Runners and walkers leave the start line at the sixth annual Run Wild on Aug. 21 at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. Alex Arsenault, centre with bib 153, was the top youth runner. (Tom Patrick/Yukon News)

Runners take flight at wildlife preserve race

Whitehorse runners come within seconds of records

Considering the cosmic ballet witnessed across North America on Monday, it would have been fitting had race records also been eclipsed at the Run Wild event at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.

A pair of Whitehorse runners came within seconds of surpassing records at the sixth annual event on Aug. 21, the day of the “Great American Eclipse.”

Alex Arsenault was the top youth runner, and fourth overall, on the five-kilometre course. He finished in 24 minutes and 28 seconds, just three seconds from the youth record set last year by Nathyn Sutton.

Kyle Lavoie placed first overall just eight seconds from the course record. The 34-year-old, who was the top male finisher in 2014, finished in 20:17.

“I got to see a few animals quickly,” said Lavoie. “A lot of them were coming to the fence to greet the runners, so that was special. And it was a beauty day with the eclipse, so that was nice as well.”

Paige Jackson bagged her first race win. The 32-year-old, who moved to Whitehorse from Vancouver in February and was in the event for her first time, was the top female with a time of 25:47.

“It was awesome,” said Jackson. “It was cool seeing all the animals because they perk up when you run by.”

A total of 63 runners and walkers — 20 less than last year — took part in this year’s event that raised $875 for the preserve.

“It’ll go to general animal care of injured or orphaned animals that come through the wildlife preserve,” said Lindsay Caskenette, the preserve’s manager of visitor services.

“That can mean anything from simply the food, to the medicine that might be needed for some of the animals, or it may go into a fund for any equipment that we need.

“The breadth of things that are require in the care of animals is quite extensive, it’s quite a spectrum of things.”

There is a pair of new residents that might benefit from raised funds. The preserve received an injured red-tailed hawk this past weekend from downtown Whitehorse. The hawk apparently flew into a window and might have a concussion, but should to be released soon.

The reserve is also caring for a raven that recently arrived with a broken humerus in its wing. The raven will be a permanent resident due to the severity of its injury and is roommates with a bald eagle, another permanent resident.

“They have quite a bit of bantering back and forth,” said Caskenette. “They’re both social birds, so it works well.

“The raven encourages the bald eagle to be a little more active, moving around the habitat.”

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

Top results

Youth

1st Alex Arsenault — 24:28

2nd Andrew Smith — 26:22

3rd Daniel Clyde — 27:46

Male

1st Kyle Lavoie — 20:17

2nd Jessy Desjardins — 23:12

3rd Andrew Knorr — 23:29

Female

1st Paige Jackson — 25:47

2nd Tamaralyn Young — 31:01

3rd Susanne Wirth — 31:02

SportsYukon

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Top female Paige Jackson heads past elk on her way to the finish. (Tom Patrick/Yukon News

Tom Patrick/Yukon News Top female Paige Jackson heads past elk on her way to the finish.

Just Posted

Maria Metzen off the start line of the Yukon Dog Mushers Association’s sled dog race on Jan. 9. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Mushers race in preparation for FirstMate Babe Southwick

The annual race is set for Feb. 12 and 13.

The Yukon government is making changes to the medical travel system, including doubling the per diem and making destinations for medical services more flexible. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Subsidy for medical travel doubled with more supports coming

The change was recommended in the Putting People First report endorsed by the government

Chloe Sergerie, who was fined $500 under the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> on Jan. 12, says she made the safest choice available to her when she entered the territory. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
Woman fined $500 under CEMA says she made ‘safest decision’ available

Filling out a declaration at the airport was contrary to self-isolation, says accused

The Yukon Department of Education building in Whitehorse on Dec. 22, 2020. Advocates are calling on the Department of Education to reverse their redefinition of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) that led to 138 students losing the program this year. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
Advocates call redefinition of IEPs “hugely concerning,” call for reversal

At least 138 students were moved off the learning plans this year

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Your Northern regulatory adventure awaits!

“Your Northern adventure awaits!” blared the headline on a recent YESAB assessment… Continue reading

Yukoner Shirley Chua-Tan is taking on the role of vice-chair of the social inclusion working group with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ oversight panel and working groups for the autism assessment. (Submitted)
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences names Yukoner to panel

Shirley Chua-Tan is well-known for a number of roles she plays in… Continue reading

The Fish Lake area viewed from the top of Haeckel Hill on Sept. 11, 2018. The Yukon government and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) announced they are in the beginning stages of a local area planning process for the area. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Local area planning for Fish Lake announced

The Government of Yukon and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) announced in… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Fire damage, photographed on Jan. 11, to a downtown apartment building which occurred late in the evening on Jan. 8. Zander Firth, 20, from Inuvik, was charged with the arson and is facing several other charges following his Jan. 12 court appearance. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
More charges for arson suspect

The Inuvik man charged in relation to the fire at Ryder Apartments… Continue reading

The grace period for the new Yukon lobbyist registry has come to an end and those who seek to influence politicians will now need to report their efforts to a public database. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
Grace period for new lobbyist registry ends

So far nine lobbyists have registered their activities with politicians in the territory

The Government of Yukon Main Administration Building in Whitehorse on Aug. 21, 2020. Some Yukon tourism and culture non-profit organizations may be eligible to receive up to $20,000 to help recover from losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Details released on relief funding for tourism and culture non-profits

Some Yukon tourism and culture non-profit organizations may be eligible to receive… Continue reading

Most Read