A record number of participants took part in the third annual Run the Rock marathon and half-marathon on Texada Island Aug. 25.
A total of 90 runners and walkers completed the races, including a new eight kilometre event which was added for 2013. They ranged in age from five to 78 and included one participant in a wheelchair.
Winners of the marathon were Roger Plomondon of Courtenay in 3:18.48 (men’s) and Samantha Dickinson of Vancouver in 4:03.15 (women’s). Winning runners in the half-marathon were Wayne Crowe of Comox in 1:26.09 (men’s), who also won the event in 2012, and Angela Plomondon, of Courtenay, in 1:43.42 (women’s), who won the event in 2011.
And in the 8k event, winners were Greg Tait of Powell River and Dena Collings, also of Powell River. Also participating in the 8k event were Texada Islanders McLean Mylymok, age seven, who pedalled his wheelchair while dad Spencer Mylymok ran and helped push the chair.
A total of 32 participants came from Powell River, 14 from Texada and 15 from Vancouver Island. Runners also attended from as far away as Germany and Brazil. The hilly island course is not for the faint of heart, says mega-marathoner Janet Green of Courtenay, attending Run the Rock for the third time. She says it’s the toughest road marathon in Canada, worthy of major bragging rights.
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