Hash Run moves to Riverside 

The Aug. 25 Hash Run will take place on trails in the Riverside area, with runners meeting at the House Rock clearing at 6 p.m. for a 6:20 p.m. start. If you need a ride there will be carpooling from Escape Route at 5:30 p.m.

The cost is $5 to take part, with the Cinnamon Bear catering the apr├Ęs and Molson Canadian sponsoring the refreshments. The hash runs are run by The Escape Route.

If you've never taken part, a hash run is loosely based on British hunting traditions, with the earliest versions chasing people instead of foxes or hares. Most hash runs have done away with the hare concept, instead using markings on the ground to keep the party of chasers guessing.

At certain points on the course runners will have to run ahead in different directions to search for the trail, allowing slower runners to keep up with the group. The event on Aug. 25 will be short, in the range of 40 minutes to complete.

WMSC hires new skier cross coach

The Whistler Mountain Ski Club is the host club for the B.C. Skier Cross program, and last week announced the appointment of Drew Hetherington as head coach.

Hetherington grew up in Whistler, and is a former racer with the WMSC who went on to teach and coach skiers with Whistler Blackcomb. Recently he also worked with Extremely Canadian as a coach for their steep clinics and as a guide for their World Tours, and last year was the assistant coach for the B.C. Skier Cross team.

To help learn the ropes he's joining Canada Ski Cross for a national training camp on Farnham Glacier in the fall, before starting with the WMSC on Oct. 1.

Hetherington's appointment was the last in the WMSC's coaching lineup for the season with Ryan Jazic coaching the FIS team, Craig Glenday the K2 team, Raul Anguita the K1 team and Tomio Fukumura the Masters program.

IOC okays new sports for 2012

In contrast to the ongoing battle over the inclusion of women's ski jumping for the 2010 Games, the International Olympic Committee made good on its bid to treat women's sports equally by announcing the inclusion of women's boxing for the 2012 Games in London. The announcement was made by the IOC in Berlin last week.

The IOC also announced plans to include golf and seven-a-side rugby in 2016, providing they get the agreement of the IOC assembly in October.

At the same time the board shot down requests for inclusion by karate, softball, baseball, squash and roller sports.


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