Despite the rain, 117 participants completed the Lake to Lake Walk/Run on Saturday, Sept. 14, making their way along backwoods trails from Shawnigan Lake to Lake Cowichan.
In the Full Walk/Marathon, the fastest racer and top male racer: Joshua Aiken 3 hours :16 minutes :34 seconds. The fastest female racer was Emily Solsberg at 3:36:58.
At the other end of the speed scale, the last racer came in after spending 10:26:06 on the trail.
There were 133 participants registering, which makes the 117 finishers look like a great result.
The Half Walk/Marathon event saw participants turn around part way and return to Shawnigan Lake.
The fastest racer and top female was Teresa Lewis-Schneider at 1:40:50; Geoffrey Hyatt, at 1:43:53, was the fastest male racer.
Taking the shorter route, 123 completed their half-marathon.
Some participants collected pledges to raise money for a favourite charity; a total of $7,579 was collected.
Cam and Kim Barnard raised $348 for Camp Homewood; Deanna Bhandar collected $2,484 for the Victoria Cool Aid Society; Alice, Reg, and Megan Spencer raised $340 for the Strathcona Wilderness Institute.
The Parkinsons Society of BC gained $100 from the efforts of Valerie Cornett and $425 from Shirley Jabs.
Michele Kennedy collected $1,725 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
The Alzheimers Society of BC (Duncan Branch) gains $400 from Darlene Franks.
Marcel and Adam Loretan raised $795 for Movember; Diabetes Canada benefitted to the tune of $150 through the efforts of Penny Youngash, Tristin Pucek and Gavin Youngash, and Linda Mills collected $812 for KidSport Cowichan.