Abbotsford’s Jenny Quilty makes her way through the course at the Squamish 50 event. (Matt Bolam photo)

Abbotsford’s Quilty wins Squamish 50-50

Local trail runner establishes new course record on the weekend

So, what did you do last weekend?

An Abbotsford woman bested the entire field and established a new female course record over the weekend in one of the province’s most gruelling ultramarathon events.

Jenny Quilty took on the ultimate challenge at the Squamish 50 – being one of the few athletes to race 50 miles on Saturday and 50 kilometres on Sunday – and she excelled by posting the top combined time for anyone running on both days.

The Squamish 50 allows racers to run a 50-mile, 50 km or 23 km trail race. The very elite athletes, like Quilty, also have the opportunity to run the 50-50 spread out on both days.

Saturday was the 50-mile race, which saw Quilty complete the course in 9:28:15. She finished second among all women on Saturday and 10th overall. The 50-mile race sees runners climb over 11,000 feet in total during the event.

Quilty completed phase two of the 50-50 on Sunday by finishing third for women in the 50 km race, posting a time of 6:32:18. The 50 km race sees runners ascend 8,500 feet.

Her two-day total of 16:00:33 earned her the 50-50 championship, and she beat out the top men doing both races by over 40 minutes. Her time also destroyed the previous female record for the 50-50 event by about 40 minutes. Her time ranks as the seventh best time ever in the 50-50.

Quilty is one half of Pacific Pine Running Co, which is a Fraser Valley-based coaching and running adventure company focused on growing the local trail-running community. She is also the race director of the new Fraser Valley Trail Series, which saw races in Bear Mountain and Manning Park earlier this summer.

Next up for the Abbotsford runner is the Around the Lake Give’r Take 30 k at Cultus Lake on Oct. 19.

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