Runners from Nakusp at Kaslo SufferFest: Sarah Sanders

Nakuspians happy to suffer at SufferFest

The Nakusp 10K running group women put their training to the test in last week’s Kaslo SufferFest. The SufferFest was a big hit, and Marie Wrede was really impressed.

The Nakusp 10K running group women put their training to the test in last week’s Kaslo SufferFest. The SufferFest was a big hit, and Marie Wrede was really impressed.

“Kalso people did an awesome job organizing this event,” she said, “We were more than impressed by the level of professionalism they showed. The course for the 10k was amazing, beautiful, challenging in parts and very scenic.”

“We’re already booking for next year, some of us will do the grueling 25k trail run,” Marie Wrede emailed, “Our group of 10 are definitely going back and I’m sure more will join in.”

Nakusp placed high, with gold going to Kelly Waterfield and bronze to Sharon Metlewsky in the women 50-59 category. Scott Graham from Burton took home a bronze medal in the men 30-39 group, and Marie Wrede and Jodee Zinselmeyer ran away with the silver and bronze in their age category. Kath Nixon made good time too, not letting a knee injury slow her down.

Results were so encouraging, it spurred four women to take part in the BMO half-marathon in Kelowna on October 9th, and another three to compete in the 10 km portion of the event.

“The half-marathon is something some of us really wanted to do, and Kari [Tithecott] helped us half way through our training on a more personal level and not as a clinic. She thought it was too quick for most of us to do something this big, but the few of us doing it have been running before and we felt we could challenge ourselves to do it,” Marie Wrede from Little Mountain Outdoor Gear said, “It’s something we did more on our own with Kari helping us with a training program so we didn’t injure ourselves.”

Wrede also said that Kari Tithecott, the leader for the running groups, is already planning a bigger event for next year’s Mother’s Day run in Nakusp, with more races and more categories.


SufferFest results for Nakusp


Women 30-39

Anita Vibe 1:00:41

Kari Tithecott 1:06:13

Sarah Sanders 1:15:05

Sue Groenhuysen 1:17:22


Men 30-39

Scott Graham 0:57:29


Women 40-49

Marie Wrede 0:58:50

Jodee Zinselmeyer


Terri Baiko 1:04:27

Kath Nixon 1:14:55

Nancy Bone 1:18:58

Nancy Balske 1:19:51


Women 50-59

Kelly Waterfield 0:58:49

Sharon Metlewsky 1:02:04

Anita Sinclair 1:20:13




Congratulations to all the runners who went to SufferFest, and good luck to all those competing in the half-marathon on the Thanksgiving weekend!


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