If you thought you were seeing double at the annual Royal LePage Snow to Surf Relay Race this past weekend you weren’t alone!
Team ELM (Equilibrium Lifestyle Management) once again had two teams racing side by side and head to head in the masters women category of the exciting nine-stage relay race. The 20 high-energy women kitted out in ELM blue and white jerseys were hard to miss as they cheered and jeered each other on from leg to leg throughout the day.
It was a tight race between the top three teams and first went back and forth a few times from mountain to ocean. In the end it was an ELM sandwich on the podium with Team ELM in first, Gold Gun Girls in second and Team ELM Too taking third.
Sarah Seads, captain of the two ELM teams, says, “It has been such an awesome experience having two teams on the course. One minute you are cheering your lungs out for them and the next you are racing your legs off to try and beat them! I am so grateful to know these amazing women.
“We are all in it for the experience, the laughter and the team camaraderie first. Anything above that is completely bonus. We all feel the same way and that is what makes it such a great group – everyone is so supportive of one another no matter what happens during the race. We have women ranging in ages from nearly 30 to 70 who all bring different experience to the team. We all come together to inspire each other on this great day. It really is a unique team experience and one that we look forward to more and more each year!”
ELM entered their first women’s team, Team ELM, in the Royal LePage Snow to Surf Relay in 2007 and moved up to the top of the podium quickly. They have now taken first place in the masters women category six years in a row, with two first place overall women finishes and a team best of 24th overall. Team ELM Too joined the fun in 2012 and has hit the podium for the past two years in a row, beating their sister team for the first eightlegs of the race this year.
ELM has been offering ‘fun fitness adventures’ and exercise therapy services in the Comox Valley since 2001. ELM’s next team event will be an Off Road Half Marathon in Hawaii. ELM will once again be offering a 14-week training plan in preparation for the 2014 XTERRA World Championships on Dec. 7. For more info go to www.elmhealth.com.
– Equilibrium Lifestyle Management