The Cumberland community hosted its 20th anniversary of the Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (MOMAR) on Sept. 28.
The event is broken into the Enduro course, which is 50K and features approximately 10K of paddling, 25K of mountain biking and 15K of trekking, and the Sports course, 30K with approximately 5K of paddling, 15K of mountain biking and 10K of trekking. Enduro competitors can race solo or in teams of two or four, while Sport course racers must coompete in teams of two people. With about 700 people taking part, the event again sold out.
For the Enduro, among solo females, Comox’s Debbie Wright finished second to North Vancouver’s Karen Magnusson. Among the men, Cumberland’s Clay Ward beat out Courtenay’s Derek Vinge with a completion time of 5:25:22 versus 5:30:38.
For the co-ed pairs, Cumberland’s Just Commit (Tyler and Kelsey McCallan) and Sweaty Chamois (Zoe Berkey and Simon Conde) finished second and fourth to the Frontrunners (Norman Thibault and Wendy Simms of Nanaimo).
In female pairs, Cumberland’s Hill slayers! (Jessica Wilson and Tracy Barr) took top spot. Among the men, the top locals were Blue Toque Sports (Courtenay’s Paul Laperriere and Royston’s Ryan Stuart) in third, behind Wild Rose from Revelstoke/Cranbrook and The Mooseknucklers from Ladysmith/Victoria.
Among teams of four, the top co-ed team was the Honey Badgers, top female team was Sucking Lemons and top male was Kelly Creek Connection.
For the Sport course, among co-ed teams, Nanaimo groups top four of the five top places, while The Fat and Furious (Alaina Vesper and Curtis Blackburn of Courtenay) were the top locals in sixth place, 16 seconds ahead of Bone Squad (Jasmine and Jessie Bone of Cumberland).
For female teams, This is fine (Courtenay’s Paige and Kathy Campbell) finished first, while among the men’s teams, Toulmin Construction (Courtenay’s Michael Toulmin and Dustin Porter) were edged out of first by Northern Indecent Exposure from Nanaimo.