REPORTING · 5th June 2011
The Skeena River Relay was in full force Saturday, June 4, as runners from all across the Northwest and beyond gathered to compete in this annual test of endurance. Unlike the past number of years where the sun was out and the skies were clear, this time the runners were met with drizzle, hard rain and just damp air.
Beginning in Prince Rupert, the pack of hundreds, in various categories, exchanged turns with their team mates attempting to beat others (and maybe just their own best time) in the race to Kitsumkalum, just west of Terrace.
The RCMP were out in full force ensuring the runners were safe from erratic drivers and speeders and dozens of volunteers were out enduring the temperate rainforest weather assisting in many necessary tasks.
Many warning signs were placed along the highway as were pylons in dangerous narrow sections such as Carwash Rock.
The Kasiks Wilderness Resort, the virtual halfway point of the race, was inundated with guests. The Restaurant staff expressed a bit of overwhelming shock as the usual few weekend visitors turned into hundreds, likely all the volunteers and spectators. They were able to serve everyone however they will be restocking tomorrow.
The Terrace Kinsmen were on hand to feed the hungry runners at the end of the race at the Kitsumkalum Hall and CFNR was on hand to provide the live on air action and musical entertainment.
When the final results are delivered we will post them with this story. Watch for the update.
Photos by Gunter Wunderlich, Rhythm Donkersley, Merv Ritchie and Cynthia Wunderlich
The run was enduring, the top pic is a front runner better than half way through the race. A wet and long run. Note the carcass on the road in the bottom picture. Wilderness presents its hazards.
The volunteers need to be praised for their endurance. Wet, cold and a long wait. These could be the true heros.
The top pic is Carwash Rock with the pylons. Along with the RCMP the Paramedics were at hand. There was also a hockey game waiting at Kitsumkalum.
Nourishment was provided by the Kinsman Club of Terrace, see Rod Onstein checking out his burgers. Kasiks Wilderness Resort was just about overwhelmed. They had two for one burgers on special too.