There was a huge turnout as always for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, one of the last big events of the 2012 season for road runners with a fast, flat course.
From Whistler, David Moloney placed 44th overall out of 1,616 participants, as well as 12th out of 139 in the men's 30 to 34 age group in 3:00:40 (chip time).
Suzan Lemmers broke the four-hour mark with her time of 3:57:14, placing 21st out of 112 women in the 45 to 59 group.
Russell Boyd was just over four hours in 4:05:13, placing 49th in the male 25 to 29 race.
From Squamish, Edgar Mujica was 39th in the male 20 to 24 race in 4:27:37. Tracey Kliesch was 70th in female 35 to 39 in 4:31:13. Brian Rohl was 104th in male 35 to 39 in 4:31:58. Monica Rohl was 104th in female 35 to 39 in 5:08:43. Jin Yew Loh was 124th in 30 to 34 in 5:47:50.
Complete results are posted online at www.sportstats.ca.
Soccer teams tops in tournaments
Thanksgiving weekend is a busy one for soccer tournaments, and six Whistler teams made the most of it with a number of strong performances.
The Whistler Avalanche U13 Boys won second place in gold level at the Richmond Thanksgiving Tournament. They finished the round robin with a record of 2-0-1, then went on to face North Van Fury for first place. Whistler was first on the board with Noam Steele scoring nine minutes in, but the Fury answered back with two unanswered goals to take the lead. The Avalanche put the pressure on in the second half, but couldn't come up with a goal to tie up the match.
In the Boys U18 tournament the team won its first two games with 14 goals for and none against, despite the fact that the team included lots of 15 and 16 years-olds. They followed up with a gold medal performance in the finals.
In the North Shore Girls Soccer tournament, 80 Whistler girls played in U11, U12, U13, U14, U16 and U18 divisions. Both the U13 and U16 teams came away with gold medals.
The U13 team's win was all the more impressive as they had never played together before and won four games including a 3-1 win in the finals.
As well, the Whistler U12 team earned a silver medal, while the U14 team took bronze.
The U12 team started its tournament with a pair of 2-2 draws, then won the next game 3-1 to advance to the finals, where they lost 2-0 to SurDel Force.
In U14, the team started out with a 3-0 loss, then lost a close game to a U15 team. With a bit of momentum the team won 2-0, making the small final where five different players scored six goals for Whistler to earn the bronze.