January 15, 2013 by Bryan Tasaka | No Comments on CUMBERLAND 2013: ONE RACE, ONE ADVENTURE.

Just like the MOMAR racer, I too have to make some tough choices.  The big one for me was the decision to forgo the Burnaby MOMAR and only offer the race in Cumberland.  The MOMAR has been in Cumberland for 12 of our 13 years and it’s always a big success.  The community and trails are first class all the way and the party never misses.  Saturday, September 21st, 2013, is the date — mark it in your calendar.

We had two great years in Burnaby with challenging courses, fantastic trails, and many amazing memories.  However, in the end, the numbers just didn’t add up and we had to make the difficult decision to let it go.  It was a tough call because Gary and I had a good plan for another course that would have used some cool new terrain.

I would like to extend a BIG thanks to Matthew Coyne at Tourism Burnaby for inviting us to Burnaby and making it all happen. Thanks to the City of Burnaby and Simon Fraser University for granting us permission to race on their trails. Thanks to Magnus Johansson and the GVOC for designing the awesome orienteering stage on the SFU campus!  And a big final thanks to my good buddy, Gary Robbins, for your awesome course design and management!

Now with all our adventure eggs in one basket, the Cumberland MOMAR will be capped at 350 racers and with only one MOMAR, I’m predicting an early sell out.  With the Cumberland race, you can count on another fun Friday night registration night at the Riding Fool Hostel complete with a free beer and a goodie laden swag bag.  We promise you another stellar course with lots of navigational choices,  sweet single-track riding, and non-stop adventure.  No, there won’t be any contrived obstacles, just you and the challenges of the wild Cumberland wilderness.  And we’ll celebrate your day in a big way at the award winning after-party!

We hope that you will make this MOMAR part of your adventurous plans for 2013!  We hope that you will rally your couch potato friends to join your team.

Registration is open. Be there or be square.

Yours in adventure,

Bryan Tasaka
Race Director

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The MOMAR’s TOP 20 PHOTO MOMENTS from 2012

January 14, 2013 by Bryan Tasaka | No Comments on The MOMAR’s TOP 20 PHOTO MOMENTS from 2012

Wow! Wow! Wow!  What a year. 13 years in the bag and so many great moments to add to memory bank.  A big BIG thanks goes out to our talented team of photographers who came out and captured the MOMAR experience.


#1 – CLASS PHOTOphoto by Mark Teasdale (top) and Dave Silver (bottom)

The racers and volunteers pose for the group shot minutes before the start of MOMAR Burnaby (top) and MOMAR Cumberland (bottom).  For many, this will be the last time them smile until they cross the finish line… :0)


#2 – MERRELL TECH TOPSphoto by Mark Teasdale

Our sponsors are simply the BEST and Merrell led the way by stepping up and providing each of our racers and volunteers with a high quality tech top.  Team S&M2 from Courtenay model the new shirts during Friday Night check in at the Riding Fool Hostel.  This good looking team went on to finish 2nd in the 4C category.


#3 – I WOULD CLIMB 500 STEPSphoto by Simon Whitefield

The City of Burnaby’s Parks Crew was busy over the past year building the new 500+ stair Velodome Trail up the backside of Burnaby Mountain.  The Space Cadets hammer up the steps like it’s another day on the Stairmaster 3000.


#4 – X-FILES “O”photo by John Crosby

Once again, one of the coolest parts of the Burnaby MOMAR was the Orienteering stage through the campus of Simon Fraser University.  Here, Geoff Langford leads his Raid the North team through the GVOC designed course.


#5 – SHRINKAGE!photo by David Murphy

Colin Rennie and Sandra Hardy punch the last CP in the waters of Burrard Inlet.  Everyone can thank Tom Jarecki for hanging the CP in this location.


#6 – WITH THE MAVERICKSphoto by Mark Teasdale

For the first time, we added “Social Media Mavericks” to the team of volunteers.  Sarah and Casey-Jo stepped up and provided us with awsome live coverage on Twitter and Facebook and we also had some great tweets from competing teams too.


