Wow! Wow! Wow! What a year. 13 years in the bag and so many great moments to add to memory bank. A big BIG thanks goes out to our talented team of photographers who came out and captured the MOMAR experience.
#1 – CLASS PHOTO – photo by Mark Teasdale (top) and Dave Silver (bottom)
The racers and volunteers pose for the group shot minutes before the start of MOMAR Burnaby (top) and MOMAR Cumberland (bottom). For many, this will be the last time them smile until they cross the finish line… :0)
#2 – MERRELL TECH TOPS – photo by Mark Teasdale
Our sponsors are simply the BEST and Merrell led the way by stepping up and providing each of our racers and volunteers with a high quality tech top. Team S&M2 from Courtenay model the new shirts during Friday Night check in at the Riding Fool Hostel. This good looking team went on to finish 2nd in the 4C category.
#3 – I WOULD CLIMB 500 STEPS – photo by Simon Whitefield
The City of Burnaby’s Parks Crew was busy over the past year building the new 500+ stair Velodome Trail up the backside of Burnaby Mountain. The Space Cadets hammer up the steps like it’s another day on the Stairmaster 3000.
#4 – X-FILES “O” – photo by John Crosby
Once again, one of the coolest parts of the Burnaby MOMAR was the Orienteering stage through the campus of Simon Fraser University. Here, Geoff Langford leads his Raid the North team through the GVOC designed course.
#5 – SHRINKAGE! – photo by David Murphy
Colin Rennie and Sandra Hardy punch the last CP in the waters of Burrard Inlet. Everyone can thank Tom Jarecki for hanging the CP in this location.
#6 – WITH THE MAVERICKS – photo by Mark Teasdale
For the first time, we added “Social Media Mavericks” to the team of volunteers. Sarah and Casey-Jo stepped up and provided us with awsome live coverage on Twitter and Facebook and we also had some great tweets from competing teams too.
#7 – LIKE ANTS ON THE WATER – photo by Dave Silver
This photo RULES!!! The sight of seeing all of the kayaks lined up on Comox Lake for the start of the race is pretty amazing.
#8 – MYSTERY PEAK – photo by Dave Silver
Cumberland’s terrain is truly phenomenal and filled with many hidden gems. While on a weekend of course scouting, we found a huge open bluff with an incredible view of the valley and we knew we had to make it a checkpoint. Bushwhacking got you there the fasted, but you had to feel good about your compasss skills. In this photo, Hailey Van Dyck and Jesse Crane clear the CP and venture off to the next.
#9 – REFRESHING SWIM – photo by Mark Teasdale
The Mystery Checkpoint was a popular stage at this year’s MOMAR Cumberland. It was a short swim with the aid of an air matress or pool noodle.
#10 – CUMBY TRAILS – photo by Dave Silver
A big reason why people keep signing up for the MOMAR Cumberland is the amazing network of mountain biking trails. The community of trail builders are a dedicated and phenomenal bunch of guys and continue to impress the hundreds of out-of-town participants.
#11 – SEADS AT SEEDS! – photo by Mark Teasdale
Seeds Natural Food Market in Cumberland has been a sponsor of the MOMAR for many years now and it has become one of the racer’s favorite checkpoint. Christina and her staff put out the treats as a mini-reward for the racers. Sarah Seads (photo) would agree that this extra bit of sugar is the perfect kick needed to make the final push to the finish line.
#12 – INTO THE WILD – photo by Dave Silver
Going off trail can be a very unnerving experience–you can save heaps of time or you can find yourself “off the map”. This year at the Cumberland MOMAR, teams had many chances to use their compasses and venture in the woods and many felt it was the highlight of their race.
#13 – SYCRO ADVENTURE RACERS! – photo by Dave Silver
We have to give another shout out to our sponsor over at Frontrunners who have been with us for the past 12 years. Norm, Stefan, Nick and Mark are all first class dudes!!!
#14 – WATCH OUT FOR BEES – photo by Dave Silver
The final stage of the MOMAR Cumberland course is a small technical romp through the giant bolder and cliff-laden forest behind the Cumberland Campground. This stage puts the final stamp on an adventure filled day of racing and an we owe a big thanks to Carl Coger of the Victoria Orienteering Club for making it happen.
#15 – THE CHAMP – photo by Mark Teasdale
It was another series sweep for Todd Nowack bringing his total overall win total to 12. Yes, 12. Todd has moved to Australia though and unless he makes a special trip back for the MOMAR (and we hope he does), we’ll be crowning a new champ in 2013.
#16 – ABSOLUTE KAOS – photo by Brett Wilson
We thought they were great last year, but this year Kootenay Kaos stepped it up in a big way with thier Red Men/Women outfits and wonky helmets. Their speed walk across the finish line was a riot and their finish line shot is the bomb.
#17 – THEY ARE THE BEST! – photo by Kimberly Kufaas
This card says it all. Our volunteers are the absolute best. Thanks Team Chels for making up these cards and handing them out to all of the volunteers along the course!
#18 – THE CHAMPS – photo by Dave Silver
They train hard, they race hard, they make smart decisions, and they come out on top. These are just some of the podium finishers from this year’s MOMAR. Winners took home sunglassess from Ryders, Frontrunners gift cards, and a box of Clif bars!
#19 – PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! – photo by Mark Teasdale (top) & Dave Silver
Another year, another killer party at the MOMAR Cumberland. The cover band was kick ass and the party was a blast. Can’t wait for 2013!
#20 – THE ULTIMATE BOTTLE OPENER – photo by David Murphy
This year’s finishers medal not only acknowledged the completion of your MOMAR experience, but was also functional as a bottle opener for the celebratory beer. Thanks to Rod Tasaka at SurfaceCollective.com for the great design!