Over 50 runners participated in the main 5 Peaks trail running event at the Fernie Alpine Resort last Saturday morning.

Over 50 runners participated in the main 5 Peaks trail running event at the Fernie Alpine Resort last Saturday morning.

5 Peaks Race hosted in Fernie

The 5 Peaks trail running race was hosted in Fernie for the first time in the national event’s 16-year long history.

The 5 Peaks trail running race was hosted in Fernie for the first time in the national event’s 16-year long history.

Over 50 runners of all ages and skill levels arrived at the Fernie Alpine Resort early on Saturday morning to partake in the trail running competition.

Race director Maggie Scallion said, “The 5 Peaks Event is all about introducing people to trail running. Our target audience is really those people who run on concrete and are beginners and maybe want to try something new.”

The day’s event consisted of two children’s races, with little ones running either a one or three kilometer race and two separate adult races.

“We have the ‘sport’ race which is for true beginners,” said Scallion,  “It is a seven kilometer loop through the trails. The second is the ‘enduro’ race which is a bit tougher and is 13 kilometers. We really hope that this event promotes how fun trail running can be,” she said.

Prizes and ribbons were handed out following the timed event.