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Scott Cooper, dressed in a red T-shirt, dark shorts and knee-high socks, puts his hands on his knees and catches his breath after crossing the Divide 200 ultramarathon finish line.

Shootin’ the Breeze – September 20, 2023

200 miles? No problem!

Looking none the worse for wear, Scott Cooper of Calgary was the first competitor to cross the finish line of the inaugural Divide 200 ultramarathon. One hundred racers started at Castle Mountain Resort and tackled a 200-mile course that included an elevation gain of about 12,335 metres (40,465 feet) in the backcountry. In next week’s issue you’ll learn how many made it back to the finish line and more about Scott’s amazing race.

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Aerial view of the Cowley Lions Campground on the Castle River in southwestern Alberta