Drenching rain greets finishers as they arrive in Lake Cowichan following Lake to Lake Walk

Janice Youds and Jane Swintak finish the Lake to Lake Walk and Marathon in a pouring rain Saturday afternoon, Sept. 14. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Susan Lafountain arrives from Shawnigan Lake in six hours 35 minutes during the Lake to Lake Walk & Marathon, which saw participants walk or run from Shawnigan Lake to Cowichan Lake, on Saturday, Sept. 14. For more from the event, see next week’s Gazette. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Rick Triplett makes his way to Lake Cowichan’s Centennial Hall and the end of the Lake to Lake Walk on Saturday, Sept. 14. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Alicia Lim and Ashley DeGraaf, carrying flowers given to them by their families, finish the Lake to Lake Run/Walk at mid-afternoon Sept. 14. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Betty Riel makes her way into Centennial Hall after completing the Lake to Lake Walk. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Courtney Pywell gingerly finished the last few metres of the long road to Lake Cowichan’s Centennial Hall during the Lake to Lake Walk Sept. 14. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Darlene Franks cheerfully finishes the Lake to Lake Walk on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 14. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Erica Hamilton’s smile is sunny, despite the heavy rain, as she finishes the Lake to Lake Walk on Sept. 14 in Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Despite the rain, 117 participants completed the Lake to Lake Walk/Run on Saturday, Sept. 14, making their way along backwoods trails from Shawnigan Lake to Lake Cowichan.

In the Full Walk/Marathon, the fastest racer and top male racer: Joshua Aiken 3 hours :16 minutes :34 seconds. The fastest female racer was Emily Solsberg at 3:36:58.

At the other end of the speed scale, the last racer came in after spending 10:26:06 on the trail.

There were 133 participants registering, which makes the 117 finishers look like a great result.

The Half Walk/Marathon event saw participants turn around part way and return to Shawnigan Lake.

The fastest racer and top female was Teresa Lewis-Schneider at 1:40:50; Geoffrey Hyatt, at 1:43:53, was the fastest male racer.

Taking the shorter route, 123 completed their half-marathon.

Some participants collected pledges to raise money for a favourite charity; a total of $7,579 was collected.

Cam and Kim Barnard raised $348 for Camp Homewood; Deanna Bhandar collected $2,484 for the Victoria Cool Aid Society; Alice, Reg, and Megan Spencer raised $340 for the Strathcona Wilderness Institute.

The Parkinsons Society of BC gained $100 from the efforts of Valerie Cornett and $425 from Shirley Jabs.

Michele Kennedy collected $1,725 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

The Alzheimers Society of BC (Duncan Branch) gains $400 from Darlene Franks.

Marcel and Adam Loretan raised $795 for Movember; Diabetes Canada benefitted to the tune of $150 through the efforts of Penny Youngash, Tristin Pucek and Gavin Youngash, and Linda Mills collected $812 for KidSport Cowichan.

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