Survival of the Fittest
Coast Mountain Trail Series organizers Gary Robbins and Geoff Langford you have out done yourselves. I have not had that much fun trail running in a long time and that is quite a statement. For nearly the entire Survival of the Fittest race all I could think about was that I was going to have to move to Squamish because the trails were that good.
Racing on back to back days (I ran Seek the Peak the day before and had completed a 95km cycle ride for the Leadman Triathlon) and the morning after some birthday festivities I was a little worse for wear at the start line but eager to sweat it off.
Leaving Quest University the route quickly climbed via a variety of switch backs offering spectacular views of the Tantalus Mountain Range. Diamond Head and Black Tusk frequently present themselves along this course. Rising up the Climb Trail, I took a few moments bending over next to a tree before ripping down some unbelievable single track. The course gracefully weaves it way along river beds, up and over wooded terrain, and through open valleys. Your feet dance across the varying terrain with snow capped mountains all around you. 3400 feet up and a giddy 3400 feet down.
The Coast Mountain Trail series in its first year has offered some great race options whether it be the relay at Buckin Hell, a tough 8km or 13km at Cap Crusher or the amazing scenery at Survival of the Fittest. The pictures below are just a few of the highlights from this magnificent course. I’m already looking forward to the 2014 Coast Mountain Trail Series.