No wonder the pioneers of this community used to call it ?Little Chicago?. If you had been standing between Northgate and Southgate along Monkman on Saturday, June 3rd, you would have been blown away.
Literally, because the winds were very high and it made for a chilly event.
Figuratively blown away, because the Ridge Ramble Biathlon took place and it was a lot of fun for everyone, participants, timekeepers, organizers and even the press.
Beginning at 9 am with 4 km (two laps) cycle followed by 2 km (single lap) run, the young people of Tumbler Ridge began their competition. Cheered on by the crowd of family members and friends, the kids were understandably worn down towards the finish line. In a memorable move, Councillor Larry White ran back to cheer them on and even ran in with some of them.
As the wind assaulted the timekeepers, organizers and even the press, nothing was better than seeing some of the faces on the kids as they slowly garnered their last bit of strength for the last leg home. The street was cordoned off for them, whereas the adults had no barriers for their race; 10 km cycle and 5 km run.
Results for the kids race: Girls 7 and under ? Caitlyn Payne (16-46 and 19-03) totaling 35-49;
Boys 7 and under ? Mathew Payne (16-51 and 20-46) totaling 37-37;
Girls 8-10 ? Laura Sharman (9-24 and 9-36) totaling 19-00;
Boys 8-10 ? Tyler Schlief (10-05 and 9-32) totaling 19-37;
Girls 11-15 ? Carina Helm (9-07 and 8-25) totaling 17-32 *new record, Natalie Sharman (9-23 and 9-37) totaling 19-00, Esther Walkley (9-42 and 11-25) totaling 21-07;
Boys 11-15 ? Darian Beatti (9-36 and 10-14) totaling 19-50, Ezekial Piper *out of town contestant (12-15 and 10-59) totaling 23-14
Team Event ? Darian Beattie (9-34) and Andy Smith (8-54) totaling 18-28; Darrell Schief (9-28) and Julie Schlief (10-12) totaling 19-40; Myles Wagner (10-31) and Seth Treit (11-21) totaling 21-52); Quillan Fletcher (16-15) and Leann Fletcher (19-39) totaling 35-54; Casey Strang (17-28) and Conner Strang (18-26) totaling 35-54.
Results for the adults race (16 and over): Men?s Individual ? Mike Peterson (18-30 and 24-39) totaling 43-09, Fred Walkley (18-08 and 26-02) totaling 44-10;
Women?s Individual – Sarah Hollet (18-59 and 23-13) totaling 42-12 *record? Birgit Sharman (18-17 and 24-40) totaling 42-57, Ashley Shipton (21-15 and 23-12) totaling 44-27, Sandra Piper (22-55 and 22-10) totaling 45-05;
Men?s Teams – Kevin Sharman (20-35) and Charles Helm (19-09) totaling 39-44;
Women?s Teams – Dawn Pouliot (23-27) and Linda Helm (27-35) totaling 51-02;
Mixed Teams – Fred Walkley (18-08) and Sheena Walkley (25-56) totaling 44-04 *record, Chrisman Louw (22-07) and Patsy Antle (25-56) totaling 48-03, Markus Schlief and Sandra Schlief (28-38) totaling 52-02, Paul Payne (27-03) and Michelle Payne (32-08) totaling 59-11, Murray Smith (26-52) and Marsha Dufresne (36-02) totaling 62-54.
After the race,the sun made a grandiose appearance, fine with the contestants, who worked up quite a sweat anyway- leaving far behind; the timekeepers, organizers and especially the press.