Although it only existed officially for one September, local residents and event organizers have grown attached to the idea of the Month of Pain — doing as many local endurance events in the month of September as possible before the weather changes.
There are seven events in the Month of Pain — the West Side Wheel Up on Sept. 6, the Squamish Loop the Lakes trail run on Sept. 7, the Soo Valley Rumble on Sept. 13, the Terry Fox Run on Sept. 14, the Cheakamus Challenge Fall Classic bike race on Sept. 20, the Whistler Spirit Run on Sept. 27 and 28, the Rubble Creek Classic on Sept. 28. Downhill mountain bikers also have the Harvest Huckfest Sept. 20-21, with a pro-am slopestyle on Saturday and the Double Vision Giant Slalom on Sunday. Most of the events are fundraisers for non-profits and various charities, so you can rest assured that your entry fees are going to good causes.
West Side Wheel Up — Sept. 6
This is the 15 th anniversary for this event, which was held originally to celebrate the end of summer and the lesser-ridden west side trails. It’s a fun mountain bike ride and fundraiser for the B.C. Disabled Ski Team, starting in Function Junction before following Lower Sproatt, Beaver Lake, Upper and Lower Beaver Pass, Bob’s ReBob and the full length of A River Runs Through It to finish at Rainbow Park. Registration starts at the entrance to Function Junction at 10 a.m., and the race starts at noon. Cost is $25, including food, refreshments, and a raffle ticket to a draw that includes a season pass.
Loop the Lakes — Sept. 7
This run takes place around Alice Lake Provincial Park trails in Squamish, with eight and 15 km courses available. This is the fourth year for the event, which raises money for the Squamish Emergency Program, Squamish Off Road Cycing Association, and Squamish Trails Society. The shorter race takes place mainly on park roads and wider trails, while the long course includes some singletrack mountain bike trails and is more technical. Registration is $25 ($20 before Aug. 29) or $30 for the long course. More information and registration is available online at www.loopthelakes.com. It’s also the fourth event in the Sea to Sky Trail Running Series (www.s2srun.com).
Soo Valley Rumble — Sept. 13
Hosted by the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association to fill the gap left by the Samurai of Singletrack, this is the second year for this event. Details are still coming together, but participants can count on a challenging point-to-point mountain bike race. Registratoin is at 9 a.m. in the Soo Valley, and the race gets underway at 10 a.m. The cost is $20, including food and refreshments. The course will be different than last year’s, and will be posted a week before the race. For more information, visit www.worca.com.