Local runners Chris Cup

Race to the peak!

Mountaineers and runners raced to the top of Mt. Pope earlier this month as part of the 35 annual Adventure Race.

Have you ever dreamt of climbing a mountain? How about running one? That’s exactly what a group runners did at the 35 annual Mt. Pope Adventure Race in Fort St. James earlier this month.

Taking place on Oct. 19, runners were met with great weather for the around 22 km race.

14 runners and 14 walkers participated in the mountain race which began at Cottonwood Park beach and continued along Stones Bay Rd. to the Mt. Pope trail at the base of the mountain.

From the trail entrance, runners and walkers ran (or walked) up to the mountain’s peak where they rested briefly. posed for a photograph and then ran back down the mountain.

Keith Gordon, one of the runners who participated in the adventure race, said that the winds at the peak of the mountain were “easily 60 km/h.”

While simply completing the race is a feat for anyone, some runners managed to complete the race in record time.

Nick Bartell, of Prince George, took home the first place prize after he finished the race in just under the two hour mark with a finishing time of one hour and 58 minutes. Bartell’s impressive time earned him a place among just a handful of runners in the last 35 years to have competed the race in under two hours.

Tim Dunkley, of Fort St. James, finished his race with a time of two hours and 26 minutes. Dunkley finished sixth overall but was the fastest local participant to complete the race.

Lisa Spingle finished in first place in the women’s category improving her time last year by 30 minutes.


35th Annual Pope’s Peak Adventure Run

October 19, 2014


Place Overall





Nick Bartell

Prince George



Greg Tone




Cam McNaraa

Prince George



Ben Kaplan

Prince George



Chris Cupp

Prince George



Tim Dunkley

Fort St. James



Craig Houghton

Fort St. James



Wayne Shoesmith




Ryan Peterson

Prince George


10 (1st female)

Lisa Spingle

Fort St. James



Charlie Grove

Prince George



Zachary Blanche




Chris Budac

Prince George


14 (2nd female)

Leslie Lantz

Fort St. James



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