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Golf fundraiser a success

Sports briefs: Biathlon camp coming to Whistler Olympic Park



Nicklaus North Golf Club took to the course to tackle ALS once again.

The course hosted the Golfathon for ALS for the third time on June 24 and 25, with director of golf Andrew Smart and associate professional Trevor Marko teaming up to surpass their record of 294 holes from 2014. In the 24-hour marathon this year, the pair completed 302 holes.

"It's still a long time to be playing golf," Smart said, noting the two combined for 2,429 strokes in 24 hours. "We start at night, so we don't get beat up. You don't want to be tired as soon as it's dark. We took a cart, which was good, and tried to stay hydrated. That's about it."

The cart for Smart and Marko was equipped with lights, while another support cart had brighter floodlights, which made it easier to find the glow-in-the-dark balls the pair used.

Smart said the club managed to raise nearly $10,000 for the ALS Society of BC this year to bring the three-year total to roughly $65,000.

"We're pretty happy with the support of our members and the community," Smart said.

Smart said this is likely going to be his last all-nighter, personally.

"I can't say I'm going to be doing it again. Three years is probably my limit," he said.

Over 30 courses across the province were slated to take part in the fundraiser, which started in 2005. In its history, the event has raised over $1 million for the charity.

Biathlon camp coming to Whistler Olympic Park

Adults can give biathlon their best shot during an upcoming camp.

Sea to Sky Nordics is getting set to host a session at Whistler Olympic Park on July 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The camp is designed for people 19 and older who have little to no experience with the sport.

The shooting portion of the camp will be held at the park's biathlon range, while participants can either run or ride their mountain bikes to complete the second part of the biathlon equation.

"Our Adult Biathlon Camp is the perfect way to try biathlon for the first time," Sea to Sky Nordics head biathlon coach Etienne Letondeur said in a release. "The weather in July is great for being outdoors, and you don't need to know how to ski to try biathlon in the summer."

Cost for the camp is $200. Those looking for more information or to register can visit


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