On Saturday, June 2, the 11th annual Skeena River Relay took place, with 32 teams making their way from Prince Rupert to Terrace along Highway 16, racing along the beautiful Skeena River.
The relay began in front of the Lester Centre of the Arts at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, and ended at the Kitsumkalum Hall in Terrace in the late afternoon.
The races course totals 140 kilometers, with teams having to run ten stages all together, with varied lengths ranging from 10 to 21 kilometers.
In the corporate category, Smithers team Stop, Drop and Run came in first place, completing the relay in 12:20:58 hours. Second place was awarded to Prince Rupert’s Northern Savings Fast Money, who completed in 13:49:07 hours.
First place in the master category went to the Rupert Relics, who finished in 11:29:08 hours, with Hazelton’s Skeena Steamers placing second with 14:27:38 hours.
In the mixed category, Prince Rupert’s own Swamp Donkeys took the gold position, with an impressive time of 10:48:11 hours, the only team to finish in less than eleven hours. Prince Rupert’s Pace Invaders earned themselves the silver position, finishing in 11:25:53 hours, with Smithers’ Are there Margarita’s at the End placing bronze with 11:42:31 hours.
Terrace team Skeena Expresso, who finished in 11:12:07 hours, earned first place in the open category, with Prince Rupert’s Running Sea Man placing second with 12:46:47. Fort McMurray team Tailwind placed third with 13:03:19.
In the women’s category, The Fast Women your Mother Warned you About from Smithers came first, with 11:51:02 hours. In second place was Terrace team Twisted Blisters, finishing in 12:46:03 hours, and third was Prince Rupert team Sounded Like a Good Idea, who finished in 13:19:08.
The overall winner was Prince Rupert’s own Swamp Donkeys.
All results will be posted at www.skeenariverrelay.com by the end of the week.