The Great Walk was this past weekend and two Victoria ultra runners, Jeff Hunt and Myke LaBelle, have written great reviews of the event on thier blogs: The Adventure Runs of Jeff Hunt & Myke LaBelle – It doesn’t get any better than this. The Great Walk is a 63.5 kilometer point to point foot race between the Vancouver Island towns of Gold River and Tahsis. The first part of each post has been included below:
Jeff Hunt: The 63.5k Great Walk and Ultramarathon is a race that stretches from Gold River to Thasis along the “Tree to Sea” Highway. The highway, as it turned out, was about 40% paved and 60% gravel. Along the route, one will be witness to amazing waterfalls, lakes, trees and multiple clearcuts.
This was one of my big races for 2009. With the distance being 63.5k, it would be my second longest run ever. Races like this require careful planning and ample training if one is to be successful in even finishing it in one piece.
My partner in crime for this event was my buddy Myke LaBelle. At 22 years old, he has huge potential in the world of ultrarunning as his speed, distance and training are all impressive.
Myke LaBelle: Where to begin…
Wednesday night before the race a few friends and I got together for a beach campfire down in telegraph bay. The night was enjoyable and I went home around 11pm to wake up the next morning to find my feet covered in Sand flea bites. Gross I know. I panicked for a bit but nothing really happened. Friday morning, my feet were incredibly itchy and I had a race the next day. I got some medication for the bites but nothing was guaranteed to get rid of the problem by the next morning. Last year, two days before the Scorched Sole 50k I had my I.T. band flare up and I could barely bend my left leg while on the plane ride to Penticton. So I tried to keep positive and not think about my issue with my feet.