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Commuter Challenge another success

850 take alternative transportation



Despite a decision to move up the Whistler Commuter Challenge four months to coincide with national Environment Week, the fifth annual event was a success with 845 people taking part from 59 organizations and two schools.

The challenge was one week long this year, as individuals were asked to bike, walk, skate, carpool, or take transit to work in exchange for points. Participants that earned enough points were eligible to win prizes, and businesses that took part were recognized for their efforts.

In the small business participation category five businesses had 100 per cent participation from their staff: Brent Harley and Associates, Gescan Electric, Maurice Young Millennium Place, Valley Business Centre and Westland Insurance.

For medium businesses RBC Royal Bank and TD Canada Trust had 100 per cent each, and for large business the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa had 30 per cent participation.

In the highest possible points category the top small business was the Whistler Chamber of Commerce with 100 per cent of possible points, the top medium business was RBC Royal Bank with 100 per cent, and the Hilton Resort and Spa was the top large business with 98 per cent.

The individual participants winning the grand prize draw were announced on Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at Araxi. For the Meadow Park Sports Centre pass the winner was David Cowper from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park pass went to Chris Midgely at the RMOW, the WAVE transit pass went to Scott Pendergast from Mountainside Lodge. The draw for the workplace coordinator, for a trip for two on the Whistler Mountaineer, went to Chris Praine of Tourism Whistler.