Bruised and hurting Kris Swanson takes 16th Emperor’s Challenge win

Winning this year's race for a 16th time was Kris Swanson of Victoria.

Another running of the Emperor’s Challenge was held Saturday morning. Winning this year’s race was a familiar face in Kris Swanson of Victoria as he completed the 20 kilometre distance in 1:29:41. Swanson’s feat was even more impressive considering he took part in the race injured after being involved in a car crash days earlier where he broke his collarbone, had stitches in his knee and foot, and a number of significant scrapes.

Swanson’s victory was his 16th out of 17 tries.


The top finisher from Fort St. John was Steve Sadownik as he took fourth in a time of 1:36:06.

The oldest competitor in the event was Eugene Barton of Charlie Lake. Barton is 82 years old and completed the distance in 3:14.

Just over 1,000 people took part in the race.