Perhaps the most talked about member of this year’s Trapline Marathon, Michal (the Joggler) Kapral not only set a record for the race but he did it juggling three bean bags. He proved to be the fastest runner of the day, finishing the full marathon in just under three hours (2:59:32.4)- a goal he had set for himself.
“I was kind of killing myself in the end but I made it,” he said.
Trapline Marathon co-organizer Jamie Snook said before the race that he expected the Toronto, Ontario runner to finish miles ahead of him and most of the other runners based on his times at other races. Kapral said at the beginning of the race that he would try to keep world record pace, which he would try to maintain.
“It’s pretty tough, especially at the end when you’re juggling and you’re out of energy and starting to crash and your brains not working properly in a marathon and you still have to juggle.”
He didn’t beat his own record but his finish did bring a new record for the 5th anniversary of the annual race- a Boston Marathon Qualifier. The young juggler/runner holds world records in his sport in which he has competed at more than a dozen races since 2005. He holds the Guinness World Record for marathon joggling which is 2:50:12.
The art of joggling means juggling with each moving step (he was able to stop for refreshments along the 42-kilometer route from North West River to Kinsmen Park in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
More than 200 runners participated in the three segments of the annual run-a full marathon, a half marathon and a 10-kilometre run. Runners came from as far as the U.S., Western Canada and Quebec and other maritime provinces to participate.
Rick Mehta came from Nova Scotia for his second time participating in the Trapline Marathon. His first run was part of a tour of marathons across the country in 2009. At that time he ran the full marathon and had trouble finishing.
“They usually shut it down after so long but they let me finish.”
This year Mehta was running the half marathon and taking his time and enjoying the scenery.
“The last time I wasn’t able to pay attention but this year I want to enjoy it,” he said.
It wasn’t only those traveling to the marathon from away, there were also plenty of Labrador participants from Happy Valley-Goose Bay as well as the South Coast and Labrador City. A group from Port Hope Simpson calling themselves the Dustrunners traveled to their first 10-kilometre run, something they spent the past five weeks training for. In the end they found the race to be easier than they had expected.
“It was good, we have lots of hills at home,” said runner Charlene Penney.
The top female runner of the day was Tamara Day of Airdrie, Alberta who finished the marathon in 3:56:27.3.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay’s Jeremy Billard was the first place finisher for the half-marathon with a time of 1:31:05.5. Jillian Greene of St. John’s took the female lead in the half-marathon with a time of 1:47:49.4. Trent Parr from Port Hope Simpson finished in top place in the 10k race with a time of 42:40.4. and the top female of the 10k was Sarah McCarthy with a time of 46:24.2.
Race co-organizer Jamie Snook said he enjoyed the race (which he also ran as a marathoner) and the fine weather and was pleased with the turnout, which included more than 63 people from out of town. There were 230 finishers in total.
“It feels like the Trapline is reaching a new level. The results of growing the sport locally for 5-years and being in the marketplace for that period of time are starting to show. Here’s to many great events to come!”
More than 100 volunteers made the race possible and the club made sure to make special mention of their contribution. Volunteers did everything from organizing the different segments of the race to keeping time, organize traffic, entertaining, cooking, taking photos and video and providing refreshments along the route.