Highway 16 was home to a different type of traffic on Saturday, as runners took to the stretch of Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Terrace for the Skeena River Relay.
The 18th edition of the race featured 30 teams, or 300 runners, who ran the 142- kilometre route broken up into 10 stages.
Rated one of the most spectacularly scenic drives in the world, this race offers participants a whole new perspective on their surroundings, according to race organizer Bailey Wagner.
“The Skeena River is such a beautiful place to run. Most people aren’t going out on the highway alone to run along the river any other time, so to have the support vehicles and the crowd out there makes it really unique and fun,” she said.
The mixed category crown — and fastest team — went to Achilles Friendonitis, with the Terrace side blitzing to a final time of 10 hours and 44 seconds. They would be followed later by Give’r on the River, the Telkwa team coming in at 11 hours, 11 minutes and 50 seconds.
The open category was taken by the Kitimat Bastards, making them back-to-back winners. The team finished the course with a total time of 10 hours, 56 minutes and 21 seconds. The Swamp Donkeys out of Prince Rupert were close behind, clocking in at 11 hours, 15 minutes and six seconds.
In the women’s category, Upper Management from Smithers came out on top with their final runner crossing the finish line after 11 hours, 30 minutes and 29 seconds. Transcend Fitness out of Terrace finished in second place.
The Rupert Relics took the masters title back with a time of 14 hours, 16 minutes and five seconds. Prince Rupert’s The Average Antelopes took first in the corporate category with a time of 15 hours, 33 minutes and 53 seconds.
Runners were rewarded at day’s end with a well-deserved dinner, and many door prizes, at the Terrace Curling Club.
Alex Kurial | Sports Reporter
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