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Still time to register for Ore Crusher

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The annual Ore Crusher mountain bike race takes place this weekend in Brackendale, with riders making laps of a 6 km course on a mix of intermediate trails through the Cheekeye Fan.

The race gets underway with a Le Mans-style running start at Don Ross Secondary, and finishes there as well. Each lap passes through a staging area where riders can get support or inspiration from the crowd.

The race is open to kids as young as 12, with participants doing between one and six laps, depending on their category. All levels of experience are welcome, and you can race the course as hard as you want to.

You can register online at www.orecrusher.com until Friday afternoon, but day of race registration is available from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the start line. The entry fee is $45, with half the proceeds going towards the Don Ross Secondary School Outdoor Club, which will be providing marshals and other volunteers.

More information and detailed maps are available on the website.

Gold Rush Challenge still accepting boarders

One of the most extreme events in the history of downhill longboarding is still accepting registration.

The 2009 Gold Rush Challenge, at Britannia Beach on May 23, takes place on a 3.25 km stretch of road with a 325 metre drop from start to finish. The course has five corners, including three hairpin turns that will require aggressive speed checks from the racers. Prize money is up for grabs, and roughly 100 of the top downhill skateboarders are expected to take part, including Sea to Sky boarders Jeff Woodfine, Nate Lang and others.

The athletes are expected to reach speeds of 100 km/h, and are required to wear full face helmets, special speed suits, and regulation gloves.

According to organizers this event is a trial for Britannia Beach, and whether it will be allowed back will be decided by the behaviour of athletes and spectators. The organizers also want to put on an event in Whistler in 2010 to draw more attention to an international sport that's growing every year.

For registration e-mail goldrushevents@gmail.com, or for more information visit www.unkle.ca.

Dozen teams sign on for Tough Rugby League

With three weeks to go until the official kickoff, the inaugural Whistler Touch Rugby League has already signed up 12 teams - surpassing the organizers' expectations, especially since it's a first for Whistler.

Touch rugby became its own sport in the 1960s as players used it to practice and warm up for games.

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