One of the earliest signs of spring in Whistler is the appearance of joggers on roadsides and the Valley Trail, and a good number of them are training for the 14th annual Whistler Valley Trail Run on Sunday, May 28.
The event attracts all kinds, from new runners who are just looking to finish to experienced runners intent on racing all the way to the finish.
There are two course options, a 5 km and a 10 km, and the event is open to all ages and abilities. All of the racers will start in the day skier lot opposite municipal hall at 9 a.m. and jog to Lost Lake and back on a mix of gravel and paved trails, after which the 10 km runners follow up with a lap of the Whistler Golf Course. Both races finish at Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain.
Back by popular demand is the Kids Drop Zone, which provides free onsite babysitting for children 3-8, sponsored by the Westin Resort & Spa and the Meadow Park Sports Centre. Pre-registration is required so organizers know how many kids to expect.
Also back is the fourth annual Teddy Bear Trot for kids 10 and under, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Participants will make a short lap of the area with parent and volunteer supervision, and will be rewarded with prizes for their participation.
Following the race and trot there will be an awards ceremony and prize draw at the GLC.
You can register online at www.whistlervalleytrailrun.org, or by downloading the brochure and sending it to the registrar. Day of race registration is also available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Mountain Adventure Centre/Nike Store.
The cost is $25 or $50 for families, with all proceeds going to the Community Foundation of Whistler.