2014 Squamish 50 Mile And 50k Results

2014 Arc'teryx Squamish 50 MileAfter a hilly, slippery, technical, and challenging 50 miles at the Squamish 50 Mile on Saturday, August 16, Squamish, British Columbia-ite Nick Elson (post-race interview) and Vancouver-ite Kim Magnus (post-race interview) rose above the rest of the field to reign as the 2014 champions. In the 2014 Squamish 50k on Sunday, the next day, Vancouver-ites Ellie Greenwood (post-race interview) and Adam Campbell (post-race interview) dominated for their wins, setting course records and besting all other runners by a respective 31 and 25 minutes.

In addition to this article, you can find our full play-by-play of the race as well as a collection of our pre-race interviews and preview on our Squamish 50 Mile Live Coverage page.

Salomon S-Lab BeltAs usual, we’ll be updating this article with additional results as well as links to Squamish 50 Mile/50k-related articles, photo galleries, and race reports.

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2014 Squamish 50 Mile Men’s Race

Pacific Northwest ski-mountaineering expert Nick Elson has been applying his enthusiasm and skill in the last year to trail ultrarunning. After a DNF and a trio of podium finishes at other local ultras, Nick really put things together with his strong showing from start to finish in the Squamish 50 Mile. After running in the lead pack early and then staying among the top-three men after some men dropped back, Nick ran in second or first position for the race’s second half. After passing the 53k aid station tied with eventual second place Mike Murphy, Nick began to put time on Mike and the rest of the field, breaking away to a 10-minute victory.

Nick Elson - 2014 Squamish 50 Mile Champion

Skimo expert and climber Nick Elson taking charge on the trails in winning the Squamish 50 Mile. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Mike Murphy, last month’s champion of Vancouver’s famous Knee Knackering 30 Mile, ran–from the outside looking in–a similar race to Nick: out with the lead pack early, staying in the thick of things when the pack thinned, and then packing a punch at the critical moment in the race’s last third to rise to his second-place position. Like Nick, a strong showing from line to line.

Mike Murphy - 2014 Squamish 50 Mile second place

In the second half of the Squamish 50 Mile, Mike Murphy runs toward second place. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Ed McCarthy also ran aggressively from the gun, leading the men’s pack for most of the race’s first half. He began to drop from the leadership position to his eventual third place somewhere on the approach to the 53k aid station. There he’d fallen back from the co-leaders Nick and Mike, but began to fend off the balance of the men’s field. With two previous third places at the Squamish 50 Mile, he finished third for the third year in a row.

Ed McCarthy - 2014 Squamish 50 ile third place

Ed McCarthy in the forest before halfway in the 2014 Squamish 50 Mile. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2014 Squamish 50 Mile Men’s Results

  1. Nick Elson – 7:30:12 (post-race interview)
  2. Mike Murphy – 7:40:24
  3. Ed McCarthy – 7:55:27
  4. Gareth Davies – 7:58:15
  5. Oliver Utting – 8:05:02
  6. Colin Miller – 8:07:56
  7. Christopher Jones – 8:10:47
  8. Michael Versteeg – 8:12:31
  9. Michael Wardian (Hoka One One) – 8:13:25  (post-race interview)
  10. Gary Gellin (Inov-8) – 8:29:07

Full results.

2014 Squamish 50 Mile Women’s Race

Women’s champ Kim Magnus was last month’s winner of Vancouver’s Knee Knackering 30 Mile, and she went out among the women’s leaders in this race as well. Until just under halfway through the race, she ran in or very close to second place. At the 48k aid station, however, after making it up and over the race’s most extended climb, Kim emerged as the women’s leader, a position she would hold from there to the finish. Her first 50 miler was an outstanding performance!

Kim Magnus - 2014 Squamish 50 Mile Champion

Kim Magnus, 2014 Squamish 50 Mile women’s champion. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Kim faced pressure from the rest of the women’s field for virtually the entire race, especially from eventual second place Samantha Drove. Until the final kilometers, Kim and Sam were not more than a couple minutes apart, with Kim generally running ahead of Sam. I’ll admit, to me Sam looked like she was working harder than the other women early in the race, and I doubted whether she would be there in the later kilometers. However, when I saw her at the 38k aid station, it seemed like her posture and approach had changed, and that she had become comfortable with her effort. What fun it was to watch her run in third place early, and second place late.

Samantha Drove - 2014 Squamish 50 Mile second place

Samantha Drove running for second place in the 2014 Squamish 50 Mile. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

What a year third-place finisher Cassie Scallon has had. A win at the Sean O’Brien 50 Mile earlier this year, a broken ankle and surgery, and this race, her second ultra back after injury. Cassie went off the line in typical Cassie style, at her own seemingly aggressive pace. This pace, she would say at the finish line, wasn’t one she could ultimately sustain due to her lack of fitness. Cassie pretty much led the race from the start through somewhere before 48k. There she’d lapsed to second position and later third position.

