Registration is going strong for the 2009 Every Woman in the World Conference, which takes place from May 22 to 24, and organizers have sweetened the deal for locals looking to take part.
This week they've announced a series of new discounts. To get the Pique discount, type PIQUE into the discount code window to get $50 off registration. If you're a Whistler local you can get another 10 per cent off by typing in the code WLOCAL, and if you register with a group of three or more you can get an additional 10 per cent off, for a total discount over $100 per person. The deadline is May 15 at www.everywoman.ca.
In addition, the organizers have created two new packages that link up with local events, a RunWalk Whistler 5K-10K Race Package that includes the Whistler Valley Trail Run, and a triathlon package that includes the Whistler Triathlon Club's Adult Try-a-Tri.
Kerri Carlson, who started the Every Woman conference five years ago with her sister, Olympic track and field athlete Lynn Kanuka, says the event has grown to a new level.
"This just gets bigger and grows every year, and we've got new sponsorship which is exciting for us," said Carlson. "We just finished Every Woman Powell River, which was fantastic. We'll be doing other community events, with Whistler as our gala location."
The motto of Every Woman is "Inspiring Women Through Physical Activity," and this year's theme is "Keep Moving."
Every Women includes 75 different workshops and events that range from dance to yoga to strength and fitness training to financial planning. Most take place at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, but other workshops branch out into the valley. A complete list of workshops is at www.everywoman.ca.
As well as the workshops there are some group events and guest speakers. The speaker at Saturday's Celebration of Movement dinner is comedienne Christine Lipps of Rock.Paper.Scissors Inc. The wrap up lunch features Stephanie Tait of Run for One Planet. Tait has just completed a 17,000 kilometre run across Canada and the U.S. to raise awareness of environmental issues, completing almost a full marathon every day.
"She epitomizes what it means to move and her inspiration will be nothing short of incredible," said Kanuka, who is herself a bronze medalist in the 3,000 metre dash in the 1984 Olympic Games. "Stephanie encompasses the concept that the sky is the limit in what we can accomplish."
Ore Crusher rolls next weekend
Registration is still open for the annual Ore Crusher cross country mountain bike race, taking place Saturday, May 16 in Brackendale.