Two Nanaimo racers claimed the overall win at this year's Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race.
Justin Mark and Jeff Riemer finished the 50km paddle, run and bike race that took brave competitors over a mountain and into downtown Cumberland in an overall best time of 5:04:00 on Saturday.
The MOMAR event included a 10km paddle on Comox Lake, followed by an 11km dash through the Cumberland Lake Campground.
From there teams completed a 12km mountainbike ascent over 500m into the skyline before a run to the last mountainbike stage into downtown Cumberland. Knowledge in the art of orienteering was also required. Also competing from Nanaimo in the MOMAR were Wendy Simms and Norm Thibault, who finished second in the team of two co-ed category, or fourth overall.
"This year's iteration was right up our alley with a very exciting, physically demanding course," said Riemer in a written statement.
"Surprising ourselves on the paddle, we were third off the water. We ran a clean navigation on trek No. 1 through to bike stage No. 1, which is our favourite part by a long shot, where we tend to gain the most time."
Riemer and Mark won the event after a four-year hiatus from racing.
Their time was followed up by a 5:05:09 performance by Revelstoke's Bart Jarmula and Brad Crowe of Courtenay, who finished the race in 5:24:13.
"We took a conservative approach to the second trek and we lost 10 minutes to Bart [Jarmula], who is a friend, and one of the best adventure race navigators in Canada," said Mark. Carey Mark and Darren Seaman of Nanaimo finished ninth overall with a time of 6:06:32.
Many of the racers commented that the event was one of the best and toughest in MOMAR history.
The 35th MOMAR race through its 14 years in operation welcomed some 450 racers to the Cumberland event.
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