#7 – LIKE ANTS ON THE WATERphoto by Dave Silver

This photo RULES!!!  The sight of seeing all of the kayaks lined up on Comox Lake for the start of the race is pretty amazing.


#8 – MYSTERY PEAKphoto by Dave Silver

Cumberland’s terrain is truly phenomenal and filled with many hidden gems. While on a weekend of course scouting, we found a huge open bluff with an incredible view of the valley and we knew we had to make it a checkpoint.  Bushwhacking got you there the fasted, but you had to feel good about your compasss skills.  In this photo, Hailey Van Dyck and Jesse Crane clear the CP and venture off to the next.


#9 – REFRESHING SWIMphoto by Mark Teasdale

The Mystery Checkpoint was a popular stage at this year’s MOMAR Cumberland.  It was a short swim with the aid of an air matress or pool noodle.


#10 – CUMBY TRAILSphoto by Dave Silver

A big reason why people keep signing up for the MOMAR Cumberland is the amazing network of mountain biking trails.  The community of trail builders are a dedicated and phenomenal bunch of guys and continue to impress the hundreds of out-of-town participants.


#11 – SEADS AT SEEDS!photo by Mark Teasdale

Seeds Natural Food Market in Cumberland has been a sponsor of the MOMAR for many years now and it has become one of the racer’s favorite checkpoint.  Christina and her staff put out the treats as a mini-reward for the racers.  Sarah Seads (photo) would agree that this extra bit of sugar is the perfect kick needed to make the final push to the finish line.


#12 – INTO THE WILDphoto by Dave Silver

Going off trail can be a very unnerving experience–you can save heaps of time or you can find yourself “off the map”.  This year at the Cumberland MOMAR, teams had many chances to use their compasses and venture in the woods and many felt it was the highlight of their race.


#13 – SYCRO ADVENTURE RACERS!photo by Dave Silver

We have to give another shout out to our sponsor over at Frontrunners who have been with us for the past 12 years.  Norm, Stefan, Nick and Mark are all first class dudes!!!


#14 – WATCH OUT FOR BEESphoto by Dave Silver

The final stage of the MOMAR Cumberland course is a small technical romp through the giant bolder and cliff-laden forest behind the Cumberland Campground.  This stage puts the final stamp on an adventure filled day of racing and an we owe a big thanks to Carl Coger of the Victoria Orienteering Club for making it happen.


#15 – THE CHAMPphoto by Mark Teasdale

It was another series sweep for Todd Nowack bringing his total overall win total to 12. Yes, 12.  Todd has moved to Australia though and unless he makes a special trip back for the MOMAR (and we hope he does), we’ll be crowning a new champ in 2013.


#16 – ABSOLUTE KAOSphoto by Brett Wilson

We thought they were great last year, but this year Kootenay Kaos stepped it up in a big way with thier Red Men/Women outfits and wonky helmets.  Their speed walk across the finish line was a riot and their finish line shot is the bomb.


#17 – THEY ARE THE BEST!photo by Kimberly Kufaas

This card says it all.  Our volunteers are the absolute best.  Thanks Team Chels for making up these cards and handing them out to all of the volunteers along the course!


#18 – THE CHAMPSphoto by Dave Silver

They train hard, they race hard, they make smart decisions, and they come out on top. These are just some of the podium finishers from this year’s MOMAR. Winners took home sunglassess from Ryders, Frontrunners gift cards, and a box of Clif bars!


#19 – PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999!photo by Mark Teasdale (top) & Dave Silver

Another year, another killer party at the MOMAR Cumberland.  The cover band was kick ass and the party was a blast.  Can’t wait for 2013!


#20 – THE ULTIMATE BOTTLE OPENERphoto by David Murphy

This year’s finishers medal not only acknowledged the completion of your MOMAR experience, but was also functional as a bottle opener for the celebratory beer.  Thanks to Rod Tasaka at for the great design!

Posted in: Race Recap


July 16, 2012 by Bryan Tasaka | No Comments on LEAN DOWN TO SPEED UP! By Sarah Seads

Uber-athletes. Weekend warriors. Age class performers. Regardless of ability or sport, gender or age, we are all really after the same elusive goal know as a PB or ‘Personal Best’. Whether you are looking to shave 30 seconds off your next 5k or qualify for Ironman Canada the chances are pretty good that you would like to improve on your current results by getting faster, fitter or being able to go further than you can right now. This is main reason why we keep going back for more year after year.

