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Whistler Mountain Bike Park pass changes planned

Sports briefs: Whistlerites complete Ironman 70.3 in Utah; Locals run BMO Vancouver Marathon

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With the Whistler Mountain Bike Park set to open on May 18, Whistler Blackcomb (WB) hopes to highlight some changes to its pass program.

In an email to Pique, WB noted anyone who purchased a pass for this coming season will need to pick up a new pass, as bike-park access is no longer automatically loaded onto winter passes like it has been in previous years.

"The bike park has its own pass, which signals our frontend staff to activate their discounts. In order to access the park and receive your discounts, you will need to check in with guest services, sign your waiver and pick up the new pass. Extended play (3:30 to 8 p.m.) starts on opening day, and we don't want guests missing a moment of the 2018 season standing in line, so please pick up your pass in advance of your ride," WB senior communications specialist Jennifer Smith wrote in an email.

Two triathletes complete North American Championships

A pair of Whistlerites took on the Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championships Ironman 70.3 St. George in Utah over the weekend.

Ash McMillan completed the half-distance, 70.3-mile or 113-kilometre, race in a time of four hours, 35 minutes and 10 seconds (4:35:10) to finish third out of 235 racers in his men's 45 to 49 category.

Adam Ward, meanwhile, finished in 4:47:57, taking 26th out of 212 competitors in the men's 30 to 34 division.

Another Whistlerite, John Blok, meanwhile, competed but did not finish.

Locals run BMO Vancouver Marathon

Local runners made the pilgrimage down to Vancouver for the annual BMO Vancouver Marathon on Sunday.

In the full 26.2-kilometre race, Matus Kirilak was the top-finishing Whistlerite, completing the course in three hours, 21 minutes and 12 seconds (3:21:12) in the men's 30 to 34 age category, while Kazuyuki Nameraishi put up a 3:24:34 in the men's 40 to 44 division. Other Whistler runners included: Vicki Romanin (3:46:39 in women's 55 to 59); Michael Overbeck (3:47:01 in men's 20 to 24); Jodie Hands (3:57:47 in women's 25 to 29); Ronan McKegney (4:01:29 in men's 20 to 24); Nick Reynolds (4:06:56 in men's 35 to 39); Lex Curtis (4:08:51 in men's 40 to 44); Will Pocknee (4:15:15 in men's 20 to 24); and Yasuya Arasaki (6:38:32 in men's 45 to 49).

Whistlerites completing the half marathon, meanwhile, were: Guy Dale, Robert Greso, Jennifer Treptow, Hannah Ostick, Jodi Carter, John Blain, Walter Wallgram, Martha Day, Rob Watkiss, Katie Marshall, Dominique Carless, Claire Von Leeuwen, Thomas Carless and Adam Buffery. Meanwhile, Pembertonians Tara Latham, Carlee Cindric, Shannon Beattie, Renee Howell and Madison Kerr completed the half.

Bike swap coming saturday

Need a new bike for 2018?

The Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA) is hosting its annual bike swap this Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Those selling items can drop them off between 8 and 9:30 a.m. for a tag fee of $2 per item. WORCA receives commission of 15 per cent on the first $1,000 and 10 per cent on the balance.

Any unsold items must be picked up between 2:30 and 4 p.m., at which point they become property of WORCA.

Volunteers are still needed for setup the night before and on the day of the swap. Volunteers receive the chance to shop first, are fed breakfast and lunch, get a beer afterward and will take home a special volunteer T-shirt. Anyone interested in helping out can contact Greg Walker at olfgwalk@gmail.com.

For more information, visit www.worca.com.

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