For Yvonne Gilbert, running has become a big part of her life.
And the 46-year-old from Fort St. James is always ready for a new challenge.
From Aug. 26-28, Gilbert took part in the 5 Peaks Triple Stoke Race in Revelstoke, B.C.
The town of Revelstoke is located in some of the most beautiful mountains in the world.
British Columbia had the first set of trail races organized by 5 Peaks and it remains one of the most popular.
According to 5 Peaks, these events are more than just rail races. They are celebrations of nature, hard work and strength.
And not only did Gilbert show her hard work and strength during the race, she won second place in the women’s division.
“I was so surprised, I had no idea,” Gilbert said.
“This was my first time running this race,” Gilbert said. “The location was so amazing and the scenery was incredible.”
On the first day, participants ran 15 km uphill, the second day, they ran a 25 km Alpine race and the last day was finished off with a 43.6 km marathon in Mount Revelstoke National Park.
“The first day was tough,” Gilbert said. “It was hot and it was straight up hill. The third day was easier in terms of hills, but what a distance.”
“This has probably been my hardest challenge so far. It’s tough mentally. Your legs are screaming, but luckily, I had a partner and we psyched each other up.”
Craig Houghton, an avid runner from Fort St. James also took part in the race.
“This was my first time running a race with a three day format. I loved it and the scenery was amazing,” Houghton said.
“Yvonne is competitive and she’s a very strong runner.”
Gilbert has been running for a number of years and it has now become a lifestyle.
And yes, she is always up for a new challenge whether it’s beating her time of 1:35 climbing up Mount Pope, her training ground, or taking in another event.
“It’s so great because you always make new friends at events like this,” Gilbert said.
In future, Gilbert plans to enter more races and keep on running.
“It feels so good. I love trail running. I feel so alive and free, like I’ve really accomplished something,” Gilbert says.
“I love the challenge. I expect my kids to stay active too so it’s important for me to stay active.”
“You should practice what you preach.”