Locals tackle Hallow's Eve Half 

Costumes were optional, but hills mandatory in the 6th annual Hallow's Eve Trail Race in North Vancouver last weekend.

Some 150 runners tackled the 21.1 km half-marathon distance.

The top Sea to Sky athlete in the race on Sunday was Squamish adventure racer Jen Segger, who placed 15th overall, third among women and third in her age category in 1:56:03. She also ran the Whistler 5 km Run for the Food Bank on Saturday.

One spot behind her, in 16th place overall, was Whistler's Mark Schmidt in 1:56:08. He placed third in the Men's 20 to 29 category.

There was also a ten km trail run option. From Whistler, Barry McClure placed second in the Men's 50 to 59 age group in 55:15.


Nordics host annual ski swap

When it comes to staying fit over the long, cold Whistler winter, nothing beats Nordic skiing for getting your heart pumping and strengthening your core - one of the reasons all of the top mountain bikers in town are doing it.

It's also a fun way to get outside into the fresh air, it's family friendly, the views are spectacular, the downhills get your adrenaline going and there are over 100 km of trails to enjoy in the corridor, which means there's lots of variety out there to enjoy. And if you're competitive, there are three Coast Cup races, 10 Whistler Nordics Toonie Races, a loppet and an enduro this winter.

But first you'll need the equipment. To help get people into the sport, and cover the cost of their own programs, the Whistler Nordics is once again hosting its annual ski swap, this Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa. It's a great place to pick up second-hand and demo skis, boots, poles and other gear for all ages, with 10 per cent of the sale proceeds going back into the Whistler Nordics for coaching and administrative costs.

Memberships in the Whistler Nordics will also be available, as well as Whistler Nordics logo wear. The club will also be supplying volunteers to answer questions and help people get fitted with equipment.

You can drop off your gear between 10 a.m. and noon, and the swap runs until 3 p.m. All unsold gear must be picked up between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Nordic Twoonie race season gets underway on Jan. 6 and runs for 10 weeks.

The early bird pass deadline for Lost Lake, Ski Callaghan and dual mountain passes for both areas is Nov. 15.  Drop by Meadow Park to get your pass, or visit www.whistlerolympicpark.com.


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