Final preparations are in the works for the Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (MOMAR), set to take place in Cumberland this Saturday, Sept. 24. Approximately 400 racers and volunteers will be heading to Cumberland from near and far including a Courtenay couple, Alex Kennedy and Bev Skwernuik.
Kennedy and Skwernuik will be celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary only days after MOMAR Cumberland. MOMAR race director Bryan Tasaka thinks this is a perfect way to celebrate such a milestone. “Typically, team members inspire each other to do the best they can, which can be a great relationship building exercise,” says Tasaka.
The majority of racers will be travelling to Cumberland from cities and towns throughout B.C., across Canada and the USA, and from as far away as Spain.
In addition to their typical 50 km sprint race, MOMAR offers a short course that will provide less seasoned racers with an opportunity to participate in a world-class adventure race. Both the enduro (50 km) course and short (30 km) course will include mountain biking, kayaking, trail running, orienteering, and bushwhacking.
The finish line will be located at the Cumberland Lake Park Campground from 1 to 5 p.m., and spectators are encouraged to come out to cheer on the athletes.
Participating in a MOMAR, either as a racer or volunteer, also means you’ll be supporting MOMAR’s official charity, the Make-a-Wish Foundation. More information on racing, volunteering, MOMAR training clinics and their official charity is available at www.mindovermountain.com/momar or call 1-866-912-3331.