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Prince George defends home winter marathon with locals winning 2020 Iceman

Cam McNamara wins third marathon, Shar Balogh is new Icewoman
Cam McNamara - Prince George Iceman
Cam McNamara seen here competing in speed-skating portion of the 2017 Prince George Iceman (via Facebook/Len McNamara)

When it comes to competing in a winter-themed marathon, Prince George stands above all.

The 2020 Iceman challenge took place this past weekend in ideal conditions compared to last year’s record-breaking -23 C starting temperature, and saw two local residents cross the finish line in the open men’s and women’s competition.

Cam McNamara won his third Iceman title in five years after completing the race in under two hours and 31 seconds faster than 2019’s winner.

The Prince George racer clocked in with a time of 1:51:50, beating out defending-champion Rob McDougall by 100 seconds and third-place finisher Michael van Vilsteren by over two minutes.

His race times through all stages of the 2020 Iceman are as follows:

  • 00:25:17 = Cross-country skiing
  • 00:38:44 = 10 km run
  • 00:12:12 = Speed-skating
  • 00:20:43 = 5 km run
  • 00:14:56 = Indoor swimming

There were 17 athletes taking part in the open men’s division, 15 of which were from Prince George.

Meanwhile, the new Icewoman is Shar Bolagh, who beat out the next open women’s competitor by nearly 18 minutes, finishing with a final time of 2:02:55.

Her five-stage time results were:

  • 00:25:46 = Cross-country skiing
  • 00:40:07 = 10 km run
  • 00:15:52 = Speed-skating
  • 00:20:56 = 5 km run
  • 00:20:16 = Indoor swimming

Bolagh clocked in four minutes later than last year’s Icewoman, Jocelyn Poirier-Hardy, who had a time of 1:58:53.

There were 13 women in the open category with nine coming from Prince George.

In the relays, ZATOG won the men’s division with a time of 1:44:44, beating out McNamara’s individual result by more than seven minutes.

They were over 18 minutes faster than the second-place team, known as MANtips are HARD.

NMP OrganElles 1 crossed the open women’s relay finish line first at 2:09:12, while Beauty and the BEASTS won the mixed relay division with a time of 1:54:43.

Competitors for the 2020 Iceman marathon came from as far as Sherwood Park, Alta., with some also hailing from Whistler, Vancouver, Jasper and Smithers.


Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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