Whistler’s trail running clinics are back again this year with a slightly different format, but the attraction will once again be the monthly hash runs where runners follow visual clues on the trails to locate the secret finish area.
The first hash run is scheduled for May 27, and will meet as usual at Escape Route in Whistler Marketplace for a 6 p.m. start. The format is good for all levels of runners, as the fastest runners sprint ahead to find the next clues and the slower runners play catch-up. The event is sponsored by Salomon and Escape Route, and there is food and refreshments for participants. The cost to participate is $5.
Future hash runs will take place on the last Tuesday of every month, and one event is being planned for the end of July in Whistler Olympic Park that will make use of the biathlon range.
The weekly running clinics don’t get underway until July 8, and this year they will be built around a 12-week program leading up to the Rubble Creek Classic trail run. The Rubble Creek Classic is a 25 km off-road run that starts at the Cheakamus Lake trailhead and finishes and follows a high-alpine route around Black Tusk before descending to the Garibaldi Lake entrance to Garibaldi Provincial Park.
The cost is also $5 this year.
Salomon will be on hand to let participants demo their new trail running shoes, and there will be refreshments for athletes taking part.
Local riders in Canada Cup DH
The Canada Cup downhill series got underway last weekend with an event at Bromont, Quebec. The race was on the short side but extremely technical, and crashes were par for the course.
West Vancouver’s Micayla Gatto won the women’s title, followed by North Vancouver’s Danice Uyesugi, and Quebec’s Kim Huard. Squamish’s Miranda Miller won the Junior Expert women’s category with a time that would have put her third among the elite women.
On the men’s side, North Shore rider Steve Smith placed second behind American Geritt Beytagh, just over three seconds back despite the fact that Smith went over his bars on one section of the course. Charles-Alexandre Dube of Quebec was third.
Whistler’s James Biluk and Jeff Beatty were 17 th and 22 nd respectively out of close to 90 riders.
In the cross-country race, Whistler’s Tyler Alison was second in the Junior Expert category, 49 seconds behind fellow B.C. rider Evan Guthrie. Philip Cairns of Team Squamish was 10 th .