And this is also the reason why we tend to be gear junkies and techno-geeks looking for the latest, greatest and lightest weight gear to get us closer to our personal goals. Busy searching flash sport specific websites for their next promising purchase many recreational athletes overlook the impact that a lighter ‘race-weight’ can have on their results. Losing a few extra pounds of body fat can improve your performance, decrease your race times and save thousands of dollars trying to shave 3 pounds off your current ride.

Here are some important keys to consider when planning to ‘Lean Down’:
1. Less body mass means less energy is required to propel your body.
2. Balance between body weight and adequate muscle mass is required for optimum performance.
3. Focus on decreasing body fat to athletic levels while maintaining muscle mass.
4. Nutritional fueling requirements must never be compromised for weight loss or performance and health will be impaired.

If you are carrying excess pounds of body fat then you are requiring your body to use more energy to propel forward, up and over the demands of your sport. However, weight loss must always be balanced with your training goals and it is a fine line that must be given careful attention to ensure that you never compromise performance or overall health for weight loss goals.

The good news is that drastic measures are not necessary nor are they effective for long term weight loss. Creating a small caloric deficit every day and every week will add up to successful weight loss over the long term. Not unlike the current government, you too must take steps to create your personal calorie deficit in order to reach your body composition goals. You too must spend calories and cut back on savings to make positive changes. You must burn your way into a caloric deficit in order to shed excess body fat! Simple but oh-so true, the only way to get rid of excess body fat is to consume fewer calories than you expend. That way, your body dips into it’s reserves (aka the Fat Surplus) to provide the energy it needs. Let it dip into it’s savings!

THE BEST WAY to do this is to create a 250-500 calorie deficit every day through a combination of intake and output (diet and exercise). Eat 250 fewer calories (2 beers) and burn 250 extra calories (30-45min run) in addition to your current routine and you WILL lose body fat. Sorry…there aren’t any magic potions, lotions or gadgets in this equation just simple grade school math.

Following are my top 10 tips for creating a small caloric deficit that will result in safe and effective weight loss to help you reach your healthy race weight. Time to get focused, be disciplined and set yourself up for success!

1. Food log: start observing and recording your intake to become aware. Free on line logging tools such as are available for instant calculations.
2. Learn to read labels and educate yourself about healthy food choices.
3. Design a weekly meal plan and stick to it. Success or failure is made at the grocery store.
4. Emphasize nutrient rich food choices and plan your meals around vibrant, colourful vegetables and fruits-5-10/day.
5. Cut Out Empty Calories: processed foods, fast foods, junk food and alcohol. This is one of the the easiest ways to create a deficit (or surplus).
6. Focus on Portion Control: Avoid overeating by eating slowly, using smaller plates, and starting with a smaller serving size. Don’t eat if you are not feeling any degree of hunger.
7. Never skip breakfast or other main meals as under eating can be just as detrimental as overeating as it may cause your body to become ‘fat-friendly’ holding on to every calorie you consume.
8. Consume low-density caloric snacks more often. These are usually high in air, water, fibre and will fill you up without filling up your fat cells.
9. Set yourself up for Success: Plan in healthy snacks to avoid overeating later (busy days, on the road etc).
10. Drink 8-10 cups of fluid per day.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: never ever compromise your pre, during and post training fueling guidelines to cut back on calories or you will never reach your true racing potential. Good luck, be patient and the new lean mean you will be ready for a PB come competition day!


Sarah Seads is a Kinesiologist and Fitness Trainer based in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Her company Equilibrium Lifestyle Management, or ELM, offers group ‘Fitness Adventures’ and Personalized Training programs to assist clients in reaching for their fitness dreams and goals. FMI go to

Posted in: Pushing the Limits, Training

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: John Crosby Likes Earmuffs!

May 27, 2012 by Bryan Tasaka | No Comments on VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: John Crosby Likes Earmuffs!

