Wanetta Beal just ran the West Coast Trail in 19 hours and 13 minutes. … As far as she and Parks Canada staff know, sheâ€™s the first woman to do the 75-kilometre route in less than 24 hours â€” instead of the usual six days.
â€œI knocked it off my list of things to do in my thirties,â€ said Beal, 35, of Whiskey Creek. â€œI feel like if I can do this, I can do anything.â€
The men’s record is Frank Wolf and Kevin Vallely of North Vancouver, 10 hours and 13 minutes. â€œThey set it on 24 July 1997, 10 days after finishing first and second in the North Vancouver Kneeknacker Race. The time measurement is from Bamfield Trailhead to the end of the trail on the west shore of the Gordon River. It includes all stopping time, including the wait for the Nitinat Ferry. This is a good and fair convention for measuring the time of future runs.â€œ