Sports Briefs: Whistler 50 draws big field 

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The second annual Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra takes place this Saturday, Oct. 20, with relay teams and ultra runners following a course that consists of two loops and mainly follows the Valley Trail.

At deadline, some 122 teams of eight had registered for the relay, which is just under 1,000 runners. As well, there were 42 athletes signed on to run the ultra distance — 50 miles or 80 kilometres — solo, including a few local runners like Ashley McMillan and Mark Schmidt.

The fastest solo runner last year was Chris Downie of Burnaby, who finished the course in 5:52:07, averaging a kilometre every four minutes and 25 seconds. That's the equivalent of running two back-to-back marathons in just over three hours. The fastest solo female was Squamish's Jen Segger, who was fourth overall in 6:31:20.

The ultra gets underway at 6 a.m. on Saturday, and the first runners could be at the finish at Whistler Olympic Plaza before noon if last year's pace was any indication.

Registration is closed, but spectators are encouraged as the ultra runners make their way around the course.

For more details and a course map, visit

Lumpy's Epic this Sunday

The last local trail run of the season, the annual Lumpy's Epic Run in Pemberton, is set for Sunday, Oct. 21 this year.

Details are the same as past years, with runners meeting at One Mile Lake beach and running a selection of trails around Signal Hill including the very technical Lumpy's Epic Trail. The cost will be the same as last year at $15 per person, with proceeds going towards the Spud Valley Nordics and Whistler Nordics clubs. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the run starts at 10 a.m.

The route and distance are a little different this year with a 12km long course. As well, there's a 5km youth event aimed at kids in local Nordic skiing programs.

Dress for the weather and wear good trail shoes — the trail is technical in places and some of the rocks can be slippery. In terms of difficulty, the race has everything from steep uphill sections, to rocky sections to steep, loose descents. The highlight is the view of the Green River and Pemberton Valley from the high point of the trail, and the run back to the finish along the side of One Mile Lake.

There will be refreshments, although as always it's a potluck as well, and runners are encouraged to bring something to share.

Saints still undefeated

The Whistler Saints flag football team continued its unbeaten streak this past weekend after a bye week, defeating the North Vancouver Raiders 25-13.

Logan Anderson returned the opening kickoff to score, with Dan Kirkegaard adding two more touchdowns and a convert. Griffin Brown added the fourth touchdown.


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