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At Thursday’s Thetis Lake Relays, the announcer’s bullhorn may be seeing its final days as it squeaked and honked like the waterfowl around us. And a few runners may have gone the wrong way, deep in the woods, like the satellite watches that read their own distances. But the hot chocolate was amazing, dark and rich like the mud we ran in. Then there was the weather. It was perfect. Near sideways rain, at times, and cool temperatures at about 8C (46F). Plenty of wet mud exposed treacherous rocks and roots that lie in wait; shadows of war vets in foxholes, who we honoured on this day.

It was a great day for the 25th running of this iconic race.