Daring mountain runners thrill fans at 94th Annual Williams Lake Stampede – Williams Lake Tribune
With two successful and injury-free days of competition under their belt, Saturday, July 2 should be another thrill ride for fans and riders of the famous Mountain Race at the Williams Lake Stampede.
Race Day 1 (Thursday night) saw Patrick Mcleod of Merritt, BC pass Darren Sulin of Towdystan on the home stretch to take first place.
Sulin took second place and Steve Quilt of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation took third place.
Fourth, fifth and sixth places went to Jessie Chillihitzia, Oliver Lindley and William Smithers, all of Merritt.
Runner Xeni Gwet’in Conway Lulua was seventh, Bryan Slater of Summerland was eighth and Arnold Chillihitzia of Merritt, BC ninth.
Day 2 of the race saw Patrick Mcleod take first place again, with Steve Quilt capturing second and Darren Sulin third.
Several of the riders took a wide turn at the bottom of the steep hill entering the Stampede Grounds during Friday’s race, with Bryan Slater falling off his horse just as the pair headed for the track.
We caught up with Slater after the race and he was in good spirits with his horse Misty, which he got as a wild horse. He said he traveled for the event because he thought mountain running might be something she would enjoy and he always wanted to try out for the race.
“I didn’t stay today but I think she’s having fun,” Slater said, explaining what he enjoys about the race.
“Just the start of the group, it’s something new, it’s exciting, it’s fast… I was smiling and laughing all the time, even when I was standing in the dirt watching my horse escape.”
Former Mountain Runner and current Xeni Gwet’in Chief Jimmy Lulua is organizing this year’s Mountain Run.
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