Kim Brand

Kim Brand

New running royalty reigns at Westwood race

NANAIMO – The Run for the Mountain 6K was held Saturday at Westwood Lake Park.

There’s a lot of new royalty of Westwood after another fast-paced Run for the Mountain 6K.

Andrew Howard of Courtenay was the overall winner in 21 minutes, 21 seconds to become King of Westwood, while Melissa Ross of Nanaimo was the fastest female, finishing in 23:33 for the Queen of Westwood title.

Craig Odermatt and Victoria Fiddick were the masters division winners and Miles Huynh and Madison Heisterman were the youth division winners. Other than Heisterman, now a three-time defending champ, the others were all first-time winners at the event. Winning Empire of Westwood was the Oceanside Track and Field Club, including Huynh, Yosef Bassett, Jackson Isnor, Linden Kaps and Jacob Bassett.

Howard said this was his fourth or fifth time running the race, and said he wasn’t quite sure why he was able to break through and win this year.

“You’ve got to picture the finish,” he said. “I always think about it a week before and kind of have that mindset of trying to do well.”

Shelby Drope, runner-up this year in 21:31, raced to the early lead.

“I passed him the first kilometre and I just tried to stay up there,” Howard said. “They were catching me near the end, I think, that’s what they told me. You just listen for people catching up behind you and you run scared.”

It was a beautiful day, but not a record-breaking one. Race director Mike Thibodeau had hoped the 10th annual race would set a new standard for participation and although online registration was the highest ever, there were fewer walk-ups this year.

The Run for the Mountain was held Saturday at Westwood Lake Park. The run/walk is a fundraiser for Mount Benson through the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust.

The top 50 finishers:

2015 Run for the Mountain
Place Name Time
1 Andrew Howard 21:21
2 Shelby Drope 21:31
3 Craig Odermatt 21:37
4 Miles Huynh 22:03
5 Royd Burkart 22:13
6 Byron Trajan 22:31
7 Melissa Ross 23:33
8 Yosef Bassett 24:04
9 Jackson Isnor 24:12
10 Linden Kaps 24:15
11 VIU volleyball No. 4 24:44
12 Jacob Bassett 24:56
13 Madison Heisterman 25:07
14 Kaleb Woldeamanuel 25:11
15 Clay Hamp 25:12
16 Mark Blackell 25:15
17 Orphée Bernard 25:16
18 Jenaya Pynn 25:19
19 VIU volleyball No. 9 25:22
20 Tyler Heisterman 25:24
21 Ty Hamp 25:41
22 Katie Farley 25:50
23 Alyssa Mousseau 25:59
24 Brent Scott 26:02
25 Joel Hampson 26:07
26 Nate Seaman 26:17
27 Sophie Demers 26:21
28 Amy Morris 26:23
29 Neil Gaudet 26:25
30 Hope Stewart 26:27
31 Victoria Fiddick 26:31
32 Gage Zanette 26:48
33 Matt O’Halloran 27:09
34 Zhengnong Fu 27:13
35 Ryan Seaman 27:23
36 Karly Dickenson 27:28
37 Brent Hughes 28:01
38 Gus Johnson 28:07
39 Miles Hensel 28:12
40 Jake Seaman 28:27
41 Kent Smith 28:29
42 Max Marshall 28:46
43 Oliver Orton 29:00
44 Wendy Simms 29:03
45 Ian Mace 29:43
46 Hamish Macmillan 29:49
47 Maya Asselin-Debelic 29:50
48 Kynan Shurniak 29:56
49 Scarlet Schwarz 29:59
50 Jack Mace 30:07

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