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Loonie Race draws 240

The second Loonie Race of the season on May 10 drew a crowd of almost 240 riders, a huge number for early season. The course was in Lost Lake Park, starting and finishing at the northern entrance at Nicklaus North.

On the men’s side, Matt Ryan took the $50 prize, followed by Matt Bodkin and Trevor Hopkins. There was some confusion on the women’s side after some riders went the wrong way, but the $50 prize was at last awarded to Vanessa Stark.

Tyler Allison was the top junior male, and Mackenzie Patterson the top junior female. For the second week there was a large junior turnout, this time with almost 15 under 18 riders at the start line.

The race was sponsored by Alpine Market, Alpine Café, Edgewater, Nesters Cold Beer and Wine Store, and Kokanee.

Tonight’s race (Thursday, May l7) is another rip through Lost Lake Park, sponsored by Wild Willies and the Longhorn Saloon. Sign on is at 5:30 p.m. at Spruce Grove Field House, and the ride gets underway at 6:30 p.m.

Bring a non-perishable food item for the Whistler Food Bank to get your après ticket for the Longhorn.

All participants need a WORCA membership, which is available for $40 at the sign on. Junior memberships are $25, family memberships are $90 (two adults and up to two kids aged 18 and under), and licensed rider memberships are $15.

The May 24 course has also been set. Once again Brent Harley and Associates, Cascade Environmental and Millar Creek Café will be hosting the Tour de Trash Loonie, starting about 12 km south of Whistler at the Cal-Cheak Campground, and following a trail that takes riders through Trash. The after party is at Millar Creek Café.


WORCA hosts annual trail sweep day

Sunday, May 20, Whistler is holding its annual volunteer trail sweep and maintenance day, meeting at the Riverside Junction Café at 9 a.m. for breakfast before dividing into groups to walk local bike trails. Jobs include pruning bushes, removing debris and fallen trees from trails, and looking for areas that will require additional attention from WORCA’s hired trail builders. A few volunteers may be called to do special projects, such as bringing dirt or wood to areas under construction.

WORCA has a supply of tools, but volunteers are invited to bring whatever tools they have. All participants should dress for the weather and the nature of the work, and bring items like sunscreen and bug dope. Do not bring your bikes.

Crews will begin sweeping trails by 10 a.m. and will finish around 1 p.m.


Comfortably Numb halfway sold out

Organizers have expanded the number of spots in the fourth annual Comfortably Numb Trail Run to 200, and were halfway sold out this week.

The run takes place mostly on the Comfortably Numb singletrack trail, with a total distance of just over 25 km and vertical gain of more than 1,300 metres from start to finish. There will be at least one water station at the halfway point, but otherwise participants are expected to be self-supported.

For more information or registration, available for $50, visit


Registration deadline approaching

The deadline is fast approaching for the fourth annual Every Woman in the World Conference, held in Whistler June 15-17. All registration must be in by Friday, May 25 so organizers known how many participants to plan for.

This year the list of workshops and activities includes belly dancing, pilates, gymnastics, meditation, mountain biking, Nia, Boot Camp, pole dancing, running and walking, Qigong, reflexology, body ball basics and yoga. There will also be inspirational speakers, and two evenings of social events.

For more information, visit