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Popular Tri-Cities trail race donates more than $17K to Coquitlam SAR

The Diez Vista 50K Trail Race is also set to celebrate 25 years in April.
Coast Mountain Trail Running and the Diez Vista 50k Trail Race runners donated more than $17,400 to Coquitlam Search and Rescue (SAR).

Much-needed equipment, training sessions and other necessities may soon be in Coquitlam Search and Rescue's (SAR) future, thanks to a recent generous donation.

Earlier this month, the non-profit received a big cheque worth $17,407.10 from the organizers and participants of the Diez Vista Trail Race.

"Thanks to Gary Robbins and the crew at Coast Mountain Trail Running for this incredible donation," Coquitlsm SAR said in a social media post on Feb. 1.

"It's our privilege to be part of this annual community event."

"This is a great example of community groups and local businesses working together," added the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC.

The money is partially accumulated from runner registration fees as they include a $10 donation to Coquitlam SAR. 

In 2022, nearly 300 runners crossed the finish line after enduring the popular 50-kilometre race across all divisions from 11 to more than 70 years old.

The competition is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary this spring, which is already sold out.

According to its website, there was a maximum of 500 entries allowed "due to permitting restrictions."

The race, which also includes a one-kilometre run for kids aged three to 10, follows the Diez Vista Trail through təmtəmíxʷtən/Belcarra Regional Park.

It starts and ends at White Pine Beach, and involves 2,000 m of elevation change.

Nicholas Leach of North Vancouver recorded the fastest time in 2022 at four hours, 33 minutes and 14 seconds.

Port Moody's Benjamin Hughes was only seven seconds behind (4:33.21) to finish first runner-up. 

The 2023 Diez Vista 50K Trail Race is scheduled for April 8.