Beat the Bugs 2015 race review


Aileen leading the kids out on course for the kids race.

In stark contrast to how most of us are going to remember this summer, the 6th Annual Powerhouse Realty Beat the Bugs trail race was relatively cold, really rainy, and pretty darn muddy. Yet that didn’t stop 20 itty-bitty trail runners and over 90 adult-sized trail runners from coming out and showing us what they’re made of. This year’s event also needed a record number of volunteers out on course as marshals as the course took some really odd turns where one usually wouldn’t turn. Who designs these course anyway? So, thanks to everyone who volunteers this year!


Over 90 racers started this year’s Team Powerhouse Realty Beat the Bugs trail race in the pouring rain!!

This year’s top three finished for the men and women in the 5km and 10km distances, as well as the top two relay teams (there were only two entries) once again received chocolate awards from Ohh Chocolat Cafe. These seem to be quite popular for some reason…

In addition, we had a record number of prizes to give away to random runners this year from Stride & Glide Sports, Ohh Chocolat Cafe, Ruckus, and Cakewalk Desserts. A huge thanks goes out to our sponsors – without them we could not have pulled off this event once again!


Rudy showing is all how it’s done.

If you signed up online, you may have noticed that we were accepting donations for the trail builders at Otway Nordic Centre. We are happy to report that we raised $290 for the singletrack trails! This money will be used by the trail builders to maintain and update trails and the trail builders equipment. The funny thing is, we never told anyone at Otway that we were collecting the money, so they were quite surprised when we told them after! So, from all of us at the PG Road Runners, thank you so much for your generosity!


A couple of very happy finishers!

Finally, remember: If you raced Beat the Bugs, or any of our other events, we have free (gasp, FREE??) race photo’s that can be viewed and downloaded from our regular website ( Chris Budac has been relentless in his pursuit of the perfect race photo, and he really did outdo himself during Beat the Bugs this year, so be sure to go check out all his hard work.

See everyone next year, and happy running!



April 2015 update

Holy doodle, we’re already two races into our season: How did that happen? And what races they were too!

H5er_1March 29th, Heights Fiver

To kick off the season, the Heights Fiver has a new race director, Cam McNamara, who did an amazing job like we knew he would. The event saw a little over 80 runners and walkers come out for what was a bit of a rainy day, but wouldn’t you know it, as the race was about to start the rain tapered off, and stayed away right until the last runners crossed the line. I guess Mother Nature is a runner too! We also saw a lot of new faces this time around, which is fantastic. Thanks to Kool Kats Day Care for lending us their facilities once again!

RFRM_1April 19th, Run for Rural Medicine

Sunny skies, temperatures in the teens, and very little wind, this years’ Run for Rural Medicine may very well have had the warmest, nicest weather the event has ever seen. With over 160 people running the 5km, 10km, half marathon, plus a great kids 1km field, the Run for Rural Medicine was a huge success once again, raising a total of $708 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Prince George Branch. This event also has a new race director, Danuta Holm, who you may have seen the morning of the race as a blur as she ran around keeping everything running smoothly. A huge thank you to both of our seasonal sponsors, Team Powerhouse Realty and Stride & Glide Sports, along with Tim Hortons and Save-On-Foods for the food and coffee donations for this event.

The Gathering - 2015-01May 10th, The Gathering 5km Prediction Run

The next PGRR event is The Gathering 5km Prediction Run on May 10th at the Band Shell in Fort George Park. Last year was the first year that this event became a prediction run, where runners predict what time they will run the course in, and the person closest to their time (without running faster than their predicted time) wins! Just imagine a herd of runners all finishing together en masse. With prizes for closest prediction, along with other random giveaways, you will really want to take part in this very fun event. For more information, see the write-up on the PG Road Runners website for complete details (

Weekend Group Runs

Finally, the official PGRR group runs are starting up for a second year. Led once again by the fantastic and formidable Shelli Williams, the group runs are generally for those runners looking for a social group to run with on (mostly) trails once a week. Check out the PGRR calendar for a complete list of times and places that the weekend group runs take place (

Happy running!