In this blog post, we are happy to introduce John Crosby, another veteran volunteer who always brings a smile to any task!

So, I get to talk about myself….  Funny I like talking but when it comes to myself I get all quiet…  — John Crosby

How many years have you volunteered for the MOMAR?
I have been volunteering for MOMAR for about 5 years – starting in Cumberland.

What is your favourite MOMAR memory?
That is a tough one… The first year I co-emceed with Dave Norona.  We were in Cumberland and it was just pouring, but Norona and I had a blast talking for 8 hours straight.

How would you summarize your past experiences volunteering for the MOMAR?
My time with MOMAR has always been fun.  Great racers and crew and no matter how much it is raining, there is always the after-party to make you forget.

What is the best costume you have seen at the MOMAR?
There are a lot of great costumes but the one that always sticks is the co-ed team that came as if the event ‘killed’ them.  They had missing limbs, blood and great wounds.

What is your Favorite Quote?
My favourite quote outside of MOMAR is ‘the days are night, and the nights are long’.  My favourite in MOMAR is from Norona – “Earmuffs!”

What is your Best attribute?
Best attribute in races is that I have done a few of my own and am usually a back-of-the-packer.  With this, I try to treat the last racer the same as I would the first racer.

Posted in: Interviews, volunteers

Racer Profile: Team True North’s Cameron Worman

May 14, 2012 by Bryan Tasaka | No Comments on Racer Profile: Team True North’s Cameron Worman

Team True North (L-R: Shane Worman, Al Wright, Sandy Magee, Cameron Worman)

This month’s MOMAR racer interview is with Cameron Worman of Team True North. Read on if you’re interested in learning how to keep strong team dynamics, and how to get seriously creative with orienteering practice. Thanks for your time, Cameron…. looking forward to seeing you in Burnaby!

Who or what inspired you to do your first MOMAR?
It was middle of winter after a day of skiing, we were sitting around my house having a beverage (or two) and decided we needed a different challenge, so we jumped on the internet to find some sort of race close by and up popped MOMAR Sechelt. It worked out great, the date, one of our team members had a place on the Sunshine Coast, and we needed a weekend away, so we signed up the same night!

What kind of races had you participated in before MOMAR?
We have done quite a few races over the years, so not sure the order, but to list a few Storm the Shore, Sea2summit – Whistler, Panorama, Raid the North, Full Moon in June

How would you summarize your training for you first MOMAR?
Just getting out riding and running and having fun with friends – no specific training!!
How did you prepare for the orienteering section?
We did a few practice sessions in the backyard…one of us would hide a few beers and the others would search for them! It seemed like the longer we practiced, the better we got!

What was your favourite MOMAR race course?
Burnaby last year was super fun, but my favorite was probably Sechelt – great mountain biking and course layout or maybe Squamish….good thing I’m not the navigator and have to make decisions! They all have been great.
What is your favourite MOMAR memory?
I don’t think there is one specific moment…I would say the best part of MOMAR is the overall atmosphere of the events – everyone is there for good time and to push themselves to their own limits – newbies to veterans.

Describe a MOMAR moment you found particularly tough?
Getting out of bed the morning after the race!

What is your favourite and least favourite MOMAR discipline?
Favourite – Mountain biking (is the after party a discipline?)
Least Favourite – Paddling (just don’t train for this one!)

How did you go about selecting your teammate(s)?
Whoever we could convince into racing with us, we would take them – some would even want to race with us a second time!

Do you have any advice to give on building and maintaining postive team dynamics?
Make it fun and go into each race with the same goal…we have seen many teams yelling and screaming at each other and that doesn’t look fun. Over the years, we have each developed specific roles and now we seem to know them well – navigator (tells us what to do), motivator (tells us to keep moving), instigator (motivates in a different manner), pace-setter (tells us to stop lollygagging – often the same person as the instigator with comments like “my grandma pushes her walker faster than you are running”), technician (your carrying the bike tools so you fix it even if you don’t know how to use them), workhorse (feeling good, can you carry my pack?). Depending on how many hours into a race, each person could do any of the roles!

Posted in: Interviews

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