The Month of Pain may be an unofficial nickname for September, but given the selection of events next month it's entirely appropriate.
Sept. 4 - West Side Wheel Up - This annual mountain bike race is a Whistler classic, following a selection of trails off Alta Lake Road to the finish area outside of Rainbow Park. It's about a Loonie Race and a half in length, roughly 12 km, and all proceeds go towards the B.C. Para Alpine Ski Team. Registration starts at 11 a.m. in Function Junction and the race is at noon. The $25 entry fee includes a raffle ticket that could win a dual mountain ski pass.
Sept. 5 - Xterra Canadian Championships - After a long absence Xterra Canada is bringing their off-road triathlon back to Whistler, and with the national championships no less. That means the winners could qualify for the Xterra worlds in Hawaii in October.
There are both sport and championship distances available. The sport course includes a 750-metre swim, one lap of a 15 km mountain bike course, and one lap of the 4.5 km trail run. The championship course is two laps of the swim course for 1.5 km, two laps of the bike course and two laps of the run course.
The swim course is in Alpha Lake, and the bike and run trails are on Whistler's west side.
For more information visit www.xterracanada.ca.
Sept. 11 - RBC Granfondo - It's every road riders dream. A 120 km stretch of the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler will have a dedicated bike lane open to 4,000 road cyclists. The event sold out months ago, but check out the details at rbcgranfondowhistler.com.
Sept. 18 - Cheakamus Challenge - Whether you opt for the full pull, roughly 70 km from Brackendale to Whistler Creek, or the 40 km short course, the Cheakamus Challenge is worthwhile goal to train for over the summer. For more information or registration visit www.cheakamuschallenge.ca.
Sept. 19 - Terry Fox Run - You can walk, bike, skate or run either 5 km or 10 km in this annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. This is the 30 th anniversary of Fox's attempted cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research, a mission that ended after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres when his cancer returned.
The Four Seasons Whistler is the main sponsor and organizer for the event,
Sept. 25-26 - Whistler Spirit Run - Saturday is a classic cross-country run open to runners and school teams, from Grade 4 to university. There is also a Masters and open category, with courses ranging from 1 km to 8 km. There is a classic 10 km run on Sunday that is open to everyone.
Both events take place at Whistler Olympic Park. For more information visit www.whistlerspiritrun.com.
Sept. 26 - Rubble Creek Classic - This is one of the most breathtaking trail runs in the corridor, spanning the high alpine meadows behind Black Tusk before descending the Rubble Creek trail. The distance is roughly 26 km, but the last 12 km is all downhill. More information at http://escaperoute.ca/rubble/.
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