Fit finishes at 2017 Totem to Totem

Marathoner Darcy Venne gets a warm welcome at the finish. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Desmond Collinson smiles after winning the men’s 10k. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
No matter how far they ran, walked, or rode in their parents’ stroller, everyone finished to the rustle of poms-poms shaken by cheerleader-in-chief, Sue Gladstone, one of many volunteers who make the race happen. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Several runners ran in pairs. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Skidegate was quiet the morning of the race — without Skidegate Days going on at the same time, runners didn’t have to thread through the candy floss line. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
For Robbie Jongewaard, the Totem to Totem was a family event – he ran the race, and his dad manned a water station. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Many said the drizzly rain was perfect running weather — some even turned it to their advantage by drinking hands-free. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Traditional Haida hats were a fine choice for anyone doing the Totem to Totem walk when it rained on Saturday. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Eagle feathers gave one runner an extra boost. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Carrie Manitopyes, right, and and Tara Stovel work their way through Skidegate on the way to finishing the half-marathon. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Ooka Pineault, doing her first-ever Totem to Totem with Tanisha Salomons, was already looking forward to more. “This is a starting point. Eventually I’ll go on to do the bigger stuff, if you give me another 10 years or more.” (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Half-marathon runner Brenda Dowsett passes the Unity Pole in Skidegate — one of two new totem poles along the Totem to Totem route. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Sabrina Frazier sported some true Haida Gwaii athletic wear: gumboots. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Ten-year-old Brody Rogers flies to the finish of his 21 km, half-marathon race. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Dave Medicus, visiting from Colorado, won the men’s marathon — his 14th marathon since 2001, it was also a sign of just how far behind Medicus has left his former habit of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Anna Kessler set a personal best while winning the women’s marathon. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
The finish-line smile on marathoner Johanna Price was pretty hard to beat, and so was her time. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
James Thompson finished a styling second in the men’s marathon. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Marathoner Marilyne Tovar rounds the final corner (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Given how he feels about running, one father needed a little extra help from his son to get over the line. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Friends and family of Jaylund Russ ran in his memory. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Mist, light rain, and cheering supporters made for quick finishes at the 2017 Totem to Totem this Saturday.

Dedicated to the memory of Jaylund Russ, who would have turned 19 on Sunday, the Run for Jay brought dozens of marathoners, half-marathoners, 10k runners, and walkers to the Kay Centre start line.

“Oh man, it was beautiful — eagles overhead, views of the water, perfect running weather,” said Dave Medicus, winner of the men’s marathon.

While planning a summer trip to Haida Gwaii from his high-altitude home in Littleton, Colorado, Medicus decided to make the Totem to Totem his second marathon of the year after running the Boston in April.

Now 46, it was his fourteenth marathon since 2001.

“I love it,” he said, smiling. “I used to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day and was 80 pounds heavier.”

“I stopped smoking and started running, and it turned into an obsession of sorts.”

Ooka Pineault was also smiling when she spoke to the Observer mid-race — Pineault set a personal best by setting out early and walking the entire 10 k route with her friend Tanisha Salomons.

“Some people are looking out their window and waving at me — I like that,” she said. “It’s going to motivate me to continue.”

“If can do a 10k today, why can’t I walk for 20 minutes every other day? That’s my goal,” she added, laughing.

“Well, I probably won’t stick to it, but it’s a thought!”

Just Posted

Houston homicide suspect remanded in custody

A Houston man accused of the second degree murder of Elija Dumont… Continue reading

Council briefs: The Village of Queen Charlotte

More money for village in third-quarter, new equitable gift giving policy

William Griffin arrested in Houston homicide

RCMP have now arrested William Griffin, the man wanted in connection to… Continue reading

Family of Terrace man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Bye bye Bei Bei: Giant panda born in U.S. zoo heads to China

Panda heads back to China as part of cooperative breeding program

B.C. to advocate for frustrated, confused, unhappy cellphone users, says premier

Maple Ridge New Democrat Bob D’Eith to advocate for more affordable and transparent cellphone options

B.C. man who killed Belgian tourist near Boston Bar gets life in prison, no parole until 2042

Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 28-year-old Amelie Christelle Sakkalis

‘Very disrespectful’: B.C. first responder irked by motorists recording collisions on cellphones

Central Cariboo Search and Rescue deputy chief challenges motorists to break the habit

Daily cannabis linked to reduction in opioid use: B.C. researchers

Researchers looked at a group of 1,152 people in Vancouver who reported substance use and chronic pain

Bids down, costs up on Highway 1, B.C. independent contractors say

Rally protests NDP government’s union-only public construction

Members of little people community applaud change to drop ‘midget’ term

‘It’s not about sensitivity,’ says Allan Redford, the president of the Little People of Canada

Little progress in preventing sudden infant deaths since last report: BC Coroner

Coroners panel studied 141 sleep-related sudden infant deaths between 2013 and 2018

Most Read