Uphill battle at Yukon XC championships

On the same day Kenya's Kenneth Mungara set a Canadian marathon record in Toronto, Whitehorse residents went for their own records at the Yukon Cross-Country Championship, put on by Athletics Yukon on Sunday.

On the same day Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara set a Canadian marathon record in Toronto, Whitehorse residents went for their own records at the Yukon Cross-Country Championship, put on by Athletics Yukon on Sunday.

Although it has been the same course used for years, even repeat runners were grumbling about the amount of uphill in the 1.8-kilometre loop that made up the course at Mt. McIntyre.

“I was wheezing quite a bit on these hills,” said Shane Carlos, 27, winner of the open men’s (20-39 years) race.

“I haven’t been doing too much running so I’m kind of hurting right now, getting into shape,” said Carlos. “I’m using it as a building race, to build my fitness this season.”

Carlos, who recently returned to Whitehorse after years away for school at UBC, finished the nine-kilometre open men’s course with a time of 31 minutes and 45 seconds, more than a minute faster than second-place Rodney Hulstein and third-place Brent Langbakk.

The steepness of the two long hills on the course becomes apparent exponentially as the race goes on, said master men 2 (50-59 years) winner Tom Ullyett.

“The course is tougher than you think,” he said. “In your mind you think it’s not too bad, there’s a hill here a few hundred metres

down and the last few hundred metres is uphill, but in your mind you don’t always multiply it by four or five times.

“So the first two laps: not a problem. But the third lap (you think), ‘I don’t know how much fun this really is.’ Fourth and fifth lap (you think), ‘Let’s just get it done.’

“If you’re trying to pass someone in the last few hundred metres, you really have to have some gas in the tank.”

For the women’s 5.4-kilometre course, the fastest time actually was not posted by the open women’s winner, Eva Slana, with a time of 29:09, but by master women 1 (35 to 44 years) winner, Sue Bogle, with a time of 25:11.

“I am coming off a bit of a flu, so it wasn’t my best race,” said Bogle, who won her category last year as well. “You can’t compare it to anything, really, there’s a lot of uphill. I wouldn’t compare it to the Tuesday night runs.

“It’s a nice course and that’s what you expect from trails around here.”

Bogle has had a successful year in running, also having won the women’s half-marathon in this year’s Yukon River Trail Marathon at the start of last month. Just a couple weeks ago she won leg six in the Klondike Trail of ‘98 International Road Relay. And earlier in the summer she also won the Chocolate Claim 10-Miler and the Mayo Marathon.

“So it’s been a good season,” said Bogle. “I tried to do a lot of racing and my kids are getting into it too, so I enjoy seeing them run.”

In fact, Bogle’s son, Dylan Cozens, beat out one other rider to win the eight-year-old boys’ division on Sunday, outpacing his friend Ben Shier with a time of 8:53 over 1.8 kilometres.

“He said, ‘I only have to run one lap – that was easy,’” said Bogle.

Participation at the championships was up this year, going from 15 runners last year to 26 on Sunday. Last year’s turnout was so low that seven of the event’s 10 divisions had single runners entered, such as the open men’s division, run by Langbakk all by his lonesome last September. This year, seven runners raced in the open men’s and only three had single entries.

One such division was the 10-year-old division, won by Hannah Shier, running 3.6-kilometres in 18:12. Completing a lap with her dog, Shier said she had a good race, but also had gripes with the hills.

“It was a little bit cold, but otherwise it was good,” said Shier. “I think that’s not too short and not too long.

“Going up the (first) hill was challenging.”

At the championships some were discussing the upcoming Royal Victoria Marathon taking place in two weeks in Victoria, BC. As many as 60 Yukoners may be signed up for that event’s marathon, half-marathon, eight-kilometre road race and the kids’ marathon events.

“I’ve heard 50 or 60 – can you imagine 60 Yukoners all going in the Victoria Marathon?” said Ullyett.

