Runners take to the city 

Local runners took part in a couple of Lower Mainland events last weekend, including the 37 th annual James Cunningham Seawall Race and the North Shore Halloween Half Marathon on Saturday.

The Seawall Race was limited by ongoing rock stabilization in Stanley Park and continuing cleanup after last winter’s wind storms. The 9.5 km alternate route used as much of the seawall as possible.

From Whistler, Dusan Kafua was 50 th out of close to 900 participants, as well as eighth in the 35 to 39 age group in a time of 39:54.

Daniel Havens was fourth in men’s 50 to 54 category and 59 th overall in 39:58.

Mark Watt was 91 st overall and seventh in the same group in 42:16.

Christine Suter was fifth in the women’s 35 to 39 race in 44:43, as well as 154 th overall.

Donnie Carmichael was fourth in men’s 50 to 54 and 194 th overall in 45:59.

From Pemberton, Greg Edwards was 28 th in the men’s 25 to 29 category in 47:42.

Michelle Sims was 28 th in the women’s 35 to 39 race in 1:00:40.

The Hallows Eve Half Marathon followed a 26.1 km route on Sunday, and brought out nearly 200 runners. Squamish’s Aaron Heidt — the winner of several Sea to Sky races this year, placed second in 1:34:51.

Jon Linton of Whistler was 96 th overall and 24 th in the men’s 30 to 39 age group in 2:24:08. Tess Geddes was 35 th in the women’s 40 to 49 race in 3:46:28.


Ski Club hosts annual dinner and auction

The Whistler Mountain Ski Club is once again hosting its annual dinner and auction, sponsored by HSBC and LaScala, at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver on Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.

The event features a gala dinner, a silent auction and a live auction with items donated from dozens of sponsors. Tickets are $99, and tables of 10 are $975. To book your tickets, e-mail

For Whistler supporters, the organizers are once again hiring a bus to bring people to Vancouver and back again for $30 per person, based on at least 30 riders.


Warren Miller brings winter to Vancouver

As sure as leaves changing signifies the coming of winter, so does the annual release of Warren Miller’s latest ski film. This weekend will make it 58 years since Miller himself started bringing his movies to Vancouver.

He doesn’t have much to do with the actual filming anymore, but still provides narration and guidance to Warren Miller Entertainment.

The latest film is called Playground, and will debut at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Nov. 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. Everyone who attends will receive a two-for-one lift ticket to Whistler-Blackcomb, and the chance to win draw prizes. Tickets are at Ticketmaster and Swiss Sports Haus.

Playground prominently features Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, as well as the Callaghan and Brandywine watersheds. Whistler freeriders Ian McIntosh, Jennifer Ashton, and Dan Treadway are among the featured skiers.


Klunkerz gets to the roots of mountain biking

Although bikes have always gone off-road (the first pedal models in the 1800s probably spent most of their time on dirt roads and cobblestone streets), and there are examples of mountain bikes from the 1950s and 1960s it’s widely agreed that the sport of mountain biking originated in the 1970s with riders in California and Colorado adapting road bikes to better handle bumpy mountain roads at higher speeds. There are differing accounts as to what group did what and first — a lively debate amongst riders — but whoever is right they can only really claim to be the next stage of the same progression.

During the Whistler Film Festival, filmmaker Billy Savage will be showing his documentary on the birth of mountain biking, titled Klunkerz.

The film has been traveling to film festivals for the past year, after three years of interviews and collecting footage of the original crew in Marin County, California. The interviewees are Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze, Tom Ritchey, Mike Sinyard, Charlie Kelly, Steve Potts, Wende Cragg, Charlie Cunningham, Alan Bonds, Jacquie Phelan, and other pioneers of the sport.

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