One of the last big road runs in the Lower Mainland each year is the annual New Balance Fall Classic half marathon at UBC.
From Whistler, Lisa Smart was the top runner with a time of 1:29:17 over 21.1km, good enough for second overall in the female 40 to 49 category.
Cassi Deane was fourth in the 15 to 19 age category in 1:49:33 (chip time).
Shannon Boisvert was 35th in female 20 to 29 in 1:53:55.
Chantal Deane was 10th in 15 to 19 in 2:14:07.
Brenda Bergstrom was 30th in 50 to 59 in 2:23:48.
Eileen Craig, Maridee Fitch and Catharine Ireland also raced, finishing under three hours.
From Pemberton, Greg Edwards placed 36th in male 30 to 39 in 1:42:23.
Nancy Johnston was 11th in female 40 to 49 in 1:48:07.
Complete results are online at www.raceheadquarters.com.
Olympic ski and snowboard cross course revealed
The FIS revealed the course design for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, with a 1,250 metre-long course at the Rosa Khuto ski area.
The course was designed over four years, using feedback from athletes at test events held at the venue last season.
There are eight main turn sections, as well as jump and rollers sections. A quick look at the layout reveals close to 50 features from top to bottom. For the most part athletes will follow the same course, with only one section differing for skiers and snowboarders.
Canada’s medal hopes for 2014 include several ski and snowboard cross racers. In snowboarding, Whistler’s Maëlle Ricker is the defending Olympic champion and World Championship winner, while teammate Dominique Maltais is the reigning World Cup overall champion from last season. On the men’s side, Chris Robanske won his first race last season.
In skiing, Whistler’s Ashleigh McIvor won the debut of the women’s ski cross at home in 2010, while Chris Del Bosco placed fourth on the men’s side and probably could have guaranteed himself a bronze if he didn’t risk everything on a daring pass to move into second.
McIvor has retired after a knee injury. Heading into Sochi, the men’s ski cross team includes four World Cup medallists, including Del Bosco, while the women’s team features 2011 world champion Kelsey Serwa and 2012 World Cup overall winner Marielle Thompson of Whistler.
Simon D’Artois closing in on Pursu.it goal
Whistler’s Simon D’Artois took the plunge in posting a profile on the crowdfunding website Pursu.it last week, and at press time had already funded about 75 per cent of his goal of $10,400. He also held a fundraiser at Bounce on Sunday (Nov. 17).
D’Artois, an Olympic ski halfpipe hopeful, is following the lead set by teammate Matt Margetts, who set a Pursu.it record by raising $20,000 in five days. Both Margetts and D’Artois are with the national team’s “B” group, with Mike Riddle and Justin Dorey on the “A” group.
Money raised for Canadian athletes through Pursu.it can go towards training, travel and competition costs, which are considerable — especially in the early season when athletes have to travel longer distances to find halfpipes and training/coaching opportunities.
Test of Metal early registration details
The Test of Metal group of races is offering an early registration opportunity, getting underway last Friday (Nov. 15), with 4-Pack registrations for all four Test of Metal races — the Orecrusher, the Test of Metal, the Gearjammer and Just Another Bike Race — selling for $215. That’s a 20 per cent discount if you were planning on doing all four races, or an expensive, though guaranteed, spot in the annual Test of Metal race which typically sells out in less than an hour.
The Orecrusher kicks off the series on May 10, followed by the Test of Metal on June 14, the Gearjammer on July 19 and Just Another Bike Race on August 16.
The Test of Metal has also announced that this year the series will be timed using the Webscorer system, which will allow for real-time results on race day.
For more on the Test of Metal races, or to register for the 4-Pack, visit www.testofmetal.com.
In addition to the 4-Pack option, there will be a locals-only registration for the Test of Metal in December, followed by open registration on Jan. 1. A total of 1,000 spots will be sold, with organizers expecting at least 800 at the start line for the event.
Pro Elite racers don’t need to sign up in advance, and can register up until the day of the race.
Gymnastics club hosts open house
Saturday, Nov. 30 is RBC Sports Day in Canada, a joint program by ParticipACTION, CBC and True Sport, with sports organizations across the country opening their doors and encouraging people to try something new or get back into sport.
In Whistler, the Oros Whistler Gymnastics Centre will be hosting an Open House on Sunday (Nov. 24) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The competitive artistic and trampoline teams will be putting on two displays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and there will be a chance for families to participate in challenges and try out some of the equipment. There will also be coffee and a bake sale.
The Oros Whistler Gymnastics Centre is located in the Whistler Athletes’ Centre in Cheakamus Crossing.
Early bird XC passes over on Nov. 20
The official start of the Nordic ski season has been tentatively scheduled for Nov. 21 this year, although with the snow reaching the valley floor last week it could come even sooner. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers can avoid the last minute rush and save on the cost of season passes by taking advantage of early bird prices in effect until Nov. 20.
A Ski Callaghan pass provides you access to an expansive trail network of more than 130km to explore by ski or snowshoe in the Callaghan Valley. Season passes can be purchased online, in-person at Ski Callaghan or Whistler Olympic Park, or by calling 604-964-0060. For more information visit www.skicallaghan.ca
Lost Lake offers 25 km of cross-country trails and 15 km of snowshoe and nordic hiking trails, with four kilometres lit up for night skiing. Early Bird Season Passes can be purchased at Meadow Park Sports Centre until Nov. 20. For more information, visit www.whistler.ca/xcountry
Lost Lake and Ski Callaghan Dual Area Passes are also available for $325 until Nov. 20, going up to $420 the following day.
— Lauren McIvor