TAYLOR, B.C. – The Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge needed its participants to brave the elements last weekend.

The race saw rain for most of the morning, which covered the route in mud. Over 200 competitors still came out despite the rainy and muddy conditions.

Competitor sliding in the mud. photo by Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge/Facebook.

“We had a ball, some of the comments were that some of the people had the best time out of the three years, just cause of the mud.” said Race Director Laurie Cardinal, “It turned into an absolute mud fest and absolute inner child.”

The race was collecting funds for School District #60’s Hot Meals Program and managed to raise over $5,000 for the cause. This year’s race had a drop in competitors, but according to Cardinal, it was the biggest fundraiser they’ve ever had.

Leon Breton was named the winner of the 10km men’s race while Desiree LeBlanc won the ladies 10km. Full race results are listed below:


  • 1st place men’s: Leon Bretton
  • 1st place ladies: Desiree LeBlanc


  • 1st place men’s: Melvin Jarnagin
  • 1st place ladies: Freyja Jarnagin


  • 1st place men’s: Benaiah Jarnagin
  • 1st place ladies: Elsa Withrich

Obstacle Course:

  • 1st place men’s: Mitch Sangha
  • 1st place ladies: Samantha Loeppky
Leon Bretton in the Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge. Photo by The Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge/Facebook.

Up next for the Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge is a potential spooky Halloween race that would take place a week before the Halloween weekend.