different but a good time for those who came out. Thank you to Sufferfest organizers, participants, and volunteers. See you next year.