Totem to Totem Marathon : Saturday, July 20, 2013
The sixth Totem to Totem Marathon, Half Marathon and 10 km run are behind us now. But as I reflect on the 2013 events, I hope it is a sign of things to come. More people competed this year in the marathon and half-marathon events with 15 marathoners and 26 half-marathoners. Fourteen (14) competed in the 10km.
The trend of having runners from other parts of Canada – and the world – continued in 2013 as we had participants from Australia, the Phillippines, New York, California, Ontario, Alberta, B.C. and, of course Haida Gwaii. What made this year special was not only that we had runners returning to compete in the events, but that records fell as everyone seemed to up their game a notch. It wasn’t only the course records which were bettered, it was the personal records as well. Friends came out to run with friends and support each other.
A part of me wants to single out every runner for their individual achievement – the list would be long and impressive. Records fell in the men’s marathon, the men’s and women’s half-marathon and the men’s 10 km. I believe it can only get better. We had three first time marathoners who finished with a time better than their expectations going into the race. We had runners who moved up from the 10 km to participate in their first half-marathon and runners who returned to run the half with new personal bests. The 10K had returnees and new competitors, but I have to say – Gentleman come out and run the 10 km! The women outnumbered the men 2 to 1 in the 10K.
A personal best isn’t always a matter of the time on the clock, it’s just getting out there and doing it and for that I give a special nod to Tawni Davidson who came out and ran her first half-marathon. She finished with the support of her friends and family. When she was out there on the course on her own she had three words written on her arm to inspire her to keep going: “I can run.”
The first goal of running a race is to show up, the second is to finish upright and healthy. Everyone who participated this year achieved those goals in part because of good training and clear determination and, in part, because of the volunteers who were on the course to support the runners. A Big Thanks to all the volunteers who came out. It’s great that you’re there and this race could not happen without you. The runners were especially grateful to the people at the water stations and those who cycled and drove the race route making sure they were all okay. And we, as the organizers, know we could not do it without you. Howa’a.
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Save the Date
The Totem to Totem Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10 km race
July 19, 2014
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A special thanks to Yves Leterme, master calligrapher from Belgium, who helped to re-design the 2013 T2T logo. It’s not a font – it’s handwritten!
Potenciano Larrazabal came from the Phillippines. He came third and got a personal best time. Peter Burns, from Delta, came second in the marathon, achieved a personal best and qualified for the Boston Marathon. Richard Jones, from Queen Charlotte City who won the men’s marathon. He improved his time from last year by almost seven minutes and set a new T2T marathon record. The women also ran an impressive race. Erin Barclay and Suzanne Leblanc both had sub-four marathons and both may have qualified for Boston. It was the first marathon for Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson , James Thompson and Alvaro Palazuelos. All three finished.
The Half-Marathon was equally exciting. Angela Gross of Queen Charlotte City won the women’s race, while Stephen Ptucha of Richmond, last year’s men’s marathon winner, won the men’s. Both Angela and Stephen’s times were new T2T half-marathon records. Robin Rorick of Skidegate moved up from the 10 km race and took second place in the men’s event, while Colin McKay of Richmond, who was fifth last year, came in third.
This year’s 10 km run was won by MP Nathan Cullen with a new course record of 37:13. Ian Benoit of Queen Charlotte was second at 49:16; Johnny Smith of Skidegate was third with a time of 1:04:01. Julie Iverson of Vancouver won the women’s event at 50:39. Robyn Boese of Queen Charlotte was a very close second at 50:40; third was Cathy Baran of Sandspit at 55:21.
Local Highlights from T2T 2013
Richard Jones – the first local runner to win the marathon and set a course record.
Angela Gross – the first local woman to win the half-marathon and set a new course record.
It was the first marathon for James Thompson and Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson
It was the first half-marathon for Robin Rorick, Tawni Davidson and Natalie Pearson, all of whom had previously competed in the 10 km. It was also the first T2T half-marathons for Patrick Higgins and Matthew Zuccolo
Ben Davidson and Vanessa Bellis, who had previously run the full marathon, also ran their first T2T half-marathons.
Stephen Tollas of Skidegate had a personal best with a time of 2:19:07, knocking 17 minutes off of last year’s time.