Spring in Prince George – one runner’s perspective

The running season has arrived in full force here in Prince George. And with it many other spring past times. T’is the season for complaining about potholes, admiring large potholes, cheering upon successful maneuvering around potholes, and wondering (out loud if possible) when the City will fill all these darned potholes. Also, dog poop. Dog poop everywhere. Dog poop that slowly unfreezes after a winter of fermenting at the top of that one hill that always makes you question why you choose to run this route. Why dammit?! I bet that dog watches everyone running that hill and thinks, “Yes, that is where I will do my business. Then I’ll just sit here and watch everyone breathe it in.” Jerk.

But I digress. Yes fellow runners, spring is definitely here. And what a spring it is! When is the last time you’ve seen this little snow at the end of March? I’ll tell you when, 2010…I think. I don’t know actually. My parents are the ones that keep track of that type of thing. One thing is for certain though; we’re going to be on the trails a whole lot earlier this year.

Like most people up here in Prince George, I get pretty darned excited about spring. Let’s face it, there are a lot of wonderful things to get excited about! New running shoes (road and trail, of course), new running clothes, and a plethora of other new, random, running products. Headphones, hand held water bottles, water bottle vests, vests with water bladders that go around your waist. I’m waiting for the ultra runners equivalent of the beer helmet. Although, knowing ultra runners, they would just fill it with beer anyway.

Spring also brings one of my other favourite things…mud! Wonderful, beautiful, dirty, goopy mud. To me, mud is merely a challenge from Mother Nature. A challenge I whole-heartedly accept and participate in. That challenge is: how muddy can you get your running partners? I have written about this before in one of our old PGRR newsletters. If I ever invite you to go for a trail run, I highly suggest you read that article first. It just might save your clean shoes’ and clothes’ lives…Incidentally, my wife is my main trail running partner. How am I still married?


Lights on the run

We just finished with the 3rd Annual Candy Cane Lane run.  On December 16th, a large crowd of family and friends took off from the parking lot of Stride and Glide Sports.  The gaggle wound their way up to Candy Cane Lane and took in the lights.

Obviously in its 3rd year, this is now becoming a tradition for many.  Is there a better way to view the lights than by foot?  Seriously?  At least not for me there isn’t.  Other than the lights, it truly is a way for folks to casually meet for an evening run to socialize.  What was especially neat was seeing the families that came out.  I am sure the younger kids will remember running with their parents into their adult lives.

The first couple of years a few friends humoured me in taking our weekly run out to find the lights.  Literally trying to find the lights was the name of the game.  Nobody really knew where Candy Cane Lane was!  Kind of embarrassing but I’ll admit it.  We finally got educated and in 2012 went out with our Santa Hats and pockets full of candy canes.

I hope everybody enjoyed stretching their legs while taking in the lights.  We won’t always have great weather but the warm smiles and good company melts any ice away.  If you can’t get to a destination get-away you might as well enjoy a lightbulb tan courtesy of the Candy Cane Lane displays!

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Photo credit: Shayne Hoehn
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Photo credit: Kevin Grigg
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‘Tis the Season to carbo-load

It’s officially the holidays, fellow runners. A time to relax with friends and family, drink something of the nog variety, and give and receive secret Santa gifts that you will immediately put on a shelf under the stairs in the basement, only to be given away at next years Christmas office party. And it is a time to eat. A lot.

Now, I’m not sure about you, but most of my non-running friends think that because I’m a runner, I must eat super-duper healthy. Generally, they seem to think that I eat things like aancient grains Cheerios and/or gently massaged blocks of tofu while drinking nothing but free-range water sourced from the far reaches of the Robson River. Even though Ancient Grains Cheerios may actually be a thing now (or so I read), this is not the case.

In actuality, I pretty well eat whatever gets put in front of me, or beside me. Or anywhere in the vicinity of me. At this time of year I usually hear things like, “Hey, you’re a runner. At least you can eat that a get away with it.”, “I wish I could eat all that and not gain 20 pounds!”, and “Stop taking food from my plate, Dennis.” I love this time of year, although that last one I usually hear year-round.

