TUMBLER RIDGE — The terrain was rough, the weather was fair and the mountain was vertical, but the Northern Lights College team of four entered into the 21.1 km (half marathon) Emperor?s Challenge on August 6th which took place in grizzly bear country. The team included runners Jack Napier and Heather Blaus, walker Lindsay Jardine, and myself, Jan Legaspi, runner and organizer of the team. Team sponsorship hats were graciously donated by John Birnie who has always had a keen interest in marathons. Although the team didn?t place in this event, it was a challenge just to complete the distance.
This year the Emperor?s Challenge was in reverse direction from the previous year?s. Participants first had to reach the summit at 7.5 km with a total elevation gain of 762 meters on Roman Mountain. After reaching the summit it was basically all down hill from there with a distance of 13.6 km. The view was fantastic and the experience was unforgettable!
I hope to have a couple of teams for Northern Lights College next year, and I already have some people lined up. Next year?s challenge will be held on a different mountain, so it will be a new challenge, even for the individuals who have run the Emperor?s Challenge for many years. For those who have never participated in the Emperor?s Challenge, this race challenges you to do your personal best no matter whether you complete or not. It is also a chance to view and enjoy the spectacular scenery.