2016 marked the 10th Anniversary of Totem to Totem and it was quite the celebration. Records fell in the Women’s 10km, the Women’s half-marathon and the Women’s marathon. A new record was also set in the men’s half-marathon, which had an exciting tie for first place. The overall winner in the 2016 marathon was a woman. We had more registrants than ever before, more than 170. A total 154
participants for our three events came to the start line and every one who came out to walk or run crossed the finish line.
No party is complete without special guests. Olympic gold medalist Clara Hughes and her husband Peter Guzman, who were visiting Haida Gwaii, came out to volunteer added to the celebration of the day. Clara and Peter came out to volunteer. Mr. Guzman cycled part of the race course, inspiring the runners, while Clara Hughes, after helping with race preparation, walked the 10 km with May Russ of
Old Massett and then welcomed runners at the finish line, handing out the beautiful Robert Davidson medals. She also made the presentations to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each event. Robert Davidson, whose ongoing support for T2T is deeply appreciated. was also on hand. Mr. Davidson ran the 10 km event again this year.
Besides the event records, there were many personal bests on the day and as always the local component of the race was evident with friends and families coming out to participate, run their events and have fun. Congratulations to everyone!