Vernon’s Karly Sovereign takes a breather during the MOMAR adventure race on Vancouver Island. Sovereign teamed up with her aunt

Adventure race a family affair

They made history and they vow to return.

They made history and they vow to return.

Vernon’s Sheila and Karly Sovereign became the first aunt and niece duo to compete in the Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (MOMAR) in Cumberland, on Vancouver Island.

MOMAR, one of Canada’s most popular adventure race series, is a one-day event that challenges the bodies and minds of racers over 30-to-50 kilometres of rugged and visually stunning West Coast terrain.

It features the multi-sport disciplines of mountain biking, trail running, orienteering and kayaking. Competitors race solo, or in teams of two or four.

The Sovereigns raced the 30-kilometre Sport Course and placed ninth in the team of two, female category.

According to Sheila, the navigation was the toughest part of the course.

“We did really well with the route finding, but we really had to take our time and think it through,” said Sheila.

“I did the Squamish MOMAR and the trail finding was way easier. This was actually pretty tricky so we really had to pay attention.”

The Vernon teammates say that they’ll be back next year, and hope to sign up for the 50-kilometre Enduro Course.

Race director Bryan Tasaka said many racers got lost between a pair of checkpoints by running past one of the turns, and that some teams were lost for up to two hours in the dense coastal forest.

All racers made it out of the woods on their own.

More than $3,400 was raised by MOMAR this year for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, bringing the combined total to more than $20,500.

Plans are already in the works for MOMAR’s 2012 season.

More information on racing, volunteering, MOMAR training clinics and their official charity is available at www.mindovermountain.com/momar.

 

 

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