Where and When?
Thank you for registering online and in advance.
Eagle Walz - Your Club Fat Ass Event Host
Saturday, 27 April 2013
Townsite Brewing Tour and Tasting
5824 Ash Avenue, Old Townsite, Powell River
Pre-run Meet and Greet Pasta Dinner
(pre-registration, and course briefing)
Old Courthouse Inn, 6243 Walnut Street, Old Townsite, Powell River
Sunday - 28 April 2013
|7:00am||Have breakfast. Check the weather. Bring along your route instructions you printed off at home. Make sure you know how to get to the start... and don't forget your shoes!|
|7:15am||Arrive at the Kinsmen parking lot above the Shingle Mill Pub and Bistro for Shuffle bib number pick up and sign in.|
|7:30am to 7:45am||Buses and car pool leave for the start at Malaspina Road.|
|8:30am||Start - Runners first, hikers second|
|9:30am||Half Shufflers meet on Tomkinson Road at the intersection with the Sunshine Coast Trail (instructions how to get there below) for bib number pick up and sign in.|
|9:55||Half Shuffle starter photo|
|10:00||Half Shuffle start|
|11:15pm||First runners arrive at Kinsmen's Park/Shingle Mill|
|3:00pm||Post event festivities at the Shingle Mill Pub and Bistro (Children are welcome in the Bistro only).|
|4:15pm||Participants going back via the Saltery Bay ferry need to leave now to make the ferry at 5:25 pm|
|4:30pm||Last hikers arrive at Kinsmen Park/Shingle Mill.|
How to get to Powell River?
Traveling from the Lower Mainland (Vancouver or beyond)? You will need to arrive the night before the start (Saturday night). The trip involves two ferries from Vancouver but you only pay for the first. . Check the ferry schedule for connections. Here is a list of a few accommodations in the Powell River area.
If you come from Courtenay on Vancouver Island you can take the first ferry of the day and arrive just in time for the Shuffle.
Sign in 7:15 am. Please be at Shingle Mill by 7:15 am to sign in and arrange bussing to the start.
Bus transportation and car pooling - 7:30 to 7:45 (Kinsmen parking lot, above the Shingle Mill Pub and Bistro parking lot). Service will be donated by Powell River Regional Transit System, the drivers and the City of Powell River. There are two forty-five passenger buses available on a first come, first serve basis. Over and above that, participants will need to arrange their own carpooling to the start on Malaspina Road.
Buses leave 7:30 to 7:45 am. There is free parking along the side of the road and pay parking in the Kinsmen Park parking lot.
From the Powell River - Comox ferry terminal in Westview (Powell River) head north along Marine Avenue (Highway 101) towards Lund. Follow Highway 101 to the Townsite, crossing Ash Street at the first stop sign, and turning right on Arbutus at the second stop sign. Continue north, across the Powell River Bridge and make an immediate right turn. This road leads along the water to the Shingle Mill parking lot, continue a bit further to the Kinsmen parking lot, which is the marshaling point for getting on the bus, and where you can sign in and pick up your Shuffle Bib Number. Bus to the start at Malaspina Road.
Starter Photo - 8:25
Start - Marathon Shuffle - 8:30
If you missed out getting a seat on the bus, get back on Highway 101 near the bridge, and drive north, up the hill toward Wildwood, Sliammon and beyond. From the bridge it is about 16 km to the Malaspina Road turnoff. Just before you reach Malaspina Road, you will see a large sign alerting drivers to the Okeover Arm Provincial Park and a number of other billboards singing the praises of that wonderful area. Turn right onto Malaspina Road and proceed 1.4 km to a sharp right curve. A gravel road branches off to the left. Park here and look for the Shuffle starting point 100m farther along on the highway on the south side of the pavement. Bussing supports the growth of the event.
The Half Shuffle starts at the beginning of Sliammon Lakes Trailhead. You can also make your own carpooling arrangements at the Kinsmen parking lot at 9:15 am and then drive to the start together. Please note, the access road to the Half Shuffle is a gravel road and rough, with a few deep trenches to cross in the last few kilometres. You will need a car with good clearance to navigate these.
Half Shuffle sign-in 9:45
Half Shuffle Starter Photo - 9:55
Start - Half Shuffle 10:00
To get to the Sliammon Lakes trailhead, drive north on Highway 101 to Scuttle Bay, about 12 km from the Westview ferry terminal. At Scuttle Bay turn right, up Wilde Road. Where Wilde Road branches in the hamlet (1 km), stay to your right (Tomkinson Road). Pass the access road to Big Sliammon Lake (4 km) on your right. After another 2 km you will cross the bridge over Appleton Creek. Just 100 metres beyond it, turn left into a former gravel pit, which is a good place to park, or park along the road. The northern end of the Sliammon Lakes Trail is situated east across the road from the entrance to the pit, and a few steps below.
