The 17 th annual West Side Wheel Up rolls on Saturday, Sept. 4, starting in Function and finishing at Rainbow Park. Aside from the beginning, the course is almost entirely on singletrack, with the Lower Sproatt, Beaver Pond, Upper and Lower Beaver Pass, Bob's Rebob, Get Over it, a small section of Emerald Forest and the entire length of A River Runs Through It to the finish line - with some other small trail sections thrown in for good measure.
The cost is $25, which includes the post-race barbecue and party sponsored by the Whistler Brewing Company. As well, every participant will get a raffle ticket with an opportunity to win a season's pass for Whistler Blackcomb, stays at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and dozens of other prizes.
The average time to complete the course is around an hour and a half, with the fastest races coming in under an hour.
Registration gets underway at 10 a.m. at the entrance to Function and the ride starts at noon.
More details for Whistler Half Marathon
More details are available for the inaugural Whistler Half Marathon event, which is now officially scheduled for Saturday, June 4. Race organizer Dave Clark said the course - which has yet to be named - will be "undulating" but not too hilly and very scenic.
The website will be up at www.whistlerhalfmarathon.com in November, and registration is expected to open in January.
In the first year the race is anticipating up to 300 runners, but the goal is to turn it into a destination event and grow the field into thousands in the future - similar to large running events in Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria.
The event will benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada, and the Facebook page is accepting ideas for run routes as well as holding contests for free entries.
Strut Your Stuff Sept. 11
Whistler's community registration fair will return on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Myrtle Philip Community School, offering parents a one-stop shop to register their children for community sports, arts and activity groups, as well as to apply for Kidsport Whistler grants.
Community groups can apply for a table by contacting the RMOW Community Life Department at 604-935-8350. The cost is $20 for non-profit groups and $30 for commercial service groups and suppliers.
Strut Your Stuff runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., giving parents a chance to meet with groups, watch displays and even buy and sell equipment for various activities.
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