Cassie Scallon - 2014 Squamish 50 Mile third place

Third-place 2014 Squamish 50 Mile finisher, Cassie Scallon. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

2014 Squamish 50 Mile Women’s Results

  1. Kim Magnus – 9:14:00 (post-race interview)
  2. Samantha Drove – 9:21:52
  3. Cassie Scallon (Salomon) – 9:36:42
  4. Kathy McKay – 9:59:35
  5. Ann Bouchard – 10:25:05
  6. Sarah Stepec – 10:35:39
  7. Lise Plantier – 10:47:23
  8. Natasha Cochrane – 11:14:39
  9. Janet Lun – 11:16:10
  10. Sarah Seads – 11:26:40

Full results.

2014 Squamish 50k Men’s Results

Adam Campbell - 2014 Suqamish 50k champion

Adam Campbell at 18k into winning and setting a course record at the Squamish 50k. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

  1. Adam Campbell  (Arc’teryx) – 4:55:08 (post-race interview)
  2. Eric Carter  (Hammer) – 5:20:36
  3. Michael Wardian (Hoka One One) – 5:31:45 (post-race interview)
  4. Brian Zurek – 5:42:52
  5. Jason Novecosky – 5:43:25
  6. Colin Miller – 5:47:32
  7. Jeremy Waters – 5:49:46
  8. Dean Perez – 5:54:49
  9. Michael Versteeg – 5:55:00

Full results.

2014 Squamish 50k Women’s Results

Ellie Greenwood - 2014 Squamish 50k champion

Ellie Greenwood on her way to a win and course record in the 2014 Squamish 50k. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

  1. Ellie Greenwood  (Montrail) – 5:20:39 (post-race interview)
  2. Catrin Jones  (Arc’teryx) – 5:51:11
  3. Ann Signorella – 6:25:26
  4. Gemma Slaughter – 6:35:40
  5. Michelle Ford – 6:38:22
  6. Carley Gering – 6:51:25
  7. Kate Burrage – 6:53:43
  8. Kathy McKay – 6:57:00
  9. Renee Caesar – 7:07:33
  10. Mary Walsh – 7:09:52

Full results.

2014 Squamish 50 Mile/50k Articles, Race Reports, and More

Articles and Photo Galleries

Race Reports

Thank You

Thank you to Ellie Greenwood, Solana Klassen, Jen Mullaly, and Linda Barton-Robbins for helping with our Squamish 50 Mile and 50k live coverage!

Meghan Hicks

is iRunFar.com's Senior Editor, the author of 'Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running,' and a Contributing Editor at Trail Runner magazine. The converted road runner finished her first ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world's wildest places. For more information on Meghan and her adventures, please visit her personal website.

There are 14 comments

    1. Jesse140

      Speaking of coverage I wonder what will be covered run rabbit run or the rut 50k. Both look like good ones this year and I think they they are the same date.

    2. Bryon of iRunFar

      There certainly were some strong performances at Leadville this year. Unfortunately, when we had to make a choice on what race to cover, the Squamish 50 Mile field was stronger, so we were up there despite last minute changes to both fields (Leadville's good, Squamish's not so good). We write about events that we attend and, therefore, can share fresh perspective on. Why recirculate what's already been reported? If you want it, there’s more explanation in the comments here: http://i-rn.fr/14SQ50-Prev .

      We will have an original article related to Leadville on Friday.

  1. NumazuRun

    Thanks! Good races over a beautiful course. I really appreciate the variety of races (countries, distances, terrain) iRunFar has covered so far in 2014.

  2. kjz

    I can think of a few ways to get more races covered when they occur simultaneously:
    1. form a friendly relationship with Bryon and/or Meghan so they can count on you as a volunteer to do what needs to be done in race coverage. Build trust by volunteering for iRF in races they will already be covering.
    2. volunteer to help cover the race(s) that you'd like/expect iRF to cover, round up a few friends, get to the race, provide the coverage flawlessly in remote mountains where cell service is spotty and internet connection only happens if you stand on your 5th toe and hold your arms in starfish position while at the one shelter you can get to up a pothole jeep road + a 2 mile hike in the rain, drive/fly home afterwards. :) repeat several times.
    3. donate money, lots of money, so iRF can have a company jet rather than a prius so they can get places faster.
    4. pay for pilot.
    :) It's a tough, tough job and we love and are perhaps a bit spoiled by what they've provided so well that we come to expect it. Volunteer, folks. Donate. Help out as you can. Positive and constructive comments and suggestions always work better than the opposite. can you seriously believe we are used to up-to-the-minute coverage on back country ULTRAS??? I've been in the sport a long time… snail mail and results a week or more later… amazing what's the "norm" now. :) Thanks, Bryon and Meghan!

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