2013 marks the 20th Anniversary for the Marathon Shuffle. In honor of this milestone the following pre-event activities have been planned:
The whole trail has been well marked with fluorescent orange-red metal squares all the way to the finish line at the Shingle Mill. It has also been brushed and groomed in the weeks preceding the Shuffle. Be at the trailhead at least 15 minutes before the start so we can take the starter picture, sign up any late comers and start on time. Be prepared for the weather. Make sure you have your Shuffle Bib Number clearly visible during the event so volunteers can check you off as you pass through the half-dozen checkpoints along the route. If you decide not to finish the entire route, it is imperative that you hand your Shuffle Bib Number in to a volunteer at one of the check points, or a at the finish (Shingle Mill).
For some it's a race, but for others it's not. However, we do keep track of your times so you have something to compare to next year. We hope everyone will take the same course, but won't disqualify folks for getting lost and hiking or running extra distance. Over the last few years the course has been substantially upgraded with the installation of a multitude of the square florescent markers every 30 meters or so, and dozens more of the carved wooden directional signs at any of the junctions. If you don't see any of the orange markers, retrace your steps to the last junction and take the fork that has the markers. Junctions are signed with the ground being spray-painted, but when you are running (or talking) you sometimes don't look up to take note of the proper turn, keeping straight ahead instead. Remember: orange markers, orange markers. Look up every so often, and refer to your route instructions.
This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, permitted or anything else that would qualify it as an official event.
Use this wonderful opportunity check out some of the last surviving groves of BC's old growth temperate rainforest.
Expect rain, trails, hills, some old friends and maybe some new.
Please print out this course description (scroll down for a printer-friendly version) and bring it with you in a plastic baggie to the start. Here is a rough map of the course with the start of the Full and Half Shuffle as well as the Finish indicated. Here is a profile of the run course on Strava.
Total distance from Malaspina Road to the Shingle Mill 29 km.
Half Shuffle Start 10:00 am at beginning of Sliammon Lakes section
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The 12-kilometre long Half Shuffle from Wilde/Tomkinson roads proved that it has indeed continued growing in popularity. Nearly 100 set out from above the Appleton Bridge, including a baby less than a year old. Apparently 12 km is old hats to her.
Forty-five participants came from out of town, mostly from the Lower Mainland and the Island, but some from as far away as Australia and Germany. They came to see what all the buzz was about and maybe to claim some bragging rights. They found the Shuffle section of Canada’s longest hut-to-hut hiking trail technically challenging, and the local runners were stingy in giving up the top spots. In fact many had been training hard and owned the podium, in a manner of speaking. Craig Dunbar came first in the men's divistion with a 2:45 time, and Val Smith took the women's division with a personal best of 3:43. People were impressed with the trail, the stations, the volunteers, the refreshments and the atmosphere. We noted an interesting and welcome development. The greatest growth in attendance came from those in their twenties and thirties.
This year we began preparing three months before the start of the Shuffle. It was a busy time for the maintenance crews that accumulated just under a 1000 man-hours whacking, scraping and raking the route into tip-top shape. The crews began shuffelizing the route - clearing undergrowth two feet or more on either side of the tread, and leaving the appearance of a mossy carpet. Still more red metal squares were added this year. The advise bearing in mind when hiking it independently is that if you don't see a marker within 15 - 30 seconds from the last one you must be off trail. Stop and look around. Retrace your steps and soon you will find where the trail took a turn that you missed. Also be careful when coming upon a road and carefully look around for markers.
The Shuffle organizing committee learned from last year’s comments, started early, and was excellently prepared on the day of the event. Of course they learned some more new things this year that they will adopt and implement for next year’s event to make that an even better experience. PRPAWS does appreciate getting constructive feedback that helps us improve as we strive to become a world-class destination. We have received many positive and constructive comments after the event.
Now hikers or runners can simply head out to Malaspina Road and do a Shuffle at their own leisure, or go up Wilde/Tomkinson roads to do the less strenuous, but no less equally beautiful Half Shuffle along the Sliammon Lakes and over panoramic Scout Mountain.
A Thank You ad will be published separately in the Powell River Peak newspaper, a gesture of PRPAWS’ sincere appreciation of the 30 volunteers and the numerous generous donors who helped make this year’s Shuffle yet another record-smashing success.
Other reports: Paul Prussner from BCAdventuresWest took some beautiful photos of the day and the scenery. You can view them here: http://bcadventureswest.com/?page_id=491
Photos can be posted to Flickr, added to the CFA Flickr group and tagged with MarathonShuffle MarathonShuffle2013 ClubFatAssEvents2013 ClubFatAssEvents, instruction on how to do this are here.
Results: Please let us know if you find any mistakes, wrong times, distances, misspelled names, etc.
