The annual Appleton Rum Peak To Valley Race takes place this Friday and Saturday, with teams of four tackling a course that runs from the top of The Saddle to Creekside. The vertical drop is roughly 1,440 metres, with 180 gates from top to bottom of the 5 km course. It’s not uncommon for racers to scream during their last few turns as the lactic acid buildup becomes intolerable, or to collapse out of breath in the finish corral.
Despite the difficulty, the race sells out within a few days of tickets going on sale in June.
Each team of four must have one female racer, and the combined age of participants determine what divisions teams are placed in. There are also awards for the fastest overall males and females, and the fastest team.
There is a mandatory check-in for team captains tonight (Thursday, Jan. 31) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dusty’s Bar and Barbecue. This is the last opportunity for teams to make racer substitutions. Bib pickup is on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 1-2) from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Dusty’s.
If you’re on Whistler Mountain during the race, you’ll need to pass through certain gates. Please listen to events staff manning the gates to avoid colliding with skiers.
Volunteers sought for XC events
February is shaping up to be a busy month for local cross-county skiers, and organizers are looking for volunteers to help out with a series of events taking place at Lost Lake Park and Whistler Olympic Park.
The first event is the seventh annual Lost Lake Shuffle, hosted by Cross Country Connection on Sunday, Feb. 10. This is a three -hour enduro event, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where participating solos and teams see how many laps they can make of a course around Lost Lake in the time limit.
On Feb. 16-17, the Spud Valley Nordics and Whistler Nordics will be hosting back-to-back Coast Cup races at Whistler Olympic Park. Saturday’s race, hosted by the Pemberton Spud Valley Nordics, is a team sprint event, running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Sunday, the Whistler Nordics are hosting an individual classic race, same place and time.
The Whistler Nordics are also hosting the 30 th annual Whistler Loppet, open technique, on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at Nicklaus North.
Organizers are looking for volunteers to help with set-up, take-down, marshaling, timing, package pick-up, package stuffing, food and beverage, and other responsibilities.
If you can help out in one or more racers, contact Theresa Oswald at email@example.com, or 604-905-0214.
Whistler player selected to zone hockey team
Whistler’s Matthew Bonin, a bantam-aged player who as been playing with Whistler’s Midget A team, has been selected to play for Zone 5 in the Under 16 B.C. Amateur Hockey Association provincial championships. As well, Bonin has been selected to represent Canada at an under 16 tournament in Nagano, Japan.
Women’s all-star team to host Rotarians
The top female players from the Whistler Hockey League will be putting on a demonstration all-star game on Jan. 31 at Meadow Park Sports Centre, showcasing their sport for close to 180 Rotarians from 13 different countries.
The game takes place at 6 p.m., and is followed by a banquet where the Rotary Club hopes to raise $14,000 for the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program, and another $14,000 for the Rotarians own foundation to assist disabled skiers. Admission is free, and organizers are hoping to get a good turnout of fans in the stands to create atmosphere for the visiting Rotarians, some of which have never seen a hockey game before.
Janyk nominated for athlete of the year
Whistler’s Britt Janyk is one of the finalists for Sport B.C.’s Athlete of the Year awards, which will be presented on Mar. 5 in Vancouver. Other nominees in the Senior Female Athlete of the Year category include Summerland’s Kristi Richards, who is a standout on the national moguls team, and triathlete Kirsten Sweetland.
Nominations are typically based on results — such as Janyk’s two World Cup medals this season — as well as the athlete’s contributions to B.C.’s sporting community.
Twoonie to be a classic
Tonight’s Whistler Nordics Twoonie race is a classic only event, but no worries if all you have are skate skis — Cross Country Connection is providing free rentals for participants.
Registration gets underway at the Lost Lake ticket booth at 5:30 p.m. and the race gets underway at 6:15 p.m.