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WORCA board to stay the course in 2009

Trail budget for 2008 will top $70,000



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This year WORCA also provided course descriptions in advance through the website, as well as a second start for the slower riders.

Reneault said the position was challenging with more administrative work required to host races, including getting race courses approved in advance by the municipality. The municipality also wanted to know all of the courses in advance before the start of the season for their own calendar, and Reneault said WORCA could work with sponsors to get the information in earlier.

There is one more event on the Loonie Race calendar, the Thursday, Oct. 30 Halloween Loonie Race. This is a night ride that takes place in Lost Lake Park, with registration at the Mons bridge in Nicklaus North after 5:30 p.m. The race gets underway at 6:30 p.m., and the route will be marked with glowing pumpkins and reflective tape. The après is at Edgewater, opposite Alpine Meadows.

Bring a costume and a good headlamp — most of the race will take place in the dark.

Reneault stepped down at the end of the meeting, but will stay on the board in a newly created position, Director of Skills Development. The board is still looking for a Director of Race for next season. If you’re interested in the position, contact Todd Hellinga at, or Secretary Kim Myers at



For the first time in several years WORCA spent more than it took in, drawing on cash reserves that have been building while various trail projects were on hiatus.

In total, WORCA spent roughly $148,800, including more than $40,000 from previous surpluses. That’s about $30,000 less than WORCA expected to spend this year, and leaves the organization with $32,000 in the bank at the end of the season.

Revenues this year included a $25,000 Community Enrichment Grant from the municipality, almost $7,000 from Loonie races, $14,000 for youth programs from the annual bike swap, and more than $40,000 from membership dues (minus almost $31,000 for insurance).

Most of that money is already committed to trail projects, including a section of trail at the end of Shit Happens to rejoin that trail to Alpine, new sections of Train Wreck after two sections were lost in the highway improvement project, and new sections of trail to offset trail lost to the First Nations cultural centre and the Whistler Sliding Centre.

Treasurer James Brooks stayed on as Treasurer for a third season.

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