|Time||Last Name||First Name||Gender||City||Event|
|3:25:36||van wiltenburg||jonathan||male||powell river||29km|
|4:19:51||Rinas||Jose||male||Husum / Germany||29km|
|8:36:52||Van Delft||Will||male||Powell River||29km|
|Time||Last Name||First Name||Gender||City||Event|
|2:26:11||van Zwaaij||Rudi||male||Powell River||12km|
|3:04:11||Creasey||Miel||female||Powell RIver||12 km|
|3:26:44||McMarchie||Allan||male||North Vancouver||12 km|
|3:30:44||Miller||Greg||male||Powell River||12 km|
|3:40:30||Stutt||Erin||female||Powell River||12 km|
|Time||Last Name||First Name||Gender||City||Event|
|No Show||Adema||Jenna||female||Powell RIver|
|No Show||Berg||Rhonda||female||Powell river|
|No Show||Brach||Liz||female||Powell river|
|No Show||Brach||Gerry||male||Powell River|
|No Show||Cawley||Erica||female||Powell River|
|No Show||Duyvesteyn||Debbie||female||Powell River|
|No Show||Duyvesteyn||Roger||male||Powell River|
|No Show||Fandrick||Keely||female||Powell River|
|No Show||Fandrick||Tyson||male||Powell River|
|No Show||Hanley||Devon||female||Powell River|
|No Show||kabli||rajie||female||powell river|
|No Show||St-Pierre||Denis||male||Powell River|
|No Show||Zroback||Jason||male||Powell river|
|No Show||Adams||Tara||female||Powell River|
|No Show||DeVita||Marian||female||Powell River|
|No Show||Power||Allan||male||Powell River|
|No Show||Stanyer||Debbi||female||Powell River|
|No Show||Stapleton||Alyssa||female||Powell River|
|No Show||Stogre||Catherine||female||Powell River|
|No Show||Strickland||David||male||Powell River|
|No Show||Tait||Debbie||female||Powell River|
|No Show||taves||jeremy||male||Powell river|
29 April 2012 - Starter Photo
Report: The 19th annual Marathon Shuffle brought out the participants in droves. This year a record number of 124 participants braved a dampish marine cloud that had lowered itself over Powell Lake and environs. But what was misty in the morning turned into bright sunshine in the afternoon. The Shuffle, an increasingly popular rite of spring hosted by the Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society (1992) and their friends, is a hike or a run on a 29-kilometre long section of the Sunshine Coast Trail from Malaspina Road near Lund to the Shingle Mill pub and bistro on Powell Lake. A Half Shuffle from Wilde/Tomkinson roads is also becoming a favourite with the crowds.
More than thirty people came from out of town, some from Vancouver Island, many from the Lower Mainland, but some as far away as Prince George and Canmore, Alberta to enjoy the local amenities for the weekend. A good many of them were members of Club Fat Ass, which has supported the event for a good many years, and helps promote it with the running fraternity outside of Powell River,
As in previous years the month leading up to the Shuffle was a busy one for the maintenance crews that spent approximately 250 man-hours teasing the route into shape. After two late winter storms a fair number of trees had been blown over and needed to be bucked and moved off the trail. Then the salal whackers went to work and groomed the trail so that wet branches and fronds would not touch the legs and shoes of the athletes to help keep their feet dry. More red metal squares were added this year to ensure folks could always see the next marker ahead. At junctions more signage was put up, and orange arrows were sprayed on the ground to take the guesswork out of which way to go.
Now folks can simply head out to Malaspina Road and do a Shuffle at their own leisure, or up Wilde Road to do the less strenuous, but no less equally beautiful Half Shuffle along the Sliammon Lakes and over panoramic Scout Mountain. We received many positive comments after the event. We do appreciate getting constructive feedback that helps us improve as we strive to become a world-class destination.
A Thank You ad will be published separately in the Powell River Peak newspaper, a gesture of PRPAWS’ sincere appreciation of the many volunteers and donors who helped make this year’s Shuffle the record-smashing success that it was.
The top three male and female finishers were:
Chris Bratseth (Powell River) 2:54:46 (new record – male)
Nadine Butler (Terrace) 3:04:50 (new record – female)
Stephanie Smith (Richmond) 3:06:09
Carlie Smith (Vancouver) 3:10:02
Alston Miller (Powell River) 3:20:10
Sawyer Gowan (Powell River) 3:26:07 (new record – 19 and under)
Numerous participants also set new personal bests.
And many of the folks who were out for a Sunday hike to take pictures of spring unfolding found orchids, birds, frogs and many other interesting subjects along the way. It was a great day to take in the smells, sounds, sights, and for some, the touches and tastes of what the pioneers called “the jungles”.
For later this August we have begun exploring the feasibility of hosting a low-key relay that will stretch the length of the Sunshine Coast Trail from Sarah Point in Desolation Sound to Saltery Bay at the mouth of Jervis Inlet, 180 km of coastal terrain. At this point we are talking about teams of six, with each leg being roughly 30 km long, but we are still in the musing stages, and don’t know whether there would be any interest in participating in such an event. If you are interested let the conversation begin.
Results. Please let us know if you find any mistakes, wrong times, distances, mispelled names, etc.
|85||Jonathan van Wiltenburg||Full||30-39||M||3:58:18|
|19||Ana Clara Maria Arantes||Full||20-29||F||4:46:16|
|89||Rudi van Zwaaij||Full||50-59||M||6:09:08|
|120||Charlotte Styles||Full||70 better||F||6:17:29|
|83 (1)||Erik Jackson||Half||19-younger||M||2:26:16|
|82 (2)||Johanna Jackson||Half||19-younger||F||3:31:44|
|84 (3)||Sarah Sadler||Half||19-younger||F||3:31:53|
|2||Michael (Jack) Darling||60-69||M||DNS|
17 April 2011 - Starter Photo
Report: On Sunday, April 17 nearly 90 participants gathered for the 18th Marathon Shuffle. The event drew hikers and runners from as far away as Denver, Colorado, and Kelowna, but the vast majority came from Powell River, many of them first time participants. This was the best turn out we have ever had, and the sunny day surely had something to do with that. Some early flowers were just beginning to appear, but as far as reports have it, no one went swimming this year.
