January 1, 2015 by Bryan Tasaka | No Comments on Happy New Year, Adventure Racers! Registration Now Open.
Another year has come and gone and we hope that your 2014 was filled with many tales of adventure. For those of you that took on last year’s Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race in Cumberland, we hope that your experience was a truly memorable one and that you have plans to come back again this year.
The 2015 date is set and the 16th annual, 38th edition, of the MOMAR will return to the Village of Cumberland on September 26th. Registration is now open with early bird rates in effect until the end of February. Call up your buddies, get your team together, and make the commitment to take on the challenge today. Please note that this race sells out quickly every year.
We are already in the process of designing this year’s course and with such an expansive Cumberland trail network to work with, you can expect another challenging and adventure filled experience.
Have a great year and we hope to see you on the start line in September!
October 2, 2014 by Bryan Tasaka | No Comments on 36th Edition of the MOMAR Set for September 26, 2016
The date is set for the 16th season of the Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race. On September 26th, 2015, over 500 weekend warriors will line up for another adventure filled day in the Village of Cumberland.
Racers can expect another challenging course complete with paddling, mountain biking, trail running, bushwhacking and more. Registration will open in early January and we are expecting another early sell out. Get your team together and save the date!
For more race details, go here.
September 23, 2014 by Bryan Tasaka | No Comments on LOOK WHO WON. FINAL RESULTS FROM THE 2014 MOMAR CUMBERLAND
The oversold Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (MOMAR) took place in Cumberland on Saturday, September 20th. Comox Valley racers were the first to cross the finish line in both the Enduro and Sport courses.
The overall winners of the 50km Enduro Course were Brad Crowe and Clay Ward of Courtenay, with a time of 4:53:57. Comox’s Ryan Stuart placed second overall and first in the solo male category, coming in at 5:00:29. Victoria’s Shane Ruljancich placed third overall and second in the solo male category, crossing the finish line at 5:08:15.
Enduro winner Clay Ward said the race was tough but incredible. “Everything was tough – there wasn’t a single easy moment, but [it was] by far and away the best run race from start to finish that I’ve ever been at,” says Ward. “[The day] was unbelievable – the sponsors, the course, pizza and waffles at the finish line, the post-race medal. I can’t wait for next year.”
Race Director Bryan Tasaka describes this year’s race as ‘exceptional’, with a few MOMAR firsts. “The weather was perfect, spirits were high and the course was perfectly challenging,” says Tasaka. “We had four paddle boarders for the first time at a MOMAR, and a team from the Cowichan Valley paddled a dugout, which brought a cool new element to the race.”
“The toughest part of the course seemed to be the hike-a-bike portions,” says Tasaka. “There were two of them in the Enduro course, requiring racers to carry their bikes up Miner’s Trail and Nikkei Mountain.”
Norm Thibault and Wendy Simms of Nanaimo placed first in the team of two, co-ed category, with a time of 5:31:57, while North Vancouver’s Aimee Dunn placed first in the solo female category coming in at of 6:27:48.
The first team of four to cross the finish line (6:29:57) was team Mooseknuckles, consisting of Richard Huggins of Ladysmith, Kevin Pond of Nanoose Bay, Dew Brunton of Victoria and Justin Barr of Nanaimo.
The Enduro Course started with a 10km paddle on Comox Lake, followed by an 8km trek from the Cumberland Lake Campground, up the mountain then back down to downtown Cumberland. From there, teams began a 7km mountain bike ascent to Bucket Lake. Once at the top, racers changed back into their running shoes for another 8km trek, searching for seven more checkpoints. The final stage was a 17km cross country mountain bike ride, ending in downtown Cumberland.
The Sport Course included all the same elements, just 20km shorter.
Courtenay’s Eric Blakey and Julien White of Comox took first place overall in the 30km Sport Course with a time of 4:34:21.
The second place overall winners for the 30km Sport Course were Scott Pearce and Virgil Hawkes of Victoria, coming in at 4:47:35. Courtenay’s Cheryl and James Glennie came in third overall and first in the co-ed category, with a time of 4:54:07.
North Vancouver’s Jennifer Mckenzie and Katie Bennett placed first in the female category, crossing the finish line at 5:35:34.
September 5, 2014 by Bryan Tasaka | No Comments on UPDATED (Sept 15): Look who’s racing the MOMAR!
In just a few days, the Village of Cumberland will welcome 500+ weekend warriors to take on the challenges of the Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race. The list of teams is impressive with racers as young as 18 and as old 64 ready to take on the 30K Sport Course or the 50K Enduro Course. They are coming from all over BC, Alberta, Saskatewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Washington Stage, Idaho, Indiana, California and even one from Costa Rica. And almost half of the racers are first time MOMAR participants.
It’s going to be wild!
If you’re racing, please review the List of Registered Racers (vSept15) and confirm that your team information is correct. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with all changes. Unfortunately, we are completely sold out of guest tickets for the awards banquet at this time.
August 11, 2014 by Bryan Tasaka | No Comments on Did you make it on this year’s MOMAR poster?
The 2014 edition of the MOMAR poster is now out on the streets! Check it out and see if your happy mug made the cut. Big thanks to my talented brother, Rod Tasaka, for his design work and to amazing Dave Silver Photography for taking the awesome photos! If you would like to print your own copy for the wall, click here to download the high res 11″x17″ PDF (48MB). It’ll make for a great souvenir!
Wow. In a mere 46 days, the 37th edition of the Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race sold over 600 entries making this event the fastest sellout and biggest turnout in our 17 year history. We have racers coming from across North America and even a few from Australia, Germany, and South Africa. Over 50% […]Read More...