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Whistler Half Marathon runs Saturday

If you missed out on registration for the inaugural North Face Whistler Half Marathon taking place this Saturday, June 4, the next best thing is coming out to cheer on the competitors.

There are lots of great places to watch and cheer on friends and strangers, but you should be aware that there will be some temporary delays and road closures around the course on event day.

Highway 99 at Lorimer Road will be closed from the start of the race at 7:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. Lorimer Road will be closed to westbound traffic (to the bottom of the hill) from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Crabapple Drive and Beaver Lane will be closed to southbound traffic.

There will be delays along the route for the duration of the race, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., which include Whistler Cay, Tapley's Farm and Easy Street. Blueberry Hill, Alta Vista, Whistler Village (the road to the Whistler Golf Course and crossing Blackcomb Way), White Gold and Spruce Grove.

The complete course, with a list of delays and closures, is available at www.whistlerhalfmarathon.com.

There will be 800 athletes at the start line for the sold-out race, including several elite level runners. To qualify as elite, you must have finished a half marathon in 1:15 or under. Most athletes will finish between 1:30 and two hours.

 

Cyclists do well in Tour de Victoria

This past Saturday, the Victoria International Cycling Festival Society presented Ryder Hesjedals' Tour de Victoria, with 140-km and 90-km circuits available for road riders and a few timed sections along the way.

The timed sections were the hill climb on Munn's Road and a flat sprint section of waterfront.

On the hill climb, the top Whistler rider was Mike Rogerson in 12th with a time of 12 minutes and seven seconds. Brenda Baker was 193rd overall in 12:54, Graeme Fitch was 291st in 14:14, Gary Baker was 338th in 15:02, Michael Thaxter was 426th in 17:05, and Elizabeth Rogerson was 491st in 21:14.

On the waterfront section, Squamish's Steven Murray cracked the top 30 in 17:04, averaging 42.1 km/h.

From Whistler, Mike Rogerson was 87th in 20:44, Brenda Baker was 298th in 25:45, Gary Baker was 299th in 25:45, Michael Thaxter was 571st in 29:06 and Elizabeth Rogerson was 727th in 31:22.

Hesjedal, Canada's top Tour de France rider in a generation with a seventh place finish in 2010 - the best Canadian result in 22 years, also took part in this event. He was first in the hill climb by over a minute, with a time of 7:32, averaging 28.7 km/h on the way up. He placed second on the waterfront section, with Victoria rider Jamie Cameron edging him by a second.

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