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WMSC gearswap returns this weekend



It’s hard, expensive work running one of the top alpine skiing clubs in Western Canada, and once again the Whistler Mountain Ski Club is hosting its annual Turkey Sale Ski Swap to raise funds for programs.

Once again the swap will take place in a tent adjoining Whistler-Blackcomb’s gear sale in the Upper Village, between the Wizard Chair and Merlin’s. People are invited to bring their used alpine and cross-country skis, snowboards, un-mounted bindings and boots to the sale. The cost is $3 per item, plus 20 per cent of the sale price, with all proceeds going to the club, which is providing the tent and volunteers to help sell your gear.

Several retailers will also be on hand to sell new and used equipment, renting space from the WMSC.

You can drop off gear any time after 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, until 1 p.m. on Saturday. The swap will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday. Unsold gear can be picked up after 1 p.m. on Saturday until 3 p.m. on Sunday. All unclaimed gear will become property of the ski club, and lowered in price and sold in the swap’s blowout sale.


Lumpy’s Epic wraps up trail running season

Now in its seventh year, the Oct. 14 Lumpy’s Epic trail run is still mostly a community event and fundraiser, but with its inclusion in the Sea 2 Sky Trail Running Series last year it’s poised to get more attention.

Participation is up for all four Sea 2 Sky Trail Running events, with both the Comfortably Numb run and Rubble Creek Classic selling out. The STORMY 64 km trail run and relay was the only exception, with numbers equal to the previous year, but temperatures in the high 30s probably turned off a few would-be participants.

With runners competing for the overall series’ titles, the Lumpy’s Epic is poised to grow in the next few years. With all proceeds going towards youth sport and recreation and the community, growth is a good thing.

The Lumpy’s Epic run is 12 km, and starts and finishes at One Mile Lake in Pemberton. The course includes a mix of trails, starting with a long, technical climb and descent and finishing with a high-speed section of doubletrack. The highlight of the run is the plateau at the top of the first climb, which offers spectacular views of Green River and Mt. Currie.

Participants are asked to bring food and drinks to the race for the post race potluck celebration.

Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and the run starts at 10 a.m. sharp. The cost is $15.


Lottery money boosts coaching

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation recently announced a $250,000 in additional funding for the Coaches Association of B.C. through the BCLC’s SportsFunder lottery from a total of $1.5 million raised for amateur sports.

“This money will provide the financial support needed to make training and professional development accessible to all coaches,” said Gord May, executive director of the Coaches Association of B.C. “Our athletes deserve to be guided, encouraged and taught by well-trained coaches.”

Specifically, the money will be used to subsidize the cost of earning certifications through the National Coaching Certification Program, with an emphasis on regional, female, aboriginal and Paralympic sports coaches, and coaches that train athletes for B.C. Games and Canada Games.

The money will be especially welcomed in remote areas of the province, where there were rarely enough coaching candidates to justify holding NCCP courses.

The details of how the funding will be distributed will be released in the next few weeks.

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