Alberni MOMAR racers a success

The Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (MOMAR) returned to Cumberland, BC on Sept. 26 for its 16th season.

Team Bad Idea finished fifth in MOMAR in 7:16:06.

Team Bad Idea finished fifth in MOMAR in 7:16:06.

The Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (MOMAR) returned to Cumberland, BC on Sept. 26 for its 16th season.

Cumberland’s Brad Crowe was the overall winner for the 50km Enduro Course with a time of 4:51:21. Two teams from Port Alberni finished fifth and sixth respectively in their categories.

Team Bad Idea—Mike Blomquist, Jonathan Cross and Tara Denton of Port Alberni, along with Stephanie Stone of Victoria—placed fifth in their category with a time of 7:16:06.

Team Sport Energy Fuel—Marinka Daradics and Robin Nadig of Port Alberni, Andy Quinn of Courtenay and Mike Springer of Victoria—placed sixth in their category, crossing the finish line at 7:19:43.

The first solo female to cross the finish line was Aimee Dunn of North Vancouver at 5:59:55.

Genevieve Burdette of Cumberland and Sarah Seads of Courtenay teamed up this year, taking the top spot in the team of two female category, with a time of 5:25:28.

Matt Hewitt of Vernon and Tim Musselman Bell of Penticton placed first in the team of two male category, crossing the finish line at 4:51:53. The overall winners in the team of four category were Powell River’s Chris Bratseth, Graham Cocksedge and Lucien Ervington, along with Nygil Goggins of Cumberland (5:33:19).

The first racers to cross the finish line for the 30km Sport Course were Jennifer and Joel Anthony of Victoria, with a time of 3:54:08.

The MOMAR is an off-road multisport sprint adventure race that requires participants to navigate their way to a series of checkpoints, in hopes of crossing the finish line within the eight-hour limit.

Disciplines include mountain biking, paddling, and trail running over scenic and rugged west coast terrain.

Five hundred and 16 racers participated in this year’s MOMAR, heading to the Comox Valley from Ontario, Whitehorse, Oregon, Washington State, Saskatchewan and all over BC and Alberta.

Sunny skies welcomed all the racers and volunteers to Cumblerland on race day. “Aside from a morning shower, race day conditions were perfect,” says the MOMAR race director, Bryan Tasaka.

The MOMAR partnered up with the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS), an organization dedicated to preserving 150 acres of mature forest bordering the Village of Cumberland, from Comox Lake to The Trent River. Over $3000 was raised by and for the CCFS during the MOMAR weekend.

The MOMAR series has staged 37 races in British Columbia, Canada over 16 race seasons.

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