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Sports Briefs: Whistler Half Marathon half sold out

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Interest in the second annual North Face Whistler Half Marathon has been brisk, with more than half the 1,000 spots in the event snapped up in the first 48 hours since the race went on sale on Jan. 1.

"Response to the opening of general registration on New Year's Day has been very strong, building off the enthusiasm of the inaugural event held on June 4, 2011," said race director Dave Clark. "Website traffic in the days leading up to the registration indicated high interest in the event so we thought we would get a good response, but we are thrilled with these numbers."

The 21.1 kilometre race starts and finishes at Whistler Olympic Plaza, and follows a mix of residential roads in five neighbourhoods and Valley Trail.

It's described as an "undulating" course, which means is a little hillier than half marathons in places like Vancouver or Victoria, but it's still within limits for official sanctioning from BC Athletics.

The 2012 race takes place on Saturday, June 2. The cost is $78 until Feb 29, going up to $88.

There's also a Little Rippers one kilometre run for kids that's $10, and is capped at 100 racers. The optimum age is five to nine years old, but all kids are welcome.

All proceeds from the event go towards the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

For more on the race and volunteer opportunities, visit www.whistlerhalfmarathon.com.

Pemberton equestrian centre wins top awards

Dreamcatcher Meadows in Pemberton received a great Christmas present this year with news that four of their horses received Horse of the year awards from the United States Dressage Federation.

Dreammaster DMV, a homebred Hanoverian stallion, won three titles in the All Breeds competition for his wins at the Prix St. Georges level, ridden by Olympian Charlotte Bredahl-Baker — herself an Olympian and international judge.

The horse was brought to Bredahl-Baker's ranch in 2010 after seeing him in action, and Dreammaters DMV continued his training at the Santa Ynes ranch.

With a good foundation from Dreamcatcher, the horse was able to skip a few steps to the Federation Equestrian Internationale level. He is now training for the highest level of competition with Bredahl-Baker with plans to compete internationally in 2012.

Another Dreamcatcher horse, Ballerina DMV — another homebred Hanoverian — was bought by Earl's Restaurant Chairman Leroy "Bus" Fuller as a foal, then left with the Dreamcatcher stables and owners Jill Giese and John Dingle for training.

The horse competed for the first time this year at the age of three, winning numerous young horse classes in the U.S., scoring the second-highest average in all of the U.S. for horses aged 3 to 5. The horse won the title of Three Year Old Materiale Young Horse of the year.

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