The thing is, once I got back into running, I started looking at this time of year as the ‘fueling season’. The time of year I carbo-load for all those races I’m going to sign up for in the new year, for all those marathons that I should do because, well, because it’s a marathon, and for all those long runs I plan on doing down Otway Road or up and down the Greenway in the spring. I like to be prepared.

So this year, when you’re putting down that third dessert in a row and thinking, “Must. Stop. Going. To. Explode.”, just think back to this article and remember that it’s OK. You’re a distance runner. Carbo-loading is a very important part of being a distance runner. Maybe even the most important part. I mean, without carbs we can’t run at all, right? Right? Please say I’m right.

Now, where did I put my 1.5 litre eggnog holder…

I ran up Mt. Robson so I could grow a beard

Let me start by saying that I am not a fan of running really long distances. That’s not to say that I don’t agree with the idea or practice. Rather, my body does not agree with it. In contrast, I have noticed that my body does agree with growing lots of facial hair. Facial hair that I am not allowed to grow due to my wife’s fear that I will end up looking like this.

Now, like most dudes who have the ability to grow facial hair faster than the music industry can pump out pop stars, I really wanted to grow a beard just once. Once! That’s all I asked for. But alas, it was not to happen…or so I thought. My wife Shar knows that I will never be an ultra runner, or anything that resembles one. So when I asked if I could grow a beard for three months if I ran an ultra, Shar immediately said sure, giggled at the prospect, shook her head, and walked away. In retrospect, sometimes I can be a special kind of dumb.

The gorgeous Mt. Robson Marathon is listed as being 44km from the Visitor Centre to the Robson Pass campground at the far end of Berg Lake, and return. Many will say that it’s not actually that long though, to which I say, shut the hell up Reid. You see, 44km is longer than 42.2km, and anything over 42.2km is technically an ultra…technically.

The short version of the discussion, which took place sometime in May of 2014, is as follows:
Me: “Ultra’s are over a marathon, right?”
Shar (look of distrust): “Yes…”
Me: “Marathon’s are 42.2km, right?”
Shar (look of annoyance): “Yes…”
Me: “Mt. Robson Marathon is 44km, so technically it’s an ultra.”
Shar: “Ok then.”

It seems she never thought I’d sign up for the race, so when I did, Shar’s first words were…oh, hmm, I guess I shouldn’t repeat them here. Needless to say, she was surprised. More because she felt that if I did the race, she had to as well. The funny thing was, I wasn’t worried at all. Since we’d already ran up to the edge of Berg Lake and back from the Visitor Centre a couple years previous, I thought, “Hey, no problem! That beard’s as good as mine!” Sigh…

Well, as this post is getting a bit long in the tooth, let me be frank. It hurt. A lot. It was a flippin’ hot day, I ate a lot of gels and chews, drank a LOT of water and sport drink, and I may have ate a bug on the way up because I was breathing too hard and sucked it in. Also, I had a mental temper tantrum with about 7km to go. If I could have quit right there on the spot, I would have.  Unfortunately in this race (or fortunately for my future beard), once you get half way, you have no choice but to finish.

So, in the end I finished the race in 5:22. There was an embarrassing amount of walking on sections that may or may not be considered inclines. There was an evil photographer at around the 3km to go mark that insisted on taking my picture while I tried to make it up a small hill. If you know where to look on the event website, you can find that picture…I’m not posting it here.

So there you have it. One of the silliest reasons to run a marathon, and I’ll probably do it again.

I may have to…

The Beard

2014 Sally Rowe Memorial Achievement Award

Every year, the PGRR board members get to choose someone that has shown considerable success in achieving their own personal goals. These people are always hard working, inspiring, and more often than not far happier than the average runner in a race. This year is no exception.

Coral Edmonds has come out to many PGRR events over the past few years, running 5km’s, 8km’s, and 10km events on both road and trail. If there was ever a person who epitomizes what it means to be a runner, it’s Coral. The vote was unanimous among the board members, and if you’ve ever spoken with Coral, you know why.

Congratulations Coral!

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