By Andrew Mitchell
The fifth annual Wilderness Trail Run in Pemberton has been bumped back from the first weekend in April by an Early Easter, giving runners a few more welcome weeks of training before the 9 km event on April 22 nd .
The run follows a selection of trails in the Mosquito Lake area, including singletrack trails. While short, there is a decent amount of climbing and technical running, providing a good training opportunity for locals training for events like the 25 km Comfortably Numb trail running race on June 24.
The entry fee is $15, with all proceeds going to Pemberton Search and Rescue. Participants should meet at the “four corners” intersection of Reid Road and Ivey Lake Road for registration at 9:30 a.m., with the race getting underway at 10 a.m. sharp. Walkers are welcome.
All runners should be self-supported, and bring their own water and food for the trail.
The trail running season promises to be a busy one with the return of the Sea 2 Sky Trail Running Series. That series gets underway with Comfortably Numb, followed by the Squamish Thunder (10 and 16 km routes) on July 14, the STORMY (80 and 160 km routes for solos and teams) on Aug. 11, the Loop the Lakes (8 and 15 km courses) on Sept. 9, the Rubble Creek Run (25 km) on Sept. 23, and the Lumpy’s Epic (10 km run) on Oct. 13. More information and registration is available at www.s2srun.com.
As well, the 5 Peaks Trail Running Series is returning to the region, with four events in the Lower Mainland and one race in Whistler. This series is growing in popularity every year, with 325 runners turning out for the Whistler event last summer. More information is at www.5peaks.com.
Several Whistler runners are also signed up for the 50 km Knee Knackering North Shore Trail Run, recognized as the most challenging of all the trail runs in the province with its huge climbs and technical descents. Kevin Titus, the current record holder for the course, will attempt to set a record in the Masters 50 and Over category this year. Other runners include Scott Pass, Walter Wallgram, Duncan Munro, and Chloe Lanthier-Bradner.
The annual Whistler Valley Trail Run (5 km and 10 km routes) will also follow gravel trails in Lost Lake this year. The run date is May 27. Visit www.whistlervalleytrailrun.org for more information.
This year the Whistler Valley Trail Run is part of Whistler Family Week, which includes the Whistler Triathlon Club’s Kids of Steel Triathlon and short-distance Adult Try a Tri on May 26. For more information, visit www.whistlertriclub.ca.