Local trails were in excellent shape for this year’s Storm the Fort 10K and 5K night race.

The Fort Saskatchewan river valley lit up like a starry sky as over 160 headlamped runners raced through the trails on a remarkably warm Saturday night (Apr.28).
 
"There's no ice, no snow, no water, no mud," said race organizer John Bouwman moments after the 10K runners took off from the West River's Edge starting line. "And everything is going great. Everything is on time. And everything is going perfectly."
 
Fort Saskatchewan resident Nicole Allan was excited to be taking part in the 10K with her son, Ryan, and niece, Kayla Anderson.
 
"We are new runners, and we're all about supporting local, support the Fort, supporting these guys and everybody who has put this all together," she said.
 
Athletes came from across the province, as far south as Calgary and as far north as Slave Lake, to compete in the annual event, now in its sixth year. Bouwman reported about 40 per cent of runners were from Fort Saskatchewan, a change from past years that have seen a larger number of Edmonton-based athletes. He speculated that a Five Peaks trail run event earlier in the day may have kept some Edmonton runners at home.
 
Bouwman pointed out that the night race brings recognition to the city, exposing the local trail system, and that out-of-town runners boost business at local hotels and bars.
 
“And people love it,” he said. “They come back year after year to do this race.”
 
The top three finishers in each event are below:
 
10K:
1. Ross Bowles 52:20
2. Jared Topilko 52:50
3. Meaghan Straathof 54:49
 
5K
1. MacLean Drettke 31:02
2. Justin Frazier  31:03
3. Simon Lukie 31:04
 

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