The Whistler Nordics are hosting their annual gear swap on Sunday, Oct. 27, giving locals an opportunity to sell old cross-country gear, upgrade to something better or get into one of the fastest-growing sports in the corridor.
Local retailers will also be at the event, setting up booths to sell everything a person needs to start skinny skiing, while the Nordics will be selling memberships and passes for next season at early bird prices, plus refreshments to help raise money for the competitive team. Team clothing will also be on sale.
The swap is from noon to 3 p.m. at the Hilton Resort & Spa. You can drop off your used gear for sale from 10 a.m. until noon at a cost of $2 per item plus 15 per cent of the sale price. Unsold gear and money can be picked up between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The proceeds from the swap go back into the Whistler Nordics programs to pay for coaches and other necessities.
Mixed results for football teams
After chalking up their first loss of the season the Whistler Saints flag football team were back in the “win” column this week after 31-12 win over the North Vancouver 49ers. Liam Forsyth scored on the Saints’ first possession, to be followed by touchdowns by Quinn Goertson and Beynon McKeen. Logan Anderson ran back a kickoff in the second half to score again for the Saints, and added three converts.
The Saints and Hawks are both tied at 5-1 in the standings, although the Hawks have scored more points in six games.
Meanwhile the Pemberton Grizzlies community team played a rematch against the Squamish Sounders on Sunday. Although they took their first match, the Grizzlies allowed 20 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to let the Sounders take the win 27-14.
The Grizzlies are playing again next week, with a scheduled game against the Correlieu Clan. Details are still to be announced.
Food Bank Run moved to Nov. 3
Christine Suter of C2Sky Multisport is once again hosting her annual 5K Run for the Food Bank, now taking place on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. Runners, walkers, dog walkers, cyclists, inline skaters, skateboarders or any combination of the above are welcome to come out and enjoy a lap of the Whistler Golf Course, starting and finishing at the clubhouse.
The loop is slightly less than 5km on its own, so participants will have to continue on for a hundred metres more after completing a lap to make the full distance.
There’s no entry fee, but participants are asked to bring a donation for the Whistler food bank — either a donation of food or cash that the food bank can use to buy food in bulk for its clients. Get there before 9 a.m. to make your donation.
Whistler Youth Soccer gala dinner tickets on sale
Tickets to the Whistler Youth Soccer Club’s second annual gala dinner are now on sale on the organization’s website. www.whistlersoccer.com. The event will be on Saturday (Nov. 2) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Whistler Conference Centre.
Tickets are $20 for kids five to nine, $30 for youth 10 to 14 and $40 for adults 15 and older, and must be purchased by Friday (Oct. 25). There will be a buffet dinner, silent auction, awards and entertainment.
In other soccer news, there will be a school pro-d day tournament in Whistler on Oct. 25. The tournament takes place at Myrtle Philip Community School fields from 10 a.m. onwards, with U12 and U14 boys and girls teams participating from Whistler, Pemberton and Squamish.
The league also filed the following report from Thanksgiving tournaments:
WYSC saw 11 teams travelling to Vancouver to participate in soccer tournaments.
All teams did very well and they were complimented on their skills and sportsmanship during games.
This is the first time so many teams have competed during these events, seeing players as young as 7yrs old joining in.
Teams competed were U8 right through to U18, both boys and girls.
Many girls teams participated in North Shore Annual Thanksgiving Tournament, whilst boys were in the Wesburn Mini Gobbler tournaments.
Many Whistler teams played and won games against tough competition however the recent changes to U12 soccer and not keeping score did not impact the quality of games played and the fun that was had by all soccer players and coaches during the weekend.
WORCA Halloween Toonie moves back to Lost Lake
The annual WORCA Halloween Toonie Ride is back again this year, this time taking place on Halloween night (Oct. 31). This is a mandatory headlamp event that starts as the sun goes down, with riders following a short course marked with glowing pumpkins. Sign-on is at 5:30 p.m. at Lost Lake Passivhaus with the ride getting underway at 6:30 p.m. There are prizes for the best costume and a Halloween après party (location TBA).
Adam Billinghurst’s One Million Down video released
Whistler’s Adam Billinghurst’s amazing feat from this summer — one million vertical feet of bike park riding in just 57 days — is now on video. Sony ActionCam helped sponsor the challenge, which no doubt helped — Billinghurst went through six sets of tires — with Billinghurst wearing the camera during filming to capture thousands of hours of footage. That footage, edited down to less than five minutes, is now posted on YouTube. Search “Adam Billinghurst million Sony” to get the official link.
Robert takes Lumpy’s Epic
Pemberton’s J-F Robert laid the boots to the Lumpy’s Epic trail on Sunday, finishing the roughly 8km route in 38 minutes and 45 seconds. Marc Cousineau was second in 43:01, followed by Pemberton’s John Davies in 43:01. Joe Davies, a Pemberton junior runner, was fourth overall in 46:39.
The top female is the race was Lisa Ankeny in 46:40, followed by Esmee Ingham in 1:03:00 and Christine Cogger in 1:05:54
There was also a shorter 5km junior event that brought out racers with the Whistler Nordics and home Spud Valley Nordics team.
Whistler’s Lauren Doak was the fastest runner in that category, finishing in 25:06. Two other girls were second and third with Sophie Wuenderich in second in 25:09 and Alisa Feuz a step back but also in 25:09.
Matthias Shorter was the top junior male in 30:04, followed by Alex Feuz in 30:43 and Logan Sadan in 32:16.
The event is a fundraiser for the Spud Valley Nordics, and includes the technical Lumpy’s Epic mountain bike trail over Signal Hill.