The last trail run of the season, the annual Lumpy's Epic Run in Pemberton, is set for Sunday, Oct. 21 this year. Details are the same as past years, with runners meeting at One Mile Lake beach and running a selection of trails around Signal Hill including the very technical Lumpy's Epic Trail. The cost will be the same as last year at $15 per person, with proceeds going towards the Spud Valley Nordics and Whistler Nordics clubs. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the run starts at 10 a.m.
The adults will run a new 12km course, and there will also be a kids run designed for athletes in cross-country racing that will weigh in at 5km.
Food Bank Run on Oct. 27
Fall is one of the busiest times for the Whistler Food Bank with everyone waiting for the snow to fall to start work. To help out, Christine Suter of C2Sky Multisport has organized a fun food drive with the support of the Whistler Golf Club and municipality. The run takes place on Saturday, Oct. 27 with registration outside the golf club at 8 a.m. The run follows the Valley Trail around the golf course and then a little further to make it an even 5km.
To participate, bring some non-perishable food items for the food bank or make a donation to the Whistler Community Services Society, which operates the food bank in Spring Creek.
Walkers, cyclists, skateboarders, strollers, families and dogs on leashes are welcome to take part.
Mixed sunday for football teams
The Whistler Saints flag football team scored their fourth straight win on Sunday versus the West Vancouver Vikings, with a narrow 12-6 victory. The pee wee Sea to Sky Titans suffered their first loss, 22-6, to the North Vancouver Colts. The minor league Titans team is still winless, this time losing 27-0 to the Richmond Raiders.
For more, visit www.gslfootball.ca.
Whistler rowers heading to world's biggest regatta
The Head of the Charles on the Charles River in Boston is recognized as the biggest rowing regatta in the world, with a 5km course on a curvy section of the river. Over 9,000 rowers will participate in two days of events this year in singles, doubles, quads, fours and eights, with upwards of half a million spectators lining the shore and the seven bridges along the course.
Whistler's Maureen Harriman and Diane Ziff are making the trip to compete on Oct. 20-21, and will race in singles in their respective masters age categories.
Harriman attended the previous two years, finishing second both times, and is looking for gold this year. She won two golds and two bronzes at the U.S. Masters Nationals in Worcester, Maine and four golds at the Canadian Masters Rowing Championships in Montreal. Most recently she headed to the Head of the River in White Rock and was crowned Queen of the Nikomeckl River.
Ziff will be competing for the ninth year, with a top finish of third a few years ago. She's been out with a skiing injury, but has been training with Harriman six days a week on Alta Lake with other members of the Whistler Rowing Club.
The club started in 2009 and has grown to 18 members with two coaches, two learn-to-row instructors and seven members who compete in regattas in B.C. and the U.S. For more on the group, visit www.rowwhistler.com.
WMSC swap this weekend
One of the longest running, and most popular stops during the annual Whistler Blackcomb Turkey Sale weekend is the Whistler Mountain Ski Club swap taking place in the big tent outside the Blackcomb Day Lodge. The swap is open to everyone to buy and sell used skis, snowboards and boots, or for stores to sell unused clothing and accessories.
The swap runs Friday to Monday, with check-in for goods starting at 3 p.m. on Friday and finishing at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is $3 per item, plus a 20 per cent commission on sold items. The swap is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
All proceeds from the swap go towards the WMSC programs and events.
For more on the swap and the club's soft goods swap visit www.wmsc.info.