Training Run — May 3

Grouse Moun­tain to Moun­tain High­way Return, 14 Km

Ooohhhh that felt sooooo gooood to be on the trail today! There’s noth­ing quite like the first Knee Knacker train­ing run of the season to get excited and pumped up. And how about that weather? After so many days of sun­shine and then last night having it pour like crazy and then this morn­ing waking up to sun­shine, we couldn’t have asked for any­thing better. It seems the trail barely got wet and the cool breeze kept the air nice and fresh for us.

And what a turnout we had for the first run of our 21st year. In spite of the Van­cou­ver Marathon today we had what I recall is a record turnout of “about 65” run­ners today, accord­ing to our race direc­tor Kelsy Trigg. I was quite sur­prised by the num­bers and am won­der­ing how many we’ll have on future runs con­sid­er­ing this. That’s pretty much double what I’m used to seeing at this point.

It was very nice to have Kelsy out to do a meet and greet and begin her train­ing for the race this year. This will be her first run­ning of the Knee Knacker in many years and I know she’s happy to be back at it. We also had Trail Coor­di­na­tor Rod Hat­full from the orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee. And a past race direc­tor, Michael Wardas was out to stretch his legs. Not to men­tion of course many of the reg­u­lars too. There were a few new­bies as usual but it seems that every­one was paired up with expe­ri­enced run­ners so I was a tiny bit less con­cerned than usual that people would be get­ting seri­ously off course. But, alas, Monty B. was there to chal­lenge the strict route takers although I didn’t hear of any mis­giv­ings from that group

Speak­ing of Monty, I hope he’s okay after an abrupt meet­ing with a metal post stick­ing out of the trail right at the Moun­tain High­way turn around. He was right behind me and then all of a sudden I turned around to see blood gush­ing from his leg. I guess it’s never too soon to test your­self but that’s going a bit far. With all of the typ­i­cal snow and weather and normal usage please keep in mind the trail is con­stantly chang­ing and will present new chal­lenges to us each time we go out there. And we’ll all be going right past that same spot next week.

Today I men­tioned to the group that the suc­cess of our train­ing runs has been due to every­one watch­ing out for one another and taking respon­si­bil­ity for them­selves. This is extremely impor­tant and is a mes­sage I will con­tinue to repeat. As long as we’re all in this together we can keep doing the train­ing runs the way they are. And you all promise to bring ample water and food and “just in case” money please. It may seem nice and safe being part of the Knee Knacker train­ing runs and hang­ing out with a great group of people, but, there is end­less oppor­tu­nity for the trail to jump up and bite you or send you off course espe­cially when we get into the longer runs.

At the pre-run meet­ing, John Machray pointed out that there is some change in the trail at McKay Creek. One of the sup­port­ing logs has fallen away to leave the trail even more pre­car­i­ous and narrow. It may be time to re-route that sec­tion but in the mean­time be pre­pared to go extra easy and watch your step.

Other than that it looked as though every­one was happy to be out there and ready to ramp it up for the next couple of months. Our next run is Grouse to Lynn Canyon Return. You can turn around at the Rice Lake park­ing area or you can go all the way to the build­ing and wash­rooms on the other side of the Sus­pen­sion Bridge as I usu­ally do.

See you next Sunday at 8:00.

Craig Moore, Train­ing Run Coor­di­na­tor
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