The seven-day BC Bike Race will once again finish its long journey with a day of riding in Whistler, following a relatively short 24.9km course that includes a climb up Easy Does It, a descent of Crank It Up and Heart of Darkness, a section of Yummy Nummy and a selection of trails in Lost Lake Park.
The organizers are looking for volunteers to help stage the Whistler event. The BC Bike Race will donate $2,500 to the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association to support Whistler trails and give something back to the volunteers.
There was an informal volunteer meeting and social on Tuesday, June 25 at the Brewhouse, starting at 7 p.m. All volunteers will receive a BC Bike Race shirt, swag, lunch and a gift certificate to the Brewhouse.
Toonie Ride goes from Wedge
Tonight's (June 27) WORCA Toonie Ride is an epic that includes a section of Comfortably Numb, the Jeff's Trail descent, the new Sea to Sky Trail section from the Wedgemount area to Lost Lake Park, and a few trails in Lost Lake Park. There will be an easier route available for riders not up for the full distance.
Sign-on is at 5:30 p.m. at the Wedge parking lot. The race starts at 6:30 p.m. and finishes at the Riverside Campground.
In other WORCA news, the association is looking for a slogan to celebrate its 25th anniversary next year. People can submit their ideas to WORCA's Facebook Page by July 1, with the winner receiving a free night at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
Midget hockey schedule changed
The schedule for the Whistler International All Star Hockey Tournament has changed for the midget category, where Whistler will be represented by their league-winning rep team.
The Midget category, for kids born 1995 to 1997, runs from June 27 to June 29 and features nine teams.
Whistler will be playing at 10:35 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on June 27 and at 1:50 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. on June 28. Playoffs take place on June 29, starting at noon. More details are available at www.whistlerallstarhockey.com.
Phat Wednesday downhill series resumes
The Bud Light Phat Wednesday downhill series was forced to cancel a race planned on June 19 because of the rain, but organizers will post a makeup date in the next few weeks. The June 26 race took place as planned, and results will be posted next week. Future races are on July 3, 10, 17 and 31, and on Aug. 28. For more information, visit www.whistlerbike.com.
Local runners in Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon
The annual Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon took place on Sunday with close to 5,000 participants at the start line.
The top Whistler runner was Craig Smith, who finished the race in 1:51:26 (chip time) and placed 25th out of 137 racers in the Male 55 to 59 category.
Melissa Smith was 42nd out of 305 in female 20 to 24, finishing in 1:51:26.
Dale Marcoux was 177th in male 40 to 44 in 2:05:10.
Jane Nielsen was 102nd in female 45 to 49 in 2:05:09.
Louise Hatton was 142nd in female 35 to 39 in 2:08:22.
Janet Hutzul was 261st in female 25 to 29 in 2:13:04.
From Squamish, James Newby was the top runner, placing 17th out of 266 runners in male 35 to 39 in 1:29:53.
Sack Igarashi was 15th out of 262 in male 45 to 49 in 1:34:37.
Emma Seguss was 22nd out 393 in female 35 to 39 in 1:41:47.
Kris Duncan was 79th out of 266 in male 35 to 39 in 1:48:05.
Karen Newby was 30th out of 448 in female 30 to 34 in 1:47:49.
Cindy Rochetta was 29th in female 50 to 54 in 1:55:21.
Brent Smith was 175th in male 40 to 44 in 2:08:11.
David Thomson was 174th in male 45 to 49 in 2:11:30.
Susan Dirks was 53rd in female 55 to 59 in 2:24:43.
Complete results are available online at www.sportstats.ca.