Over 50 registered for the Full Shuffle, while another 35 began the Half Shuffle at the Wilde/Tomkinson road crossing. A few shuffled but did not sign in.
Results. coming soon.
Please let us know if you find any mistakes, wrong times, distances, mispelled names, etc. Some Half Shufflers did not sign in at the start and are missing from this list. Please contact us to get your results up.
|Bib #||Name||Age Group||Distance||Gender||Total|
|44||Alston Miller||Full 30-39 M||Full||M||3:01:17|
|12||Steve Beck||Full 50-59 M||Full||M||3:18:03|
|45||Kevin Sigouin||Full 30-39 M||Full||M||3:18:04|
|38||Byron Fader||Full 30-39 M||Full||M||3:24:30|
|31||Shelley Armitage||Full 30-39 F||Full||F||3:31:26|
|56||Graham kerr||Full 30-39 M||Full||M||3:55:05|
|48||Saravie Brewer||Full 20-29 F||Full||F||3:57:00|
|22||Valda smith||Full 50-59 F||Full||F||4:06:48|
|35||Jamie Burt||Full 30-39 M||Full||M||4:14:22|
|28||Rod Perrault||Full 40-49 M||Full||M||4:14:22|
|29||Tony Rice||Full 40-49 M||Full||M||4:14:22|
|15||Scott Fisher||Full 50-59 M||Full||M||4:14:22|
|21||Victor Sarnowski||Full 50-59 M||Full||M||4:57:08|
|49||Maralie Brewer||Full 20-29 F||Full||F||4:58:55|
|4||Wayne Brewer||Full 60-69 M||Full||M||4:58:55|
|23||Wendy Thomas||Full 50-59 F||Full||F||5:05:40|
|36||Aaron Dovauo||Full 30-39 M||Full||M||5:08:21|
|30||Trisha Thomas||Full 40-49 F||Full||F||5:08:21|
|3||Jill brewer||Full 60-69 F||Full||F||5:29:50|
|13||Diana Bloom||Full 50-59 F||Full||F||5:37:55|
|11||Eleanor Sinclair||Full 60-69 F||Full||F||5:37:55|
|14||Georgie Brewer||Full 50-59 F||Full||F||5:38:49|
|6||Alex combe||Full 60-69 M||Full||M||5:51:28|
|26||Meghan McAllister||Full 40-49 F||Full||F||5:57:10|
|34||Karin Burnikell||Full 30-39 F||Full||F||5:57:58|
|42||Christie Lepitre||Full 30-39 F||Full||F||5:57:58|
|46||Shay Wilson||Full 30-39 M||Full||M||6:00:08|
|43||Angus Mclellan||Full 30-39 M||Full||M||6:00:09|
|9||Ron Sellers||Full 60-69 M||Full||M||6:11:50|
|18||Suzanne McBride||Full 50-59 F||Full||F||6:43:22|
|19||Tom McBride||Full 50-59 M||Full||M||6:45:23|
|50||Raimund Guse||Full 20-29 M||Full||M||6:45:24|
|2||Charlotte Styles||Full 70+ F||Full||F||6:55:12|
|41||Emma Larocque||Full 30-39 F||Full||F||6:57:40|
|25||Matt Larocque||Full 40-49 M||Full||M||6:57:40|
|7||Murray Dobbin||Full 60-69 M||Full||M||6:58:27|
|16||Ellen Gould||Full 50-59 F||Full||F||6:58:38|
|71||Shirley Zystra||Full 50-59 F||Full||F||6:58:58|
|1||Ann Innes||Full 70+ F||Full||F||7:00:22|
|8||Phil Kemp||Full 60-69 M||Full||M||7:20:45|
|10||Penny Shillingford||Full 60-69 F||Full||F||7:21:45|
|27||Nadia Morrison||Full 40-49 F||Full||F||7:34:45|
|17||Mardi Lavertu||Full 50-59 F||Full||F||7:34:45|
|68||Bobbie Warman||Half 20-29 F||Half||F||4:37:30|
|78||Grant Findlay||Half 30-39 M||Half||M||1:37:00|
|77||Lisa Skinner||Half 40-49 F||Half||F||1:54:50|
|51||Diana Caldarone||Half 20-29 F||Half||F||1:59:54|
|76||Rosalyn Culos||Half 30-39 F||Half||F||2:02:54|
|59||Suzette Narbonne||Half 40-49 F||Half||F||2:03:00|
|58||Steve Merrick||Half 40-49 M||Half||M||2:03:00|
|57||William Langlands||Half 50-59 M||Half||M||2:12:20|
|54||Tricia Cox||Half 30-39 F||Half||F||2:16:23|
|66||Kenneth Taylor||Half 30-39 M||Half||M||2:41:27|
|52||Jessica Chiles||Half 20-29 F||Half||F||2:42:05|
|32||Danielle Bratseth||Half 30-39 F||Half||F||2:42:05|
|83||Shana Marfell||Half 30-39 F||Half||F||2:42:05|
|69||Adam Watchorn||Half 30-39 M||Half||M||2:42:05|
|84||Meeker Howey||Half 50-59 F||Half||F||2:42:05|
|82||Doug Brown||Half 50-59 M||Half||M||2:42:20|
|64||Lynda Sowerby||Half 50-59 F||Half||F||2:43:20|
|73||Glen Higgins||Half 50-59 M||Half||M||2:43:20|
|75||Sandra Morales||Half 20-29 F||Half||F||2:59:35|
|74||Elena Senilova||Half 40-44 F||Half||F||2:59:35|
|24||Russell Brewer||Half 40-49 M||Half||M||2:59:35|
|60||Nicole Narbonne||Half 50-59 F||Half||F||3:06:53|
|80||Sarah Langlands||Half 50-59 F||Half||F||3:06:53|
|65||Elise Statham||Half 20-29 F||Half||F||3:07:55|
|79||Josh Statham||Half 20-29 M||Half||M||3:07:55|
