The Whistler Nordics Twoonie Race seasons winds up tonight, March 5, with a nocturnal rip around Lost Lake Trails. Headlamps are required.
This is the 10th and final race in the series, with registration getting underway at Cross Country Connection at 5:30 p.m. and the event getting underway at 6:15 p.m. at the entrance to the park. The format is "biathlon, with a faux firing range near the warming hut and a penalty loop for people who miss the targets."
The race is sponsored by the Whistler Nordics and Moe Joe's, which is hosting the après.
Over 60 racers took part in the shuffle race on Feb. 26 that was sponsored by the RimRock, SportStop, Soo Valley Electric and Ryder Sunglasses.
Whistler Nordics third at XC Midget Championships
Members of the Whistler Nordics took part in the B.C. Midget Championship this past weekend at Whistler Olympic Park, with athletes competing for their clubs. The Whistler Nordics placed third behind Hollyburn and Larch Hills, and ahead of 11 other teams.
In the relay event, the team of Alex Gershon, Callum McKay, Braden Metza and Austin Reith was third overall, while the women's relay team of Sarah Bowers, Jennifer McTavish, Jenya Nordin and Sydney Jackson was fifth.
Braden Metza also finished third in the 1997 boys sprint race, while Steffi Denroche won an award for classic technique.
Complete results at www.zone4.ca.
WASP hosts Ski-a-thon, Wine'd Up
With the best para-nordic and para-alpine athletes in the world in Whistler next week for World Cup competitions and test events for the 2010 Games, the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program is holding events to celebrate the occasion.
On Saturday, March 7, WASP is hosting its first Ski-a-thon at Whistler Olympic Park, taking place around the spring classic IPC Nordic World Cup events. This is a fun event where participants ski alone or form teams and see how many laps they can make of a course. For more information and registration, visit www.whistleradaptive.com and look under events.
The World Cup Wine'd Up celebration is on Saturday, March 14, celebrating the end of the IPC Para-Alpine World Cup races. Athletes will be on hand at this reception, which takes place at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Tickets are $55, which includes wine tasting and canapés, as well as a $30 tax receipt. Funds raised will go towards the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program.
Cheakamus Challenge registration opens
The date has been confirmed and registration opened for the 20th anniversary of the Cheakamus Challenge Fall Classic Mountain Bike Race, billed as Canada's longest and toughest event.
The race is 71 km, starting at Squamish Airport in Brackendale and finishing at Whistler Creek. The course changes a little every year with trails replacing road sections, and got a lot more technical a few years ago with the addition of Trash and Tunnel Vision trails.
The race day is Saturday, Sept. 19, and early registration is available for $65 until July 31, or $50 for the "Cheakamus Lite" 42 km short course. The entry fee includes the race and food and refreshments at the finish line.
To up the stakes for riders, organizers are pledging more than $15,000 in cash and prizes at the finish line.
For more information or registration visit www.cheakamuschallenge.com.
Regional soccer team to take on province
The Whistler and Pemberton youth soccer leagues are combining players to create a boy's team to compete in tournaments around the province, starting March 14-15 with a tournament in North Vancouver, followed by tournaments in Burnaby on March 21-22 and Kamloops on May 16-18. Several players will also be joining a corridor all-star team to compete in an elite tournament in Vernon over Easter weekend.
The boys are being recruiting from Grade 9 to 11, and will be coached by Dave Robson and Peter Shrimpton. The team is sponsored by Walsh Restoration Services, Mountain Law Corporation, and Murphy Construction.
Atomic Ski and Snowboard Cross this weekend
The makeup event for January's Atomic Ski and Snowboard Cross race is this weekend, March 7-8, with skiers and snowboarders racing down a course on Blackcomb.
There is still time to register, and with a limited number of riders in each category pre-registration is recommended at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations. Event day registration is available Saturday in the Rendezvous until 9:45 a.m.
The cost is $35 to register in advance, or $40 to register on event day.
The practice and seeding runs are on Saturday, and the brackets get underway on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. All participants are eligible to win draw prizes, including a pair of Atomic skis.