Search | Letter to the Editor | Contact Us | Newstip
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Temp: -2°C
Feels like: -2°C
Humidity: 91%
Find a CarFind a Car
Find a HouseFind a House
TV ListingsTV Listings
Good luck finding a doctor
Mar 13, 22:08 (Hits: 1138) -- Comments: (1)

Doc makes splash at Citizen Iceman Print E-mail
Written by Ted Clarke
Citizen staff
Sunday, 08 February 2009
Doc makes splash at Citizen Iceman -  (MAH_3697.jpg - 2110946)

Related Items

    Thirty-six years had passed since Karen Muir last took the plunge in a swim race.
    That was in 1970, the year The Beatles recorded their last studio album, the World Trade Centre became the world's tallest building, the AMC Gremlin and Ford Pinto made their debuts in new car showrooms, and Apollo 13 was almost lost in space.
    Once a swimmer, always a swimmer; the 56-year-old family doctor from Vanderhoof soon found her rhythm at Prince George Aquatic Centre, barely making a ripple as the former South African national swim team member backstroked 800 metres to fulfill her team commitment in Sunday's Prince George Citizen Iceman.
    She no longer has the speed that would have included her in the backstroke and 400 individual medley events at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, had politics not gotten in the way. (South African was banned from the Olympics starting in 1964 for its refusal to condemn apartheid, until the ban was lifted in 1992.) However, she left the pool satisfied with her efforts in her first-ever Iceman competition.
    Muir was part of the Ice Matrons team with Deirdre Goodwin, Claire Radcliffe, and Karen Bancroft, competing in the women's veteran category.
    "A friend of mine, he knew I could swim and asked me to be on this team, so I did," said Muir. "It was grueling, but it was fun. I like this, I'm just not as quick as I want to be. I've been wanting to do this for four years."
    Muir posted an admirable time of about 17 minutes, swimming the backstroke. In her prime she would have covered that distance in eight minutes.
    A race start temperature Sunday morning of 2C and winds that died down significantly overnight made for near-perfect conditions for the 22nd annual Iceman, which included 79 solo competitors and 496 team athletes.
    Shar Jackson of Prince George, competing for the first time in the solo event, was the fastest woman, winning in two hours two minutes 24 seconds while Colin Bullock captured his first Iceman men's overall title in 1:48:33.
    A data entry glitch that skewed team times delayed posting of official results for the team categories until timing officials from Vancouver can be tracked down to access their computers.
    Snow conditions at Otway Nordic Centre, site of the ski event, were fast but also quite forgiving for less-experienced ski racers. The recent warmer weather was a cause for concern for Iceman organizers, who were worried about the outdoor ice oval, but the ice was in pristine shape to start the race, much to the relief of John Martin, co-chair of the Iceman committee.
    "We had a lot more

    Tonight in
    Prime Time

    volunteers this year and a lot more help with the signs and it just flowed really well," said Martin, a team 10km runner. "Thank goodness the ice was in great condition, it was just fabulous. I was crossing my fingers bigtime this past week, just for the ice, and it came through."
    The outdoor ice was indoor quality, and that made it an unforgettable race for solo women's racer Sue Harrison of Smithers.
    "The ice was so smooth and so fast, it was so much fun," said Harrison, whose husband Richard also competed solo. "When the wind is blowing it's like one way is uphill and one way is downhill. This whole event is awesome, it's so much fun. It's our focus of the winter."
    Added Richard: There's nothing else like it anywhere, it's so well-organized."

    Comments (0)add
    You must be logged in to a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 February 2009 )
    WEB AD

    Who's Online

    We have 141 guests and 5 members online