|53||Kate Cooper||Half 50-59 F||Half||F||4:00:29|
|85||Doug Cooper||Half 50-59 M||Half||M||4:00:29|
|55||Brad Gaebel||Half 20-29 M||Half||M||4:37:30|
|63||Karen Skadsheim||Half 40-49 F||Half||F||4:50:15|
|62||Suzan Roos||Half 50-59 F||Half||F||4:50:15|
|67||Eagle Walz||Half 60-69 M||Half||M||Sweep|
|47||Ashley Bolden||Full 20-29 F||Custom||F|
|40||Hilary Kemp||Full 30-39 F||Custom||F|
|72||Laura Segouin||Full 30-39 F||Custom (first half)||F||2:20:57|
|5||Anne Combe||Full 60-69 F||Custom||F|
|70||Doug Hudson||Full 60-69 M||Custom||M|
|39||Krzysztof Grzywniak||Full 30-39||M||DNS|
|33||Kyla Bremner||Full 30-39 F||F||DNS|
|20||Allan McMordie||Full 50-59 M||M||DNS|
|61||Janet Newbury||Half 30-39 F||F||DNS|
|81||Vanessa Starrow||Half F||F||DNS|
25 April 2010 - Starter Photo
Report: What a great day it was. The Marathon Shuffle on the Sunshine Coast is quickly proving to be one of the more popular Club Fat Ass events. After a cold and rainy Saturday, the monsoons stopped shortly after the start to see a record field of over 75 Shufflers off to explore the beautiful Sunshine Coast Trail, the trail work and new shelters by Eagle and his friends. We hope that the attention will help to stop the clearcut logging of the old growth forest. Mark this event on your calendar for next year.
Results. Please let us know if you find any mistakes, wrong times, distances, mispelled names, etc. Some Half Shufflers did not sign in at the start and are missing from this list. Please contact us to get your results up.
|First Name||Last Name||City||Distance||Time|
|Valda||Smith||powell river bc||29km||03:58|
|Eric||McClinchey||powell river bc||29km||06:20|
The Marathon Shuffle on the Sunshine Coast Trail has a long history in our house. ActionJackson is intimately familiar with it, having attempted to run the trail in its entire length - 180km - in 2003 and again in 2004. This story has been featured in Shay Wilson and Angus McLellan's documentary, XS-NRG and if you can make the next screening, I can highly recommend it.
Mercifully, the Marathon Shuffle only covers 29km of the Sunshine Coast Trail from Malaspina Road just south of Lund to the Shingle Mill Pub in Powell River. Since Ean's attempt on the full 180km we have made the trip to the Shuffle a few times, but having kids in tow who were able to hike the 12km Half Shuffle, but not quite yet the full enchilada, I was never able to participate in the long course. This year, the run attracted a few out-of towners, among them said film makers, Shay and Angus, who were in town for the world premier of their documentary. They also signed up for the Half Shuffle and offered to drag my kids along...I was free to run the Full Shuffle...but was I ready?
As the hail and cold rain pounded down on Saturday, I questioned my sanity. I hadn't run more than 2 hours in one stretch for a while and my training was rather sporadic...more centered around "I should let that Achilles tendon heal and not run, but ok, I'll join you for 3 hours...". We stayed with North Shore Rescue's Alan McMordie, who has a cabin on Okeoverarm just down from the start of the Shuffle. I was happy to watch the weather from the warm living room, but Alan dragged Ean, Erik and me out on a little walk around the peninsula before we headed to the Patricia Theater to take in the movie (more about that in another post). Seeing the trail in the documentary, got me psyched...still the rains were coming down and not very encouraging.
The morning dawned with yet more rain. I got Ean and the kids off in time to meet Shay and Angus to carpool to the respective starts (the Half Shuffle starts at roughly km 17 of the Full Shuffle). Lots of logistics, but it all worked out. Because Alan and I were so close to the start, we ended up almost missing it - unexpectedly, Eagle had all the car poolers lined up in time for the 9:00am start. It was still drizzling when we set out on the single track trail, but the temperature was considerably warmer than the day before.
