Around 140 participants tackled trails soaked by rain in the most recent running of the Around the Lake Give ‘R Take trail race on Oct. 16, 2021. (Rick MacDonald photo)

Around 140 participants tackled trails soaked by rain in the most recent running of the Around the Lake Give ‘R Take trail race on Oct. 16, 2021. (Rick MacDonald photo)

Chilliwack runners triumph in Around the Lake Give R’ Take trail race

Vincent Pagot was the fastest male and fastest overall while Angela Froese was the top female

Vincent Pagot was first across the line at last weekend’s Around the Lake Give ‘R Take trail race at Cultus Lake.

Around 140 people slogged through mud, puddles, streams and other obstacles on Oct. 16 during the 18th version of the popular race.

Pagot covered the course in two hours, 33 minutes and 10 seconds which was just five seconds off the solo course record. Meindert Hinlopen was 13 minutes behind.

The top woman in the field was Chilliwack’s Angela Froese, who clocked in at 3:10:48, three minutes faster than Hope’s Tara Paterson.

Pagot and Froese each received unique hand-crafted walking sticks carved by Rick Den Braber.

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In relay competition, the top women’s team of Chilliwackians Anne Neitzke and Esther Kamphuis (dubbed Sloth Running Team) finished in 3:15:40. The top men’s team of Agassiz’s Jeremy Isaak and Abbotsford’s Kevin Barata (calling themselves Skinny and the Beast) clocked in at 2:40:33 while the top mixed team of Kelowna’s Dirk Handke and Melanie Bos (dubbed Katrina and Ike) checked in at 3:05:09.

The oldest runner was 76-year-old Alex Marks, who is also the only person to have run in all 18 Around the Lake Give ‘R Take races. The youngest was 16 year-old Hayley Dibski.

The race, which wasn’t held in 2020 due to COVID restrictions, is organized by a committee of volunteers under the auspices of the Around the Lake Trail Race Society. The society takes race proceeds, generated through sponsorship and registration fees, and distributes it to non-profit organizations that support outdoor recreation.

The society also funds $1,000 scholarships for students in the Chilliwack School District.

The date is already set for next year’s Around the Lake Give ‘R Take race, which will take place Oct. 15, 2022.

See aroundthelake.ca for more info.

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