Perhaps one of the last times for runners to get in a group run before Victoria will be on Tuesday as Athletics Yukon holds its final event of the season, the Last Intersport Fun Run/Walk, starting in the FH Collins Secondary School parking lot at 6:30 p.m.


Open men (9km) 

1st Shane Carlos – 31:45

2nd Rodney Hulstein – 32:52

3rd Brent Langbakk – 33:01

4th Petr Polivka – 37:18

5th Luke Carlos – 38:02

6th Jan Polivka – 38:48

7th Patrick Anderson – 44:38

Master men 1 (7.2km)

1st Dan Shier – 29:22  

2nd Terry Boone – 36:47

Master men 2 (7.2km)

1st Tom Ullyett – 29:40

2nd Scott Gilbert – 30:26

3rd Don White – 32:3

4th Claude Chabot – 37:05

Master men 3 (7.2km)

1st Bob Bowerman – 35:02

Open women (5.4km)

1st Eva Slana – 29:09

2nd Helena Hrubesova – 31:52

Master women 1 (5.4km)

1st Sue Bogle – 25:11

2nd Megan Phillips – 29:34

3rd Tracey Taylor – 30:54

Master women 2 (5.4km)

1st Barbara Sheck – 29:38

2nd Jeannie Burke – 29:59

13-year-old girls (3.6km)

1st Sarah Burke-Forsyth – 21:38

2nd Galena Roots – 21:38

10-year-old girls (3.6km)

1st Hannah Shier – 18:12

14-year-old boys (3.6km)

1st Aidan Bradley – 17:45

Eight-year-old boys (1.8km)

1st Dylan Cozens – 8:53

2nd Ben Shier – 9:08

Contact Tom Patrick at


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

Just Posted

Crystal Schick/Yukon News
Calvin Delwisch poses for a photo inside his DIY sauna at Marsh Lake on Feb. 18.
Yukoners turning up the heat with unique DIY sauna builds

Do-it-yourselfers say a sauna built with salvaged materials is a great winter project

Wyatt’s World

Wyatt’s World for March 5, 2021.

Yukonomist: School competition ramps up in the Yukon

It’s common to see an upstart automaker trying to grab share from… Continue reading

The Yukon government responded to a petition calling the SCAN Act “draconian” on Feb. 19. (Yukon News file)
Yukon government accuses SCAN petitioner of mischaracterizing her eviction

A response to the Jan. 7 petition was filed to court on Feb. 19

City councillor Samson Hartland in Whitehorse on Dec. 3, 2018. Hartland has announced his plans to run for mayor in the Oct. 21 municipal election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillor sets sights on mayor’s chair

Hartland declares election plans

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Nurse Angie Bartelen at the Yukon Convention Centre Clinic in Whitehorse on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
State of emergency extended for another 90 days

“Now we’re in a situation where we see the finish line.”

The Yukon government says it is working towards finding a solution for Dawson area miners who may be impacted by City of Dawson plans and regulations. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Miner expresses frustration over town plan

Designation of claims changed to future planning

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been postponed indefinitely. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
2022 Arctic Winter Games postponed indefinitely

Wood Buffalo, Alta., Host Society committed to rescheduling at a later date

Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Bureau of Statistics reports rising rents for Yukoners, falling revenues for businesses

The bureau has published several reports on the rental market and businesses affected by COVID-19

Council of Yukon First Nations grand chief Peter Johnston at the Yukon Forum in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. Johnston and Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn announced changes to the implementation of the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Third phase added to procurement policy implementation

Additional time added to prep for two provisions

Crews work to clear the South Klondike Highway after an avalanche earlier this week. (Submitted)
South Klondike Highway remains closed due to avalanches

Yukon Avalanche Association recommending backcountry recreators remain vigilant

RCMP Online Crime Reporting website in Whitehorse on March 5. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Whitehorse RCMP launch online crime reporting

Both a website and Whitehorse RCMP app are now available

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

Most Read