Brentwood Bay man first off muddy mountain

Todd Nowack wins the 2012 MOMAR in Burnaby on Saturday

Brentwood Bay's Todd Nowack grins during the MOMAR race in Burnaby.

Ten’s tops for Brentwood Bay’s Todd Nowack. He snagged his 10th overall win during the second annual Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (MOMAR) on Saturday, beginning and ending at Burnaby’s Barnet Marine Park.

Nowack crossed the finish line in four hours, 20 minutes and six seconds, just as adverse weather conditions set in.

“We started the day with great weather but thunderstorms bringing hail and torrential rain began just as Todd crossed the finish line, lasting for a few hours,” said race director Bryan Tasaka. “Racers were soaked and covered in mud when they crossed the finish line – all part of the adventure.”

Despite the unpleasant weather and the repeated ascents up Burnaby Mountain, Nowack raved about the course that was put together by designer Gary Robbins.

“Gary put together a terrific race course this year that really maximized the available terrain and provided a good balance of time in each of the disciplines,” Nowack said. “There were several tough but satisfying sections on the course such as some killer single-track with Nicole’s Trail and Gear Jammer, making us climb Cardiac Hill not once but twice and the steeper than steep Watermain Trail which would see most racers hike-a-biking.”

Nowack said the event was flawless from beginning to end. “Everything about the day was professional with a well-organized volunteer crew, a great start/finish location and a fantastic venue for the post-race banquet awards and after-party,” he said. “When you attend a MOMAR, you really get the full deal experience and will leave physically and mentally satisfied and will be already looking forward to the next one – I know I am.”

Bart Jarmula of Revelstoke was a close second and Victoria’s Hayden Earle was third overall with a time of 4:54:08.

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