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August 22 - In the Mountains.

22 August 2009 One Comment

au22-4.jpg August 22, 2009
Stage 53
Yoho, BC to Rogers, BC.

After getting an early start the blue team began the run enveloped by clouds and fog as they ran the dark and dangerous corridors of the Rockies along the Kicking Horse Pass. The youth ran across the newly engineered bridge which has been cut through a mountain and over the steep valley of the Kicking Horse River below. In the early morning fog and the thick growth of the dark green forest, the steep rock faces, the fast flowing river made it a unique atmosphere. It was disturbed by the thundering highway tractor trailers with their bright colouful lights. The stretch also had the winding railway tracks and we saw two trains going by with multiple diesel engines to full their load up the steep slopes. While the going was not easy it was made possible by the light traffic at 6am in the morning. However there were some sketches that were missed where the road narrowed into two passing lanes and without a wide shoulder and lots of turns and steep slopes. As safety was a primary concern the section missed was made up by running a equivalent section that was safer by doubling up the runners. In these dangerous sections adults ran along side the youth in order to support them and direct them.
The runners entered Golden at around 8am and then continued on the Trans Canada Highway. The yellow team took over as the temperature warmed up and found themselves running uphill as they made their way to an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level, much ear popping ensued! The scenery was picturesque as they ran by streams and stumbled upon a family of mountain goats. Yellow team finished a long day of running in the city of Rogers before they made their way to the Heather Mountain Lodge where dinner had been prepared. It was also a very productive day in which we almost reached the boarder of the Pacific Time zone! It was thought the mountains would be tiring for the runners but a little change in strategy has helped. This is that each runner runs a short fixed distance rather than long stretches. So far this strategy has been working well and the runners continue to make steady progress towards our goal of Aug 30th at Stanley Park.
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  • Gurjeet Kaur said:

    Amazing! I am constantly amazed by the great work and effort put into this by everyone, especially the young children!

    -Gurjeet Kaur, BC

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