Penticton runners Marie Boucher (left) and Marc Bremner (right) crossed the finish line together at the inaugural Mighty Quail Trail 100-kilometre race on Saturday. Submitted photo

Boucher and Bremner finish Mighty Quail Trail

Duo are the only racers from Penticton to finish gruelling race

It took over 11 gruelling hours for Ron Ellis to be named the inaugural Mighty Quail Trail champion.

The Salmon Arm man finished the 100 kilometre ultra-trail race on Saturday evening in Penticton with a time of 11:30:45.

“It was a huge success and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback from the participants about the course, saying it is very tough, the scenery, the city of Penticton and especially our wonderful volunteers,” said race co-organizer Stacey Cleveland. “The overall winner was Ron Ellis of Salmon Arm in an unbelievably fast time of 11 hours and 30 minutes — over 90 minutes faster than second place.”

Andy Spurling of Victoria finished in second with a time of 13:01:22 and following in third place was Kelowna’s Erik Benedikt at 13:04:06. The top female finisher (11th overall) was Jessie Thomson-Gladish from Kamloops with a time of 14:36:33.

Only two racers from Penticton managed to tackle the trails. Marie Boucher and Marc Bremner came across the finish line together at 16:41:58.

Runners from as Seattle, Saskatoon, Calgary and across B.C. competed.

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