Soon, if all goes well, soon there will be a few feet of snow on the ground in the valley and only the hardcore will venture out in their running shoes. But thereís still time to fit in one last good run this weekend at the annual 5km Fun Run for the Whistler Food Bank.
This is an informal event that has runners making just over one lap of the Whistler Golf Course. The run starts at the clubhouse at 9 a.m. sharp on Sunday (Nov. 3), and entry is by donation. Bring a bag of non-perishable items for the Whistler Food Bank, or a cash donation that the food bank can use to purchase food in bulk.
Everyone is welcome ó runners, walkers, dog-walkers, strollers, bikes, inline skates, you name it. The timer is running but itís all for fun.
Halloween Toonie rides into the night
Riding your bike after dark is an exhilarating experience, no matter how bright your lights are. Small features cast big shadows, and the air is filled with dust particles and falling dew drops that light up like a snowstorm. You have no idea whatís waiting around the next corner until your turn your head and/or handlebars that way. Itís as close to living in the moment, and riding scared, as it gets.
The WORCA Halloween Toonie is a tradition that goes back nine years now, with a short fun ride in the dark marked by glowing pumpkins. Riders are encouraged to dress up ó safely of course ó†and celebrate the holiday with one more ride and post-ride social.
This yearís event is sponsored by the WORCA and the Gibbons Hospitality Group, and takes place on Halloween itself (Oct. 31). Sign-on is at Lost Lake PassivHaus at 5:30 p.m., with the start at 6:30 p.m. as the sun goes down. Riders will roll out to the base of Blackcomb for the start, which takes riders up the mountain and over the Benchlands to Yellow Brick Road, FSR, lower Yummy Nummy, Golf Course, Molly Hogan, Donkey Puncher, Dwarf Nebula, the first part of Pinnochioís Furniture, Donkey Puncher, Centenneial and the new spur from White Gold Traverse before descending Peaches en Regalia to the finish.
The afterparty is still to be confirmed. Bring a good light, or two, for the event and wear a costume that you can see out of and that wonít get caught in your chain.
For more, visit www.worca.com.
Whistler Saints beat Hawks to lead standings
The Whistler Saints flag football team is now alone on top of the North Shore Football League standings after defeating the North Vancouver Hawks 14-0. Until Sunday (Oct. 27), both teams shared the top spot in the rankings with identical 6-1 rankings.
The Saints managed a shutout against the Hawks in the 14-0 win, with Beynon McKeen scoring two touchdowns for the Saints ó the first off a run and the second off a pass by Ralph Forsyth. Logan Anderson kicked both conversions.
It was the teamís first shutout of the season. Liam Forsyth and Griffin Brown both made interceptions, while Beynon McKeen, Quinn Goertson and Logan Anderson each recorded sacks.
The teamís last regular season game is against the Vikings next weekend.
Alpine team off to tentative start
The Canadian Alpine Ski Team opened the 2013-2014 World Cup seasons with a pair of giant slalom races on the glacier at Soelden, Austria, last weekend.
Marie-Michele Gagnon, Canadaís most consistent athlete the last few seasons, led the womenís team with a 10th place finish. The other Canadians, Erin Mielzynski and Marie-Pier Prefontaine, did not qualify for the second run.
The win went to Lara Gut of Switzerland, followed by Kathrin Zettel of Austria and Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany. Tina Maze, the most dominant female skier last season with only three results outside of the top 10 and a record 24 podiums ó including 11 wins ó placed 18th.
On the menís side, American Ted Ligety took the win by almost 0.8 seconds over Alexis Pinturault of France, with Marcel Hirscher of Austria in third.
None of the Canadians qualified for two runs, with Dustin Cook, Erik Read and Philip Brown placing well out of contention.
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