I fell in with a group of women, who were about my speed and pushed eagerly up the mossy trail. Should I hang on or should I fall back to adjust my pace to my lack of training... I decided the latter and soon found myself alone. The trail was perfectly marked with permanent trail markers (orange metal diamonds on trees) and beautiful wooden trail signs - a good thing since my course description was sitting forgotten in the car. After the first long uphill the trail followed a wider, muddy track down toward a lake. I heard voices in the distance, but didn't see anybody until reaching the first aidstation. It was great to see Tom Mills there, who covered multiple aidstations, took photos and somehow kept me up to date on the where abouts of Ean, who was also running the long course, and my kids
The rains had stopped and the forest started to steam. I was definitely overdressed in long tights and the yellow CFA shirt. Water droplets were glistening in the sunlight as I made my way past giant cedars and ancient Douglas firs. Some of the biggest trees even had names, carved on wooden signs. I never forget the frog concert when I approached Big Sliammon Lake.
Somewhere along the route Debbie Tait, who lived in Powell River all her life, but had never run the trail, caught up to me. She started running fairly recently, and inspired by Eagle and her dad, finally committed to explore the local trails and complete the Marathon Shuffle. Her company and our chit chat was certainly appreciated by me. We both didn't quite know how far away the "Half Point" aka 17km mark was as the route turned and twisted high above Appleton Canyon. How the trailbuilders had managed to rig up the beautiful bridges over the countless creeks is beyond me. Some of the spans could easily be considered art work. At a particular mystical spot along Appleton Creek a perfectly carved bench invited us to rest, but we pressed on... I had a ferry to catch. Weaving away from the canyon, we finally reached the 17km mark and another aidstation. A welcome sight, and those oranges were delicious.
The second half of the route was familiar to me. And oh, how I suddenly remembered how much more technical the path to the finish was from now on. The trail was still well defined and marked, yet more rooty, rocky and muddy. I also have the suspicion that there were more ups and downs. Time wise, I took about the same time for the first 17km than for the last 12km...of course, I hadn't trained the distance and started to feel a bit tight in my hips. It was also a bad day for my asthma...and I forgot or lost the inhaler.
There were lots of ups and downs along Little Sliammon Lake before finally reaching the new shelter and another aidstation. The cheerful guys there had built a fire and looked ready to settle down. After a brief discussion around finding the correct trail - the old trail that I remembered was gone and in that direction loomed a huge, sad clearcut - we settled on the new trail parallel to the scar in the forest. This used to be my favorite grove on the Half Shuffle. I remembered hiking it with my kids the first year we had come up. Eagle had told us that the ribbons around the trees meant they were marked for logging. I was very happy, when the trees were still there the following year...unfortunately they are gone now. Teasingly, the logging company had left a handful of giants behind. Vulnerably reminder, looking forlorn and surely going to be victims of the next wind storm. This is the reason, Eagle and the BOMB Squad guys are building and maintaining the Sunshine Coast Trail. Connecting the last groves of old growth stands, they hope the trail will bring the slaughter to the attention of more people...and once the trail is on the tourist map and known beyond Powell River it will be harder to just come in and tear the forest to pieces. For now, our little group, Gail and another guy had caught up to us, is shocked and unusually quiet.
Just before the last aid station Debbie started to charge ahead. I knew a big hill - Scout Mountain - was waiting to be climbed before the final descent to the Shingle Mill and I let her go. One step in front of each other, about ten false peaks before we finally reached the top and cherished the magnificent views across Powell Lake, the ocean and endless green hills. Hummingbirds buzzed my yellow shirt as I gingerly climbed over slippery, mossy rocks closer to the finish line. The sun was blazing down on Arbutus trees lining the bluffs. One last short hill on a gravel road through a former clear cut. When I had been here for the first time, only little shrubs covered the scar in the landscape, now the trees were several meters high.
One last turn on a single track zig zag downhill. My watch told me that I had 5 min to finish in under 6 hours. My legs told me to walk... I passed a pair of Half Shuffle hikers and their tiredness gave me the last push of energy. I reached the finish, Eagle's table with trophies in the Shingle Mill parking lot, with 3 minutes to spare. Both my kids and Action Jackson were happily greeting me. Yeah! We all made it and will sure be back next year.
Starter Photo: 75 Starters
|BLISTERING PACE: Kevin Sigouin dashes toward the Sutherland Avenue station before heading up Scout Mountain and the finish of the 29-kilometre Marathon Shuffle. Siguoin set a new record and captured the Tom Mills Marathon Shuffle trophy on April 25.|
Results - Marathon Shuffle 29 km on SCT from Malaspina Road to Shingle Mill
|First Name||Last Name||Age||Event||RUN Time||Top Five|
|Sweeping on SCT from Malaspina to Wilde Rd: Scott Glaspey and Eagle Walz|
|Results - Half Marathon Shuffle 12 km on SCT from Wilde Road to Shingle Mill|
|First Name||Last Name||Age||Event||RUN Time||Top Five|
|Jan||Del Mistro||50-59||12km||2:31||2nd female|
|Charlie||Siegler||under 19||12km||5:34||4th male|
|* DNR denotes Did Not Register that information|
|Sweeping on SCT from Wilde Road to Sutherland:|
John McGrath and Angus
McLellan took back the Tom Mills men’s trophy to Vancouver with them. Powell
River’s own Val Smith turned in the fastest woman’s performance hard on the
heels of the two ultra-marathoners, and will collect the trophy for that
astonishing feat. Doug Hudson, not far behind, produced the fastest time for a
male runner from Powell River.
