Upwards of 450 runners are expected to turn out Saturday, Aug. 21 for the annual Whistler 5 Peak trail run - the fourth race in the B.C. 5 Peaks series, as well as one of the most popular. As of press time over 425 riders were on the start list.
The Whistler race takes place entirely in the high alpine of Whistler Mountain. There are two courses available, a 4.9 km Sport course with 297 metres of elevation gain and a 10.6 km Enduro course with 760 metres of climbing.
Because of construction at the Roundhouse, the race start has been moved up to the top of the Red Chair, but otherwise the course is the same as last year. Enduro racers will do a prelude run around Whistler Bowl and then back out to Harmony Lake and up the Burnt Stew Trail to Little Whistler Peak before descending back towards the Roundhouse. Sport racers will follow the same route as far as Harmony Lake before turning back towards the finish line.
Online registration will be available until end of day Thursday, but registration is available on Friday at the Salomon store from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Day of race registration is $50 for both courses, and there is a short, one-kilometre Children's challenge course that's available for $5. The races get underway at 11 a.m. with the Enduro racers leaving first, followed by the Sport racers a minute later.
There will be one water station for Sport racers and two on the Enduro course,
For more information visit www.5peaks.com.
Just Another Bike Race rolls on Saturday
The newest edition to the Squamish bike race calendar is Just Another Bike Race, a singletrack epic in the spirit of the Test of Medal and GearJammer that takes place Saturday, Aug. 21.
You can register on Friday at Nesters Market in Squamish, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., or on the day of the race from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. outside the Quest University gymnasium. The cost is $55.
The race gets underway at 11 a.m. and is about 40 km in length, with a difficulty level "Between the Test and GearJammer," according to race director Dwayne Kress. "It will have a bit of something for every racer."
The course heads up Garibaldi Park Road to the Ring Creek Forest Service Road, up to George's Crossing to the entrance of Half Nelson - Squamish's new machine-built downhill trail. After Half Nelson the course doubles back on the Ring Creek FSR to a selection of roads before Rob's Corners and Cliff's Corners, Mike's Loop, Credit Line, Jack's Trail, Mashiter Trail, Roller Coaster, back again onto the Ring Creek FSR and down Psuedo-tsuga, up to Lower Powersmart and Word of Mouth, then a selection of roads and trails back to Quest. A map is available at www.testofmetal.com.