Well every year I say that it hurts too much to do it again…but this past weekend was my 6th time running the Banff Jasper Relay, and I’m sure glad I did, because as per usual, it was tons of fun.
I was on a new team this year (thanks Ben!) called the “No See’em Trail Crawlers”. Now, I knew from previous years that this team was fast…so I was a little intimidated.
And they were fast…we ended up coming in first in the “mixed” category and third overall. Now, not only were these folks speedy…they were also incredibly awesome and super organized (thanks to our fearless leader Sarah!).
The race has a great concept, each team separates into two groups (north leg runners and south leg runners), so part of the team starts near Banff and part of the team starts near Saskatchewan River Crossing, and both parts of the team make their way towards Jasper. Each runner runs between 12-20 kms and it is a pile of fun (well besides the whole running on pavement part ;)).
I’ve ran a few of the legs over the past few years, and this year I opted to run N10, which is the leg that starts at the top of the Icefields and drops from there (thankfully we had speedy Jason running up the Icefields the leg before me…so he got all the hard work out of the way so I could just coast on my leg – Thanks Jason). It was a beautiful run, and I had a great supporter (thanks Ron), so the 17 zipped by (well up until the hurt set in at about km 14).
All in all, it was another great BJR, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team – thanks for letting me tag along all :)…perhaps we’ll see you again next year.
Oh, and one more thing…the run supports the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada…so that’s reason enough to suck up a bit of pain for a good cause.