Clusters of shufflers
stopped at the vistas and took in the fabulous scenery, or the ladyslipper
orchids (calypsos), growing at the edge of the well-marked trail. There was
something for everybody. At Little Sliammon Lake, the boardwalk, bridge,
swimming dock, toilet, picnic table and shelter constructed there in the spring
by the BOMB Squad and PR PAWS astonished everyone passing through the new
John McGrath 4:16
Angus McLellan 4:16
Val Smith 4:35
Doug Hudson 5:00
Gail Swanson 5:05
Richie Tait 5:45
Marg Reckenberg 5:46
Ron Sellers 6:00
Lita Biron 6:11
Shay Wilson 6:50
Vanessa Fors 6:50
Phil Kemp 6:53
Jill Brewer 6:53
Craig Brownhill 7:01
Yvonne Langkjar 7:01
Mardi Lavirtue 7:09
Mary Miller 7:09
Susan Hill 7:30
Mia Jongkind 7:30
Joe Tait 7:30
Bruce MacDonald 7:35
Anita MacDonald 7:35
Rudi Vanzwaaij 7:49
Eagle Walz 7:49
participants were Bill Price, Eric McClinchey, Will Langlands, Janet May, Margot
Glaspey, Susan Hainstock, Bill Chrysler, Shirley Zylstra, Carol Sellers, Ann
Innes and Bob Innes.
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When we recently were in touch with Tom Mills who was at the finish line when the first runners came through, he remembered distinctly that Ean Jackson and John McGrath came in together with a time of 3 hours 59 minutes, and 20 seconds. That is the first sub-four hour result for the Marathon Shuffle, and a record that still stands. Doug Hudson came in third, and was the first Powell River runner to reach the finish line.
On Saturday, April 29 PRPAWS, together with the Powell River Hiking Club and the BOMB Squad hosted the 13th annual Marathon Shuffle. Though most of the record number of 47 participants was hikers, about half a dozen were trail runners. Ean Jackson of North Vancouver, and Dennis Morgan of Kelowna set a new record for the 29 km long Sunshine Coast Trail section from Malaspina Road to the Shinglemill in 4:08 hours, and shared the brand-new Marathon Shuffle trophy.
Running conditions were ideal, dry, with cool overcast skies, which turned sunny by mid-afternoon. At checkpoints along the way, volunteers that also provided an out for those needing to exit provided participants with drinks and nourishments. The majority of trekkers covered the distance in seven to eight hours.
Some hikers completed a Half Marathon Shuffle, starting at the Sliammon Lakes section up Wilde Road and enjoying a more leisurely pace. Spring flowers were out in bloom, and one group of hikers saw a trio of baby bears galloping off into the bushes. At the finish, all were treated to refreshments at the Shinglemill.
In 1992 a handful of outdoor enthusiasts realized that there was a vanishing amount of accessible old growth left on the Upper Sunshine Coast and formed the Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society (PRPAWS). We envisioned a ribbon of old growth in time that will encompass the Sunshine Coast Trail, and provide access to breathtaking examples of temperate rainforest, the northern jungles.
PRPAWS has worked together with the BOMB Squad, a group of retired gents who also build trails and marvels of wooden bridges. This has helped make maintenance and enhancement of the trail much easier.
Photo: Shangri-La, a new picnic shelter with outhouse, campsite, swimming dock and bridge at Little Sliammon Lake. As of Spring 2013 we have built nine huts all along the length of the Sunshine Coast Trail, with one more shelter in the early planning stages. The Shangri-La picnic shelter was built together with the BOMB Squad and support from Tla'amin Timber Products in 2008; It will be a refreshment station during the Marathon Shuffle.
We realized early on that to gain acceptance for this trail in the community we had to show what marvelous features existed in our back country. To this end we have hosted hikes, work parties, grand openings of trails, and potlucks - and yes, the annual Marathon Shuffle. The new trails quickly became popular with the public since they allowed people entry into areas which were until then accessed only by bushwhackers or loggers.
Attendance at the annual rite of spring varied in the early years from 30 to 50 participants. In recent years with the exposure brought by the website, Club Fat Ass and other groups and individuals more runners have participated. In 2012, 124 hikers and runners hit the trail, the majority of them doing the longer 29 km course, while others chose to do the shorter 12 km long distance. While in the past trophies had been awarded, beginning in 2013, the fastest male and female runners, past and future, will be immortalized on a master trophy that will be displayed throughout the year at the Powell River Recreation Complex.
During the Full Shuffle you will also see the hut at Rieveley Pond, which is one of nine that PRPAWS has built in the last few years. They have sleeping lofts that can accommodate 8 to 12, with a trap door that can be closed at night for comfort and safety.
