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Squash League looking for beginners

Played a little Squash and want to get better?


The Whistler Squamish League is looking for beginners to join the league’s 14 teams this year, with games starting on Oct. 10 and running through to March.

Each team has five players, from Level 1s, the top players, to Level 5s.

"What happens is that all the people who started off at Level 5 last year moved up to Level 4 this year, so we’re always looking for beginners to step in and play," said Ben Thomas, the league administrator.

Thomas says the league is a good opportunity to meet people, and to get into shape this winter – in fact, studies rank squash with swimming and aerobics in terms of an overall workout.

Your $155 entry fee includes a free lesson, a dryfit shirt, tickets to club social events, and entry into Meadow Park for all 17 games. All you need is the proper footwear, a squash racquet and the ability to hit a ball.

Thoughout the season the top players will give you tips to help you improve your game, and the Level system ensures that you will always be matched up against players with similar abilities.

Each game is about 45 minutes long.

If you can’t make your assigned game time on Sunday, you can also make that game up during the week if your opponent is available at that time.

You can sign up at Meadow Park, or by contacting Ben Thomas at

Pass first over the pass

Whistler’s Scott Pass won the 20 th anniversary of the Rubble Creek Classic, a 25-kilometre run that follows the Helm Creek Trail from the Cheakamus Lake parking lot around Black Tusk, and descends back to the highway at the Garibaldi Lake trailhead.

Pass finished the trail in a time of two hours, 15 minutes and 27 seconds. Five minutes later, in 2:20:34, Duncan Munro crossed the finish. Frank Lucarelli was third in 2:28:00.

Adventure racer Jen Segger was first among the women, crossing the line with Paul Nichols in a time of 2:30:37. Second place went to Stephanie Rochon in 2:38:40, followed by Ariel Holtz in 2:50:39.

Following the run, the sponsors at Escape Route sent a sweep team through to pick up any garbage that might have been dropped by the runners.

This is the first year that Escape Route has organized the event, but it made sense to take it on according to store manager James Retty.

"We have been running trail running clinics, sponsored the Tuesday night trail running series, the monthly hash harrier runs, so this event was a good fit for us," said Retty, who finished the run in 2:55:49.