By Greg Amos, Tumbler Ridge News
Look up the definition of “consistency” in a dictionary, and you might just see a picture of Kris Swanson winning the Emperor’s Challenge.
The 29-year-old Victoria based runner won for the twelfth time in 13 races with a time of 1:24:52, edging out his Canadian Mountain Running Team teammate Adrian Lambert of Edmonton, who finished with 1:27:43.
“I like this course – it’s one of my favourite of all the Emperor’s Challenge courses over the years,” he said. “It suits me – I like the tundra at the top and the soft moss, the rocks – and I just like the technical stuff.”
Despite an ominously rainy start to the day, weather was fairly good for the 20-kilometre half marathon, aside from a bitingly cold wind and some freezing rain at the summit. Despite that setback, many local people in the race improved their times significantly from previous years.
Dawson Creek’s Fiona Benson was blazingly fast on the downhill section, setting a new women’s record time of 1:43:40 and placing seventh overall.
The race reached its maximum of 800 entrants several weeks before last Saturday. A total of 656 people started the race, and all but 12 were able to finish.