A Huge Thanks
to those who made the 20th Annual Marathon Shuffle a success:
PRPAWS - Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society - Event Host
2013 Corporate Donations:
PRPAWS - trail crews
BOMB Squad - Bloody Old Men's Brigade
Powell River Hikers and other volunteers
Thank you all for supporting the 20th Annual Marathon Shuffle!
If you'd like to support the Marathon Shuffle and our guests in some way, we'd love to have you on board. At the very least, we can promise you a place on this Thank You page and an ad in the Peak! Please contact us with your thoughts on how you'd like to participate in the 2014 Shuffle.
Question: How do I participate?
Answer: Participation is a two step process.
2. Sign In and Shuffle Bib Number pick up
Question: Where do I register on the day of the event?
Answer: If you register late, on the day of the Shuffle, please come early to the Shingle Mill parking lot because if many people don't register on-line it will delay a timely start of the run/hike. You will have to fill out a Last Minute Registration/Waiver. Then a Shuffle Bib Number will be assigned to you to help with the tracking as people move past the five checkpoints during the event. Remember - the best way to register is on line on the Club Fatass site.
Question: How long does it take to hike the whole 29 km? How about the 12 km Half Shuffle?
Answer: It takes between six to eight hours to hike the full 29 km, with six hours being a steady pace without much time spent taking breaks and smelling the orchids. Runners take between three to five hours. It takes a leisurely four or five hours or less to hike the Half Shuffle. Hiking the Half Shuffle is a great introduction to the Sunshine Coast Trail. It is is the preferred option for photographers or those people wishing to stop for a picnic and perhaps a swim at Sliammon Lake or at Shangri-La.
Question: What do I do if I decide not to complete the entire route?
Answer: It is very important that you turn your Shuffle Bib Number in to a volunteer or event official, either at a checkpoint, or at the finish line at the Shingle Mill. All participants will be tracked throughout the Shuffle by way of the run bib number - failure to turn in the run bib will cause event organizers to believe that you are still out on the course somewhere.
Question: How do I get from the Shingle Mill parking lot out to the start at Malaspina Road?
Answer: There will be a bus service, shuttling runners/hikers from the Shingle Mill to the start at Malaspina Road. The bus leaves between 7:30 and 7:45, or when full. There will be two forty-five passenger buses available on a first come, first serve basis. Over and above that participants will have to make their own car pooling arrangements.
Question: If I leave my car at Malaspina Road, how do I get back out there after the Shuffle?
Answer: There is no service to retrieve your vehicle. People should make these carpooling arrangements at the race sign in before the Shuffle.
Question: Is there any carpooling for the Half Shuffle?
Answer: Runners will need to make their own carpooling arrangements for the Half Shuffle.
Question: What's the registration fee?
Answer: There is no registration fee, but to raise funds for trail maintenance and improvements we encourage participants to make a donation, and to buy a Shuffle T-shirt, the proceeds of which get pumped back into trail maintenance and improvements 100%.
Question: How can I get a Shuffle T-shirt?
Answer: Shirts and other items will be available on a first come first serve basis at the finish line.
Question: How can I make a donation?
Answer: Make a cheque out to: PRPAWS, and mail it to: Box 345, Powell River, BC, V8A 5C2, or bring your cheque or cash to the Shuffle. You will be issued a tax receipt that will be mailed to you. Your donation will be used to maintain and improve the trail throughout the year. We are building more benches, picnic tables, swimming docks, camp sites, outhouses and shelters along the whole 180 km of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Your donation is an important component for the success of the SCT.
Visiting from out of town? Looking for a place to stay for the Marathon Shuffle? Here are just a few of the accommodations available in the Powell River area.
Lund Hotel - (604) 414-0474
Willingdon Beach Campsite - (604) 485-2242
Palm Beach Estates RV Park - (604) 414-8037
Seabreze Resort - (888) 771-7776
Saltery Bay Provincial Park - (800) 689-9025
Okeover Arm Provincial Park - closed until 15 May
SunLund RV Park & Campground - 604-483-9220
Townsite Accommodations, Eateries, Attractions (within walking distance of the Shingle Mill Pub and marshaling and finish line)
The Old Courthouse Inn - (877) 483-4777
- offering all rooms at a $10 discount for Marathon Shuffle participants. Their rates include a complimentary, full, hot breakfast in Edie Rae's Cafe.
Rodmay Hotel - (877) 483-7715
- offering group rates for Marathon Shuffle participants. 10% off for five rooms booked, 25% off for 10 rooms. Magpies Diner in house; cold wine & beer store attached.
Island View Lodge - (877) 483-3111
- 20 rooms available.
The Hub 101 Cafe, Bar & Bistro - (604) 483-2228
- nice location with an outdoor patio and big screen TV
The Granada Restaurant & Pizza - (604) 483-3333
Townsite Grocery - (604-483-4822)
The Patricia Theatre - (604)483-9945
- Canada's oldest continuously running theatre.
Townsite Brewing - (604)483-2111
- Craft brewery, award winning brew. See website for free tour & tasting times.
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