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Comfortably Numb run on sale

There’s still over five months of training days left before the fourth annual Comfortably Numb Trail Running Race, and you’re probably going to need every one of them.

The course follows the Comfortably Numb bike trail from Wedgemont parking lot to Spruce Grove Field House, a distance of 25 km from start to finish. Almost all of the race takes place on technical singletrack, except for about a kilometre of logging road at the start and about two kilometres through Lost Lake Park at the finish. There’s also about 1,200 metres of vertical gain over the first three quarters of the race, most of which is lost over about five kilometres of steep downhill.

There is one water station just past the halfway point, but otherwise runners have to be self-sufficient from start to finish and bring food and water.

This year’s race takes place Sunday, June 24. The organizers have increased the entry cap to 200 runners after selling out all 150 spots last year.

The cost is $54 to take part, including a technical shirt, with all proceeds from the event going towards maintaining the trail.

You can register online at . There is also information on the website, , which is in the process of being updated.


Kokanee Valley Race Series returns Jan. 11

After squeezing in a giant slalom in mid-December the Kokanee Valley Race Series returns in earnest Thursday, Jan. 11 with a giant slalom on Whistler Mountain.

The cost is $20 in advance at Whistler-Blackcomb Guest Relations, or $25 on race day; register in the trailer at the top of the Garbanzo Chair until 9:45 a.m. All participants are eligible to win a draw prize for a pair of Atomic skis, as well as prizes donated by other event sponsors.

Future events are on Jan. 18 and 25, Feb. 25 and 22, March 1 and 15.

Skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers are welcome, starting age 19 and over. There will be a post race awards presentation and video playback of the race starting at 3:30 p.m. at a venue to be named on the day of the event.


Nordic Twoonies resume tonight

After hosting about 40 loppers in a pre-Christmas Twoonie Race, the Whistler Nordics recreational race season resumes tonight, Thursday, Jan. 3, with an event sponsored by Alpine Café and Catering Co and Whistler Sports Stop.

Tonight’s event gets underway at the ticket booth and makes two laps of Lost Lake to the Warming Hut, for a total distance of 4.8 km. Both skate skiers and classic skiers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Children will be able to race a shorter course if they choose.

The cost is $2 to enter with a Whistler Nordics membership. Memberships are available for $25, which includes a race membership in Cross Country B.C.

Sign-on starts at 5:30 p.m. and the race gets underway at 6:15 p.m. People who still need to pick up their Whistler Nordics memberships should come a little early in case there is a lineup.

After the race food and refreshments will be provided at the Lost Lake Warming Hut.