Last weekend I participated as part of a relay team running the MYM50 – Meet Your Maker 50 mile trail race in Whistler, BC.
The short version :
50 Miler, in 1 of the most beautiful cities in the world, almost all single-track trails, after a 30 km warm-up of super technical trails, you go ALL the way UP Blackcomb Mtn, ride the Peak2Peak Gondola, and then go ALL the way DOWN Whistler Mtn! The race is broken into 7 legs ranging from 7.86 kms to 21.12 kms, can be raced as a solo or a relay team from 2 to 7 members. Course tests all kinds of strengths and trail running skills – the crazy long never ending uphill climb, insanely steep downhill descent, super technical trails, a bit of road running, not to mention the accumulative distance of over 80 kms. The race website lists the race at being 81.58 kms, but in winner Mike Murphy’s recap of the race, he lists it as 86 kms. CRAZY LONG, either way.
I found a team of 2 other random people wanting to participate through Twitter & Facebook, and we split up the race into 3 chunks. I had Legs 4, 5, & 6, totaling about 30 kms. The most difficult part about my legs was that I was starting my race with the leg that goes straight down Whistler Mtn from the gondola to Creekside. And then after destroying my legs, I’d still have to run another 22-ish kms. It was going to be my hardest race thus far in my life, but I was ready for it!
Spoiler alert : My social media team was awesome, we all put our best efforts into our legs, we managed to beat the cut-off, finish strong, and had no injuries or major issues between the 3 of us. We finished officially in 10:52:25!
Now, for those of you who want to read the long version, here it is :