Ladysmith offers absolutely the best running High (Street) available

Annual Ladysmith Hill Dash is open to runners who enjoy going uphill fast

Gerry Beltgens Special to the Chronicle

Are you ready for another heart thumping run up High Street?

The Ladysmith Hill Dash is back challenging competitors to set the fastest times up one of Ladysmith’s finest hills.

One of the major events hosted by the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association, the 4th-annual Hill Dash now draws relay teams from all over the area to compete with the Crossfit Ladysmith teams.

If you think you have what it takes (stamina, speed, strong legs and a good dose of craziness) then get your team together, register online or in person at Crossfit Ladysmith, and start practicing! The Hill Dash coincides with the “Running of the Balls” the LRCA fundraiser, and all participants over 19 get a ball and a chance to win $1,000 right after the Hill Dash.

Last year’s winners, Crossfit Ladysmith, will field two and possibly three teams this year. They are the organization to beat with wins in both men’s and women’s events in 2018. They have also signed on as a corporate sponsor.

“We are excited about organizing the event this year,” said Tylor Nelson from Crossfit Ladysmith.” We have succeeded in getting more businesses involved and willing to participate.”

Other sponsors with teams include 49th Parallel Grocery and John Surtees from Remax, who is again organizing the “Kids Zone” outside the Ladysmith Resources Centre building. Coast Environmental is a new sponsor this year and is threatening to “lay waste” to to the competition.

All funds raised from the event will go towards the Kinsmen Washroom project on 1st Avenue.

Nelson has some solid advice for people thinking of fielding a team.

“Pace yourself at the start so you have something left for the last stretch,” he said. “Make sure you are ready for the event, get in some practice and maybe consider crossfit training.”

For more information or for teams to register, go to the Hill Dash Facebook page, or stop by in person at Crossfit Ladysmith 521 1st Ave Ladysmith.

Registration closes at midnight June 13. Team Registration is $60. Races start at 11 a.m. June 15.


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