Mount Pope Run: not just for marathoners

Runners are gearing up for the annual mount Pope Run.

  • Oct. 7, 2015 3:00 p.m.
View from the top of Mount Pope.

View from the top of Mount Pope.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

Runners are gearing up for the annual Mount Pope Run.

Now in its 36th year, the run will take place on Sunday Oct. 18. “We’re hoping for a good turnout,” organizer, Keith Gordon said.

“Anyone can take part,” Gordon said. “If you want to run well and in good time, then you should be at marathon level.” According to Gordon, the run resembles that of a half marathon in terms of distance and perseverance and it seems quite an achievement for anyone who reaches the summit.

If you are in top marathon shape or if you are just out for a bit of social time and exercise, anyone interested is encouraged to take part. “Even if you are just out for some fun, you can walk or run if you like,” Gordon said.

The run began 36 years ago by Gordon Rennie. Before leaving Fort St. James, Rennie left the reigns to Gordon who has been running the event ever since.

The run will begin at Cottonwood Beach and then runners will head to Mount Pope Trail. From there it’s off to the top and the rest is history.

The $10 participation fee will pay for a place mat for each participant that includes a collage of the runners who reach the summit as well as memorable sayings and moments to mark their great achievement.

“We’ve had runners from all over participate,” Gordon said. “They’ve come from Smithers, Burns Lake, Prince George, and Alberta.”

The run will have two starting times. Slower runners will begin at 9am while the more competitive runners will set off at 10am. Walkers will start at the Mount Pope Trail at 8am.

If interested, you can just show up early on the morning of the event or for more information contact Keith Gordon at: (250) 996-8572 or (250) 996-3634.