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Packed summer calendar for Whistler

Running, biking, ultras, obstacle courses and more in lineup of events

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Aug. 5-12 — 2012 Canada Nationals Paragliding. Pemberton hosts this unique, incredibly spectator-friendly event, which is a preview for a global event planned for 2013. Visit www.paraglidenationals.com.

Aug. 10-19 — Crankworx. The world's biggest freeride mountain bike festival returns to Whistler with 10 days of competitions and special events — a few of which are invitational though most are open to the public. Visit www.crankworx.com for details.

Aug. 11 — Squamish 50 Mile Trail Race and Relay. A new 50 mile (80km) trail running race with over 80 per cent of the course on singletrack and 3,000 metres of elevation gain from start to finish. Visit www.squamish50.com.

Aug. 18 — Just Another Bike Race. The final event of the Hell of a Series, this mountain bike race is billed as a cross between the length of the Test of Metal and the technical difficulty of the Gear Jammer. Visit www.testofmetal.com.

Aug. 24-26 — the Sinister 3 series, which hosts multi-day mountain bike events in Fernie and Moab, is hosting a three-day event in Whistler this summer. The first day will be based out of the south end of Whistler and follow 36km of trails, day two in 39km and includes west side trails and the Flank, and day three is also close to 40km and features Comfortably Numb. For more, visit www.furious3.com.

Aug. 25 — 5 Peaks Trail Running Series. Back for more, the Whistler 5 Peaks event takes place in the high alpine of Whistler Mountain with both Sport and Enduro course options available. There's also a one kilometre Children's Challenge. Visit www.5peaks.com.

September

Sept. 1-2 — Meet Your Maker 50 Mile Trail Ultra and Relay. This is a tough new race for solos and relay teams, covering 80km of trails in Whistler. Visit www.meetyourmaker50.com for details.

Sept. 7 to 9 — The third and final edition of the series, the Four Kings is a three-day, four-race WORCA-sanctioned mountain bike competition that rewards all-around talent rather than just speed or technical ability. Visit www.worca.com.

Sept. 8 — The RBC Whistler GranFondo. This 120km road ride from Vancouver to Whistler is expected to sell out all 7,500 spots. For information and registration, visit www.rbcgranfondowhistler.com.

Sept. 15 — West Side Wheel Up. A Whistler mountain bike tradition with a short technical course on West Side trails and an after-party that never disappoints. It's also a fundraiser for the BC Para-Alpine Team. More info at www.worca.com as it comes available.