Nelson’s Jasmin Lowther celebrates her 50-kilometre gold medal on the Tackle the Toad podium. Rossland’s Amanda Sin (left) won silver while Jaclyn Dexter (right) of Nelson took bronze. Photo submitted

Local runners tackle Toad Mountain

The 25 kilometre and 50 km event took runners over the top of Toad Mountain


The first annual Tackle The Toad trail running race took place Sept. 8 just outside Nelson at Morning Mountain.

Close to 100 runners from the Kootenays and as far away as Vancouver, Bella Coola, Spokane and Newfoundland came out to run the amazing trails in the Nelson area.

There was both a 25-kilometre course with 3,000 feet of climbing and a very challenging 50 km course with 8,000 feet of climbing that took runners over the top of Toad Mountain.

First in the 25-km race women’s division and second overall was Allison Dick in two hours, 23 minutes, 40 seconds, while Nelson’s Steven Kaup won the men’s side in 2:22.59.

The 50-km race women’s winner and third overall was Jazmine Lowther of Nelson in an amazing time of six hours, one minute, while the men’s winner was Patrick McIlroy from Newfoundland in 5:17:06.

The money raised from the race goes to support the Nelson Cycling Club, which does an amazing job on Nelson’s trail network. A huge thanks to sponsors and volunteers who helped make this happen.

Check out Tackle the Toad on Facebook for more pics and results.

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