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September 14 — West Side Wheel Up — This is a fun mountain bike race that includes some of the best singletrack on Whistler's west side, including Lower Sproatt, Beaver Pond, Danimal North, Whip Me Ship Me, Bob's ReBob, Get Over It, a little bit of Emerald Trail and all of A River Runs Through It. This is the 20th anniversary of the ride, and as always all of the funds raised go to support the B.C. Para-Alpine Ski Team.
September 29 — Whistler Spirit Run presented by RioTinto Alcan — This is a fun, traditional cross-country race that takes place at Whistler Olympic Park. The event was created in honour of legendary track coach Frank Reynolds, as well as a way to build spirit before the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Proceeds from the event provide grants to top level B.C. runners with the goal of developing high performance athletes.
There are categories for all ages and abilities. The open men, women, university and masters divisions start at 11 a.m., with the men racing 8km and the women 6km. There's a 2km girls and boys race for elementary students 12 and under that starts at noon, followed by a 3km girls and boys race for 15 and under at 12:30 p.m. and a senior high school girls and boys race with a 4km girls course and 5km boys course at 1:15 p.m.
There's a family 1km fun run at 2 p.m. for younger kids and families, and a 4x2km relay with corporate, club and family divisions at 2:30 p.m.
For more, visit www.whistlerspiritrun.com.
September 29 — Rubble Creek Classic — This is a 24km trail run that starts at the Cheakamus Lake parking area, ascends the Helm Creek Trail to the cinder flats behind Black Tusk, crosses over into the Taylor Meadows and eventually descends about 10km on the Rubble Creek trail. More details and registration will be available at en.escaperoute.ca/events/RubbleCreek.aspx in September.