The fifth annual Four Lakes 10k & 3k saw a record turn-out of 60 participants on a perfect summer morning at Katherine Lake Park on the Sunshine Coast.
Garden Bay resident Ian Wall, who lives right on the course near Hotel Lake, was the overall winner by a comfortable margin after pulling away from Sechelt’s Paul Munro over the final couple of kilometres. Munro hung onto second place ahead of fast-closing Meghan Molnar of Gibsons (overall female winner) and Gordon Flett of Vancouver.
Finishing second among the women and fifth overall was 18-year-old Etta Degnan of Gibsons, who was also second in this year’s Sea Cavalcade Mile. Less than half a minute behind Degnan was third-place woman Celia Clare of Roberts Creek. Full results can be found at www.foolsrun.com/4lakes/.
Masters dominated the results as half of the top 10 finishers were over 50 years of age.
The 3k marked a significant milestone for David Montgomery of Vancouver – his first organized run since collapsing during the final metres of the 2012 BMO April Fool’s Run. BC First Aid’s Kellei Baker, who was part of the team who performed CPR on David on April 1st, was in attendance at the Four Lakes run – but fortunately was not needed this time. When asked how he felt after the 3k, Montgomery responded “a lot better than the last one!”
After the run, many participants enjoyed a cooling swim in Katherine Lake before feasting on home-baked goodies and fresh fruit. Age group winners were rewarded with one of a kind carved wooden medals suspended on colourful hemp string with beads, and two dozen draw prizes were given away.
The organizers look forward to seeing everyone at the lake again next year for the 6th annual event.